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    More than 50 feared dead after landslide at Myanmar jade mine

    April 25, 2019

    More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping.

    The accident took place near Maw Wun Kalay village in Hpakant township at about 11:30pm local time (17:00 GMT) on 23 April 2019 when a mud-filter pond, situated in an old mining site, collapsed.

    A total of 54 staff from two private companies were buried under a mound of mining waste along with 40 machines and vehicles, said Tin Soe, a local official.

     

    Most of the victims were identified as internal migrant workers who scavenge jade or pieces of the precious stones left over from company mining operations.The area is mined by the Myanmar Thura Gems and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung companies.

    Hpakant area is the centre of the country’s jade mining industry and produces some of the best-quality jade in the world.

     

    Fatal landslides in the area are common with victims often from impoverished ethnic communities looking for scraps left behind by big firms.

     

    Ninth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to Held 29 April-10 May 2019

    April 10, 2019

    The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) will be held back to back with the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-14) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-9) from 29 April to 10 May 2019 at Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva in Switzerland. The theme of the meetings will be ” Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.

    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

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