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Black Residue Settles Over Santa Marta

Los Angeles Times
06/14/2006

By Chris Kraul



SANTA MARTA, Colombia: This historic port city was once touted by the Colombian government as the next Acapulco, with its scenic bay, white sand beaches, colonial history and the eco-tourism potential of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to one of the largest and oldest pre-Columbian settlements in the Americas.

Then came the coal dust.

Black Residue Settles Over Santa Marta

Los Angeles Times
06/14/2006

By Chris Kraul

SANTA MARTA, Colombia: This historic port city was once touted by the Colombian government as the next Acapulco, with its scenic bay, white sand beaches, colonial history and the eco-tourism potential of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, home to one of the largest and oldest pre-Columbian settlements in the Americas.

Then came the coal dust.

Congo's child miner shame

BBC News
06/12/2006

By Orla Guerin

To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, BBC News has spent a day with child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who work for about one dollar per day. At Ruashi mine, in the Eastern province of Katanga, almost 800 children dig for copper and cobalt.

At eight years of age, Decu has never owned a football, or played a video game. He has no computer, and no TV. He's never been to school, though he passes young pupils in uniform every morning, as he sets off for work.

Next Chinese export: Inflation

International Herald Tribune (France)
06/12/2006

By Matthew Benjamin and Nerys Avery Bloomberg News

BEIJING Rising production costs in China might soon turn the smiley- faced Wal-Mart logo on that rack of $7 cardigan sweaters into a frown.

Higher wages and new environmental regulations, along with higher raw- materials prices, are pushing up the costs of manufacturing in China. That will lead to higher prices for the clothing, toys, electronics and other products the nation exports, said economists, manufacturers and others involved in the China trade.

Next Chinese Export: Inflation

International Herald Tribune (France)
06/12/2006

By Matthew Benjamin and Nerys Avery Bloomberg News

BEIJING Rising production costs in China might soon turn the smiley- faced Wal-Mart logo on that rack of $7 cardigan sweaters into a frown.

Higher wages and new environmental regulations, along with higher raw- materials prices, are pushing up the costs of manufacturing in China. That will lead to higher prices for the clothing, toys, electronics and other products the nation exports, said economists, manufacturers and others involved in the China trade.

Retailers see all their activities through green filter ETHICAL CONSUMERS

Financial Times
06/12/2006

Supermarkets and clothes chains alike have realised that shoppers view the ethics of sustainability and ecological responsibility as core to their buying decisions, writes Elizabeth Rigby

By Elizabeth Rigby

When Sir Terry Leahy stood up in May and declared that Tesco, the UK supermarkets group of which he is chief executive, was putting local and ethical sourcing, recycling and greener energy production at the heart of its corporate culture, the retail world's ears pricked up.

Pakistani children go from making to playing with soccer balls

Associated Press Worldstream
06/12/2006

By Paul Garwood

Twelve-year-old Adnan Nazir spent three years working, literally, until his fingers bled from hand-stitching footballs that the world's soccer elite prefer.

But on a recent sweltering day, he got to play with one of these balls for the first time in a team of other boys who, like Nazir, were taken from sweatshops where they had worked and enrolled in schools as part of a U.N.-led project against child labor.

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