The US manufacturing industry spent more than $26bn on measures to prevent and treat pollution in 2005.
Scotland's seas are generally clean and safe, but are getting warmer and saltier, according to a new report.
The public are being asked to comment on a proposed Environmental Permit for a company that has been fighting to dismantle potentially toxic waste ships at a site in the northeast since 2003.
Millions of pounds of funding is being made available for four waste projects under Government's Private Finance Initiative scheme.
Drainage design standards should be reviewed to keep up with the drive to improve water efficiency - and avoid blocked drains and sewers.
They may not be the most obvious environmental ill, but walking boots are the latest item to become the focus of a nationwide recycling campaign.
It is an industry that is often more readily associated with capitalism, conspicuous consumption and fears about exploitation of cheap labour in the developing world.
The Green Party has announced its aims to increase organic production in Ireland more than fivefold by 2012.
Motorists will be filling their tanks with fuel containing a minimum level of biofuels after a new initiative came into force on Tuesday.
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