April 18, 2011

Consumer Electronics Industry Sets Itself Billion Pound eCycling Challenge

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At an event last week in Washington, DC,  the eCycling Leadership Initiative was formed with participation from the Consumer Electronics Association, Best Buy Co. Inc., Panasonic Corporation of North America, Sony Electronics Inc. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., among others.

According to their press release, at the meeting, consumer electronics industry leaders kicked off the first nationwide electronics recycling initiative, with the goal of recycling a billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016. One billion pounds of obsolete electronics, if not properly recycled, would fill enough 50-foot tractor trailers to stretch 475 miles or completely fill a 71,000-seat football stadium.

For the full article, visit: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2011/2011-04-13-091.html

April 12, 2011

UN Meeting Pushes for Stronger Measures to Protect Gorillas

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According to reports, for the first time ever, UN agencies, national governments in the region, local wildlife authorities, non-governmental organizations and international experts came together last week at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, to deal with wildlife crime threatening endangered gorillas.

Experts from governments, as well as  the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), INTERPOL, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and TRAFFICjoined the Convention on Migratory Species in reviewing the current conservation activities affecting the four sub-species of gorillas in East and Central Africa.  Discussions included solutions to address the major threat of commercial poaching for bushmeat and live trade in gorillas.

For the full article, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/3zlrtlr

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April 6, 2011

Environment Canada reports record seizure of more than $1 million of HCFC-22

Filed under: Chemicals & Waste, Environmental Crime, North America — inece @ 8:50 pm

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The company, Gestion Alexis Dionne Inc. and its president, Mr. Alexis Dionne, have accepted responsibility for the illegal importation of approximately 120,000 kg of chlorodifluoromethane (HFCF-22). According to a press release from Environment Canada, the company and its president have been charged with four counts of illegal importation of HFCF-22 between September 2008 and June 2009, in contravention of the Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations, 1998.

To read the full article, click here: http://tinyurl.com/44owfh2

April 4, 2011

Philippines Creates Anti Illegal Logging Task Force

Filed under: Asia, biodiversity, Environmental Crime, Forests — inece @ 7:27 pm

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To ensure enforcement of Executive Order 23, the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Legazpi City announced the creation of the Regional Anti Illegal Logging Task Force on 23 March 2011.

To view the full story, click here: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=24041

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