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January 28, 2013

'Energy efficiency' Green Deal launched by government

Householders are to be offered long-term loans to help make their homes more energy efficient and cut bills under a new government scheme.

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December 13, 2012

New nuclear plant, Hinkley Point C, design unveiled

The design for the first UK nuclear power stations to be built for 25 years will be granted approval later.

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September 21, 2012

MPs' call to halt Arctic drilling amid safety concerns

A committee of MPs has called for a halt on drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic until safety is improved.

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September 4, 2012

'Unprecedented threat' for UK trees from pests

UK trees are facing an "unprecedented level of threat" from pests and diseases, the Forestry Commission has warned.

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August 28, 2012

West Africa forest biomass 'on rise despite drought'

The carbon storage capacity of protected forests in West Africa has increased despite the region suffering a 40-year drought, a study suggests.

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August 8, 2012

Effort set to track air pollution

The largest and most comprehensive effort to research air pollution in Britain is underway in London and the skies above it.

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June 28, 2012

Europe refuses UK air pollution reprieve

Government plans to delay air pollution improvements in 12 UK areas have been refused by the European Commission, which says air quality must improve.

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June 22, 2012

Rio summit: Little progress, 20 years on

On the final day of the UN sustainable development summit in Rio, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to eliminate hunger from the world.

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June 21, 2012

Rio+20: Progress on Earth issues 'too slow' - UN chief

The UN sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro has formally opened with a warning from UN head Ban Ki-moon that progress on the issue is too slow.

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Rio+20: Agreement reached, say diplomat

Negotiators have agreed a text to be approved by world leaders meeting this week in Rio in a summit intended to put society on a more sustainable path.

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June 19, 2012

Healthy forests key for green growth, says UN report

The world's forests, if managed properly, can help deliver a strong and durable global green economy, a UN report has concluded.

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June 18, 2012

Rio+20: Prince Charles in climate change warning

The Prince of Wales has warned of the "catastrophic" consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change, at a UN sustainability conference in Brazil.

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Rio+20 deal weakens on energy and water pledges

Governments are set to weaken pledges on boosting access to water and energy after a new draft negotiating text was issued at the Rio+20 meeting.

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June 13, 2012

Nations at odds on Rio+20 earth summit

The final round of negotiations leading up to next week's Rio+20 summit begins on Wednesday with countries very much at odds on key issues.

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June 6, 2012

MPs criticise 'green' EU farm-subsidy conditions

EU plans for "green" farm-subsidy rules will reduce European food production and are likely to harm the environment, a Commons committee has warned.

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IPPR think tank urges clarity over green policies

Ministers must send clear signals that they believe in new forms of green technology if they want companies to invest in them, a think tank has said.

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May 23, 2012

Nuclear waste store gains public backing

The search for an underground storage site for high-level nuclear waste is likely to go ahead in Cumbria after a poll showed residents are in favour.

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April 30, 2012

London 2012: UN head backs 2012 green efforts

The head of the UN's Environment Programme has backed the green measures adopted by the 2012 Olympic Games.

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April 24, 2012

US introduces $60 LED light bulb

A prize-winning light bulb that lasts for 20 years is going on sale in the US on Sunday - also known as Earth Day.

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Renewables 'help jobs and growth'

The renewable energy industry supports 110,000 jobs in the UK and could support 400,000 by 2020, a report says.

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April 18, 2012

MPs warn UK pollution outsourcing

Carbon emissions from goods imported and consumed in the UK are rising faster than the domestic fall in greenhouse gases, MPs say.

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April 17, 2012

Green home improvements proposals 'dropped'

Plans to make anyone carrying out a loft or garage conversion pay more for environmental upgrades "will not happen", Downing Street sources say.

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April 3, 2012

New UK attempt to capture carbon

A renewed attempt to develop ways of making power stations greener is set to be unveiled by the government.

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March 19, 2012

Just 2% believe coalition is 'greenest government', survey suggests

Just 2% of the UK public believe they live under the "greenest government ever", according to an opinion poll.

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March 16, 2012

Chevron halts production after leak at Brazil oil field

The US oil company Chevron says it has temporarily halted production operations in Brazil after a fresh oil leak was discovered.

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March 14, 2012

EU brings farms and forests into low-carbon plans

The EU has called on European governments to include data on CO2 emissions from farming and forestry in their efforts to tackle climate change.

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January 25, 2012

Government cut to solar tariffs blocked as appeal fails

The government has failed in an appeal against a decision which blocked its attempts to reduce solar subsidies.

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Magnetic soap could help in oil spill clean-ups

An international team of scientists has demonstrated the first soap that responds to magnets.

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November 22, 2011

People's showering habits revealed in survey

A survey, using innovative technology, has offered an insight into people's showering habits.

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November 14, 2011

UK air pollution 'puts lives at risk'

The government's failure to meet EU standards on air pollution is "putting the health of UK residents at risk", says the Environmental Audit Committee.

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October 25, 2011

Public supports geo-engineering ideas, study suggests

There is strong support among the public in the US, UK and Canada for more research on geo-engineering technology, a study has suggested.

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October 9, 2011

Car-free Sunday for smog-struck Milan

The northern Italian city of Milan banned all traffic from its streets for 10 hours on Sunday in an attempt to reduce smog.

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September 16, 2011

'Most environmentally aware' firms highlighted

A report has identified 16 companies from across the developing world that are best showing how to grow profits at the same time as actively tackling environmental and social challenges.

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September 14, 2011

Diamond Jubilee: Woodland Trust to create new woodland

The Woodland Trust is to plant six million trees and create hundreds of new woodlands to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee next year.

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September 3, 2011

Obama scraps tighter smog rules

US President Barack Obama has scrapped proposals to tighten rules on air pollution.

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September 1, 2011

Shoppers bulk buy 60-watt incandescent bulbs as EU ban comes into place

First it was the 100-watt, then the 75-watt and now it's the turn of their dimmer relative the 60-watt incandescent light bulb to disappear from British shop shelves forever.

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August 5, 2011

Nigeria Ogoniland oil clean-up 'could take 30 years'

Nigeria's Ogoniland region could take 30 years to recover fully from the damage caused by years of oil spills, a long-awaited UN report says.

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July 26, 2011

India announces environment regulator

India will set up an environment regulator to bring in a "complete change" in the process of granting clearances for industries.

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April 11, 2011

Nitrogen pollution 'costs EU up to £280bn a year'

Nitrogen pollution from farms, vehicles, industry and waste treatment is costing the EU up to £280bn (320bn euros) a year, a report says.

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Carbon emissions linked to Europe's hay fever rise

Carbon dioxide emissions may be raising pollen counts in European cities, according to a continent-wide study.

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March 23, 2011

Budget paints in green and brown

A minimum price for carbon and more cash for the Green Investment Bank (GIB) are among the Budget's tools to encourage a UK green energy expansion.

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February 1, 2011

EU presses UK over London air pollution

The UK government has just weeks to convince EU officials that it will meet European clean air standards in London, if it is to avoid a court case.

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January 20, 2011

Germany ahead of UK in green growth

Research by the Carbon Trust shows that Britain's business leaders believe that the UK is falling behind Germany in taking up the green business opportunities.

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October 28, 2010

Licences for oil and gas cut back to protect wildlife

Licensing of oil and gas exploration in UK waters has been cut back by the UK government in its bid to ensure protection of marine wildlife.

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September 30, 2010

Environment suffers in planned quango cull

Documents leaked to the press last week reveal environmental organisations will be hardest hit by the government's axe.

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Environmental concern over Sri Lanka nuclear plans

Environmentalists in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over government plans to build a nuclear power plant by 2025.

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September 3, 2010

Technique to trace persistent CFCs

Ultrafine measurements of atmospheric gases could help track down persistent sources of CFCs thought to be slowing the recovery of the ozone layer.

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August 13, 2010

Energy efficiency ratings to be compulsory for home sales

EU legislation means that from 2012 all homes for sale will require an energy efficiency rating to be carried out upfront.

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August 2, 2010

WWF says sorry to Saudi Arabia over vandalism

Environmental group WWF has apologised to Saudi Arabia after one of its workers vandalised the country's nameplate at a climate conference.

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July 23, 2010

UK government axes its sustainability watchdog

The UK government is to stop funding the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), its independent environmental watchdog and advisory body.

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July 19, 2010

Environment quangos to be cut, says Caroline Spelman

Environment quangos will be cut as part of coalition spending reductions, the environment secretary has indicated.

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June 21, 2010

Ridge clue to Antarctic ice loss

The discovery of an underwater ridge in West Antarctica could help explain why there has been an acceleration in the ice flowing from a glacier in the area.

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June 16, 2010

Water CO2 calculator for UK homes goes online

A website that helps people to work out how much CO2 is being emitted to heat water in their homes has gone online.

