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Toxic trade

Greenpeace has documented hundreds of cases where developed countries have traded or transferred toxic waste problems to developing countries.

Instead of receiving clean technologies, too often developing countries receive toxic waste, products and technologies.

Currently the main focus of our work on toxic trade is stopping the dumping of dirty ships in Asia for shipbreaking.

This type of trade is immoral and environmentally destructive to the receiving countries and their people. It also prevents developed countries from investing in real solutions to pollution, and developing future markets in more appropriate technologies or products.

The most blatant offence has been the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. Greenpeace has sought a ban on this type of toxic trade and achieved it through an international treaty called the Basel Convention.

The convention came into force in 1992 but it was a weak treaty. In 1994, a unique coalition of developing countries, and some from eastern and western Europe along with Greenpeace, managed to pass by consensus what has come to be known as the Basel Ban.

This became law in 1998 and banned waste transfer to developing countries. Greenpeace is now campaigning to:

· Prevent governments and companies circumventing the ban by practices such as ship breaking;

· Promote clean production;

· Halt the production and trade of toxic products such as the UN Environmental Programme list of the dirty dozen (the 12 most toxic persistent pollutants); and

· Stop toxic technologies such as incineration.

The latest updates

 

Palm oil companies say they'll put forest destruction on hold. But what happens next?

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 25 September, 2014

Some of the world’s biggest palm oil companies have suspended their forest destruction. Is this a ceasefire or the end of their war on forests? We refuse to stand by while palm oil companies turn forests to plantations. We started...

Activists Block Coal Train in the UK

Slideshow | 24 September, 2014

Coal Power Plant Protests in Indonesia

Slideshow | 24 September, 2014

Coal: Darkness in the Lignite era

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 24 September, 2014 1 comment

Coal, known as "King coal" or "black gold" for its historic economic influence, is also known as the "dirtiest fuel," the most carbon-intensive and toxic hydrocarbon. The industry has promoted "clean coal," but since they have...

Projection At The UN Climate Summit

Image | 23 September, 2014 at 18:00

Greenpeace USA activists project the message "Listen to the People, Not the Polluters" on the United Nations building, after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand climate action over the weekend. The projection was then...

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