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Eco-photos of the week: May 10-16

By: Devereaux Bell on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
Activists from the NGO 'Platform on Shipbreaking' stage a protest calling for the IMO to ban the deadly 'beaching' method

Photo: ZUMA

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Breaking shipbreaking

Activists from the NGO 'Platform on Shipbreaking' stage a protest calling for the IMO to ban the deadly 'beaching' method of shipbreaking, in which 'end-of-life' ships containing toxic materials are exported to developing countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, where they are then run ashore. Poor workers then dangerously break the ships apart, causing pollution to seep directly into the sand and the marine environment.