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June 14, 2010

Experts double estimate of BP oil spill size

As many as 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) of oil a day may have been gushing out from a blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, doubling many estimates.

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Festivals put green issues higher up the bill

Reaching over his left shoulder, Melvin Benn unscrews the light bulb and begins bashing it against the table in front of him.

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June 9, 2010

Gestures reveal 'green fakers', says psychologist

There are many "green fakers" who only pretend to be eco-friendly, claims a psychologist who has been studying what is revealed by body language.

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June 4, 2010

UK receives 'final warning' over air pollution

The European Commission has threatened to take the UK to the European Court of Justice over air quality breaches.

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May 6, 2010

Gulf oil spill: First leak capped, says BP

BP has managed to seal the smallest of the three leaks spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company says.

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April 30, 2010

Oil 'reaches' US Gulf Coast from spill

The US Coast Guard is investigating reports that oil has started washing ashore on the Gulf Coast from a leaking offshore well.

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April 26, 2010

Oil rig spill off Louisiana could threaten coastline

There are fears of an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as efforts to clear up an oil spill have been suspended because of bad weather

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April 21, 2010

Swazi awarded for poacher murder expose

A Swazi lawyer has won a prestigious environmental award for her work exposing the extra-judicial killings of suspected poachers by game rangers.

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April 20, 2010

UK water use 'worsening global crisis'

The amount of water used to produce food and goods imported by developed countries is worsening water shortages in the developing world, a report says.

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April 19, 2010

Bolivia hosts talks on rights of Mother Earth

Delegates are gathering in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba for a grassroots alternative to last year's UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

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April 15, 2010

Calls to reduce light pollution 'backed by CPRE survey'

Most people feel their view of the night sky is spoiled by artificial light, a survey suggests.

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April 6, 2010

FSB calls for better information for firms to go green

The Government needs to provide better information to small businesses to help them go green, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said this week.

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March 22, 2010

European Commission clamps down on PM10 particles

The European Commission has revealed that it is pursuing infringement proceedings against five countries that have failed to comply with the EU's air quality standards for dangerous airborne particles known as PM10. These particles, emitted mainly by industry, traffic and domestic heating, can cause asthma, cardiovascular problems, lung cancer and premature death.

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March 19, 2010

Green skills shortage highlighted by report

The first research into skills shortages in park and other open space management roles reveals a worrying lack of trained staff.

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March 13, 2010

Aldersgate chairman outlines evolving markets and policy drivers

The general election will not dramatically shape the future of environmental policy, regardless of the outcome and the UK's efforts to stimulate environmental markets are likely to be eclipsed globally by the direction decided on by the USA.

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February 26, 2010

Vast iceberg 'may disrupt ocean currents'

A vast iceberg which broke off the Antarctic continent this month could disrupt the world's ocean currents and weather patterns, scientists warn.

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February 16, 2010

Government warned over Heathrow pollution

Wandsworth Council has warned that the government could face daily fines after allowing air pollution at Heathrow to breach European limits.

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February 3, 2010

Free green building advice for London businesses

Businesses in London are being offered free advice on how to improve the environmental performance of the buildings they own or operate from.

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New civil enforcement powers for green watchdogs

For the first time in the UK two green watchdogs have been given civil enforcement powers to help them in the fight against environmental crime.

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November 19, 2009

Newcastle 'greenest' British city

Newcastle upon Tyne has been named as Britain's greenest city in a think tank's annual study.

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November 11, 2009

Money does grow on trees

Investors looking to make a profit from the latest environmental technology are putting their cash into trees.

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October 26, 2009

'Freezer plan' bid to save coral

The prospects of saving the world's coral reefs now appear so bleak that plans are being made to freeze samples to preserve them for the future.

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October 7, 2009

Warning over River Trent cyanide

The deadly chemical cyanide and a quantity of raw sewage have leaked into a 30-mile stretch of the River Trent in Staffordshire.

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September 22, 2009

UK rivers failing new EU standard

Three-quarters of rivers in England and Wales fall below a new European environmental standard, according to a report from the Environment Agency.

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September 18, 2009

Green groups urging joint action

Eight of the UK's leading environmental groups have joined forces to urge political parties to adopt a joint approach on green issues.

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September 15, 2009

Research suggests nitrous oxide has significant ozone-depleting potential

According to a team of US researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), nitrous oxide is the single most important man-made substance reducing ozone in the atmosphere.

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September 3, 2009

Green pledge campaign launches

A new environmental campaign, backed by a variety of businesses and celebrities, is launching on Tuesday.

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September 1, 2009

Health and safety issues prevent small companies acting on enviromental concerns

Dealing with employment issues, as well as health and safety, is preventing small businesses from acting on their environmental concerns, and saving money in the process, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) and the UK200Group warned this week.

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August 26, 2009

Trees advance in a warming world

Trees around the world are colonising new territories in response to higher temperatures.

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August 21, 2009

Plastics break down fast in ocean

Plastics decompose with surprising speed in the oceans, releasing contaminants into the water, according to new research.

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August 17, 2009

Green domain sparks war of words

The battle to take control of a new internet domain aimed at environmental groups has escalated.

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July 23, 2009

£1bn plan to electrify rail line

A £1bn plan to electrify the main rail route between London and Swansea has been announced by the government.

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July 8, 2009

Eco-school opens on Anglesey

Green building techniques are at the heart of the design of a new school on the Welsh island of Anglesey.

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July 3, 2009

Mixed results for green IT goals

A majority of public sector employees do not know about environmentally friendly IT targets set out in government's Greening ICT Strategy.

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July 2, 2009

Reduced environmental permit costs will benefit small businesses

Environment Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick, has said that small and medium-sized businesses will benefit from the reduced regulatory charges announced by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Mobile pollution sensors deployed

Cyclists, buses, cars and even pedestrians will become mobile pollution detectors in an initiative launched on Tuesday.

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July 1, 2009

Sears tower to get $350m green makeover

The iconic Sears Tower is to be transformed into a beacon of sustainability with a multi-million dollar green makeover.

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EU votes to limit emissions from polluters

Tough new rules on European emissions have been agreed by senior politicians at a summit in Luxembourg.

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Most complete Earth map published

The most complete terrain map of the Earth's surface has been published.

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June 29, 2009

Agency launches "Only Rain Down The Drain" campaign

The Environment Agency is to launch a campaign at the Lincolnshire Show next week aimed at preventing pollution through surface water drains. The campaign's symbol will be a yellow fish bearing the message "Only Rain Down The Drain".

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June 25, 2009

London's pollution causing decreased lung capacity in children

Early findings from a study underway at the Centre for Paediatrics at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry indicates that the lung capacity of 8- and 9-year-olds is 5% worse in London than the national
standard, probably as a result of the air particles created by traffic pollution.

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June 19, 2009

Report claims shiftworkers recieve 'second class safety'

A new report by an academic at the University of Stirling claims that shiftworkers in the UK are facing serious health risks and receiving "second class safety" because the HSE "clocks off" outside normal office hours.

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June 10, 2009

Mixed election results for Greens in UK and Ireland

The Green Party was all but wiped off the political map in Ireland in this week's elections, though it enjoyed a slight resurgence in the UK.

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June 8, 2009

Environment Agency is 'greenest public sector organisation'

The government agency tasked with keeping business on the straight and narrow when it comes to environmental performance has shown it can practice what it preaches, according to the Sunday Times Green List.

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May 19, 2009

Go green boss Martin Heatley's £8,500 expenses claim

A Council's ‘Go Green' boss has come under fire for clocking up thousands of pounds in mileage – in his gas guzzling 4x4.

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May 18, 2009

London Eye to be 'eco-friendly'

The London Eye will become more environmentally friendly under a £12.5m upgrade, its operator has claimed.

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May 11, 2009

Obama keeps Bush polar bear rules

The US government has opted to retain a Bush-era rule that limits protection for polar bears from the effects of global warming.

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April 13, 2009

City air pollution 'shortens life'

It has taken a quarter of a century, but US researchers say their work has finally enabled them to determine to what extent city air pollution impacts on average life expectancy.

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March 19, 2009

Global crisis 'to strike by 2030'

Growing world population will cause a "perfect storm" of food, energy and water shortages by 2030, the UK government chief scientist is warning.

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January 30, 2009

'Green' light bulb fears rejected

The government has rejected claims that partially-sighted people will suffer when new low energy light bulbs are introduced across the UK.

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January 29, 2009

Government wins third runway vote

The government has won a vote over plans for Heathrow's third runway - but saw its majority cut to just 19.

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January 27, 2009

Emperor penguins face extinction

Emperor penguins, whose long treks across Antarctic ice to mate have been immortalised by Hollywood, are heading towards extinction, scientists say.

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January 19, 2009

State of the World 2009 published

The State of the World reports of the Worldwatch Institute have evolved into a useful source of information on the state of the planet and the links between human systems, ecosystems and natural resources.

