The 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.
|E-waste danger looms|
|PUNITHA KUMAR, New Straits Times, 23rd July 2012|
|HEALTH THREAT: Discarded handphones and computers contain heavy metals that can seep into the ground
KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIANS’ desire for electronic gadgets, especially handphones, is contributing to rising electronic waste, or e-waste.
The Department of Environment said yesterday that discarded handphones should ...|
|World's Most Polluted Places Are in Asia|
|Esther Tanquintic-Misa, International Business Times AU, 23rd July 2012|
|A New York City-based non-governmental organization found that most of the world's polluted places or those exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemic are found in Asia, with the Soviet Union having the most and experiencing the worst ill effects.
In a report by the ABC, quoting data contained in a recent report released ...|
|For environmental crime, the misrule of law applies|
|Eco-Business.com, 22nd July 2012|
|This week, as part of the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, over 200 judges, prosecutors, attorneys and legal experts gathered at the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability. Issues discussed during the three-day meeting included new legal approaches to increase the effectiveness of global envi...|
|Indian ports stuck with toxic waste dumped by Europe|
|Arun Janardhanan, Times of India, 17th July 2012|
|CHENNAI: Hazardous products including dead batteries, arms waste like empty shells and cartridges, toxic substances, waste oil and carcinogens like asbestos are making their way to the 7,600-km-long Indian coastline, posing a serious threat to hundreds of fragile ecosystems along the shores.
Large quantities of this entire...|
|Bad Romance in Ulaan Baatar |
|Nirmal Ghosh, ST Blogs, 17th July 2012|
|On the floor of the factory shed in a ramshackle potholed industrial zone on the outskirts of Mongolia’s capital, are strewn nine huge cylinders of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an industrial gas used in this case to make insulation pads for the walls of buildings.
The hundreds of foam pads are stacked up against a wa...|
|Hazardous taints foul food exports|
|Elly Burhaini Faizal, Jakarta Post, 17th July 2012|
Indonesia’s food exports are suffering as foreign nations are declining to admit locally produced goods that they say contain tainted ingredients, a top food safety official says.Many Indonesian food products have failed to gain access to foreign markets for not complying with their higher standards, Suratmono, the Nati...|
|BBC Documentary Uncovers Extent of Waste Tyre Crime|
|Waste Management World, 16th July 2012|
|Criminal gangs in the UK are dumping are harming legitimate tyre recycling operations by smuggling millions of end-of-life tyres into Asia and illegally dumping many more, according to a recent report in The Telegraph.
Motorists having new tyres fitted to their vehicle usually pay the garage a fee of between one and two p...|
|Southeast Asia explore synergies on environment and disposal of counterfeit goods|
|UNEP OzonAction , 4th July 2012|
|Bangkok, 4 July 2012 – Government representatives from Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam and representatives from the private sector held the first Regional Workshop on the Disposal of Counterfeit Goods for the Judiciary, Law Enforcement Officials and Environmental Officers organised by the World Inte...|
|Cabinet clears Rs. 25-crore plan to airlift Bhopal waste|
|Ther Hindu, 4th July 2012|
|Almost three decades after deadly gases spewed out of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, the Union Cabinet has finally approved the proposal to airlift 350 tonnes of toxic waste from the defunct pesticide factory site to Germany for safe disposal.
Tuesday's Cabinet decision comes after attempts to dispose of the waste in ...|
|UN backed meeting to focus on reducing use of mercury|
|India Blooms News Service, 3rd July 2012|
New York, July 3 (IBNS): Over 500 representatives from governments and civil society organizations are taking part in a United Nations-backed meeting in Punta del Este, Uruguay, which seeks to negotiate a global treaty that would reduce the use of mercury.
The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Ac...|
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