Day: 8 February 2002
Are Kyoto aims being comprised by a subsidised aluminium industry?
New Australian research suggests that the dominance of the international aluminium industry by a small group of multinational companies has enabled the industry to secure highly favourable energy subsidies despite its relatively high greenhouse gas emissions.
Urban wastewater directive perking up treatment equipment market
The forthcoming 2005 deadline for compliance with the European Union Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) is giving a boost to the continent’s municipal water and wastewater treatment equipment market, according to an international market research company.
European Commission proposes to ratify controls on imports and exports of hazardous chemicals
The European Commission announced on 5 February that it was to propose to the European Council a decision to ratify the Rotterdam Convention allowing nations to control the import of hazardous chemicals – a particular boon for developing countries.
Chernobyl victims are still suffering after 15 years
Fifteen years on from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, local people – many of whom were forced to relocate by the accident - are still suffering, says a new United Nations report, which suggests one solution as being to promote eco-tourism in the area.
Sustainable drainage faces credibility challenge
Despite the support of UK planning policy for sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and the backing of the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, there are key challenges which need to be overcome to increase the application of sustainable drainage methods in new UK developments, says a new report.
Hull City Council to be first authority in UK to use new ‘greener’ biodiesel
The City of Hull has announced that from 6 February onwards it will be fuelling its diesel vehicles with a new ultra low sulphur, lower carbon fuel which will require no engine modification, and which is expected to receive a tax reduction in Chancellor Gordon Brown’s 17 April budget speech.
Canadian ‘super weeds’ undermine European GM safeguards
A UK government agency has expressed deep concern that the European Community’s recently proposed GM seed threshold is too high to prevent the creation of ‘super’ GMO weeds that are herbicide-tolerant, and that current separation distances for GM crops need to be revised upwards.
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