by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) Oct 25, 2011
Leading world economies will no longer be able to export hazardous waste to poorer nations unless they obtain the latter's consent, a spokesman from the UN environment agency said Tuesday.
"UNEP is pleased to announce a historic agreement ending a 15-year deadlock over banning north-south movement of hazardous waste," Michael Stanley-Jones told a press conference.
"Representatives of 118 members of the Basel Convention, the global treaty on waste management, have reached a historic agreement unblocking an amendment that will ban the export of hazardous wastes from OECD to non-OECD countries, known as the Ban Amendment," he said.
The deal was done late last week, during the closing day of the meeting of the parties to the Basel Convention in Colombia.
The Basel Convention is aimed at protecting developing countries from unwanted dumping of waste in their territories.
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Fresh oil pollution reported in Nigerian region
Yenagoa, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 24, 2011
A Nigerian environmental group on Monday claimed an oil spill from a pipeline operated by Italian firm ENI had badly polluted an area in the south of Africa's largest oil producer. The spill which reportedly occurred on September 27 is said to have polluted the swamps of the Ikeinghenbiri area of Bayelsa state in the main oil-producing Niger Delta region. "The volume of the spill is very ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|