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Lidl commits to clothing chemicals detox

Discount retailer Lidl has pledged to remove all hazardous chemicals from its textiles production by January 2020, following pressure from environmental groups.

H&M increased its use of organic cotton last year by 29%, reducing the use of harmful pesticides in its supply chain. pic: Martin Good/Shutterstock.com

H&M leads the field in sustainable cotton use

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5,000 litres of whisky entered the River Ayr in Scotland

Whisky pollution incident sees firms warned about environmental risk

Businesses in Scotland have been told to ensure their operations take into account environmental risk, following an incident where thousands of litres of whisky polluted the River Ayr.

12 new substances will be monitored regularly in all Member States

EU Commission to monitor twelve new water polluting substances

The European Commission has agreed on an updated list of 'priority' substances known to pollute water at the first reading of the Priority Substance Directive.

Ireland has seen a decline of water sites that are in pristine condition in the period 1987-2008

Ireland sets protection measures for threatened 'pristine' water sites

Ireland has seen a dramatic loss of waterbodies in pristine condition due to relatively low intensity activities, such as field drainage, and pollution, according to a new report.

Thames Water curbs leakage through investment boost

Thames Water invested £498.6m on improvements last year and managed to keep leakage targets on track, according to its interim financial report.

The River Lea - one of the most polluted river in the UK

Polluted river to be cleaned up with Defra funding

A green charity has been awarded £341,000 to create innovative systems to reduce river pollution in Enfield, North London.

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Environment Agency carries out biological survey after 3000 fish found dead

The Environment Agency has carried out a biological survey after almost 3000 fish were found dead in Scarborough.

Ireland's bathing waters continue to improve

Irish bathing water standards have come up trumps again in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, with nearly 100% hitting EU mandatory standards in 2011.

UK pledges to double water and sanitation aid efforts by 2015

The UK Government has pledged to double the number of people it intends to reach worldwide with safe water, sanitation and hygiene education by 2015.

SWW fined for water pollution

South West Water (SWW) has been slapped with a fine of £16,000 after polluting the Tamar Estuary with poor quality sewage effluent.

IN-DEPTH: Concerns over water resources rising

A growing number of European countries are concerned about their water resources, with chemical pollution and climate change considered the greatest threat to the water environment.

Unilever aims to reduce environmental impact through collaborative working

Unilever has published details of a range of research projects focusing on waste, water and health in a bid to develop technologies and products with a lower environmental impact.

Merck commits to improve water quality in India

Healthcare company Merck has joined forces with the Safe Water Network (SWN) in a bid to increase access to clean water and reduce the impact of waterborne diseases in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Plans to extend EU list of dangerous water pollutants 'fall short', says WWF

Environmental group WWF has criticised plans by the European Commission to add 15 new chemicals to the current EU list of 33 dangerous water pollutants, arguing proposals "fall short".

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)

Changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.

COLUMBIA: pollution charges succeed where legislation has failed to get results

A new system of pollution charges to complement environmental legislation is getting results in Columbia where the traditional 'command and control' approach has failed, according to a study by the World Bank's New Ideas in Pollution Regulation (NIPR) programme.

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