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Thailand, Cambodia agree to implement World Court border order
Thai News Agency MCOT, 21st December 2011
PHNOM PENH, Dec21 -- Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to implement the World Court’s order on provisional border measures, and in the meantime a joint working group will be set up to oversee troop withdrawals from the newly defined demilitarised zone, according to Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh. Thai Defence Minist...
Industry Coalition to Limit Toxic E-Waste Exports Adds New Members, Bi-Partisan Co-Sponsors
MarketWatch (press release), 20th December 2011
Support growing in recycling, electronics industries to restrict toxic exports, create tens of thousands of jobs   WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) today announced that Sims Recycling Solutions has joined the industry effort to support federal legislation that will...
Solid waste dumped on wetland, NGO cries foul
By Vijay Singh, Times of India, 19th December 2011
NAVI MUMBAI: Alarmed at the recent dumping of solid waste on a wetland at Kopri in Thane, NGO Vanashakti has urged the Thane collectorate and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to inquire into the matter. "Over the past few days, nearly 300 truckloads of solid waste garbage have been dumped at Kopri. The toxins flowing fro...
Environment group lauds Senate bill on industries' toxic chemicals' use
By Ellayn B. De Vera, Manila Bulletin, 18th December 2011
MANILA, Philippines — Environmental group Greenpeace Sunday lauded the filing of Senate Bill 3087, authored by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, seeking to establish a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register in the country.   “Pollution is not only a crime against the environment but also against humanity. SB 308...
Worry over e-waste pileup
Khaleej Times, 18th December 2011
HYDERABAD — Describing it as the flip side of the IT boom in the country, environmentalists are voicing concern over the massive piling up of e-waste across major cities as the electronic and electrical goods are being discarded at a rapid pace.   The swift pace of technological developments makes electronic and e...
Garbage dumping issue reaches a flashpoint
By Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 18th December 2011
With agitators at Villappilsala declaring that they will not allow garbage-laden trucks from the capital city to cross the panchayat limits from December 21 and that they are in no mood to grant the government or the City Corporation any more time to shut down the garbage treatment plant there, the long-drawn out agitatio...
China's 'River of Blood:' Jian Turns Red After Chemical Dump
By Melanie Jones, International Business Times, 16th December 2011
Visitors to the Jian River in Luoyang, China were shocked earlier this week when they saw the water had become a "river of blood," dyed bright red after an illegal dye dump by nearby chemical plant, an incident that has since launched an official investigation by the Luoyang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. &nb...
Mill fined Tk 3.8mn for polluting Shitalakkhya
Bangladesh News 24 hours, 15th December 2011
Dhaka, Dec 15 (bdnews24.com) – The Department of Environment (DoE) has slapped a fine of Tk 3.8 million on Amber Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd (APPML) for polluting Shitalakkhya river by discharging chemical waste. A team led by Munir Chowdhury, director of DoE's monitoring and enforcement division, conducted a special opera...
Lead from U.S. Batteries Polluting Mexican School Yards
Waste Management World, 14th December 2011
The U.S. is sending an increasing number of end-of-life batteries across the boarder to Mexico, where the lead is removed and then re-sold or re-used, according to the New York Times. With the introduction by the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) of new regulations concerning lead pollution, the recycling process for...
Warning over garbage dumping, burning
DAWN.com, 14th December 2011
The environment department held a meeting with the municipal commissioners and senior officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Karachi Port Trust, Karachi Fish Harbour and cantonment boards to discuss garbage disposal and its impact on human life and aesthetics in the city on Wednesday. Sindh environment minister ...
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