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January 14, 2009

Euro MPs back pesticide controls

The European Parliament has voted to tighten rules on pesticide use and ban at least 22 chemicals deemed harmful to human health.

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January 8, 2009

Green parking plan to be extended

A London council has announced plans to extend a scheme that charges the most polluting vehicles more to park.

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January 7, 2009

EA and Oxfam urge people to donate

During the festive season, the Environment Agency and Oxfam have been urging people in the UK to ensure their unwanted clothes, books and household items are donated to charity shops. They claim such charitable action can also help the environment.

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US vows 'huge' marine protection

The US is to establish what it calls "the largest area of protected sea in the world" around its Pacific islands.

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December 15, 2008

Envirowise warns against "greenwash"

Sustainable business expert, Envirowise, has warned companies not to get carried away by "greenwash", ie building a pro-environment image and "talking up" the environmental credentials of a product, service or process without providing appropriate evidence.

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December 1, 2008

Environment Agency launches anti-pollution campaign

The Environment Agency has launched an anti-pollution campaign following a series of pollution incidents at the Holton Heath Industrial Estate near Poole Harbour.

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November 20, 2008

Fat cat ministers' £7m car bill

Government fat cats spend £7.16million a year on chauffeur-driven ministerial cars. And each one costs an average £73,000 to run – that's 15 times more than the average motorist's bill!

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October 29, 2008

Earth on course for eco 'crunch'

The planet is headed for an ecological "credit crunch", according to a report issued by conservation groups.

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October 23, 2008

Two jailed over Ivorian pollution

A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced two people to 20 years and five years in jail for dumping hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste in Abidjan in 2006.

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October 10, 2008

Transport remains a major source of air pollutants

Road transport remains the single main source of a number of harmful pollutants, according
to a recent report from the European Environment Agency.

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September 30, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain on climate change, energy and science

To find out where Republicans and Democrats stand Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were invited by Nature magazine to answer a range of questions on science, energy and climate change.

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September 24, 2008

UN forecasts boom in 'green jobs'

The UN says millions of new jobs will be created worldwide over the next few decades by the development of alternative energy technologies.

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September 10, 2008

London mayor appoints green Tsar

A director of Transport for London's policy unit is to take charge of the environmental brief at City Hall, with the aim of delivering on the raft of green commitments made by the mayor.

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Small businesses save £58m by going green

The combined savings made by businesses using the government-backed environmental advice website NetRegs are in the region of £58m.

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September 3, 2008

Beijing air measures 'must stay'

Beijing residents are becoming increasingly vocal about their demands to keep emergency measures introduced for the Olympic Games.

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August 27, 2008

Wind farms put pressure on bats

Bats are at risk from wind turbines, researchers have found, because the rotating blades produce a change in air pressure that can kill the mammals.

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August 18, 2008

Prince 'must prove anti-GM claim'

The environment minister has challenged Prince Charles to prove his claim that GM crops could cause a global environmental disaster.

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August 14, 2008

Carbon footprint enters the dictionary

"Carbon footprint", "eco-village" and "electrosmog" are among the new environmental terms which have made it into the latest Chambers Dictionary.

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August 13, 2008

Charles in GM 'disaster' warning

Companies developing genetically modified crops risk creating the biggest environmental disaster "of all time", Prince Charles has warned.

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August 4, 2008

Brazil launches rainforest fund

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has launched an international fund to protect the Amazon rainforest and help combat climate change.

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July 29, 2008

Lingering pollution worries China

China has admitted it could introduce further emergency measures to cut air pollution during the Olympic Games.

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July 18, 2008

Climate change: US environmental agency delays emissions regulation until end of Bush term

The US environmental protection agency (EPA) announced today that no action will be taken to regulate carbon emissions while George Bush remains president.

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July 9, 2008

Beijing 'failing pollution test'

Just a month before the start of the Beijing Olympics, the city is still failing to meet international air quality standards, the BBC has found.

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June 9, 2008

Natural lab shows sea's acid path

Natural carbon dioxide vents on the sea floor are showing scientists how carbon emissions will affect marine life.

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June 5, 2008

Images reveal 'rapid forest loss'

High-resolution satellite images have revealed the "rapid deforestation" of Papua New Guinea's biodiversity rich rainforests over the past 30 years.

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May 27, 2008

Row over UK involvement in Environmental Transformation Fund

A row has erupted over the question of the UK's international funding for developing countries via its Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF).

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May 25, 2008

Defra: living within our environmental means is more important than ever

Publishing his department's Annual Report, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn reaffirmed Defra's commitment to helping people live within their environmental means and acknowledged the role of staff in some key achievements over the past year.

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May 23, 2008

Japan environment chief says industry may face tough pollution limits

Japan will have to impose carbon taxes and other tough measures on the industrial sector to meet its long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the environment minister said Wednesday.

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May 9, 2008

London's air quality 'not improved' by congestion charge

The London congestion charge has done little to improve air quality in the capital, researchers said today.

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May 3, 2008

Fungi to fight 'toxic war zones'

Fungi could help clean up toxic war zones, scientists at a Scottish university have discovered.

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April 3, 2008

Greens fear 'weak' Marine Bill

The government is due to publish its long-awaited Marine Bill, designed to regulate better the various activities taking place in UK waters.

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March 30, 2008

Cities switch off for environment

Cities around the world have been turning out the lights for an hour to highlight the threat of climate change.

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Call for curbs on Antarctic ships

Environmental campaigners are calling for greater restrictions on shipping around Antarctica in order to prevent damage to its unique ecosystems.

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March 28, 2008

Warning on plastic's toxic threat

Plastic waste in the oceans poses a potentially devastating long-term toxic threat to the food chain, according to marine scientists.

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March 19, 2008

Londoners support congestion charge

The majority of Londoners are in favour of Mayor Ken Livingstone's decision to charge up to £25 for high-emissions vehicles within the congestion charge zone, according to a new survey.

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March 13, 2008

US tightens air quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US is tightening air quality standards in an effort to help improve public health.

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March 10, 2008

Thou shall not pollute, Vatican decrees

Polluting the environment, and becoming ridiculously wealthy while doing so, are two of the new deadly sins unveiled by the Vatican.

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March 3, 2008

China to log its worst polluters

China has begun an ambitious project to survey the country's major sources of pollution.

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Report claims transport ploicy is bad for environment and motrorist

A new report published by the Green Alliance and the Campaign for Better Transport claims that the method used by the authorities to decide whether to give transport projects the go-ahead is bad for the environment and bad for the motorist.

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February 28, 2008

Coventry City Council planning new Coventry forests

Coventry City Council has issued a rallying call to 'green up' Coventry by planting 10,000 trees a year.

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Green Radiohead avoid Glastonbury

Radiohead say they will not play at Glastonbury this summer because poor public transport to the festival has a negative impact on the environment.

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February 13, 2008

'Gas guzzlers' C-charge up to £25

The highest polluting vehicles will pay a daily charge of £25 to enter the congestion charge zone, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has announced.

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February 6, 2008

Europe push for greener aviation

Some of the biggest names in European industry have begun a public-private partnership with the EU to produce greener aircraft.

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January 23, 2008

UK 'to ignore' EU pollution plea

The government will ignore a plea from the EU to create a clean technology fund from a levy on pollution.

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January 7, 2008

Britons rather lose weight than save planet

When it comes to making new year's resolutions, Britons are more worried about losing weight than saving the planet, according to a new survey.

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January 3, 2008

Green fatigue and ambivalence in overloaded world?

British people are now convinced about the dangers of global warming but are either baffled about how to stop it or are ignoring the issue.

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January 2, 2008

Beijing 'meets pollution target'

Officials in China's capital Beijing say clear skies on the last day of the year mean that Beijing has surpassed an air pollution target for 2007.

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Low emission zones for Italy & Germany

Three German cities introduced legislation against the most-polluting cars yesterday, barring them from downtown districts marked as environmental zones and drivers will have to pay a "pollution charge" to enter Milan's city centre from Wednesday in what the Italian financial capital bills as a trend-setting way to cut smog.

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November 15, 2007

Eco-ruin 'felled early society'

One of Western Europe's earliest known urban societies may have sown the seeds of its own downfall, a study suggests.

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November 10, 2007

Being 'green' is now a socially acceptable norm

The main motivation for an environmentally friendly lifestyle is guilt about harming the environment, reveals a new report published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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November 9, 2007

Minister urges small businesses to think about the environment

A Government minister has said that it is vital that all small businesses in Ireland focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.

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November 5, 2007

Most ready for 'green sacrifices'

Most people say they are ready to make personal sacrifices to address climate change, according to a BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries.

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October 31, 2007

Time magazine names eco-heroes

Time magazine has published its annual list of the year's heroes - but this year the line-up has focused on those dedicated to the environment.

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October 30, 2007

Fireworks displays told to go green

Families and organisers of fireworks displays are being urged to make their November 5 celebrations as green as possible.

