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    China factory explosion; Seven Killed

    April 2, 2019

    The blast involved a container of scrap metal that exploded in the outdoor yard of a metal-molding plant in a bonded area in the city of Kunshan, causing the plant to catch fire, the local government said on its official Weibo account on Sunday.

    “The cause of the incident is being investigated,” it said. Five people were also injured, one severely, in the blast.

    At least 78 people killed at China pesticide plant blast

    March 28, 2019

    The company, Tianjiayi Chemical Co — which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some highly flammable — had a history of safety violations and had been punished repeatedly, state news agency Xinhua said.

    Rescue efforts at the blast site were officially completed on Monday. A total of 164 people were caught up in the explosion, with 86 survivors, the local government said.

    UN Environment : Annual Report- 2018

    March 4, 2019

    UN Environment published its Annual Report-2018, highlighting the organization’s work on issues from fighting pollution of the air and sea to helping nations meet their goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The report, released online ahead of March 2019’s UN Environment Assembly, shows that the pace of action on many interlinked environmental issues is accelerating.

     

    The report shows UN Environment’s impact in many areas, including making the cooling industry more climate-friendly, helping communities in Darfur to reduce resource conflicts in a changing climate and training authorities so they can better enforce environmental laws.

    The online report will also integrate with the Programme Performance Report, a comprehensive review of the programme of work agreed with Member States.

    Fore more info :

    https://www.unenvironment.org/annualreport/2018/index.php#cover

    At least 60 people feared buried by a landslide at an illegal Indonesian gold mine.

    February 28, 2019

    Rescuers are searching for survivors at the site, in the Bolaang Mongondow area, on the island of Sulawesi.

    Indonesia’s disaster agency said one person had been found dead and at least 13 rescued by 0500 on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday).

    A spokesman said supporting beams gave way at the mine “due to unstable land and numerous mining shafts”.

    “It is estimated that as many as 60 people are buried under landslide and rock material,” the agency said.

    Images from the scene showed rescue teams and local people working through the night to carry survivors off a mud-covered hillside.

    Small-scale gold mining is banned in Indonesia, but remains widespread in rural areas. Lack of regulation and the poor construction of makeshift mines means accidents are relatively frequent.

    Campaigners have long argued that a lack of local employment opportunities meant people felt forced to rely on illegal mining.

    Source: BBC News, 27 February 2019

    One worker dies every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic at Workplace

    February 28, 2019

    One worker dies approximately every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic chemicals, pesticides, radiation and other hazardous substances, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  Global supply chains are often implicated for both failing to protect workers from toxic exposures and refusing to provide an effective remedy for individuals harmed. Poverty, gender, age, ethnicity and migration are among the many themes that frequently recur in cases of workers and toxic harms.

    In his 2018 annual report to the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (toxics), Baskut Tuncak, reports on the global crisis confronting workers exposed to toxic chemicals. Efforts in various fora are underway to improve occupational health and safety standards.  The Rapporteur’s report offers 15 principles to help States, businesses and other actors realize everyone’s right to safe and healthy working conditions.

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