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Chem Links, December 2: 25 Years After Bhopal
December 2, 2009 | By VINCENT VALK
Has the mess really been cleaned up?
It has been exactly 25 years since toxic gas from a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked into the air and killed 5,000 people in Bhopal, India. Amnesty International has called on Dow – now the owner of Union Carbide – to take responsibility. Reports of respiratory problems, birth defects and, now, toxic drinking water, continue to surface. (The Guardian)
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jibao are going to Copenhagen after all. They're not the only ones – the guest list at this month's climate talks now includes 98 world leaders, up from 65 last month. Is a binding agreement in the offing? I wouldn't hold my breath, but it's nice to see some encouraging news about the talks. (Reuters)
China has made a pledge to cut its carbon intensity by 40%-45% by 2020. This would seem to be another piece of encouraging news, until you consider that the country is projected to do that, anyway, as its industries grow more efficient. (Environmental Capital)
In an encouraging sign for the global economy, India grew 7.9% during the third-quarter, easily surpassing expectations. (Financial Times)
Heading to Dubai for this year's GPCA Forum? You may want to check out some new megaprojects, including the world's tallest building and a new metro system. (Infrastructurist)
The periodic table: It's not just for elements anymore! Web-created periodic tables exist covering any number of things, including video game characters, social media and funk. My personal favorite: Beer. Care for a doppelbock? (RedEye Chicago)
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