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October 29, 2007

Irish EPA offers funding for environmental technologies

Companies and researchers from Ireland have been invited to bid for research funding to help them develop new environmental technologies.

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France promises green revolution

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, has put a moratorium on the growing of genetically-modified crops and has announced plans to ban energy-wasting lightbulbs along with a raft of other concessions to the environment in a move which is supposed to put France in the vanguard of 'green' states on the international stage.

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France promises green revolution

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, has put a moratorium on the growing of genetically-modified crops and has announced plans to ban energy-wasting lightbulbs along with a raft of other concessions to the environment in a move which is supposed to put France in the vanguard of 'green' states on the international stage.

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October 26, 2007

Natural decline 'hurting lives'

Continuing destruction of the natural world is affecting the health, wealth and well-being of people around the globe, according to a major UN report.

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October 22, 2007

Construction of UK's first High Occupancy Vehicle motorway lane underway

Work has begun on a new pilot scheme to build the first section of a dedicated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on a UK motorway.

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October 18, 2007

Environment Agency targets car washes

Car washes are the latest aspect of motoring to come under the environmental spotlight.

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October 16, 2007

Lack of clear guidance preventing small firms going green

Limited access to information, a lack of incentives and confusion over where to go for advice are stopping small businesses from becoming more environmentally-friendly, according to HSBC.

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October 15, 2007

UK supermarkets 'must go greener'

Supermarkets have gone "greener", but still need to do more to help customers reduce their environmental impact, according to a report.

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Darling attacked on green agenda

Ministers have been accused of inadequate and inconsistent leadership over green issues in a strongly-worded attack by a leading environmentalist.

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October 8, 2007

Protesters block airport lounge

A group of about 12 environmental protesters has blocked an entrance to the departure lounge at Manchester International Airport Terminal Three.

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October 3, 2007

US refinery agrees $48m to reduce pollution

An American oil refiner has agreed to invest more than $48m to upgrade pollution controls at three of its facilities.

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October 1, 2007

Top corporates come clean on how green their products are

Several leading companies have agreed to act as guinea pigs in a Government-backed scheme to highlight the carbon footprint of their products.

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September 27, 2007

China dam 'catastrophe' warning

China's Three Gorges Dam could trigger an environmental catastrophe unless emerging problems are treated urgently, senior officials have warned.

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September 23, 2007

Lib-Dems claim green taxes "lowest for 25 years"

The Liberal Democrats claim that official figures they have obtained show that green taxes have fallen for the seventh successive year and are now at their lowest level of gross domestic product (GDP) for a quarter of a century.

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September 21, 2007

Businesses push for green accreditation

The number of UK businesses achieving environmental accreditation has grown significantly, new research has revealed.

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September 14, 2007

Ten 'most polluted places' named

A list of the world's most polluted places has been published by a US-based independent environmental group.

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September 13, 2007

£1.2m to turn white van man green

Government has announced it will be spending an extra £1.2m on its Safe and Fuel Efficient Drivers (SAFED) scheme, targeting van drivers.

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September 11, 2007

Tories would put up green taxes

David Cameron is set to announce plans for reform which would see an increase in green taxes levied and the proceeds used to reduce taxes elsewhere, was his party elected.

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August 30, 2007

Early Opening for Antarctic Ozone Hole

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer has emerged earlier than usual this year, but it is not yet clear whether the eventual annual depletion of the naturally occurring gas that filters out
cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation will be as bad as recent years, the United Nations meteorological agency announced today.

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August 22, 2007

Progress on pollution mixed – Chinese regulators

Environmental regulators in China have published pollution statistics which show that while some progress is being made at curbing the rise of certain pollutants, other toxic chemicals are still on the increase in the country.

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August 17, 2007

Beijing trials car reduction plan

Beijing is noticeably less congested following the start of a four-day scheme to take 1.3 million vehicles off the road.

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August 10, 2007

Black cabs hit back in congestion row

The manufacturer of London's black cab taxis has hit back at assertions that its vehicles should no longer be exempt from the congestion charge.

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August 8, 2007

Possible price hike for C-Charge gas guzzlers

Drivers of the most polluting cars could face paying over three times the current rate for London's congestion charge - an lose their exemption if they live within the boundaries of the chargeable zone.

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Europe seeks to turn environmental challenges into opportunities

The European Commission has launched a consultation to look at ways of turning environmental challenges into opportunities for industry.

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August 2, 2007

BAA Proposed Injunction 'draconian' - London Mayor

An attempt to ban environmental activists from protesting at Heathrow Airport during the busy holiday period could be quashed, if London Mayor Ken Livingstone has his way.

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August 1, 2007

US border fences 'an eco-danger'

Mexico has urged the US to alter its plans for expanded fences along their shared border, saying they would damage the environment and harm wildlife.

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July 27, 2007

UK trade association challenges new Air Quality Strategy

Tackling air pollution on a local level is "crucial" if the UK wants to meet national air quality objectives set out by government, say the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).

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Environment Agency aims for greener pension fund

A pension fund management company noted for environmentally-friendly investment is to help handle the Environment Agency's £1.5 billion retirement savings.

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July 26, 2007

UK and France push for VAT cut on green goods

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have made a joint call for reduced value-added tax rates for products which are less environmentally damaging than their alternatives.

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Counting the cost of England's floods

Tax concessions and insurance payouts will go some way towards easing the heartbreak of those whose homes and businesses have been flooded in the worst weather for more than half a century, but how much will the crisis cost UK plc?

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July 25, 2007

Patio heater use 'set to double'

The number of patio heaters in gardens in Britain is expected to almost double over the next year, despite environmental fears, a report suggests.

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July 23, 2007

Chinese local government ignoring national green agenda

While Beijing strives to appear to balance the economic and environmental needs of China, it's business as usual for many officials working in the provinces.

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July 18, 2007

Ryanair's green claims criticised

Ryanair has been ordered not to repeat an advertisement that played down the impact of aviation on the environment.

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July 14, 2007

Bradshaw causes stink over nappies

There is 'little to no difference' in terms of environmental impact when it comes to choosing between cloth and disposable nappies, the former waste Minister has suggested.

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July 11, 2007

Environmental sector set to flourish - Minister

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has told a gathering of industry insiders that he expects to see the British environmental sector boom in coming years as the wider business community comes to accept the pressing need for reduced emissions, waste and pollution.

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July 9, 2007

New funds to increase flood protections

The new Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, has made a statement to Parliament confirming an increase in spending by the Government on flood risk management and flood defences, with spending due to rise from around £600 million in 2007 to £800 million by the end of the Comprehensive Spending Review period of 2010/11.

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Boeing unveils Dreamliner plane

US plane manufacturer Boeing has unveiled its 787 Dreamliner - the firm's first all-new jet since 1995. It is the only big commercial aircraft made mostly of carbon fibre rather than aluminium and is billed as the most environmentally friendly ever built.

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June 30, 2007

Community service to benefit the environment

The traditional penal work of rock breaking and sewing of mail bags might be long gone but conservation schemes and carbon reduction initiatives are now taking their place as the type of activity convicted criminals can be expected to engage in as they pay their debt to society.

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June 19, 2007

Contract signed on Earth observer

The European Space Agency (Esa) has ordered up the first bespoke spacecraft in its new global monitoring programme.

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June 14, 2007

Review confirms the need to reduce pollution from industrial installations

Emissions of certain industrial pollutants in the European Union are still increasing, according to a review published earlier this week by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

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June 12, 2007

Consumers swayed by businesses’ environmental credentials

Businesses are being urged to implement environmental policies after a recent survey found that 70 per cent of consumers would boycott companies that do not reduce their impact on the environment.

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June 11, 2007

Oil companies must pay spills - Philippines

The Filipino government has introduced a law which will require all major companies which ship oil through the island nation's waters to pay into a fund which can be used to tackle future spills.

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June 10, 2007

Particulates tracked by satellite

American scientists have been using satellites to help gauge the levels of airborne particulate matter in an effort to build up a broader picture than might be possible with widely-scattered monitoring stations.

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June 8, 2007

World celebrates the environment

This week saw a host of celebrations around the world commemorating World Environment Day, June 6.

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June 4, 2007

Europe gears up for Green Week

A beautiful Belgian park has been transformed to play host to an exhibition of some of the environmental inventions and gadgets which could shape our future, as the European Commission prepares for its annual Green Week.

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Consumers say 'greenness' matters

Most consumers claim that the green credentials of an item will influence their decision on whether or not to buy it, according to a survey on environmental branding.

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June 1, 2007

New EU chemical law takes effect

Legislation requiring the safety testing of tens of thousands of chemicals - many in everyday use - has come into effect across the EU.

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May 14, 2007

Thumbs up for London's Low Emission Zone

Polluting lorries are to be targeted by Ken Livingstone's latest attempt to improve London's air quality.

