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Turceni coal unit in Romania shut down after operating illegally

The shut down of a coal-fired power plant unit is another great success for the climate and for clean air in Romania. Many more units may have to follow according to legislation on pollution limits.


New documents on European Investment Bank loans to Volkswagen

Documents obtained by Bankwatch provide more details for a European Investment Bank statement that its loans to Volkswagen may have been connected to the car makers use of cheating devices to rig emission tests.


Health reports confirmed widespread over-exposure to toxic arsenic at Tsumeb smelter in Namibia

Following Bankwatch’s revelations about toxic pollutants at the Tsumeb smelter in Namibia, the smelter’s owner, Canadian mining company Dundee Precious Metals (DPM), contested our findings in Namibian news reports. Without substantiating its claims with facts, however, and in light of the results of local health surveys the company’s reassurances ring hollow and meaningless.


Exporting toxic pollution from Europe to Namibia

The case of the Tsumeb smelter in Namibia demonstrates how European pollution is being exported to the Global South with the indirect help of public development money.

Bankwatch statement on hazardous arsenic waste in Dundee operations in Namibia

Last week Namibian news outlets reported on Bankwatch's findings on the potential impacts of Dundee Precious Metals' (DPM) operations in the country. Yet, in light of the company's response we believe a number of points need to be stressed.

Exporting toxic pollution from Europe to Namibia

The case of the Tsumeb smelter in Namibia demonstrates how European pollution is exported to the Global South with indirect help of public development money.


Up in smoke: the billions for Europe's auto industry from the EU's house bank

In the wake of last month’s Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal, a Politico story, based on a Bankwatch analysis, revealed that the car manufacturer enjoyed generous public financial support from the European Investment Bank (EIB). But the full picture is even more disturbing.


Czech government pushes people to edge in new coal mine expansion

Prague - In a landmark decision today, the Czech Republic reversed a quarter century-old ban that prohibited the expansion of surface mining in an area of Northern Bohemia, allowing excavation in close vicinity of homes of more than 120 000 people.

Public action: Mourning the demise of Czech responsibility for climate action

Video and pictures from a public action agains lifting the coal mining limits in the Czech Republic that so far have saved towns from being resettled.


Guest post: Plight of locals at Kumtor mine brought to Centerra Gold's general meeting in Toronto

Journalist and researcher Ryskeldi Satke reports on Centerra Gold’s annual general meeting where mining activists presented shareholders with information on human rights violations and the negative environmental and social impacts of the Kumtor Gold mine.


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