Day: 20 December 2002
International Business Briefs: software galore, cleaning products and water treatment
In this week’s International Business Briefs, environmentally friendly pet care products; US$21.2 million worth of water and wastewater treatment contracts; a new water softening plant in Michigan; new environmental software for Toyota; federal recognition for stormwater software; and environmental software for a Canadian timber company.
Snails increase metal toxicity of soils
Contaminated soils may contain greater fractions of toxic heavy metals than is commonly estimated, according to a new report. Metals typically classified as inaccessible to organisms because they are tightly bound to soil may be absorbed by snails, thus increasing the fraction of metal that enters the food chain.
UK Government’s transport policy struggling
Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has admitted that the Government cannot meet its targets on congestion. The Government’s latest figures indicate that road congestion could increase by 11-20% by 2010, but at the same time trains are becoming more unreliable.
Letter from the Editor: paddy fields, snails and organic matter spread on land
At the time of year when thoughts are turning to shepherds, lowly stables, donkeys, mangers etc. – as well as turkeys, crackers and new pairs of socks from favourite aunts – edie’s news has gone agricultural; from the rice paddies of China to the intensive feedlots of the US. There are also some interesting innovations which will fill you with a spirit of optimism for the New Year.
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