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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

 

Marshall Islands takes on the nuclear-armed states, for all our sakes

Blog entry by Daniel Simons and Jen Maman | 19 November, 2014 1 comment

“The day the sun rose twice”. That's how 1 March 1954 was recorded in the history of Rongelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Marshall Islands. Early that morning, shortly after the sun rose in the east, a second sun...

Video: Activist hospitalised after boats rammed during peaceful protest against oil...

Blog entry by Andrew | 15 November, 2014 42 comments

Update - 18 November: The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation has orderd the detention of the Arctic Sunrise . Mario Rodriguez, director of Greenpeace Spain, said in response... "It’s telling that the Spanish...

Belgium authorities impound Rainbow Trading's illegal timber

Blog entry by Daniela Montalto | 14 November, 2014 3 comments

The Belgian authorities have impounded six containers of Brazilian Amazon timber from Rainbow Trading, the company responsible for Amazon destruction we told you about last week. The authorities have confirmed two of the containers...

Europe's monster boats plunder Pacific tuna stocks

Blog entry by Nathaniel Pelle | 14 November, 2014 3 comments

We usually refer to them as Pacific Island nations, but territories like Kiribati are more like vast ocean nations. Kiribati (pronounced 'Kirr-i-bas') is a nation of 33 coral atolls and reef islands dispersed over 3.5 million square...

Monster Boats in Kiribati

Video | 14 November, 2014 at 7:00

Overfishing is a global problem with alarming and indisputable consequences: 90% of global fish stocks are currently overexploited. Support low impact fishers and help ensure fair fishing.

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