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May 12, 2007

China shuts down 3,000 polluters

Chinese authorities have closed down over 3,000 companies for violations of laws designed to limit industrial pollution.

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How green is Blair's legacy?

As Tony Blair looks forward to retiring to the back benches, green campaigners and politicians have lashed out at the legacy he leaves behind, but has his reign been as bad for the environment as they would have us believe?

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May 9, 2007

Canada tightens net on marine polluters

The newly-elected Canadian government has announced plans to beef up its regulation of marine pollution, bringing the country's laws in line with the toughest international standards.

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May 3, 2007

'Green eye' tech centre launched

A new space innovation centre in the UK will lead the development of novel technologies to monitor our planet.

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April 27, 2007

IT industry 'as polluting as aviation'

The global IT and communications industry produces as much carbon emissions as aviation, US analysts have said.

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April 25, 2007

Save water and energy, business will be told

Cutting water consumption is often overlooked by business in the rush to drive down carbon emissions but companies are missing a trick, according to an organisation set up to provide environmental advice to the private sector.

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April 24, 2007

Demolition derby leads to pollution fine

An IT company has been fined £124,000 after it torched cars used in a demolition derby put on as corporate entertainment.

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April 23, 2007

Small solutions to transport woe benefit environment

Small is often beautiful when looking for projects which could help Britain's transport system going into meltdown, and that is good news for the environment.

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April 19, 2007

French postal service to go electric

La Poste, France's state-owned mail service, has announced plans to replace a significant chunk of its fleet with electric vehicles - making it the largest single supporter of the technology in the world.

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April 18, 2007

Ethanol cars may not be healthier

Ethanol vehicles may have worse effects on human health than conventional petrol, US scientists have warned.

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April 16, 2007

Yangtze pollution 'irreversible'

Large parts of China's longest river, the Yangtze, have been irreversibly polluted, state media quotes a report as saying.

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April 5, 2007

Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking

Chinese computer maker Lenovo has topped a ranking of the world's most eco-friendly electronics firms.

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April 3, 2007

US 'must regulate car pollution'

The highest court in the US has ruled that the government was wrong to say it did not have the power to regulate exhaust gases from new cars and trucks.

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March 28, 2007

Environmental campaign groups have had a mixed reaction to Gordon Brown's 2007 Budget

The WWF have produced an environmental report card for the Chancellor, which concluded that while the Chancellor passed his environmental test, he did so with a "must try harder" B- "Eco grade" overall.

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March 26, 2007

Massive fine for polluting refinery

A refinery in Memphis, Tennessee has agreed to pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act.

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March 21, 2007

Budget promotes green homes and cars

Gordon Brown's 2007 Budget, widely heralded as green long before its publication on Tuesday, focused on energy efficient homes and cars but critics said it failed to seriously take on climate change.

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March 20, 2007

Budget report 'not green enough'

The chancellor's pre-Budget report fell far short of measures needed to tackle global warming seriously, an influential committee of MPs has said.

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March 17, 2007

Call for Spain strawberry boycott

A campaign group has urged consumers to avoid buying strawberries grown in Spain in winter because, it says, they damage the environment.

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March 12, 2007

Oil companies agree to work on environmental impact

The oil and gas industry has become the latest sector in the USA to sign up to a voluntary agreement designed to reduce its environmental impact.

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Parties battle over green agenda

Chancellor Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron will battle for leadership of the green agenda as they outline rival visions.

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Light pollution 'masking stars'

A growing number of people are unable to see the night sky because of glare from poorly-designed outdoor lights in built up areas, a survey suggests.

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March 8, 2007

Whitehall 'fails on eco-targets'

UK government departments failed to meet targets on cutting carbon emissions, waste and water use last year, a watchdog's annual report says.

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March 6, 2007

Global impact of Asia's pollution

Industrial pollution coming from Asia is having a wider effect on global weather and climate than previously realised, research suggests.

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March 5, 2007

Environment important for News Zealand's consumers

Almost three-quarters of New Zealand shoppers claim would walk away from a product if they did not approve of its manufacturer's environmental performance.

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Capitalists keen to cash in on clean tech

Investment in environmental technologies doubled last year, according to research published by leading finance houses.

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March 2, 2007

Many Britons 'too busy to care' about environment

While most Britons believe they are clued up on environmental issues, as many as one in five is too busy to care.

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February 26, 2007

Huge polar study about to begin

The largest polar research programme for 50 years gets under way this week.

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February 24, 2007

No tax breaks for toxics urge NGOs

Environmental groups are calling on India and Japan not to pave the way for simple shipment of toxic materials as the two countries hammer out a trade agreement which will see duty dropped on a wide range of goods.

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Polish vote on controversial road

Poland will hold a referendum in its north-eastern region on whether to build a controversial road through an environmentally protected area.

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February 22, 2007

Meacher to feature in Labour leadership race

Former Environment Minister Michael Meacher is set to challenge Chancellor Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party when Tony Blair steps down later this year.

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February 14, 2007

Ivory Coast toxic clean-up offer

Dutch-based oil trading group Trafigura is to pay the Ivorian government $198m (£102m) for a clean-up and inquiry after a"toxic waste" incident in 2006.

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February 2, 2007

Environmental advisor sacked for being too green

Canada's eco-tsar has been sacked after calling on the government to take more action to address climate change.

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January 29, 2007

Prince wins environmental award

The Prince of Wales has picked up an environmental award on the latest stage of his three-day tour of the US with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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January 28, 2007

Maximum penalty for Songhua polluter

The company responsible for the notorious 2005 benzene spill in China's Songhua River has been given the maximum fine allowed under environmental law.

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January 18, 2007

Chinese official urges eco-action but people apathetic

The vast majority of Chinese people think pollution is harming their health but few know how to report an environmental incident, nor would they bother doing so if they did.

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Futuristic automated bus unveiled

A model of a futuristic driverless bus which promises to cut pollution and congestion has been unveiled.

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January 16, 2007

Protection urged for UK sea life

Conservation scientists have identified eight "biodiversity hotspots" around Britain's coast which they say ought to be priorities for protection.

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People need incentives to bring green habits to work

While most employees make attempts to save energy and recycle at home, their environmental conscience tends to be less active once they get to work.

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January 12, 2007

Environmental stocks rocketed in 2006

The value of leading environmental technology companies almost tripled during the course of 2006, according to an organisation which tracks the value of eco-friendly firms.

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January 11, 2007

Ivorian toxic waste victims to seek compensation

British lawyers representing victims of toxic waste contamination that left ten people dead and thousands ill in Cote d'Ivoire have started gathering evidence against the London-based shipping company behind the incident.

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China fails environment targets

China is failing to meet new targets on energy efficiency and pollution emissions, officials said.

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January 10, 2007

Ganges too polluted for religious gathering

Hindu holy men could boycott a ceremony at the pinnacle of their religious calendar because the Ganges, the focus of the festival, is too polluted to bathe in.

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January 7, 2007

'No proof' organic food is better

There is no evidence organic food is better for you than conventional food, minister David Miliband has said.

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January 6, 2007

Drill ban sought for Alaskan park

Legislation has been tabled in the United States aimed at making a ban on oil drilling at a wildlife refuge in Alaska permanent.

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December 29, 2006

Eco-resolutions for a lean and green New Year

Staying fit, healthy and wealthy in the New Year while at the same time saving the planet is made easier with a green resolution list from Friends of the Earth.

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Eco-resolutions for a lean and green New Year

Staying fit, healthy and wealthy in the New Year while at the same time saving the planet is made easier with a green resolution list from Friends of the Earth.

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December 27, 2006

Promoting Water Efficiency in Homes

Proposals for minimum standards of water efficiency in new homes and commercial buildings in England and Wales have been published.

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Town 'too polluted' to take more homes

A scheme in Sowerby Bridge has stalled because the town has become a pollution hot spot. And there are fears that future developments in parts of Hebden Bridge and Halifax could also be affected by the new planning rules.

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December 18, 2006

EA propose changes to effluent rules

The Environment Agency has launched a new consultation proposing to change the way that businesses, industries and organisations that discharge effluent into rivers and coastal waters are regulated.

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December 13, 2006

New European chemical law passed

The European Parliament has backed a deal, reached with EU governments, on wide-ranging legislation to control the use of toxic chemicals in industry.

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December 11, 2006

Nissan drives green car programme

Nissan Motor has revealed plans for a hybrid bio-ethanol powered car, as it sets about rebranding itself as an environmentally friendly carmaker.

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December 7, 2006

'Green' tax plans fail to impress

Environmental taxes announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown have failed to impress opposition parties, businesses and green campaigners.

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November 23, 2006

Plastic paper to 'cut' emissions

Toshiba has developed a printer that uses plastic "paper" that can be re-used hundreds of times.

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Environmental industries vital for 21st century society - Minister

The Minister with responsibility for climate change issues has praised the progress of the UK's environmental sector and said it will play a key role in years to come.

