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E-waste crime: UK couple fined for illegal exports, man gets suspended jail term
Two married company directors and their company have been ordered to pay £130,000 for illegally exporting 187 tonnes of hazardous electronic waste to six African countries between 2011 and 2015.
Mark Daniels, one half of the married couple, was also given a nine-month suspended sentence.
The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency after their officers found 11 shipping containers full of electrical waste destined for Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania – where the waste could cause serious pollution, risking harm to people and the environment.
The BBC’s Panorama programme fitted a hidden tracking device to a broken television and left it at a civic amenity site in south London. The TV was tracked to Daniels Recycling, a waste site in Warrington, and then back down to Felixstowe port, where officers found the TV in a shipping container. It was seized before it was illegally exported. This evidence formed a crucial part of the Environment Agency prosecution case.
* Read the EIA report System Failure, which inspired Panorama to retrace our undercover investigation - eia-international.org/report/system-failure
These 40-foot containers, each with about 15 tonnes of e-waste inside, had wrapped items at the front, which were made to look like working products. However, further back the container included hazardous cathode ray televisions and broken fridge freezers which were described as second-hand goods but didn’t work.
Waste company Daniels Recycling, based in Slutchers Lane, Warrington, had already been served with an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency. In addition to these 11 containers planned for illegal export, the Environment Agency prosecutors told the court that the company had illegally exported another 186 shipping containers to Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Gambia and Togo.
The company and its directors, Mark Daniels, (51, of Reynolds Street, Warrington) and Lynn Gallop, (52, of the same address) pleaded guilty to shipping the containers illegally.
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Ivory haul at Heathrow Airport: 'Seizure one of UK's biggest'
One of the largest hauls of illegal ivory seen in the UK is found at Heathrow Airport.
The ivory weighs 110kg, which is more than a baby elephant, and includes tusks, carved bangles and beads.
It was found last month at Terminal 4 in baggage left abandoned in transit from Angola to Hanover, Germany.
Full story at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34905000
#UK #Heathrow #ivory #elephants
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1 hour ago ·
China’s wildlife disappearing, new report says
China’s wildlife is vanishing at an alarming clip, a new report has found.
The Middle Kingdom’s population of terrestrial vertebrates – including mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles – has fallen by nearly one half over the past four decades, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
That gloomy stat is in keeping with trends around the globe, which saw the number of vertebrates drop by 52% between 1970 and 2010, WWF said.
Among the animals in the Middle Kingdom tracked by the nonprofit’s report, there were clear winners and losers. Reptiles and amphibians took the biggest hit during the 1970-2010 period, with their numbers dropping by a staggering 97%, in part because of the frenzied hunt for traditional Chinese medicine supplies and encroachment on their habits, the authors said. Likewise, numbers of forest mammals—such as musk deer and snub-nosed monkeys—fell by 78%.
Birds, by contrast, fared better and in some cases actually thrived after years of harrowing losses under Mao Zedong, whose late-1950s “four pests” campaign pushed China’s sparrow population to the brink. The WWF found that the bird population staged an overall comeback since 1970, growing by 43% in part due to the expansion of nature reserves.
The report also found that China’s demands on the environment have more than doubled since the 1970s, as the country’s living standards have risen. China now requires an average of 2.2 global hectares of land per person to maintain its standard of living, the report found. (In the U.S., the number is around 7.) The figure represents the amount of terrain needed for crops, urbanization, logging, forest to absorb carbon dioxide emissions and more.
In 1980, less than one-fifth of China’s population was living in cities and towns; by 2012, that figure had grown to more than one half, the WWF said.
Full story at blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/11/13/chinas-wildlife-disappearing-new-report-says/
#China #wildlife #reptiles #amphibians #birds
Image: Dried plants and animals parts are used in traditional Chinese medicines. In the image are dried "Supernatural mushrooms" (Lingzhi), dried curled snakes, turtle shell underbelly (plastron), Luo Han Guo, and species of ginseng, by Vberger ... See MoreSee Less
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