Toxic pollution from industrial and mining processes puts the health of the world's population, particularly people living in low- and middle-income countries, at risk. The Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland have investigated 2,600 sites, and claim 80 million people are at risk from a variety of diseases
Pretrial discussions began on Wednesday in a rare public interest lawsuit whose plaintiffs include non-governmental environmental organizations.
The three plaintiffs — Friend of Nature, Chongqing Green Volunteers Union and the Qujing environmental protection bureau — exchanged evidence with Luliang Chemical Industry, the defendant, on Wednesday, said Chang Cheng, a program officer of Friend of Nature.
The process is regarded as the prelude to the trial of the case, a "landmark and probably the first" public interest environmental litigation filed by NGOs.
Luliang Chemical Industry is accused of discharging more than 5,000 metric tons of highly toxic heavy metal in three townships of Qujing, in Southwest China's Yunnan province, in 2011....
“With no economic incentive to change current shipping and shipbreaking practices, and faced with the reality that there are few, and probably will be even less, European flagged ships at end-of-life, the Commission’s proposal effectively rids Europe of its responsibility – and opportunity – to provide a sustainable solution to stop toxic ships from poisoning workers and the environment in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries,” said Ingvild Jenssen, Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
Officials in southern China appear to have averted environmental calamity by halting the spread of a toxic metal that had threatened to foul drinking water for tens of millions of people, the state media reported Monday.
Despite what appears to have been a disaster averted, the incident highlighted China’s continuing struggle against contamination of its waterways.
After years of choking smog that stings the eyes and burns the lungs being regularly documented by an air sensor at the American Embassy in Beijing that posts the results hourly on Twitter, the Chinese government took a strong position on the issue on Tuesday.
L’exploitation des matières premières connait dans toute l’Amérique latine une explosion sans précédent. Leur prix ayant augmenté en raison de la crise économique mondiale et la demande depuis la Chine, qui les utilise pour construire ses appareils électroniques, se faisant de plus en plus pressante, l’Amérique latine semble aujourd’hui devenue la nouvel Eldorado des entreprises d’exploitation.
Et si les pays bénéficient ainsi de formidables retombées économiques, les défenseurs de l’environnement haussent la voix pour tenter de faire prendre conscience du désastre écologique qu’elles représentent. Bien souvent sans succès.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of human rights, labour rights and environmental organisations working on the shipbreaking issue, has released its third yearly list of European companies that have sent end-of-life ships to the infamous scrap beaches of South Asia.
The European Waste Shipment Regulation - which incorporates international law such as the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes - prohibits European Union Member States from exporting hazardous wastes, including those present in the structure of ships to developing countries.