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Press release: Environmental pollution in Dutch Kingdom ranks top 10 worldwide (on Curaçao)

What is Curaçao? It is a beautiful island in the Dutch Caribbean and, as a country with approximately 150.000 inhabitants and a status aparte, it is part of the Dutch Kingdom. Amongst others, Curaçao is well-known for its coral reefs and the sea life pursuant thereto: biodiversity is huge. Unfortunately, there is also a dark side to it. According to Erin Pulster (University of South Florida), Curaçao ranks in the top 10 of environmental pollution due to the emissions of the … Lees meer

COP21 alert: Caribbean part of Dutch Kingdom belongs to top 5 CO2 emissions per capita

Due to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 is released to the atmosphere. This is accompanied with ocean acidification and an increasing sea level. In the end, small island development states (SIDS) and coral reefs will pay the highest price for these developments. Indeed, small islands are unable to economically counterbalance these global trends. Since 26 January 2010, this has been formally recognized by the European Union, jointly with for instance Aruba and Curaçao (both SIDS as part of the Dutch … Lees meer

The Dutch Kingdom: face its biggest (environmental and human rights) disaster

Dutch Kingdom at the fore in Europe: questions regarding Isla refinery on Curaçao sent to the European Commission

Question for written answer E-000267/2015/rev.1 to the Commission Rule 130 Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE) Subject:       Emissions from the Isla refinery on Curaçao: decades of negligent administration by Dutch Council of Ministers The Isla refinery (hereinafter Isla) on Curaçao has for several decades been emitting toxic substances into the soil, air and water, resulting in at least 18 premature deaths per year and serious biodiversity loss[1]. Isla has been proved to be acting unlawfully, using a permit with  environmental standards much less … Lees meer