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New liscencing system to streamline HCFC affected imports and exports
Disna Mudalige, Daily News, 30th March 2012
The Environment Ministry in collaboration with Sri Lanka Customs is to introduce a national licensing system to keep better track on imports and exports containing Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) from 2013. Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that imports containing HCFCs would be subjected to a system of an...
MoU on environmental training programmes
Disna Mudalige, Daily News, 28th March 2012
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in Sri Lanka and the Science and Environment Centre (SEC) in New Delhi, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on environmental training programmes last week at the CEA premises in Battaramulla. Both institutions had agreed to conduct a series of research and training pro...
Regional efforts to eliminate ozone depleting substances
Dominica News Online, 27th March 2012
Ozone officers from the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti are meeting in Dominica over the next three days to further strategise in the regional effort to eliminate Ozone depleting substances. Addressing that meeting on Tuesday, Dominica’s Minister for the Environment Kenneth Darroux said while his country does not pr...
Oil exploitation, the environment and crimes against nature
Ledum Mitee, Vanguard, 26th March 2012
SINCE the first commercial production of oil in Nigeria in 1956, it has signalled the beginning of a profound transformation of Nigeria’s political and economic landscape. Since the 1970s, oil has accounted for over 80 per cent of the Nigerian government’s revenue and 95 per cent of the country’s export earnings. All...
59 industries in Maharashtra fined for hazardous waste
Business Standard, 25th March 2012
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has fined 59 industrial units for unlawfully storing and disposing large quantities of hazardous waste on their premises. The industries have been asked by MPCB to pay the fine (amount not specified) and have been directed to send the hazardous waste to common treatment facili...
NGO warns EU Ship Recycling proposal will not stop the dumping of toxic ships
Recyclingportal.eu, 23rd March 2012
80 percent of the global end-of-life ships are broken in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India on tidal beaches whose soft sands cannot support crucial safety measures such as heavy lifting or emergency response equipment and which allow pollution to seep directly into the delicate coastal zone environment. Last week during a sh...
Wastewater clues to illicit drug use
Chem.Info, 22nd March 2012
A new chemical analysis of sewage is revealing more detailed information than ever about drug abuse trends. The approach, pioneered by scientists at Bath and Huddersfield universities, can detect minute quantities of pharmaceuticals in waste water and could potentially reveal whether they originated as prescription drugs o...
PCB to compile data on electronic waste
T. Lalith Singh, The Hindu, 22nd March 2012
Amid increasing concerns over accumulating e-waste in the form of discarded cellular phones to television sets to computers apart from a horde of other electric and electronic items, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) has decided to compile comprehensive data on the emerging pollution threat. Under a Union...
Illegal toxic waste dump sparks anger in Russia
Anna Smolchenko, AFP, 21st March 2012
Russian authorities on Wednesday announced plans to clean up more than 160 tonnes of highly toxic waste that was illegally dumped close to a town after outraged residents appealed to the Kremlin. A chemical company dumped 163 tonnes of carbon tetrachloride in an abandoned asphalt plant near the small town of Balezino in th...
African countries agree to e-waste plans
Michael Malakata, PC Advisor, 20th March 2012
Eighteen African countries and the U.N. have agreed on plans to reduce electronic waste, following reports of the rising tide of electronics-related waste in the region. At a meeting of the Pan-African Forum on e-waste in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations discussed ...
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