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Developing countries disagree with Hong Kong Convention on end-of-life ships
Recycling Portal, 24th October 2011
Cartagena, Colombia -- At the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, in an effort to prevent toxic ships from being dumped on the beaches of developing countries, African nations declared that they wanted the Basel Convention to retain its competency over end-of-life ships and reinvigorate the Basel Convent...
Latest Basel Convention conference moves towards complete toxic waste dumping ban on the global South
23rd October 2011
Last week, at the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN’s “Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal” (held in Cartagena, Colombia), 178 countries agreed to work towards early enforcement of the so-called Basel Ban Amendment. This will prohibit all expo...
Polluting plant hasn't resumed: officials
By Zhao Yinan and Guo Anfei , China Daily, 22nd October 2011
KUNMING - Officials denied on Friday that a plant that had been ordered to close after killing dozens of farm animals with pollution has resumed operations. The statement came in response to suspicions that the operation had reopened in late September. The plant, now processing the waste, has suspended its production since...
Up to 5,000 tyres found in Menai Bridge illegal dump
BBC, 22nd October 2011
Between 3,000 and 5,000 tyres have been discovered being stored illegally on Anglesey. The Environment Agency raided the dump in Menai Bridge and also executed a search warrant at an address in Llangefni. Officials said the tyres were being stored and sorted at Menai Bridge before being exported to Ghana. The agency said...
Global ban on exports of toxic waste advances
By Frank Bajak, Associated Press, 21st October 2011
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — More than 170 countries agreed Friday to accelerate adoption of a global ban on the export of hazardous wastes, including old electronics, to developing countries. The environmental group Basel Action Network called the deal, which was brokered by Switzerland and Indonesia, a major breakthrough...
Brazil Uses Drones to Monitor Environmental Crimes
By Ronan Graham, InSight Crime, 20th October 2011
Environmental police in Brazil have enlisted the help of unmanned drone planes to help tackle the illegal exploitation of the country's resources, reported Latin Trade magazine. The Sao Paulo Environmental Police has purchased a number of the unmanned aerial vehicles which they will use to monitor environmental crimes in r...
Bringing global conservation governance to the field
By Dian Sukmajaya, Jakarta Post, 20th October 2011
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently concluded the fifth IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum (IUCN Asia RCF) in Incheon, South Korea. The IUCN holds The Regional Conservation Forum every four years before the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress (WCC). The next WCC is set to be held in Jeju...
China to Impose Dumping Duties on US, EU Caprolactam Imports
BusinessWeek, 18th October 2011
China will impose anti-dumping duties on imports of caprolactam from the European Union and the U.S. for five years starting from Oct. 22, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement posted on its website today.China said the imports, which include products from DSM Fibre Intermediates B.V. and BASF Antwerpen NV, hurt its ...
Is India exporting radiation to the world?
ABC Online, 18th October 2011
India has become a reprocessing hub for waste from around the world. But the regulation is lax, leading to concerns radioactive material may be in the products exported back to the world. ON APRIL 7, 2010, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India (AERB) received a fax from one of Delhi's top hospitals, the Indraprastha ...
Oregon Seafood Company Fined for Failing to Track Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants
USEPA Press Release, 17th October 2011
From July 2006 to August 2007, Da Yang serviced their blast freezer at least 22 times and failed to properly document the dates of service. Keeping detailed records, including properly documenting the date of maintenance and service, helps identify leaks or other releases of HCFCs into the environment. “Every pound of re...
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