Day: 22 March 2002
European business news in short
edie’s new European business news in short section this week includes a French company with two new contracts worth €2 billion, a second French company taking part in the largest public-private partnership for water services in the US, and a new wind turbine in the North Sea.
It’s Real ‘Rocket Science’ As UK’s First Fuel Cell Lands In Woking
Author HG Wells earmarked Woking as the place where aliens landed in his science fiction epic War of the Worlds. Just over a 100 years later real space age innovation has landed in Woking in the form of a fuel cell developed from space technology.
Severn Trent Services Chooses Watson-Marlow Bredel Pumps For Reliable On-Line Sampling
Reliability under all operational conditions and the ability to deliver a consistent, volumetrically accurate sample over long periods were the key factors when Severn Trent Services turned to Watson-Marlow Bredel peristaltic pumps for the delivery of samples to their range of on-line water quality monitors.
Respiratory illnesses may increase with global warming
Respiratory diseases, such as hay fever and asthma, may increase in the future due to global warming, warns a report published in this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
Revolutionary clean-up technology needs funding
A team of scientists has discovered that iron nanoparticles can clean up contaminated groundwater more efficiently and at a far lower cost than conventional methods. However, in order to continue their research the scientists are searching for extra funding, as they cannot produce sufficient nanoparticles for their tests as fast as they need to.
Scientists discover the missing link that brings mercury into the food chain
A team of US scientists has revealed that there is a link between the quantity of algae in water and the amount of mercury moving into the food chain, suggesting that algae – in combination with pollution and other sources of the metal - is responsible for the levels of mercury in fish.
Separate collection of waste and markets for recycled products are key to composting success
The European Environment Agency has released advice for countries needing to increase their diversion of biodegradable waste away from landfill, in line with Europe’s Landfill Directive, which requires that by 2016, landfilled waste should be 35% of the 1995 total.
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