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Environmental Case Law Summary, February 2008

Once again Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK and Europe. This month Ireland is in trouble again, this time for failing to protect groundwater. A Scottish case highlights the importance of intellectual property rights and protests against a planned wind farm in Scotland are dismissed by the courts.

Scottish case tests intellectual property rights

With the rush to new 'green' technologies (particularly renewable technologies) these days, a recent case delivered a salutory reminder to make sure you have the right to fully exploit a given technology.

Barriers to sensor innovation

There have always been plenty of innovative ideas about sensors. But, despite manufacturers wanting to develop them, very few come to fruition. Michael Scott of and Stephen Russell of WRc examine the problems

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CRed – the low-carbon revolution

by Dr Simon Gerrard, Project Manager, The Community Carbon Reduction Project

Nearly all of the articles published on climate change paint a picture of impending doom: floods, droughts, severe storms, hurricane force winds, heat waves and so on. Although such extreme events are possible outcomes of climate change, they are by no means inevitable. For this generation, the opportunity still exists to stabilise the climate and thus reduce the impacts of severe weather events. Climate scientists acknowledge that to stabilise climate change requires a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. The Government’s recent Energy White Paper sets out a target for a 60% reduction by 2050 – the ‘60% Challenge’.

Step by step

Is your firm too small to commit to achieving ISO 14001? A new British standard could provide the solution. Anne Sayer reports

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R&D agreement will focus on UV systems

Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. (TSE/TUV) has entered into an agreement with N.V. PWN Water Supply Company North-Holland (PWN) to collaborate in the research, design, optimisation and installation of ultraviolet (UV) treatment systems.

The means to the end

Over four days in July. 178 countries concluded a compromise to ensure a continuing of international efforts to address climate change. At the same time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published Climate Change 2001, a 2,600-page, three volume tome detailing the evidence for climate change, what it means, and what we can do about it.
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UK Government panel on sustainable development urges action on GMOs

The British Government Panel on Sustainable Development has repeated its call to the UK government to work out a comprehensive strategy to deal with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

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