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Italy seizes five container loads of garbage bound for China

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Rome (AFP) April 11, 2011
Italian police on Monday seized five container loads of garbage bound for China at the port of Naples, officials said as the city struggles to remove mountains of rubbish from the streets.

Customs police said the Italian company exporting the some 86 tonnes of garbage had declared that the containers were destined for recycling by a Chinese company.

However the firm was not in the recycling business, the police said in a statement, adding that they have seized the containers pending an inquiry.

The Naples region has had a waste disposal problem for years that is also linked to rampant organised crime in the area. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised to clear up the mess during his 2008 election campaign.

Waste is often smuggled out on ships out of Naples for disposal in poor African countries as part of a vast criminal business.




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Study reveals cost of nitrogen pollution
London (AFP) April 11, 2011
Nitrogen pollution costs Europe between 70 and 320 billion euros ($100bn-$460bn) per year in its impact on health and the environment, according to a major European study launched in Britain on Monday. The first European Nitrogen Assessment, the result of a five-year research programme, found that the costs represented more than double the benefits for the continent's agriculture sector. ... read more

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