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Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

Date: 8 September 2019

Seattle, Washington, USA. 09 August, 2019. Croatia’s 6th of September deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment has allowed this global waste dumping prohibition to finally enter into the force of international law. The Ban Amendment, adopted by the parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, prohibits, the export of hazardous wastes from member states of the European Union, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Liechtenstein to all other countries.

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Chinese migrant workers suffer the effects of pollution at work and in their living environment

Date: 16 July 2019

Pollution has become a major health crisis in China. With industrial pollution as a significant contributing factor, many workers, especially rural migrant workers who have been exposed to some of the harshest working and living conditions over many years and denied the same rights and mechanisms to rectify their suffering, face a double burden to their health.

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DR Congo copper and cobalt miners killed in Kolwezi

Date: 28 June 2019

At least 36 people have been killed after a copper and cobalt mine collapsed in Lualaba province in south-east DR Congo, authorities say.

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Public Health Burden of E-waste in Africa

Date: 4 June 2019

Environmental impacts from informal e-waste recycling are increasing in Africa.

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Female workers at semiconductor plants face greater risk of leukemia and death

Date: 23 May 2019

Female workers handling chips at South Korean semiconductor plants face a 1.59 times higher risk of leukemia…

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S. Korean Gov’t Admits “Relatedness of Fatalities and Illnesses” in Semiconductor Industry

Date: 23 May 2019

Workers fell sick and died due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in their chip labs, Korea Workers Compensation…

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Behind the Hype of Apple’s Plan to End Mining

Date: 7 March 2019

There are 118 elements on the periodic table. An iPhone contains about 75 of them.

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Court acknowledges correlation between leukemia, working environment

Date: 29 November 2018

A South Korean court on Thursday ruled that an employee suffering from leukemia after working at Samsung Electronics Co.’s chip production line should be…

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