In a court decision of August 2016, the Indonesian court in Jakarta sentenced the Indonesian palm oil producer Sampoerna Agro to the highest ever penalty for illegal slash and burn agriculture, as Reuters reports.
According to the judgment of 11 August, the company was “negligent in relation to fires” over an area of 3,000 hectares in the province of Riau in 2014. ... →
Textile suppliers of Zara, H&M, Ann Taylor, Guess, Target, Disney and Uniqlo, among other big brands, have violated China’s environmental laws by contaminating water supplies with chemicals from dyes and printing, according to a new report released from the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The Malawian civic group KANRJC has filed a request to access environmental information concerning the operations of the Kayelekera Uranium Mine owned by Australian-based Paladin Energy Ltd. Locals have reported illnesses as a result of the mining operations and insufficient compensation for their forced displacements.
While the extraction of uranium is a dangerous activity that poses risks to the local community’s health, life and livelihood, these risks are increased where mining operations are not strictly regulated, managed and monitored. ... →
In August 2011, a spill in the Gannet Alpha platform 180 km from Aberdeen in Scotland has evolved into the worst spill in UK waters in the past decade. It is estimated that 216 tonnes – 1,300 barrels – have been discharged into the water.
Greenpeace, which criticized Shell for not providing sufficient information on the extent of the spill, pointed to the devastating impact the released oil can have on the marine and bird life in the area. ... →