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November 22, 2006

Defra defends use of consultants as Lib Dems lash out at overspend

The Liberal Democrats has accused cash-strapped Defra of squandering millions on unnecessary consultants' fees but the department has hit back, claiming the money was well spent.

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November 14, 2006

Study hopeful for world's forests

A new technique for measuring the state of the world's forests shows the future may not be as bad as previously feared.

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Eco-industry not about green wash - Dimas

European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has dismissed arguments that doing business more sustainably hurts the wallet or that leading corporations with CSR policies are only trying to 'green wash' their activities.

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November 13, 2006

Highland garages told to improve lax pollution control

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is blitzing garages in the Highlands to ensure they have adequate spill protection measures in place.

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October 29, 2006

Miliband draws up green tax plan

Environment Secretary David Miliband has confirmed the government is holding discussions on tackling climate change using green taxes.

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October 27, 2006

BAE goes big on 'green' weapons

Reduced-lead bullets and recyclable explosives are among the developments being put forward by arms manufacturer British Aerospace (BAE) as part of a major investment in ecologically-sound weaponry.

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October 26, 2006

Petrol stations to recycle fumes

Busy petrol stations will be obliged to fit technology akin to a giant extractor fan in a bid to recycle wasted fumes and cut pollution.

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EU to punish environmental crimes

The EU has urged tough sanctions on companies that break a ban on shipping toxic waste to developing countries.

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October 24, 2006

Ozone hole is 'biggest on record'

This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the largest on record, according to US government scientists.

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October 19, 2006

World's pollution hotspots mapped

A US-based environmental charity has documented what it calls the 10 most polluted places on the planet.

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October 17, 2006

Sulphur and nitrogen emissions continue to fall in western Europe

Western Europe and the Scandinavian members of the EU have seen a sharp drop in many airborne pollutants over the past 15 years, as the effect of years of air quality legislation are felt.

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October 16, 2006

Firms 'slow' on green standards

Many large UK firms do not have systems in place to become more environmentally friendly despite good intentions on the issue, research has claimed.

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October 11, 2006

Cabbie exhaust filters 'harmful'

New exhaust filters fitted to London's black cabs increase emissions, a group of drivers has claimed.

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October 10, 2006

Massive grant for traffic pollution monitoring

A new research project costing over £4 million will see universities across the UK team up to measure traffic's impact on air quality.

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Polluter should pay every day, says top Chinese official

Polluting industrial facilities should be fined daily until they meet legal emissions standards, according to the chairman of China's national Environmental & Resources Protection Committee.

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October 9, 2006

Planet enters 'ecological debt'

Rising consumption of natural resources means that humans began "eating the planet" on 9 October, a study suggests.

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October 6, 2006

Endgame approaches for REACH debate

They have been seven years in the making, but the chemical regulations billed as the most complicated piece of legislation ever to come out of the EU will soon be completed.

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October 4, 2006

Cement firm fined for polluting

A cement plant's owners have been fined £400,000 after homes were polluted.

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Green taxes needed to fight "hot war" say Tories

Stepping up the green rhetoric at their conference in Bournemouth this week, the Conservatives have been keen to show that they are the best bet for the environment while maintaining their traditional position as the business party.

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October 3, 2006

UN to study Lebanon environment

A team of experts co-ordinated by the UN is beginning an investigation into how the recent conflict with Israel has damaged Lebanon's environment.

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October 2, 2006

Major manufacturers commit to greening products

Following pilot projects sponsored by the European Commission two continental manufacturing giants have agreed to keep up the good work.

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September 24, 2006

Binding targets needed to save water

Water companies are saving no more than a mug of water per customer per year because of their failure to invest in household water efficiency, a report from an influential Labour think tank says.

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September 23, 2006

School bus pollutants tackled

A fleet of school buses in Manchester has been fitted with anti-pollution devices in a bid to protect children from potentially deadly airborne particles.

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September 22, 2006

Lib Dems fight for green votes

Britain's politicians were fighting over 'green' votes again this week, with the Lib Dems making green taxes a central theme of their annual conference and calling the increasingly green-tinged Tories a "glorified advertising agency."

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September 21, 2006

Arms company on target for eco-friendly bullets

British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems is working on lead-free bullets and a range of other environmentally friendly armaments in an effort to reduce battlefield contamination and health risks for the armed forces.

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September 20, 2006

Borough boosts business with BEST practice

A London borough has joined the growing number of local authorities taking steps to ensure businesses in their ward are getting the best possible environmental advice.

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September 18, 2006

Government quits over toxic waste scandal

The Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast has sacked his entire cabinet in what is the first instance of a government being brought down by an environmental scandal.

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September 15, 2006

Lebanon to sue Israel over air raid oil spill

The Lebanese Government has announced it plans to sue Israel for compensation for the oil spill which occurred during hostilities between the two countries when Israeli planes bombed a coastal power station, destroying its oil tanks and releasing their contents into the Mediterrenean.

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Trade unions must help save the planet - Miliband

Environment Minister David Miliband has told the TUC's annual congress that trade unions have a key role in the fight against climate change.

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September 12, 2006

China ups tempo on pollution prosecutions

In an apparent attempt to demonstrate patience is wearing thin on pollution, China's Environmental Protection Agency has launched a series of high-profile prosecutions across the country.

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September 7, 2006

From atomic bomb site to nature reserve

A site once used for tests leading to the creation of the world's first atomic bomb has been made into a nature reserve in one of the most unusual regeneration projects in recent years.

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August 24, 2006

Milan targets smog with road pollution toll

Milan is to follow in London's footsteps and introduce a congestion charge in an attempt to tackle severe air pollution and traffic jams, as road pricing measures are branded a worldwide environmental success.

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August 23, 2006

Ozone hole stable, say scientists

Leading scientists in the United States say the hole in the ozone layer of the Earth's atmosphere above the Antarctic appears to have stopped widening.

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August 22, 2006

Top 100 eco-dilemmas for Britain

The impact of wind farms on eco-systems and the UK species likely to be wiped out by climate change were among Britain's top 100 ecological questions, as identified by environmental policy-makers in an innovative academic experiment.

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August 21, 2006

NOx drops but NO2 things aren't the same

Boffins puzzled by rising levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) despite a drop in nitrous oxide pollution in urban areas have published a report into what might be causing the phenomenon and are inviting others to comment on their ideas.

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New standard in the ISO14000 stable

The International Standards Organisation has released a new tool designed to help businesses communicate their environmental credentials.

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August 16, 2006

Triple spills rival Exxon Valdez disaster

An oil spill caused by the Israeli bombing of a Lebanese power station during fighting has become just one of three major spills threatening the world's seas this week.

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August 11, 2006

EU warns Poland over environment

Poland could face legal action and EU penalties for failing to "adequately protect" its natural habitats, a European Commission official has said.

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August 9, 2006

Bright idea fails to generate spark of enthusiasm

Environmentalists urging the people of Hong Kong to switch off their lights in protest over the city's terrible air quality were disappointed by the limited response to their call.

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Campbell urges environment action

Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell has urged people to make greater use of energy efficient light bulbs - even though he does not have any himself.

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August 8, 2006

EA to get more coastal protection powers

The Environment Agency would take the lead in managing both sea flood risk and coastal erosion, taking over some responsibility from local authorities, under changes proposed in a Defra consultation on Monday.

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'Damage is done' to Lebanon coast

Lebanon's coastline could take up to 10 years to recover from a massive oil spill, the nation's environment minister has said.

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August 3, 2006

Ecological vibe at green festival

For all their hippy image, festivals are not necessarily good for the environment.

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August 1, 2006

Environmental 'crisis' in Lebanon

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has expressed its "grave concern" about oil pollution in Lebanese coastal waters.

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July 31, 2006

Employees take green habits to work

Environmentally conscious employees are helping companies keep carbon emissions, and costs, down by keeping in mind energy expenditure as they would in their own homes.

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July 27, 2006

Concern for Newbury bypass snail

A wildlife group says a species of snail that almost halted the building of the controversial Newbury bypass has become extinct on a nearby site.

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July 25, 2006

Ozone pollution monitoring goes online

For the first time internet users can monitor and track ground level ozone all over Europe at the click of a mouse.

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July 18, 2006

China plan to protect environment

China plans to spend 1.4 trillion yuan ($175bn) over the next five years on protecting its environment.

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July 14, 2006

New powers for London Mayor give clear steer for environment

Ken Livingstone may not have quite got the independent city state he jokingly claimed to have wanted, but Westminster proposals giving more self governance to the capital will transfer a raft of new powers to the Mayor and Greater London Authority, many of which will impact on environmental policy.

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July 11, 2006

Finns focus on environment during EU presidency

Finland wants the European Union to take a closer look at what it considers the most pressing environmental concern facing the planet - the unsustainable consumption of natural resources - and that means businesses will be expected to boost their efficiency.

