Day: 10 December 1999
EU rural development scheme redirects £1 billion to UK green farming schemes
The UK Government will use the redirection of EU farming subsidies to spend £1 billion pounds on 'green' farming schemes in England over the next seven years. Another £600 million will be spent on modernising and restructuring farming industries and on supporting off-farm rural development.
It’s official, environmental deterioration threatens UK quality of life
The UK Government has published its first annual report on citizens' quality of life. The report uses 150 indicators to measure quality of life, several of which point toward future deterioration of the environment as a key threat.
Super-efficient technology set to transform energy use in the next century
Scientists and engineers at Purdue University have outlined some of the technological developments that could transform our lives and the environment in the 21st Century. These include super-efficient cars that use hybrid engines that can switch from petrol to electric drives; electronic gear that runs for days on a single charge; new industries that use sugars from paper and other wastes to make a variety of products; and artificial intelligence may help to improve the commercial power grid.
US Government proposes funding increases to protect farmland threatened by development
The US Government is to seek an increase in funding to preserve farmland following the release of figures showing that the conversion of farmland and other open space to development has more than doubled in recent years.
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