Month: March 2002
Award winning hydrologist’s work set to benefit future global climate studies
Venezuelan hydrologist, Professor Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe of Princeton University, US, has been named as the 2002 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his work in furthering the understanding of how climate, landscape, and surface water interact.
Modest US renewables target signals Senate approval of renewables industry
A modest US renewables target requiring 10% of national power demands to be supplied from renewable energy sources by 2020 has been approved by the US Senate, following its rejection last week of a 20% target over the same period.
Hormone causing fish sex change may lead to new sewage treatment technology
The sustainability of fish populations in England and Wales could be being put at risk from oestrogenic hormones in water discharged into rivers from sewage treatment works, says the Environment Agency following the publication of research by scientists at Brunel and Exeter Universities. As a consequence, the Agency has said that the situation requires serious consideration of changes to sewage treatment technologies.
Bush energy plan documents released at eleventh hour
US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham developed President George W Bush’s much criticised energy plan through consultations only with oil, gas, coal and nuclear interests, most of whom were contributors to the Republican Party. Documents relating to the development of the plan were released only hours before a deadline set by a court order, reports The Washington Post.
DTI to consult on EC’s proposed 75% target for packaging waste recovery
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a consultation into possible new targets for recycling and recovering packaging waste, including a proposal to raise the target for the recovery of all types of packaging waste to be between 60% and 75% by 2006. The proposed targets are part of the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
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