Day: 29 June 2001
Company agrees settlement with US on illegal CFC emissions from cryogenic facilities
Air Liquide America Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial and medical gases, such as super-cooled liquid oxygen and nitrogen, has agreed a settlement with the US regarding illegal emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from 22 facilities in 18 states, including a $4.5 million civil penalty.
Programme to end environmental degradation in Nile Basin receives first funds
The first meeting of The International Consortium for Cooperation on the Nile (ICCON) has ended with initial donations of $140 million to kickstart the fight against environmental degradation in the river basin and boost both farm output and power generation.
The ‘population question’ needs to be handled with care by the UK at the Earth Summit
The thorny issue of keeping the human population in check in order to protect the environment and to raise the standard of living in developing countries needs to be handled with care at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg next year and should occur in conjunction with the wealthy West cleaning up its own environmental act, according to a United Nations Environment and Development (UNED) UK working group.
High crude oil prices have encouraged energy conservation and substitution to alternative fuels
High oil prices in 2000 and 2001 were reflected in the markets, with weak oil demand growth and the first increase in coal consumption since 1996, and also encouraged fuel conservation, according to a British Petroleum (BP) review of world energy consumption and generation.
Luton Airport asks passengers to buy trees
London’s Luton Airport is encouraging airline passengers to pay a small voluntary donation, the value of which is based on the distance they are travelling by air, to fund the planting of saplings which will offset the carbon dioxide emissions arising from their journeys.
Government embarks on review of energy policy, with a return to nuclear power not ruled out
The Government has announced a review of energy policy with the aim of setting out its energy objectives to 2050, meeting commitments on global warming and ensuring “secure, diverse and reliable energy supplies at a competitive price”.
Ireland legislates to protect rivers, estuaries and lakes from eutrophication
The Irish environment minister has designated 30 water bodies for additional protection to combat what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified as the nation’s most serious environmental pollution problem, eutrophication, (see related feature).
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