"We see it as our equivalent of the tiger or the panda."

Chris Spray, Northumbria Water spokesman, on efforts to conserve the rare round-mouthed whorl snail, which grows to about a millimetre

"The US is a world leader in sustainable development. No nation has made a greater contribution towards sustainable development."

Paula Dobriansky, leader of the US delegation to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg

"They give you this money, get you started, get you all enthusiastic, and then we're just left to go out with the begging bowl."

Pares Panayi, a parent, on the Government-initiate d Sure Start projects for children in poverty.

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