erecting safeguards: To protect marine species and reduce seawater pollution, the Chennai Port Trust has decided to facilitate storage and treatment of ballast water of ships coming into the port. Invasive marine species, which are carried by ballast waters to new environments, constitute a major threat to the world's oceans and ecological diversity (see: 'It's a pogrom out there', Down To Earth, February 29, 2004). The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments, organised recently by the International Maritime Organisation, London, had also suggested similar moves.
protracted battle: The agitation of the people of Karimugal village in Kerala's Ernakulam district against toxic carbon emissions by Philips Carbon Black Limited (PCBL) completed 1000 days on April 21. The protest, being organised under the banner of Carbon Malineekarana Virudha Samithy (CMVS), has received the support of environmental groups like Greenpeace and Narmada Bachao Andolan. The CMVS also blames the state pollution control board for inaction.
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