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1-10 of 31 for the Category : Waste & Pollution and the Subcategory : Hazardous Waste


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Bacteria are single-cell organisms. Whilst in the direct human context bacteria are often seen as a problem, they form a key part of the functioning of natural ecosystems.

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Basel Convention

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The Basel Convention or the 'Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal' is a United Nations Convention administered by a secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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A carcinogen is any substance that is capable of causing cancer in animal tissues. Doctors and scientists do not fully understand how carcinogens cause cancer but much is known about the kinds of substances that cause the cancers.

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Carrying Capacity

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Carrying capacity, in the case of organisms, is the maximum number of organisms that can be supported, fed or is able to survive in any specific habitat or ecosystem without causing the breakdown of the habitat or ecosystem.

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Chernobyl is a Russian nuclear power station, some 80 kilometres from Kiev in the Ukraine, where a nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986. The accident was caused by the deliberate switching off of safety systems, which resulted in the deaths of

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Contaminated Land

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One by-product of industrial society is an increase in contaminated land resulting from releases of chemicals, illegal dumping, seepages and disposal of off-specification products in the ground.

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Dioxins such as CDDs, CDFs, and PCBs were created intentionally for industrial purposes, but others are created unintentionally from processes such as the incineration of waste, the burning of fossil fuels, and the chlorine bleaching of pulp and pape

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'E-Waste' describes all electronic and electrical waste, including computers, televisions, hi-fi's, mobile phones, game consoles, etc. and appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwave cookers, toasters, washing machines etc.

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This describes any major catastrophe that results in a major decline or drop in biodiversity or environmental quality. An ecocatastrophe can be both natural and man-made.

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Eco-taxes are taxes, duties and fees, which are levied by governments to encourage companies and individuals to be more aware of environmental protection requirements and reduce their levels of pollution.

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