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Polluting waste incinerator near local community in East Liverpool.

Incineration

Society continues to generate more waste and to change this alarming trend; strong political and industrial measures are urgently needed.

Despite what industry and governments would like people to believe,incineration is not a solution to the world's waste problems, but partof the problem.

Incinerators may reduce the volume of solid waste, but they do notdispose of the toxic substances contained in the waste. They create thelargest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicalsknown to science.

Incinerators emit a wide range of pollutants in their stack gases,ashes and other residues. The filters used to clean incinerator stackgases produce solid and liquid toxic wastes, which also need to bedisposed.

The only way to improve the situation is to avoid toxic waste production by improving our products and processes.

Public opposition to incineration isgrowing worldwide. People are recognising that there is no place forthe incineration of waste in a sustainable society.

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Victims of industrial disaster, Bhopal 2002

Image | 1 January, 2002 at 1:00

Bhopal, India is the site of the world's worst industrial disaster, where a Union Carbide chemical plant released 40 tonnes of highly toxic methyl isocyanate. The disaster killed thousands and the polluted site of the abandoned factory still...

Villagers of Por Nork and Hin Kud celebrating

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Villagers of Por Nork and Hin Kud celebrating the handing over and installation of solar power panels that were funded by Greenpeace, at a school close to Por Nork, in the Prachuab Khan province.

A Rimbunan Hijau truck picking up logs from

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A Rimbunan Hijau truck picking up logs from the Baram valley area. The Penan are one of the few remaining nomadic peoples of the rain forest. Their homeland in the Malaysian state of Sarawak is undergoing one of the highest rates of logging on earth.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in North America. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in Europe. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in the Asia-Pacific forests. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in Russia. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in Africa. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Map of remaining intact ancient forest in

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Map of remaining intact ancient forest in Chile. The light and dark areas combined are the original extent of forest cover. The dark area only is what remains of ancient forest.

Edison out: The struggle to stop coal fired power plants in Bo Nok and Ban Krut, Thailand

Publication | 1 January, 2002 at 0:00

Imagine if an electricity company tried to build a dirty coal fired power plant on a rural beach near a national park in, say, southern California in 2002. Now, imagine if that coastal area was a breeding ground for whales anddolphins. Most...

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