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More leeway to the ship recycling industry from the environmental authorities in Bangladesh triggers criticism

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Huge ship carcasses pollute the environment: Shipwreck seen in Chattogram, Bangladesh. Image from Flickr by Stéphane M. Grueso. CC BY-SA 2.0 What happens when a ship dies? They are sent to hazardous graveyards in places like India, Bangladesh, China and Pakistan to be dismantled and sold as scrap. However, the process is labour intensive and lacks safety measures, making it one of the world’s dangerous industries. The environmental authorities in Bangladesh recently downgraded the status of the ship recycling industry from red to orange, meaning that ship-breakers will no longer be required to…

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