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July 7, 2006

EU ban on toxic electrics kicks in

A European directive banning a range of poisonous metals and chemicals from use in electrical and electronic devices came into effect at the beginning of July, promising to deliver a slightly healthier environment and population.

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July 1, 2006

EA waters down 'low impact' criteria

New regulations will make it easier for industrial installations to qualify as having a low environmental impact - leading to reduced charges from the Environment Agency.

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June 30, 2006

Cool light leads to greener chips

A technique that could lead to cheap, environmentally-friendly microchips has been developed by UK researchers.

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June 26, 2006

Humans 'destroying coastal life'

Human activity has had a devastating effect on coasts since Roman times, research suggests.

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June 15, 2006

New lobby urges Government to wake up to green business opportunities

A lobby group launched this week has handed Government a report which argues that the environment vs competitiveness debate is a red herring and sustainable business is vital for economic growth.

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June 14, 2006

Pollution diagnostics hit city streets

New equipment to monitor the impact of traffic on urban pollution is to be demonstrated to experts in London next week.

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Homes to be energy-saving rated

Every house sold in England and Wales will be given an energy efficiency rating like those found on electrical goods, the government will announce.

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June 13, 2006

USA leads coalition to scupper chemical laws

Diplomats from around the world are asking the EU to rethink its controversial chemical laws which they say will disrupt trade while failing to protect the environment.

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NASA's green science budget slashed and burned

NASA has been hacking away at its budget for environmental research projects in a recent round of book balancing, but says its Shuttle programme is still on track

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June 12, 2006

Major US bank promotes green transport

A leading US high street bank is offering cash incentives to employees who purchase a hybrid vehicle.

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Promise the Earth for World Environment Day

Environmentalists attempted to smash a world record in Trafalgar Square on Monday in an effort to promote World Environment Day.

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June 5, 2006

'Eco-ebay' gets royal seal of approval

A Belgian Prince is doing his bit for the environment by promoting a website designed to stimulate the market for recycled materials and the goods which are made from them.

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May 31, 2006

Pollution risks Yangtze's 'death'

The Yangtze, China's longest river, is "cancerous" with pollution, reports in the country's state media have said.

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May 26, 2006

Rainforests 'still at great risk'

Most of the world's managed rainforests are still in great jeopardy with only 5% being treated in a sustainable way, a new report has said.

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May 23, 2006

Thinking beyond students in education for environmental technology

Education in environmental disciplines does not have to end when you leave the college gates and at the ET show in Birmingham the Open University's Dr Gordon Wilson talked about why continuing training and building up skills is vital for those in the industry.

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May 22, 2006

River agency fined for pollution

River watchdog the Environment Agency has been fined £7,500 for polluting the River Exe, in Somerset.

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May 15, 2006

Triple show comes to Birmingham

The UK's biggest ever gathering of environment professionals is set to kick off in Birmingham this week.

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May 10, 2006

Buncefield pollution minimal, concludes report

The latest report from the ongoing investigation into the explosion at the Buncefield oil depot last December says the environmental impact of the incident is not major.

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Cabinet reshuffle means all change at Defra

Last week's cabinet clear out has left Defra with an almost entirely new line up of Ministers, with Ben Bradshaw the only one to escape the change.

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May 8, 2006

Weapons test site contamination needs more research

Research into the soil contamination of the UK's biggest weapons testing site will need several years' detailed research to complete, the Ministry of Defence has said.

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Builders target green belt land

Green belts around cities are under threat from companies buying up protected greenfield land for house-building, the Local Government Association has warned.

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May 5, 2006

Miliband fills Beckett's shoes

Following Environment Minister Margaret Beckett's elevation to the foreign office in today's cabinet reshuffle, high flier David Miliband has been promoted to the role of Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.

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May 3, 2006

EA experiment raises questions over incinerator emissions

Trials of new technology designed to sample dioxin emissions have suggested existing techniques may miss the whole picture.

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April 25, 2006

Green mini-car to beat congestion

A tiny, three-wheeled car that could help solve city congestion has been demonstrated at the University of Bath.

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April 19, 2006

Lib Dem leader bids Jaguar adieu

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell says he has given up his beloved Jaguar car to highlight his commitment to the environment.

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April 18, 2006

Wales consults on measures to cut air pollution

The Welsh Assembly Government has set out a package of measures designed to cut down on air pollution.

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April 10, 2006

Green TV channel goes on air

The world's first environmental broadband TV channel is now on air - and online - with films and programmes on everything from NO2 emissions around airports and offshore wind farms to "carbon speed dating."

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April 9, 2006

More must be done to clean freshest air 'since industrial revolution'

Road tolls, cleaner technologies and leaving the car in the garage have all got a part to play in efforts to reduce air pollution, extend the average lifespan and cut costs of medical treatment, according to the Government.

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April 6, 2006

Public procurement favours 'cheapest and most polluting'

Government may claim to be putting the environment somewhere near the top of its agenda, but the reality is different, according to the Environmental Industries Commission. In a letter to Jonathon Porritt, chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, the EIC says that in most cases, public sector building projects procure the cheapest and most polluting option; contain virtually no specific energy efficiency requirements in tender documents and in the vast majority, are awarded to the lowest bidder.

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April 4, 2006

Industrialists fight funding cut to eco-innovation

Environmentalists and industrialists are pleading with the European Commission not to slash funding for eco-innovation as it prepares to set its annual budget.

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April 3, 2006

Environment 'key to aid policy'

More than 40 environmental and aid groups are calling on the UK Government to put the environment at the heart of its international development policy.

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Green homes sell better, survey shows

Seven out of ten UK homebuyers would pay more for an energy-efficient home, and almost half are prepared to invest an extra £5-10,000 in an eco-house with advanced energy and water-saving features, new research reveals.

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More mobile society makes bigger footprint on environment

Our increasingly mobile lifestyles come with a cost and as the number of journeys made by Europeans continues to rise we are causing more damage - and it is the environment which is picking up the tab.

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March 30, 2006

No blank cheque to fight London air pollution

Efforts to clean London's air should be welcomed, but should not be embraced before setting a reasonable price tag.

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March 28, 2006

Lula attacks rich on environment

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has criticised richer countries for not providing enough money to help preserve the variety of life on Earth.

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March 23, 2006

London's construction rush overlooks environment

In a rush to meet London's demand for new houses, the Mayor is not meeting his own environmental objectives, a London Assembly report claims.

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"Europe must be at forefront of eco-innovation" - Dimas

Europe's Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has told industrialists they must grasp the opportunities offered in developing eco-innovation and remain world leaders in the fast-growing field.

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How green was Brown's Budget?

Prudent politician that he is, Gordon Brown was unlikely to adopt the mantle of Swampy for his 10th Budget, despite the heavy trailing of its green tinge.

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March 20, 2006

Most UK airports miss EU pollution targets

The majority of British airports are way of target when it comes to keeping levels of nitrogen dioxide within safe limits, according to a new study.

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One stop shop to explain REACH regulations

The Chemical Industries Association has launched an online tool designed to explain at the click of a mouse what companies need to do to comply with the REACH regulations and how much it is likely to cost them.

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February 27, 2006

Sunshine state goes green on gadgets

California is considering introducing new laws that would ban the use toxic materials in electronic devices such as mobile phones and iPods.

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Britons could stomach green taxes says poll

According to a poll published last week the British public are ready to accept taxes that encourage environmentally friendly behaviour.

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February 24, 2006

EU and US to cooperate in curbing car air conditioning emissions

Europe and America are to harmonise testing and engineering standards to curb emissions of greenhouse gases from car mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems, the European Commission announced today.

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February 21, 2006

State of wildlife sites improving

Efforts to improve the condition of England's most important wildlife and geological sites appear to be paying off, a new report shows.

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February 18, 2006

Bottled water big business but bad for environment

A surge in the global consumption of bottled water may be good news for those who are selling it but all too often the picture is less rosy for the environment and communities in parts of the developing world where drought is already commonplace.

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February 13, 2006

Tax and trading play increasing role in protecting environment

Market-based instruments are playing an increasing role in reducing damage to Europe's environment.

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February 6, 2006

Summit focuses on chemical usage

Environment ministers from around the world are meeting in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to discuss the rising use of man-made chemicals.

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February 5, 2006

Birmingham public quizzed on air quality

Officials in the West Midlands are trying to engage the typical 'man in the street' to seek his views on air pollution and what might be done to reduce the problem.

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Business can benefit from REACH

While Europe's efforts to implement coherent chemicals regulation within its borders have often looked like a battle of environmental concerns against those of industry the new-look rules might actually be good for business too.

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January 29, 2006

Rain gardens 'cut city pollution'

"Rain gardens" can dramatically cut the amount of pollution in urban storm water, according to a study by US researchers.

