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Activists plan lawsuits over farm chemicals

The Nation 14 August 2018 | Pratch Rujivanarom

ACTIVISTS ARE planning to launch lawsuits against policymakers for their failure to ban certain hazardous agrochemicals in Thailand, following victories in two separate cases in the United States against major US agriculture conglomerate Monsanto.

Consumer protection organisations and the committee for healthcare system reform yesterday disclosed their decisions to sue the Hazardous Substance Committee and other related agencies for allowing the use of three harmful chemicals – paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos – by citing the successful examples of similar lawsuits in the US as role models.

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Australia urged to restrict Monsanto's Roundup after US court rules it caused cancer

The Guardian 13 August 2018 | Naaman Zhou

Greenpeace says government should be ‘exercising the precautionary principle’ until more studies conducted

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial

Reuters 11 August 2018 | Tina Bellon

A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

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US court orders ban of chlorpyrifos pesticide

Associated Press/ Bangkok Post 10 August 2018

WASHINGTON: A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

The chemical is widely used by Thai farmers, and is subject to protests and demands for a government ban.

The US court's action is certain to bring activists back to the fore in their campaign to ban chlorpyrifos, as well as another controversial pesticide, paraquat.

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Import of plastic waste banned

The Nation 09 August 2018

The import of plastic waste to Thailand has finally been banned, according to an update on regulations from the Industrial Works Department.

The Industrial Works Department director-general Mongkol Pruekwatana made the announcement in the Government Gazette on Tuesday, stating that the previous plastic scraps import allowance for recycling has been revoked and from now on importing plastic scraps of any kind into Thailand is prohibited.

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First trial alleging Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer goes to jury

Reuters 08 August 2018 | Tina Bellon

A trial in which a school groundskeeper alleged that his use of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused his terminal cancer will go to a California jury after lawyers for both sides delivered their closing arguments on Tuesday.

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Dept readies for purge of plastic waste

Bangkok Post 07 August 2018

Aims to clear parks of up to 3 million pieces

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) will launch a campaign to ban plastic bags and styrofoam food boxes in all national parks from Aug 12 to reduce rubbish that pollutes the nature reserves and threatens wildlife.

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Air pollution linked to changes in heart structure

The Guardian 03 August 2018 | Nicola Davis

Study shows correlation between levels of exposure to fine particulate matter and chamber enlargement seen in early stages of heart failure

Air pollution is linked to changes in the structure of the heart of the sort seen in early stages of heart failure, say researchers.

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Akara rejects vote affirming mine leak by fact-finding committee

The Nation 30 July 2018

Akara Resources, the operator of the Chatree mine at the centre of a controversy over health accusations by locals, has rejected the conclusions of a fact-finding committee that confirmed leakage from the company’s first tailing storage facility (TSF1).

The company, a subsidiary of Australian mining enterprise Kingsgate Consolidated, in a press release on Tuesday argued that the finding was not unanimous in a vote by committee members, and that the research that formed the backbone of the committee’s decision did not meet academic standards. 

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Mine owner rejects report findings

Bangkok Post 25 July 2018

Akara Resources Plc has disputed the findings of a report which indicated possible toxic leaks from a tailings storage facility at its gold mine in Phichit.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Akara Resources said the company and several academics disagreed with several issues raised in the report.

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