Day: 24 August 2001
Nordic nations protest about UK’s radioactive emissions and reaffirm emissions trading commitment
Environment ministers from North European countries and autonomous regions have written a joint letter of complaint to the British Prime Minister concerning radioactive emissions from the Sellafield reactor and the same nations recommitted to establishing a Baltic Sea trading scheme for emissions.
Recycling in the US could be lower than the EPA and states are reporting
A new survey of state recycling managers in the US has revealed that recycling levels may be lower than federal figures claim, and in some states recycling is actually on the decline due to deadlock between industry and government.
Householders urged to take part in new home and garden pesticide survey
UK use of pesticides in the home increased by 38% between 1999 and 2000, with the general public spending £35 million on 4,306 tonnes of pesticides, but as a society we still know very little about the environmental and health impacts of these chemicals, says pesticide awareness group PAN-UK. In response to this the organisation has launched a survey to investigate domestic use of pesticides.
Latest pesticide survey shows some decreases in pesticide residues in food
There has been a decrease in pesticide residues in potatoes, with no organic produce containing any residues, according to the latest report by the Government’s Pesticides Residues Committee which examined butter, milk, processed potatoes and infant foods that are meat, fish and egg based, during first three months of this year.
New environment ministry consults public on aims and objectives
The revamped environment ministry, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wants the public to help decide what direction its policy emphasis should take and has denied that agriculture and rural Britain is taking a backseat.
Electricity and gas suppliers will have to meet new energy saving targets for domestic customers
Electricity and gas suppliers will have to improve the energy efficiency of their domestic customers by meeting new energy saving targets, detailed in a new consultation document published by the Government.
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