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British mining firm may be liable for pollution by subsidiary

Konkola Copper Mines

The latest hearing in the case of the Zambian communities consistently polluted by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a subsidiary of British miner Vedanta, will be heard at the British Supreme Court on January 15 and 16, 2019. A rally organised by solidarity organisation Foil Vedanta with a variety of other groups, will take place outside the court in solidarity with ...

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‘Hazardous materials’ prompt response to consulates in Melbourne


Australian emergency services are responding to several calls involving hazardous materials near foreign consulates in Melbourne, officials and local media said on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Melbourne, Australia Victoria Emergency said 10 hazardous material incidents are in progress in several areas across the city. It said the incidents are “under control’’. “The Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade is assisting Australian Federal ...

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Regulating environmental pollution for human safety

Generator Pollution

A mother, Sadiya, as fondly called, cried uncontrollably on the aisle of a general hospital in her neighbourhood in Abuja as medical personnel worked to announce the autopsy result of her three children that died. The WHO says that, in one year, 46,750 persons died as a result of outdoor pollution in Nigeria Irrespective of pleas to be patient and ...

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Rain clears smog in Indian capital yet air quality ‘very poor’

Delhi pollution

A rainy spell early on Sunday, January 6, 2019 brought better air to residents of New Delhi, giving them a brief respite from thick grey smog that has shrouded the Indian capital for the last two months, although air quality continued to be “very poor”. As Delhi’s pollution levels rise to severe, the EPCA has directed governments to impose all ...

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Intensifying campaign against plastic pollution

Plastic pollution

Environmentalists claim that million metric tonnes of plastic pollute the environment annually with little effort at making the world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways, oceans and the environment. Plastic pollution An environmentalist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, therefore, calls on the government and other stakeholders to intensify campaign against plastic pollution in the country. Inyamkume, ...

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EU ministers back 15% emissions cut for lorries, buses

Svenja Schulze

EU environment ministers agreed on Thursday, December 20, 2018 to cut emissions from lorries and buses for the first time ever, by 15 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2030. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze However, one wrinkle came from Germany, the only member state that opted to abstain from the otherwise unanimous vote. Germany – an ...

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EU agrees to ban throw-away plastics to limit ocean pollution

Plastic pollution

Throw-away plastic items such as straws and polystyrene cups will be banned in the European Union by 2021, EU officials agreed on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Plastic pollution Negotiators from the European Parliament and for the 28 EU countries agreed a list of 10 single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives that will be banned as part of measures to ...

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Five bodies with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning found in Russia

Carbon monoxide

Five bodies with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning were discovered in a boiler room of a non-residential building in the town of Domodedovo South of Moscow, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Monday, December 17, 2018. Carbon monoxide is widely regarded as a silent killer It said in a statement that the deceased were citizens of countries neighbouring Russia aged ...

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Mongolians urge UN attention to air pollution in capital

Ulan Bator

Mongolians are lodging an online petition for the attention of the United Nations regarding the heavy air pollution in Ulan Bator, the country’s capital, having gathered some 36,500 signatures within about 36 hours. The appeal of “Death from Smog in Mongolia #HumanRights’’ was initiated more than 40 hours ago by an Ulan Bator resident who called himself Bat-Enkh. It was ...

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Government urged to make progress in Ogoni clean-up

King Baridam Suanu

The Paramount Ruler in Khana Local Government Area in Rivers State, King Baridam Suanu, has urged the Federal Government to make visible progress in implementing the Ogoni clean-up project. Suanu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The paramount ruler, however, commended the ...

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