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Access to water

Philippines access to water

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26 July 2004

Modern China is facing an ecological crisis

Author: James Kynge, Financial Times

Acid rain falls over 30 per cent of the country and the air in many cities will be virtually unbreathable by 2010 if carbon, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions continue rising at their current rate...In China's 11 biggest cities 50,000 people...

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21 July 2004

8 states, New York City sue power companies over global warming [USA]

Author: Associated Press

Attorneys general from eight states and New York City...are trying to pressure five power producers - American Electric Power Co., Southern Co., Xcel Energy Inc., Cinergy Corp. and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority - to clean up their emissions...

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20 July 2004

Toxic groundwater spreading [Arizona, USA]

Author: Amanda J. Crawford, Arizona Republic

This month, two major lawsuits were filed against corporations [Honeywell; Unidynamics-Phoenix Inc. & its parent Crane Co.] accused of stalling the cleanup of sites with groundwater contamination...Owens [Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality...

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Article
11 July 2004

Water wars: California's 'liquid gold' shouldn't be entrusted to private conglomerates

Author: Joseph W. Cotchett, attorney at Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy, former chairman of the California State Parks Commission, in San Francisco Chronicle

In the United States, 85 percent of water utilities are still public-owned, but that figure could change rapidly as multinational corporations such as France's Vivendi Universal and Germany's RWE swallow up smaller, locally run utilities around the...

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1 July 2004

Development & diamonds in Angola

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1 July 2004

[PDF] Angola Diamond Industry Annual Review

Author: Partnership Africa Canada

This first Annual Review of the diamond industry in Angola...examines the potential for diamonds to serve as an engine of development rather than war. And it spells out some of the challenges that now face a government that has been widely criticized...

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1 July 2004

[PDF] Risk, responsibility and human rights: Taking a rights-based approach to trade and project finance

Author: NGO Working Group on EDC [Export Development Canada], Halifax Initiative Coalition

[T]his discussion paper proposes a framework, based on best practices, for mainstreaming human rights concerns into all stages of the project cycle [for projects supported by export credit agencies, World Bank, IFC and other public international...

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Story
26 June 2004

BP pipeline in Turkey: Whistleblowers raise safety & environmental concerns

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Article
26 June 2004

Exposed: BP, its pipeline [through Turkey], and an environmental timebomb

Author: Philip Thornton, Independent [UK]

The safety of a controversial oil pipeline...has been jeopardised by cost-cutting, incompetence and shoddy workmanship by contractors, whistleblowers have reported...The whistleblowers...say BP made a major mistake in handing control of the section of...

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26 June 2004

Hidden costs of pipeline meant to safeguard West's oil supply [BP pipeline through Turkey]

Author: Philip Thornton, Independent [UK]

The panel [Caspian Development Advisory Panel (CDAP)]...said they were worried whether Botas...would meet its social, environmental and health and safety commitments given its "weak but evolving environmental and social compliance culture...CDAP's...

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