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International Update Volume 41, Issue 13

REGIONAL INDIAN OFFICIAL THREATENS HARSH PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL MINING

India

In response to local pressure to crack down on illegal mining, Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat said that "mining officials will have to follow the directives. If they don’t do it, they will be hanged." The wealthy region has recently seen greater activity from anti-illegal mining activists, resulting in the closure of two mines and increased pressure on corrupt officials to conform to policies. Villagers near the two mines complained that the mines, which had not obtained permission under the Water and Air Pollution Acts, were operating in collusion with local officials.

INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION RAISES CONCERNS IN CANADA

Canada

Canada's Conservative party's plan to battle industrial pollution may be the most costly to government, the most damaging to the economy, and the least effective at cleaning the atmosphere, according to a federal government analysis of climate change policies. "This approach requires many initiatives, likely by three different orders of government, with the associated administrative costs," said the report.

US AND EU REPRESENTATIVES SAY 2011 CLIMATE DEAL "NOT DOABLE"

EU

U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern and European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that they didn't think that a climate deal at talks in South Africa in December was likely. "There is just this feeling that it's simply not doable for Durban," said Hedegaard after a meeting of the Major Economies Forum. Nations at last year's Cancun meeting agreed to curb the loss of forest, help transfer clean technology to poorer nations, and set a goal to provide $100 billion a year in aid by 2020.