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Exposing toxic trade in disguise

Feature story | 19 June, 2003 at 0:00

During June four representatives from ship breaking yards in India and Bangladesh are touring through Europe. They aim to present the impact of the current polluting practices at the breaking yards to ship owners and discuss working towards a...

Deadly asbestos exported to Asia

Feature story | 19 June, 2003 at 0:00

Asbestos is cleaned from buildings in Europe because of the hazards to human health. But Europe still exports asbestos to Asia in the form of old ships full of hazardous waste which are scrapped on beaches by unprotected workers. We are acting to...

Biosafety Protocol becomes law

Feature story | 17 June, 2003 at 0:00

When the tiny pacific nation of Palau ratified the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety last Friday, the way was cleared for the world's first legally binding agreement that reaffirms the sovereign right of countries to reject imports of...

Whaling Commission shifts to conservation

Feature story | 17 June, 2003 at 0:00

In a great move forward for oceans in crisis, conservation-minded countries tipped the balance in favor of whales, dolphins, and porpoises at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting yesterday. They passed a resolution called the...

Tricks of the trade

Feature story | 6 June, 2003 at 0:00

The ship breaking industry provides one of the clearest examples of exploiting the environment and workers for profit. But thanks to the exposure of this toxic trade and public pressure, the industry is slowly realising it must clean up its act.

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