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Biodiversity: Key to fighting climate change - Siquijor PENRO
PIA, 14th October 2010
Province of Siquijor (14 October) -- Knowing biodiversity and its importance plays a major role in fighting climate change, says Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Antonio Cabrido in a recent seminar-workshop on climate change at Dionaldo Building, Larena, Siquijor. Talking before the municipal a...
BCC forecasts rapid growth for bioplastics
Plasticnews.com, 13th October 2010
WELLESLEY, MASS (Oct. 13, 12:15 p.m. ET) -- BCC Research expects the global market for bioplastics to reach nearly 572,000 metric tons in 2010, and to increase at a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.4 percent to reach 3.2 million metric tons in 2015. Its definition of bioplastics is plastics that are made fro...
Providence Hospital admits to landfill dumping
KTUU.com, 13th October 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center has admitted to dumping medical waste in the Anchorage Landfill. Hospital spokesperson Becky Hultberg told the Anchorage Daily News that the waste should have either been sterilized or incinerated. According to the city's solid waste services director, the medical wast...
Poverty forces Roma people to scavenge toxic e-waste
The Ecologist, 12th October 2010
Picture: A Roma woman carrying a toy doll, near Paris. Many Roma live in such poverty they are forced to scavenge e-waste to survive. Photo: Steven Wassenaar Persecuted Roma communities in France are being forced to scavenge for dangerous e-waste, potentially threatening health and questioning the country's recycling polici...
Bangladesh under big threat of e-waste
The New Nation, 11th October 2010
More than 2.8 million tonnes of e-waste generated every year from 'ship breaking yards' and other electronic equipment in Bangladesh pose a big threat to the country's environment and human life, a survey revealed. Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) conducted the survey for last one year in two major ci...
E-waste dumpers to be punished
Deccan Chronicle, 11th October 2010
Get ready to be served a legal notice if you’re found dumping your mobile phone or any other appliances in the bin. One is supposed to hand over all e-waste generated in the house to companies authorised to dispose them. The Ministry of Environment has already brought out the e-waste draft rules which will be implemented ...
Illegal scrap metal merchant ordered to pay £500
Kent News, 11th October 2010
An unlicensed scrap metal merchant has been ordered to pay more than £500 after running his waste collection firm without the necessary documentation. Matthew Wright, of Woolwich Close, Chatham, was stopped by Medway Council's environmental enforcement team in Whitewall Road, Strood, in February as part of an ongoing crac...
Hungarian toxic sludge boss arrested over environmental disaster
Telegraph.co.uk, 11th October 2010
Picture: Rescue workers walk on a street covered in red sludge in Devecser Photo: AFP The managing director of the aluminium company at the centre of Hungary's worst environmental disaster was arrested yesterday, as the Prime Minister announced that the toxic spill was the result of "human negligence". Viktor Orban, the ...
Murder on the Carbon Express: Interpol Takes On Emissions Fraud
Mother Jones, 8th October 2010
Picture by Freefoto.com As carbon trading booms, fraudsters—and cops—are getting into the game. While US climate legislation languishes, the rest of the world is already taking the next step—educating police on how to keep criminals out of the global carbon markets. In Lyon, France last month, undercover agents sp...
Nine charged with exporting illegal e-waste
Business Green, 8th October 2010
Environment Agency uncovers network allegedly dumping waste electricals in West Africa Nine people have been charged today with illegally exporting electrical waste as part of the Environment Agency's latest crackdown. Over the course of a two-year investigation, officers from the Environment Agency's National Environmen...
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