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Ivory Coast: Trafigura offers to settle with toxic waste victims

Trafigura, the company at the centre of a toxic waste scandal in the Ivory Coast, has offered the 30,000 people affected by the dumping a payment of 1,000 UK pounds each as compensation.

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Aviation industry pledges 50 percent cuts in emissions

Airlines have agreed that they will aim to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. The move, which aims to pre-empt unfavourable attention at the Copenhagen summit in December, is the most radical vision to date of the future of air travel.

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US: Kimberly-Clark makes major commitment for sustainable sourcing

Kimberly-Clark, the major tissue products company and long-time target for environmental campaign group Greenpeace, has announced that it is to eliminate non-certified wood fibre from its supply chain by 2010.

River pollution

Bangladesh: Factories required to control pollution by 2010

The Bangladesh High Court has said that industrial firms should put effluent treatment plants in place by 2010 or be shut down. High-impact tanneries are being required to move out of a city centre location.

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Brazil: Products of Amazon destruction still widely consumed: Greenpeace

A new report has said that beef, leather and other cattle products are being widely distributed from illegal deforestation of the Amazon. According to Greenpeace, the products are finding their way into the supply chains of a number of top brands, such as Adidas, Timberland, Honda, Gucci and Nike.

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Honduras: Goldcorp urged to clean up closing mine

Goldcorp has been urged by catholic aid agencies CAFOD and Development & Peace to ensure that its San Martin mine in Honduras avoids potential environmental impact at the end of its life. The mine is due to close at the end of the year.

Chemical waste

Ivory Coast: Toxic waste claims disputed

Trafigura has launched a lawsuit against a British TV news programme for alleging that the company had been involved in one of the biggest toxic waste dumping scandals in the world.

Oil palm

Malaysia: Court ruling may support tribes in opposing deforestation

Indigenous tribes on the island of Borneo may be able to stop companies from logging or creating oil palm plantations following a ruling made by the Malaysian Federal Court.

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UK: Businesses break ranks to lobby against new Heathrow runway

A group of senior business leaders have broken the business consensus in favour of airport expansion to oppose the government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow on environmental grounds.

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US: Shell settles air pollution case

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has settled a claim over air pollution in Houston for $5.8m and a promise to reduce emissions by 80 percent over three years.

Doe Run Peru

Peru: Doe Run environmental record focus as company fights for survival

Doe Run Peru, which has brought most operations to a standstill whilst it tries to secure government financing, has been forced to defend failings on promised environmental clean-up operations.


UK: Former BP CEO says market is failing on clean energy

Lord Browne, the former CEO of oil giant BP, has said that market mechanisms are falling well short of delivering the growth in renewable and clean energy that is required, and the government needs to intervene.

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UK: Shell angers campaigners with renewables shift to biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell has said that it is to reduce future investment in solar and wind power to focus its renewable energy activity more on biofuels. The company has said that it is pursuing its priority of giving best returns to shareholders, and returns on other alternatives, even with considerable public subsidy, are not sufficient.

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US: Standard & Poor's launch Carbon Efficient Index

Standard & Poor's has launched the S&P US Carbon Efficient Index, which excludes the 100 most carbon-heavy companies from the standard S&P 500. It said that the new Index had an average annual carbon footprint around 48 percent lower than the standard Index.

Toyota Prius

Japan: Toyota, Panasonic and Aeon get credit for green credentials

Consumers in Japan rate Toyota and the most effective company in terms of green action, with Panasonic and Aeon in a distant second and third place.

Electronic waste: a growing problem

Netherlands: Philips changes recycling to take producer responsibility

Campaigners have welcomed a move by Philips to change its approach to the recycling of its products so that the costs of recycling are part of the overall product price, rather than being paid by the consumer as an additional fee. Greenpeace said it had been campaigning against the company's opposition to laws that would oblige producer responsibility for electronic products.

Vedanta protests

India: Thousands protest Vedanta bauxite mine

A ten mile human chain has been formed by thousands of protestors against a proposed bauxite mine to be operated by multinational Vedanta.

Oil palm

Malaysia: HSBC action on palm oil criticised by government

HSBC has announced that it is to stop lending to some palm oil projects in Malaysia and Indonesia due to environmental concerns, and it expects as a result to pull funding from 30 percent of its current clients in the industry. The move has been attacked by the Malaysian government as being misguided.

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Netherlands: Shell faces lawsuit over Nigerian oil spills

Oil major Shell is to face a suit in its home base based on accusations that its operations have led to environmental damage in Nigeria. The suit, which is to be brought by four Nigerian fishermen and farmers along with Friends of the Earth, will focus on activities in the Niger Delta region.

Chemical waste

EU: Businesses told to avoid blacklisted chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency has released its first draft blacklist of chemicals that may soon be covered by new legislation that terms them as of Very High Concern, and is urging businesses to plan now for the point when the list is confirmed.

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