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Dirty business: mafia's toxic waste crimes spread across Europe

The illegal dumping of domestic and sometimes even hazardous industrial waste by the mafia has long been a problem in Italy. Now it has emerged that

The illegal dumping of domestic and sometimes even hazardous industrial waste by the mafia has long been a problem in Italy. Now it has emerged that

Europe

Environmental pollution: full debate

To watch the full ‘On The Frontline’ debate about environmental pollution in Europe, please click on the link above.

To watch the full ‘On The Frontline’ debate about environmental pollution in Europe, please click on the link above.

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Italy discovers biggest illegal waste dump in Europe

Officials in Italy have began excavating what they believe is the biggest illegal waste dump in Europe. Everything from chemicals and plastics to

Officials in Italy have began excavating what they believe is the biggest illegal waste dump in Europe. Everything from chemicals and plastics to

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Alert in Mexico after thieves steal radioactive material

Five states in Mexico have been put on high alert after the theft of a radioactive substance described by authorities as “very dangerous”. A van

Five states in Mexico have been put on high alert after the theft of a radioactive substance described by authorities as “very dangerous”. A van

Science_technology

Do you know: can we eat toxic waste?

Eventually, yes! Michail Yakimov from Institute for Coastal Marine Environment explains how waste in the sea gets eaten by bacteria, which are then

Eventually, yes! Michail Yakimov from Institute for Coastal Marine Environment explains how waste in the sea gets eaten by bacteria, which are then

Science_technology

E-waste: a lucrative but deadly business

Kibera in Kenya’s capital Nairobi is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Like many of its inhabitants, Leonard Ngatia

Kibera in Kenya’s capital Nairobi is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Like many of its inhabitants, Leonard Ngatia

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Chevron assets sought to pay damages bill

Ecuadorian victims who have won a 13-billion-euro environmental case against Chevron Corporation are to pursue legal action against the company

Ecuadorian victims who have won a 13-billion-euro environmental case against Chevron Corporation are to pursue legal action against the company

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US oil company ordered to pay billions in compensation to Ecuador

An appeal court in Ecuador ruled that the US oil company Chevron should pay 18 billion dollars in damages after being accused of polluting the Amazon

An appeal court in Ecuador ruled that the US oil company Chevron should pay 18 billion dollars in damages after being accused of polluting the Amazon

Europe

EU tightens nuclear waste disposal rules

The EU has agreed tougher rules on the disposal of nuclear waste. The new pan-European plan will mean radioactive rubbish from the 27 member state

The EU has agreed tougher rules on the disposal of nuclear waste. The new pan-European plan will mean radioactive rubbish from the 27 member state

Europe

Nuclear Power: Italy a unique case

The Fukushima disaster in Japan in March threw the spotlight on Europe’s nuclear power plants. While the EU Commission and the bloc’s 27 member

The Fukushima disaster in Japan in March threw the spotlight on Europe’s nuclear power plants. While the EU Commission and the bloc’s 27 member

Science_technology

Thousands of lives at risk from e-waste recycling

Thousands of people in China live from recycling e-waste – a highly toxic and dangerous activity. Most of the electronic waste comes from the West

Thousands of people in China live from recycling e-waste – a highly toxic and dangerous activity. Most of the electronic waste comes from the West

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German nuclear waste goes nowhere fast

Anti-nuclear activists have continued to block a convoy of reprocessed atomic waste from reaching a storage depot near the German town of

Anti-nuclear activists have continued to block a convoy of reprocessed atomic waste from reaching a storage depot near the German town of

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Nuclear "train of death" halted by protests

Protesters clashed with German police on Sunday as they tried to block a train carrying nuclear waste from France. Officers used pepper spray and

Protesters clashed with German police on Sunday as they tried to block a train carrying nuclear waste from France. Officers used pepper spray and

Special_reports

Red mud, blue Danube

A red desert landscape has enveloped entire villages in Hungary, in the wake of the toxic sludge disaster. The people living along the Danube River

A red desert landscape has enveloped entire villages in Hungary, in the wake of the toxic sludge disaster. The people living along the Danube River

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Head of Hungarian toxic sludge firm arrested

The boss of the Hungarian aluminium firm linked to last week’s massive spill of toxic sludge has been arrested.    Zoltan Bakonyi, head of

The boss of the Hungarian aluminium firm linked to last week’s massive spill of toxic sludge has been arrested.    Zoltan Bakonyi, head of

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Hungary races to reduce new toxic sludge threat

Amid threats of another wave of red toxic sludge in Hungary, workers are racing to build make-shift emergency dams. Cracks have widened in the

Amid threats of another wave of red toxic sludge in Hungary, workers are racing to build make-shift emergency dams. Cracks have widened in the

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Fears of fresh toxic flood in Hungary

A village near the site of the toxic sludge spill in Hungary has been evacuated amid fears of a second wave of poisonous flooding. Around 800

A village near the site of the toxic sludge spill in Hungary has been evacuated amid fears of a second wave of poisonous flooding. Around 800

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Sludge spill reservoir 'may have leaked in June'

New pictures from Hungary show the broken wall of a reservoir after it burst, spilling a torrent of toxic sludge from an alumina plant. The

New pictures from Hungary show the broken wall of a reservoir after it burst, spilling a torrent of toxic sludge from an alumina plant. The

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Danube fears eased but sludge death toll rises

The catastrophic effects of the toxic spill in the Danube’s tributaries have not been carried downstream to the great river itself, easing many

The catastrophic effects of the toxic spill in the Danube’s tributaries have not been carried downstream to the great river itself, easing many

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Serbia, Croatia test for Hungarian spill pollution

Serbian and Croatian authorities stepped up testing in the Danube on Friday amid fears the Hungarian toxic spill is spreading.   Officials say there

Serbian and Croatian authorities stepped up testing in the Danube on Friday amid fears the Hungarian toxic spill is spreading.   Officials say there

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Hungary pleas for EU aid

Hungary has officially asked the European Union for help as it takles what its president has described as an “ecological tragedy”. All life in the

Hungary has officially asked the European Union for help as it takles what its president has described as an “ecological tragedy”. All life in the

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Hungary hints at tighter controls after spill

The Hungarian prime minister has described the accident as an “unprecedented environmental catastrophe” in the country. The government is trying

The Hungarian prime minister has described the accident as an “unprecedented environmental catastrophe” in the country. The government is trying

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Hungarian toxic sludge reaches Danube

As the clean up continues in Hungary – toxic red sludge from an aluminium plant spill has now reached the River Danube. Disaster crews are also

As the clean up continues in Hungary – toxic red sludge from an aluminium plant spill has now reached the River Danube. Disaster crews are also

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Toxic spill: A village destroyed

Three days after red toxic sludge spilled from an aluminium plant, Hungary is counting the environmental and human cost of the disaster. At least

Three days after red toxic sludge spilled from an aluminium plant, Hungary is counting the environmental and human cost of the disaster. At least

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Toxic Spills in Europe

On Monday a river of toxic sludge burst out of the reservoir of an aluminia factory in Hungary. The deadly mud is estimated to have covered an area

On Monday a river of toxic sludge burst out of the reservoir of an aluminia factory in Hungary. The deadly mud is estimated to have covered an area

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Q&A Hungary toxic spill

Rain in Hungary is accelerating the spread of toxic sludge, from an aluminium plant, into rivers which flow into the Danube. To find out more about

Rain in Hungary is accelerating the spread of toxic sludge, from an aluminium plant, into rivers which flow into the Danube. To find out more about