Day: 19 April 2002
G8 on the road to Johannesburg
Marking 10 years since the landmark Rio Earth Summit, environment ministers from the G8 leading industrial nations have agreed that they must reaffirm their commitment to sustainable development and make a clear contribution to the success of the Johannesburg Summit in September by announcing concrete initiatives.
Western governments contribute to Cambodia’s pesticide problem
Hazardous pesticides, many supplied by the West, continue to threaten the health of Cambodian users according to the UK based environmental group the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), in their latest report Death in Small Doses: Cambodia’s Pesticide Problems and Solutions.
European business news in short
In this week’s European business news in short, a new photovoltaic company has been given approval by the European Commission, Royal Dutch Shell states that it is making progress towards sustainability, and the results of a European tender for groundwater measurement are announced.
Car hire firm offers customers carbon neutral option
Avis Europe, one of Europe’s leading car hire firms, with over eight million customers in 112 countries, has announced that it is to offer its customers the option of a carbon neutral hire package, expected to result in the offsetting of 32,510 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Landfill Tax Credit Scheme must be reformed if UK is to comply with European Directive
Launched in 1996, the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (LTCS) was, amongst other things, designed to encourage sustainable practices in waste management. However, just a third of the scheme’s funds have gone on sustainable waste management, with no co-ordination of spending to achieve maximum impact, says the Environment Industries Commission (EIC), which represents over 200 companies in the environment industry.
Carbon dioxide emitted from lakes means forests are not the World’s carbon sponges
Tropical forest waterways give off 900 million metric tonnes of carbon across the globe, comparable to one-fifth that generated by human activities, suggesting that tropical rain forests are not the carbon sponges of the World as many scientists and politicians believe, according to a new study by US and Brazilian researchers.
UK’s largest offshore windfarm to be built off Norfolk coast
Norfolk is to have a new 38 turbine offshore windfarm which will provide enough electricity to power 52,000 homes, following a joint announcement by the Department for the Environment (DEFRA) and the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI).
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