Day: 22 June 2001
DEFRA maps out environment objectives
The newly appointed Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett MP, has announced how the new Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be organised under the second term of the Labour government. Ministerial teams are to be appointed and will be responsible for different portfolios focusing on aspects of the environment and rural matters although many issues are likely to overlap between them.
At present, incineration remains a necessary ‘evil’
The Minister for the Environment, the Environment Agency (EA) and the National Society for Clean Air (NSCA) affirm that incineration remains an integral part of the UK’s waste disposal strategy, and that it is not as ‘evil’ as the public is lead to believe.
New guidelines to cut health and environmental dangers from ship dismantling
International experts on hazardous wastes and shipping have joined forces to start finalising international guidelines for the environmentally safe dismantling of obsolete ships in an attempt to cut risks posed by hazardous wastes.
New approach outlined to halt Asia’s rapid environmental decline
A new report by the Asian Development Bank says that environmental degradation is pervasive, accelerating, and unabated, putting at risk people’s health and livelihood and hampering the economic growth needed to reduce the level of poverty in the region.
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