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EA Calls for European cooperation on e-waste, 16th September 2010
Britain yesterday (September 15) called on Europe to work together to fight the 'toxic trade' in e-waste shipped to Africa. Environment Agency chairman, Lord Smith, used a speech to the world's largest police organisation INTERPOL to call for an alliance against electrical waste. Speaking in Lyon, he called for better co...
Major Climate Change Talks Set in NY Next Week
Manila Bulletin, 15th September 2010
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Representatives from the 17 nations responsible for 80 percent of the emissions thought responsible for global warming will meet in New York next week, a US envoy said Tuesday. US special envoy for climate change Todd Stern said the meeting would take place September 20-21, as part of ongoing global ta...
Facebook group, Ghanaians Against Dumping of E-waste hits 500 members
GBN, 11th September 2010
The Facebook group, Ghanaians against Dumping of E-waste now has 500 members to date. The group was formed about two years ago by Ghanaian journalist and e-waste campaigner, Emmanuel K. Dogbevi to draw attention to the growing menace of e-waste dumping into Ghana by the West. The group also serves as a platform to educate...
EU, US dumping toxic waste in Africa
The East African, 5th July 2010
Picture: Dumping at a garbage site. Photo/FILE European states are still using African coasts as a dumping ground of toxic waste, even after enactment of legislation aimed at ending the practice by the European Union. The worst examples of such dumping in the recent past, according to a report by the international environ...
Plastic pallets a goldmine to thieves
The Press-Enterprise, 4th July 2010
Picture: Special to The Press-Enterprise in one case, a local grocer says it lost more than $2 million in pallets. Over the years, San Bernardino County sheriff's rural crimes deputies have tracked down tractors, bulk cardboard and a spectrum of stolen metals from copper wire and bronze plaques to aluminum cans. But o...
Sepa plans action against recycling of lead batteries
The News, 3rd July 2010
After taking successful action against the unauthorised recycling of lead batteries in Hyderabad, the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) is now planning to take a similar action in Karachi. A couple of months ago, Sepa had demolished around 150 units in Hyderabad where worn out lead batteries were being recycled....
Troubled waters
Thanhnien News, 2nd July 2010
Picture: Farmers in Thanh An Commune, an impoverished area on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City that is still reeling from 14 years of pollution from an upstream Vedan factory that destroyed sea stocks and crops Nguyen Xuan Ty said he might as well have died several years ago along with the section of the Thi Vai River ki...
Toxic cowboy Dib Hanna fined $133,000 for dumping on Sydney
The Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2010
WITH a truck full of asbestos, Dib Hanna would scour Sydney's western suburbs looking for a vacant block or deserted park to dump his deadly load. Hanna, one of Australia's worst rubbish dumpers, was caught in an elaborate sting by authorities between July and October 2009. He was fined $133,000 on Wednesday for dumping ...
Two brothers admit to dumping toxins
South Bend Tribune, 24th June 2010
SOUTH BEND — Two brothers have pleaded guilty to criminal charges that they illegally transported and stored barrels of paint thinner and then dumped them along the roadside, a violation of federal environmental laws. After his Osceola-based Midwest Custom Painting business closed in the spring of 2009, owner Robert Rori...
Dutch court seeks fine over I.Coast toxic waste
AFP, 21st June 2010
Picture: The Probo Koala ship at the port of Tallinn, Estonia in 2006  AMSTERDAM — Dutch prosecutors called Monday for a Swiss-based company whose chartered ship left Amsterdam and dumped allegedly deadly waste in the Ivory Coast in 2006 to be fined two million euros. Multinational Trafigura, waste treatment compan...
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