n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Toxic trade in Africa : round two of the waste saga - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2013, Issue 08
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A series of scandals that involved the dumping of hazardous waste in Africa in the 1980s led to the adoption of global and African treaties intended to wake the continent up to the socio-economic dangers of accepting the world's toxic junk. Compared with the flood of accounts at the time, in the subsequent two decades there have been only sporadic reports of the developed world dumping hazardous chemical, industrial and radioactive waste in Africa, although there are signs that criminals have moved their dumping grounds to the high seas, causing an environmental crisis of another kind.

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