Month: December 1998
Oil cuttings leach toxic waste to North Sea
Toxic metals are leaching into the North Sea from piles of cuttings left under oil rigs that were previously assumed to be stable, according to a new study by the National Environmental Research Council and the oil industry. Some seven million cubic metres of cuttings currently lie under 1500 North Sea rigs.
EA warns of need for action on used tyres
The number of tyres in use is forecast to increase by as much as 60% by the year 2021. With forthcoming European legislation likely to ban the disposal of used tyres in landfill sites, the Environment Agency is concerned that if action is not taken now, illegal tyre dumping could significantly increase.
World Bank launches Water and Climate Atlas
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one of 16 Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres, has developed The World Water and Climate Atlas, a computerized tool that allows scientists, agronomists, specialists in agriculture, irrigation and weather, and farmers to zero in on their region of the globe and extract key water and climate data visually.
World Bank criticised for profiting from fossil fuel policy
The World Bank's energy-related lending policy is coming under fire, following criticism that it remains the largest financier of fossil-fuel based projects in developing countries, while planning to profit from an expected $150bn/year market for carbon emissions trading.
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