Day: 31 August 2001
Half of huge Kazakhstan witnessed Soviet nuclear tests…and the effects are still evident, president says
The president of the world’s ninth largest country has admitted that when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union nuclear testing was conducted over almost half of its territory, and that the nation still suffers a terrible nuclear legacy.
US and Canadian leaders commit to Kyoto obligations
The governors of the six US New England states, which include two Republicans, have committed alongside the premiers of five eastern Canadian provinces to achieve 1990 levels of greenhouse gases within 10 years, in effect shunning President Bush’s rejection of the global treaty.
Archaeologists call for protection of peat bog as ancient record of past environments
British archaeologists are calling on the Government to speed up the protection of the UK’s most important peat bogs and designate them as Special Areas of Conservation due to the significance of the archaeological and environmental evidence that they contain.
Conservative leadership candidates spare a thought for the environment
Both of the final candidates in the Conservative party leadership election have announced that they believe in the importance of environmental issues, with Kenneth Clarke promising a commission designed to produce new and radical solutions to environmental problems, and Iain Duncan Smith calling for greater encouragement of public participation in environmental protection.
Small to medium-sized companies have poor perception of environmentally-friendly vehicles
Only 14% of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are considering using so-called environmentally-friendly vehicles as part of their fleet over the next three years, and a mere 3% have any now, according to a new survey.
Vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper and PVC gloves contain large quantities of the biocide tributyltin (TBT)
A new investigation by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) means that yet another source of the total environmental loading from TBT has been identified in the form of vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper and PVC gloves.
The Environment Agency has decided to approve waste disposal from nine nuclear facilities
Following public consultation, the Environment Agency has published its recommendations to largely approve British Nuclear Fuel’s (BNFL’s) application for permission to dispose of waste from eight Magnox nuclear power stations around the UK, and from the research and technology facility at Berkeley Centre.
EU’s waste water directive could threaten coastal wildlife
The European Union’s stringent Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive is rapidly reducing nutrients being deposited into coastal areas, cutting the numbers of molluscs and worms in these areas, which could result in starvation for coastal birds, reports The Economist magazine.
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