Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006

Cycle Chem Inc will spend more than half a million dollars to correct hazardous waste violations and upgrade equipment at their hazardous waste facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, usA. The company will also pay the state of New Jersey US $90,000 as penalty.

The Thjorsarver wetlands in South Iceland have been saved from the ravages of a hydro-electric scheme. Thjorsarver is home to the world's largest breeding ground for pink-footed geese.

Shoppers in the uk could be charged five pence each time they use a plastic bag in a supermarket. The plan is being considered by the country's ministers to try to reduce mounting piles of plastic and encourage shoppers to reuse plastic bags or use multi-use cloth bags.

Leaders of the local business community and the government of South Korea have formally agreed to adopt measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions, while aiming to minimise the threats to economic growth. The campaign comes as South Korea and five other Asia-Pacific nations convened for their first meeting to discuss how to curb greenhouse gas emissions with the help of new technologies.

Corn contaminated with a fungal toxin fumonisin might be the cause for the increase in babies born with neural tube defects and brain and spinal cord abnormalities in the early 1990s in the Rio Grande Valley, on the US side of the Texas-Mexico border.

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