The Canadian and British Columbia governments has announced that it is to buy, and permanently protect, the largest peat bog on the north coast of America, at a cost of $105 million (US$66.5 million).
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has awarded a £1.16 million grant for the development of the UK’s largest commercial production facility for clean-burning renewable fuel, combined with power generation.
Air quality experts have advised the Government that standards for particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter should remain for now, but call for more research into particulate pollution.
The oil giant, BP, has announced that it is to build the world’s largest solar project in the Philippines, at a cost of US$48 million, which will benefit over 400,000 people in 150 villages.
Government departments and representatives from industry have launched a £15 million research programme into the clean-up of contaminated industrial sites using biological organisms.
Scientists have developed a method of reacting highly unstable elements, such as plutonium and uranium with more stable substances in order to create compounds that are environmentally friendly and harder to use in weapons.
The Crown Estates announced on 2 April that 18 companies had successfully pre-qualified to lease seabed for the development of offshore wind farms.
According to a new report, global installed wind power capacity will increase by 39% this year following a 15% rise in 2000.
The French government and key construction companies have signed an agreement to significantly increase the use of wood in construction to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The six countries bordering the Black Sea have established a joint naval force to protect the environment and humanitarian operations, at a time when oil tanker traffic is increasing dramatically.
An oil spill in the Baltic Sea has caused widespread pollution of the Danish coast and killed thousands of birds, some of which are protected.
Members of the European Parliament have echoed EC opinion that voluntary approaches to regulating the environmental impacts of PVC are insufficient and have called for even tougher measures, to the dismay of manufacturers.
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