Day: 9 April 1999
ANTARCTIC: ice shelves breaking up due to decades of higher temperatures
Two ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula known as the Larsen B and Wilkins are in "full retreat" and have lost nearly 3,000 square kilometres of their total area in the last year, say scientists in Colorado and the United Kingdom.
Shareholding environmentalists launch BP Amoco information website
With a week to go before BP Amoco's Annual General Shareholder's Meeting on April 15, 1999 in London, a group of Greenpeace supporters have launched an interactive website as a forum to discuss concerns and share information about BP Amoco's business strategy.
USGS opens river studies station in Missouri
A new US Geological Survey (USGS) River Studies Station, located at the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Centre in Columbia, Missouri has been set up to gather the many layers of information needed to understand the dynamic nature of large rivers, as well as the biological systems they support.
UK Government to spend extra £8 million on renewables R&D
The UK Government's expenditure on renewables research and development will rise from around £10 million in the current financial year to £18 million in the year 2001-2002, according to a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Consultation Paper. The Paper adds that Government support for renewables could rise to around £150 million a year next century.
Soap industry cleans up in Sweden but not Europe
The soap industry has made considerable environmental progress in Sweden, due to continuous pressure from strict eco-label criteria, yet the same companies continue to sell older, 'dirtier' products to the rest of Europe at the same price, says the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation SSNC.
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