goal of Environmental Crime Media Update is to provide current news on
a weekly basis on environmental crime. With the exception of items written
by UNEP and occasional contributions solicited from other organizations, the
news is sourced from on-line newspapers, journals and websites.
|Britain's waste: Now it's coming back to haunt us|
|Cahal Milmo, The Independent, 26th May 2012|
the stacks of shipping containers towering over Britain's busiest port, an unusual
suspected-crime scene unfolded this week.
wearing gas masks gingerly opened a row of 20m-long steel boxes and – after testing
for noxious fumes – began inspecting the rusty entrails of 1,800 tonnes of
|70% of annual global e-waste dumped in China|
|China.org.cn, 24th May 2012|
The final destination of
around 70 percent of the world's annual 500 million tons of electronic waste,
or e-waste, is China,
according to a report by China Business News.
The majority of e-waste import activities are
based in and around China's
The director of Greenpeace's
Pollution Prevention pr...|
|'Eye in the sky' spies on illegal waste dumpers|
|The Sydney Morning Herald, eco-business.com, 23rd May 2012|
A satellite sensor launched
from a space centre in French Guyana is being used by the NSW Environment
Protection Authority to track illegal dumping of ACT construction waste across
The Spot 5, launched a
decade ago, is a three-tonne computer mapping device that takes a
high-resolution photo every 90 ...|
|Ivorian minister sacked over toxic waste fund scandal|
|BBC News, 23rd May 2012|
A minister in Ivory
Coast has been sacked over his alleged role
in the disappearance of millions of dollars meant for victims of pollution.
Adama Bictogo says he has not done anything wrong.
The case relates to a 2006 incident in which thousands became
ill after toxic waste was dumped in Abidjan.
|New WEEE reuse specification aims to reduce the number of illegal exports |
|New Electronics , 22nd May 2012|
In March 2011, a new
publicly available standard was established to reduce the amount of waste
electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) ending up either in landfill or
The first such standard in
the European Union, PAS 141 provides requirements for those involved in reuse
to help minimise th...|
|UNEP launches Ozone Protection Award for Customs & Enforcement Officers in Africa|
|UNEP, 22nd May 2012|
The Ozone Protection Award
aims to provide an incentive and recognition to Customs and Enforcement
Officers, who succeed in preventing illegal trade in Ozone Depleting Substance
and Ozone Depleting Substance equipment.
Lusaka, 22 May 2012- The UN Environment Programme,
OzonAction/Compliance Assistance Programme ...|
|U.S. Military Equipment Built with Counterfeit Parts|
|MERRILL GOOZNER, The Fiscal Times, 22nd May 2012|
yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee has identified
more than 1,800 cases of counterfeit electronic parts from China being incorporated into complex U.S. military
hardware – without defense contractors taking effective steps to halt the
It was the second
major report doc...|
|Killer gas found in illegal refrigerant seizure|
|ARC News, 19th May 2012|
A CONSIGNMENT of
refrigerant seized by Russian customs contained cylinders of the dangerous
methyl chloride cocktail blamed for the fatal reefer explosions last year.
Rumours of the seizure first appeared in Russian newspaper reports at the end
UNEP has now confirmed that customs officers at the port o...|
|Govt ready to review waste import rules|
|Indian Express, 17th May 2012|
The government is ready to
amend the rules dealing with import of hazardous waste in the country,
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told Lok Sabha on Monday. “I have a
completely open mind. If you have concerns we will review the rules,” Natarajan
said following attack from MPs that the present rules allow...|
|Oyang fishing vessel charged for illegal dumping|
|TVNZ, 16th May 2012|
|Illegal fish dumping charges have been laid over the activities of another Korean Oyang fishing boat.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) says it has laid eight charges against the foreign charter vessel Oyang 77 over illegally dumping fish at sea.
One of the charges relates to the dumping of a large basking shark, ...|
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