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Imported waste makes China world's largest rubbish dump
by Jiaquan Wang

Seemingly a winner in the global balance of trade, China is in fact struggling against an undercurrent of imported waste. The country, already laden with domestic pollution, is rapidly becoming the planet�s largest garbage dump, facing a huge influx of foreign garbage. ... more

Chemical cocktail in waterways raises fresh fears
A groundbreaking study by British scientists has revealed that the combined effects of a cocktail of chemicals are affecting UK waterways to a far greater extent than previously thought. Their research unearths evidence that mixtures of chemicals are acting together to affect reproductive processes of fish. ... more

Call for an end to destructive mining in the Philippines
Mining in the Philippines has left over 800 abandoned mines littered throughout the countryside, caused massive environmental damage and has been linked to serious human rights abuses, according to a new international report. ... more

Beijing gives priority to buses
by Ling Li

In an effort to cut private car use and promote pubic transport, the Chinese government will provide a total of 1.3 billion yuan (US$167 million) this year to help Beijing�s bus companies reduce fares to only 1 yuan (US$0.13) per ride. ... more

New call for global mercury ban
More than one in six women involved in a small-scale study in 21 countries has a level of mercury above a widely-accepted recommended safety dose, according to a report by the �Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury� campaign. ... more

World's top ten polluted places
by Maya Pastakia

A US environmental action group has named the world's 10 most polluted places on the planet. ... more

Air pollution kills 2 million every year
Air pollution in cities across the world is causing some two million premature deaths every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, urging nations to adopt stricter air pollution standards. ... more

Ozone loss reaches new record
The loss of ozone over Antarctica reached a new record in 2006, scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced. ... more

UN to help pinpoint Lebanon's pollution hot spots
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UK Conservatives make U-turn on chemicals.
The leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron, has made a dramatic change in Conservative policy with a commitment to protect people and the environment from harmful man-made chemicals. ... more

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