|Toxic waste returns in Nigeria|
|11 November 2014|
|There is a growing concern that importers of toxic and hazardous substances may be employing deceptive means to dump them in residential and commercial places. Some people believe that these wastes are either buried on land or dumped in the Lagos Lagoon and in other surrounding water bodies. The drums used in conveying them are believed to be sold to unsuspecting local families who wash off the si...|
|EFFACE policy briefs on environmental crime|
|5 November 2014|
|The project “European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime” (EFFACE) has published its first two Policy Briefs on environmental crime. The Briefs provide examples and insights on the need for a coordinated EU approach to reduce the broad impacts of crimes against the environment.
Policy Brief 1, Limitations and challenges of the criminal justice system in addressing environmental...|
|Loopholes & ODS illegal trade threaten ozone layer recovery|
|30 October 2014|
|EIA’s latest briefing New Trends in ODS Smuggling highlights the growing threat of illegal trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS).
Far from going away, the threat of black market ODS looms greater than ever and this briefing brings together analysis of trade and emissions data, recent reported seizures and a look at the global refrigerant and feedstock market to highlight some key areas ...|
|Detoxifying development: how strengthened sound management of chemicals and wastes contributes to sustainable development|
|29 October 2014|
While chemicals contribute significantly to our well‐being, they can also pose a threat to human health and the environment if they are not managed well. Their potentially adverse impacts, combined with the limited capacity in many countries to deal with these impacts, make the sound management of chemicals and waste a key issue that cuts across many areas of our lives. In Johannesburg...|
|E-waste, ESM and legal clarity issues on agenda for the Third Expert Working Group meetings|
|28 October 2014|
|The expert working group on environmentally sound management is expected to consider the inter-sessional work undertaken by it to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management. In addition, it will consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. The expert working group...|
|BAN seeks changes in Basel Guidelines to enhance reuse of computers, laptops and cell phones|
|28 October 2014|
|The Basel Action Network and its e-Stewards recycler/refurbisher certification program is currently undertaking two initiatives to promote responsible electronics refurbishment. The efforts are designed to reflect the environmental and social preference for longevity, reuse, and refurbishment of electronic equipment rather than disposal or recycling.
“It is best for the environment to insis...|
|End-of-waste criteria for waste plastic for conversion|
|21 October 2014|
|The European Commission has published the long-awaited proposal on developing end of waste (EoW) criteria for plastic.
The document, drafted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) concludes that none of the international existing standards and technical specifications fits the purpose of EoW criteria for waste plastic. A seemingly suitable threshold of 2% of non-plastic impurities, valid f...|
|The Thirteenth issue REN newsflash released|
|17 October 2014|
|Highlights in this issue:
National capacity building workshop in Vietnam completed
Ten decisions made at the OEWG 9
China proposes decentralizing its scrap import licensing
Download the Thirteenth REN Newsflash|
|Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee|
|15 October 2014|
|The Committee considered 13 specific submissions, general issues of implementation and compliance, and its draft 2016-2017 work programme. With respect to the specific submissions, 9 Parties attended the meeting and the Committee adopted 13 decisions.In its decision pertaining to the self-submission by Central African Republic, the Committee approved this Party’s compliance action plan and r...|
|Vietnam: scrap metal from used ships polluting environment |
|15 October 2014|
|“Many waste substances will be generated during the demolishment of old ships, including oil, lead-containing paint and zinc, which will cause pollution,” said Dr. Pham Ngoc Dang, deputy chair of the Vietnam Nature and Environment Conservation.
The decision by The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) was applauded by enterprises which could see huge profits from t...|
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