Month: December 1999
Local authorities pressed to speed up planning decisions
New statistics that track the number of weeks it takes local authorities across England to process planning applications have sparked a call for improvements. A total of 46 planning authorities have been termed "improvers", but only 63% of planning decisions are taken within eight weeks.
Environment Agency’s chief prosecutor considers use of specialist investigation teams
Since his post was created in June 1999, the Environment Agency's (EA) chief prosecutor has been promoting national consistency in the Agency's response to environmental crime. Next on the agenda may be the introduction of specialised investigators.
GEF’s bureaucratic elite failing to improve global environment
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the international financial institution set up to help implement global environmental treaties, is unlikely to deliver environmental benefits because it is democratically unaccountable, distant from local political and social issues and opens developing world markets to the forces of globalisation, research claims.
World Bank urged to stop promoting unsuitable environmental technology to Third World
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has called on the World Bank to stop promoting expensive pollution reduction technologies in India that fail to remove persistent and toxic pollutants from industrial effluent.
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