Month: June 1999
EU: Environment Ministers Freeze GMO authorisations
Environment Ministers from five EU states have signed a written declaration that they will not allow any new authorisations for the release of genetically modified organisms, until new regulations are adopted to ensure labelling and traceability of GMOs and their derivatives.
Bosses face up to 17 years prison on charges of false environmental reporting
A Pennsylvania-based company, Hydro-Analysis Associates Inc (HAA), has been charged with providing false environmental test results. The charges include making false statements to the EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), mail fraud and violating the US's Clean Water Act.
Denmark gets tough on PVC and phthalates
The Danish Environment Ministry has presented a new strategy to clear the national environment of PVC, together with a new action plan aiming at reducing and phasing out the use of phthalates. The strategy annuls an existing voluntary agreement with industry.
BRAZIL: court stops GM soya release
Following legal action by Greenpeace, the 6th Federal Court in Brazil ruled this week that Monsanto must conduct a full environmental impact assessment before it can commercially plant its 'Roundup Ready' genetically modified soya in Brazil, the world's second largest soya producer.
EEA forecasts continued pressure on Europe’s environment
Despite more than 25 years of Community environmental policy - successful, on its own terms -, general environmental quality in the European Union (EU) is not recovering significantly, says a report released yesterday by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Cities hold key to planetary health
Cities hold the key to sustainable development, and can prove more effective than national governments when it comes to making environmental improvements, according to the new report, Reinventing Cities for People and the Planet, from the Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C.
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