Day: 3 May 2002
Better British beaches
Three hundred and forty-one UK beaches have been recommended in the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Good Beach Guide 2002, a record annual increase with 66 more beaches recommended than in 2001. Despite the general improvement, the UK’s northern regions fared less well with Scotland and Northern Ireland receiving disappointing results.
Climate change to be sharper and sooner than expected in UK
Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has warned that the effects of climate change could be greater and sooner than expected across the UK in the next 80 years. Citizens will have an increased risk of droughts – with temperatures up to 40°C, heavy rainfall and floods, to look forward to.
Business Briefs: water treatment equipment, water company sale, and oil pollution
In this week’s international Business Briefs, General Electric is to move into water treatment, Indianapolis Water is sold, and two marine pollution companies – one of which goes by the appropriate name of OOPS - join forces.
EU and US environment policies: diverging or converging?
As two of the world’s largest economies, the EU and US have achieved some notable successes on environmental protection when working together, says the European Environment Commissioner. However, divergence in some environmental policy areas has been brought about by a variety of cultural differences.
New study scrutinises costs and approaches of EU waste disposal
Increased coordination of national waste management approaches is necessary if the European Union doesn’t want to be submerged by rising levels of municipal waste. According to the European Commission, the EU generates around 2,000 millions tonnes of waste each year with an increase in waste production of 10% over the last six years.
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