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UK: OIL SPILL RESPONSE EXERCISE OFF THE ISLE OF WIGHT

June 22 – Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) will be performing a live on- the-water exercise today until Friday (22-25) off the Isle of Wight, to train its response teams and develop its operational capabilities. The exercise will involve simulating an oil spill incident to test response equipment and instruct personnel on best-practice procedures. It …

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UGANDA JOINS CLEAN SEAS CAMPAIGN TO KEEP PLASTIC POLLUTION OUT OF ITS LAKES AND RIVERS

June 25 – Uganda has today joined the Clean Seas Campaign, demonstrating the country’s commitment to curbing the flow of marine litter and plastic waste entering lakes, rivers, and the ocean. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2017, has been a catalyst for change, transforming habits, practices, standards and …

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SRI LANKA: EU PROVIDES RS, 48 MILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF TO VICTIMS OF CARGO SHIP FIRE IN SRI LANKA

June 23 – In response to serous oil and hazardous chemical spills triggered by the fire that broke out on a ship carrying hazardous substances in May, the European Union is directing €200,000 (over 48 million Sri Lankan rupees) in humanitarian funding to provide crucial assistance. The aid will benefit 15,000 people who have been …

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RUSSIA: MEGA OIL PROJECT IN RUSSIA’S FAR NORTH THREATENS ARCTIC INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

June 25 – Gennady Schukin has returned to his flat in the city of Dudinka, above the Arctic circle, from a 600 kilometre trip to round up his reindeer. At this time of year in this remote north-central part of Russia, hunting and fishing are key to Schukin’s community income. Schukin is an indigenous leader …

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NIGERIA: CITING NATIONAL INTEREST, BUHARI SHIFTS GROUND ON RESTRUCTURING

June 25 – President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday softened his stance on the vexed issue of restructuring the country, saying he will follow the lead of the National Assembly to implement the wishes of Nigerians on the subject. On the Hydrocarbon Remediation Project, President Buhari said he had directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to ensure …

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ITALY: UNESCO CALLS FOR BAN ON CRUISE SHIPS IN VENICE’S CITY CENTRE

June 22 – The controversy over large cruise ships sailing through the heart of Venice and docking in the historic city was renewed with news that UNESCO, the UN’s world heritage organization, is considering adding Venice to its list of endangered treasures. The renewed call for an immediate ban on all large cruise ships came …

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INDIA: GOA SHIPYARD TO BUILD 2 POLLUTION CONTROL VESSELS FOR COAST GUARD

June 22 – The Defence Ministry inked a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for construction of two Pollution Control Vessels for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for Rs 583 crore on Tuesday. The new Pollution Control Vessels planned are for pollution response requirements in Eastern and the ecologically sensitive Andaman and Nicobar regions. The acquisition …

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INDIA: ENVIRONMENT MIN’S DRAFT FLY ASH NOTIFICATION IS AN ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY POLLUTION

June 21 – Issued under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the latest amendment is the sixth attempt by policymakers to address the “mismanagement” of fly ash from India’s ever-expanding coal- fired thermal power sector. According to estimates provided by the Central Electricity Authority, the fly ash produced at Indian coal power sector …

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FINLAND: ACTIONS TO REDUCE PHARMACEUTICAL EMISSIONS IN THE BALTI SEA REGION

June 21 – Hundreds of different medicines are consumed in the Baltic Sea region daily. Medicines benefit human and animal health,but after the use many of them end up to environment and can cause adverse effects to wildlife. CWPharma project worked for over three years to gather and produce data on the consumption of pharmaceuticals …

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