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What becomes of seized counterfeits?
New Legal Review, 6th February 2012
IP experts have urged governments and companies to re-use – rather than dump – seized counterfeit goods. Nick Huber explains how two innovative schemes are using impounded fakes to benefit society. What do synthetic sports pitches in the Netherlands have in common with Liberian orphans wearing second-hand jeans? Both a...
Urban Mining
Amado de Jesus,, 3rd February 2012
The word mining has gained such notoriety these days due in large part to the destruction of our environment by some companies and their indiscriminate mining operations. However, there is now an interesting type of mining to utilize electronic waste or e-waste in our midst that is being studied because of the rich opportu...
Experts: Bhopal waste can cause another disaster
Saurabh Katkurwar, Mid-Day, 2nd February 2012
Waste from the Bhopal gas tragedy that might be disposed at Taloja can cause genetic disorders, and even a minor error could have disastrous consequence. State pollution control board officials oppose it being brought to the city. The toxic waste from the Bhopal gas tragedy, which the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)...
Managing waste to attract investment and create jobs
European Parliament , 2nd February 2012
Managing waste properly is expensive, but if done efficiently it can attract investment and create jobs, says a resolution adopted by Parliament on Thursday. The text addresses issues raised by citizens in the Petitions Committee to do with the enforcement of EU laws on waste management. Major investments are required to ...
WCO establishes Asia-Pacific liaison office in Seoul
Lee Ji-Yoon, The Korea Herald, 2nd February 2012
The Korea Customs Service celebrated the opening of the World Customs Organization’s regional intelligence liaison office for Asia and the Pacific in Seoul on Thursday.Some 100 Korean and international guests, including Zhu GaZhang, director of WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, attended the ceremony at the Impe...
Toxic Waste Bust at Jakarta Port Could Point to Larger Problem
Fidelis E. Satriastanti, Jakarta Globe, 1st February 2012
  Environmental activists have hailed last week’s seizure of 113 shipping containers that had carried toxic waste into Indonesia, but contend that the country is still an open dumping ground for such illegal substances from abroad. Officials inspecting the containers at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port found a hazardo...
China detains seven over river pollution scandal
Sin Chew Jit Poh, 31st January 2012
SHANGHAI, January 31, 2012 (AFP) - China has detained seven company executives after suspected industrial waste discharges polluted a river with toxic cadmium, threatening drinking supplies for millions, state media said Tuesday.   The discharges have contaminated a 100-kilometre (60-mile) stretch of the Longjiang Ri...
India lays down e-waste management rules
Venkatesh Ganesh, Express Computer, 31st January 2012
Increasing incidents of malpractice involving electronic dumping in the absence of regulation have triggered the need for e-waste rules, which first saw an initial draft in 2010. After much deliberation and some further amendments, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has come out with some new proposals that will...
American Samoa works towards dealing with e-trash
Radio New Zealand International, 30th January 2012
The American Samoa government is working towards the safe disposal of electronic trash, or e-waste.  The territory doesn’t have a program in place to deal with electronic waste and many old and broken electronics are left on the side of the road or not properly disposed.   The head of the Information Technolog...
India, Japan Coast Guard units demonstrate capabilities
By M. Dinesh Verma, The Hindu, 30th January 2012
A mock drill on the deep seas by the Indian and Japan Coast Guard units on Sunday demonstrated the inherent capabilities of the two forces to jointly counter a range of maritime threats in the Asia-Pacific region.   The Indo-Japan Coast Guard Joint Exercises, which alternates between India and Japan every year, was o...
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