Day: 22 January 1999
SOUTH AFRICA celebrates 3 million new water recipients since 1994
South Africa celebrated the 3 millionth recipient of water since 1994, on Saturday 16 January. The 3 millionth target is being met with the Kwandebele Moutse Moretele Water Augmentation Project, launched on Saturday. The occasion will also mark the inauguration of the Ikangala Water Board.
CAMBODIA: environmentalists demand further tests on dumped hazwaste
Following the dumping of 3,000 tonnes of Taiwanese hazardous wastes in Cambodia, the international environmental organisations Greenpeace and the Basel Action Network (BAN) called for a full battery of tests to take place on both the wastes and on those villagers who were exposed to them. They also called on the Cambodian government to immediately ban the import of hazardous wastes and ratify the Basel Convention.
HONG KONG: High Court slams Ciba-Geigy over pesticide
Hong Kong's High Court has found Ciba-Geigy (Hong Kong) Ltd (now Novartis) "failed in all respects" by not meeting its responsibilities to ensure proper labelling, dissemination, instruction and overall stewardship of a pesticide it originally manufactured and now imports.
Russia: economic crisis good for the environment
Environmental conditions in Russia have improved in recent months, as industrial production has fallen due to the economic crisis. Preliminary figures for 1998 show falls of several percent in air, water and other pollution - but the country still has huge environmental problems that receive little attention or investment.
Ireland presses UK to reduce Sellafield emissions
The Environment Agency for England and Wales' proposals to reduce emissions from the Sellafield nuclear re-procession plant fail to live up to commitments made by the UK at last year's OSPAR meeting in Portugal, said Joe Jacob, T.D., Irish Minister with responsibility for Nuclear Safety, at the first meeting of OSPAR Working Group on radioactive substances at Dublin Castle this week.
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