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January 23, 2006

EU attempts to green our cities

Proposals for the European Union's latest environmental strategy published this week have been met with a lukewarm reception from campaigners.

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January 21, 2006

Shell accused of hypocrisy over wildlife comp sponsorship

Oil giant Shell has come under attack from campaign group Friends of the Earth for its financial backing of an environmental photography competition.

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January 17, 2006

Sensors watch Barrier Reef coral

With the fragile ecology of coral reefs around the globe increasingly under pressure, scientists on Australia's Great Barrier Reef are establishing a network of sensors to better understand this beautiful part of the underwater world.

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January 16, 2006

Arsenic threat to soil and groundwater from fences and decking

Arsenic from treated timber used in some decking, fencing and utility poles is likely to leach into the environment for decades, new research has found, posing a grave threat to ground water and soil.

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Activists balk at EPA plans to streamline pollution reporting

American activists are engaged in a last-ditch battle to persuade the Environment Protection Agency to scrap plans to relax obligations on companies to publish details of pollution they produce.

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January 13, 2006

British filmmaker killed in Kenya

Kenyan police are hunting the killers of British filmmaker and naturalist Joan Root, who was killed in an attack on her home in Naivasha.

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Light pollution soon to be criminal

Stargazers are celebrating victory as new rules to curb light pollution come into play.

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January 12, 2006

Booming nations 'threaten Earth'

Earth lacks the water, energy and agricultural land to allow China and India to attain Western living standards, a US think-tank has warned.

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January 9, 2006

More pollution gloom for China

As China braces itself for the impact of the third major spill of toxic pollutants in recent months, state officials have announced a multi-billion pound budget to combat river pollution over the next five years.

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January 6, 2006

Hybrid drivers cash in on premium insurance rates

A major motor insurer has promised hybrid drivers a 10% discount on their premiums in the USA.

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Population size 'green priority'

Solving the Earth's environmental problems means addressing the size of its human population, says the head of the UK's Antarctic research agency.

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December 22, 2005

$10m fine for 'magic pipe' pollution ship

A shipping company has been fined a record US$10m after sailors deliberately pumped huge quantities of oily sludge into the Atlantic.

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MPs fairly happy with Defra's performance

Politicians charged with summing up Defra's performance over 2005 believe the department has had a good year but that there is still plenty of room for improvement in some key areas.

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December 21, 2005

EA to dish out eco-ASBOs

Environmental criminals such as fly tippers and vandals are to face the same restrictive punishment as anti-social yobs.

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Kennedy attacks Tory green claims

Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has used a key speech on the environment to attack Conservative leader David Cameron's green credentials.

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December 19, 2005

Environmental prize for UN chief

UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has been given one of the most prestigious environmental awards, the Zayed Prize.

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Farms in £25m water clean-up plan

A £25m scheme to help farmers reduce the pollutants that run off their land is being launched by the government.

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December 16, 2005

Buncefield blast: environmental impact likely to be limited

Despite producing the largest explosion in Europe since the end of the bombing raids of the Second World War and releasing a plume of dirty black smoke clearly visible for miles around, Hertfordshire's oil depot inferno seems unlikely to cause lasting environmental harm.

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December 13, 2005

Pollution tracked after oil blast

Environmental experts are monitoring pollution across southern England as a plume of smoke from the Hertfordshire fuel depot blasts drifts south.

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December 12, 2005

Pollution prompts public holiday

Pollution in the Iranian capital Tehran has become so bad the Government announced a two-day holiday in an attempt to reduce traffic on the city's streets.

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Arctic orcas highly contaminated

Killer whales have become the most contaminated mammals in the Arctic, new research indicates.

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December 9, 2005

Cameron to focus on environment

Conservative leader David Cameron is trying to underline his green credentials by setting up a policy group on the environment.

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Europe's pollution hotspots shown

Dutch scientists are putting together remarkable maps showing pollution over Europe and other regions of the globe.

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December 8, 2005

Red bus revamp for green living

Falling asleep on the bus is about to become easier as a new scheme providing short-term housing aboard double deckers is to be launched.

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December 7, 2005

Delay expected in ozone recovery

It could take far longer than expected for the ozone "hole" over Antarctica to repair itself, scientists have said.

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December 5, 2005

'Pollution = WMD' - Lord May

Britain's top scientist was on characteristically forthright form this week, describing the potential impact of pollution and climate change as akin to using weapons of mass destruction.

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December 2, 2005

Urban view 'rules green debate'

People living in towns and cities are dominating the environmental debate and overlook the opinion of rural dwellers, a leading botanist has said.

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November 23, 2005

Energy boom alarms Russian Greens

"Do you know what is the brightest place on Earth in satellite images?" asks Aleksey Yablokov, leader of the new Green Russia party.

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MEPs 'scaremongered to vote no'

Manufacturers used scaremongering tactics to persuade MEPs to vote against banning harmful gases, a politician has complained.

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November 19, 2005

Korea plans to halve sewage discharged to sea

South Korea has outlined plans to halve the amount of sewage discharged into the sea by 2011.

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November 16, 2005

Greens fear chemical law dilution

Environmentalists complained on Tuesday that a key European law on the control of chemicals is being watered down.

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Dams destroy environment, group warns

Dams are continuing to cause excessive environmental damage despite recommendations from the World Commission on Dams to ensure environmental consideration.

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November 15, 2005

UK sites in acid rain 'recovery'

Some of the UK's most environmentally sensitive upland lakes and streams are recovering from the impact of acid rain, the government has said.

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Deforestation slowing - UN

The speed of global deforestation is showing signs of slowing down because of new planting and natural forest extension, according to new figures.

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November 14, 2005

UN warns on Iraq environment fate

Derelict factories, military scrapyards and battle sites across Iraq pose a threat to the environment and to public health, the United Nations has said.

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Blair 'failing' over environment

Environmental charity WWF UK has severely criticised the government for what it says is a lack of action on climate change and the environment.

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November 11, 2005

Stripped down company law seen as threat to environment

Planned reforms designed to streamline Britain's company law have sparked anger from NGOs which claim deregulation means less protection for the environment.

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November 7, 2005

Petrol pump fumes to be targeted

Petrol fumes which escape into the atmosphere as motorists fill up at the pumps - adding to summer smog - are to be targeted in a government crackdown.

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October 25, 2005

Errant Italy feels EC wrath over eco-law abuse

Italy has found itself under fire from Brussels as it becomes the latest target of the European Commission's campaign to crack down on alleged breaches of environmental law and lax reporting from Member States.

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October 21, 2005

Amazon 'stealth' logging revealed

Scientists from Brazil and the US say new research suggests deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by at least 60%.

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October 17, 2005

New MCERTS to cover dioxin emissions

A national scheme that gives pollution monitoring equipment a clean bill of health and certifies its accuracy and reliability has been expanded to cover two dioxin monitors.

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The Houses of Parliament have been slammed for failing to reduce their environmental impact.

In a new report to coincide with MP's return to Westminster after the summer recess, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary Norman Baker MP accuses Parliament of hypocrisy in failing to play their part in efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental concerns.

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October 13, 2005

Logging: No impact on big floods

Deforestation and logging do not increase the risk of major floods, according to a new report.

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October 11, 2005

Millions 'will flee degradation'

There will be as many as 50 million environmental refugees in the world in five years' time.

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October 3, 2005

All organisations urged to adopt an EMS

Government officials have expressed disappointment that industry has not taken to environmental management systems in the same way it has adopted other voluntary standards encouraging good practice such as the Charter Mark and Investors in People.

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September 26, 2005

Slow progress on environment from SMEs

Small businesses are largely unaware of their responsibilities and the help and advice available to them, according to the Environment Agency.

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September 22, 2005

Pesticide protection 'inadequate'

The public needs more protection from farming pesticides, a report warns.

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September 19, 2005

Lobbyists take REACH to the line

As the latest version of proposals to regulate the chemical industry are thrashed out by Euro diplomats, lobbyists from both sides of the fence continue to fight their corner.

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September 13, 2005

Major overhaul for pollution regulations

A major review of the way British authorities protect the environment is in the pipeline.

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August 31, 2005

Major ozone loss over Antarctic

New readings from the European satellite Envisat suggest that this year's southern hemisphere ozone hole may be one of the largest on record.

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August 26, 2005

Deforestation of Amazon 'halved'

Brazil's government has announced estimates suggesting that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has fallen by 50% this year.

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August 17, 2005

Tyre burning licence challenged

Campaigners fighting to stop tyre burning trials at a cement plant in Warwickshire are taking their case to the Court of Appeal.

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August 11, 2005

City is going for gold in green awards

Coventry is going for gold in a global contest to find the world's most environmentally improved city.

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Noise maps expand across England

Residents of most of the major towns and cities in England will soon be able to see just how noisy their areas are.

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August 10, 2005

Research questions role of forests

British scientists may be about to upset one of the most cherished tenets of conservation: that trees save water.

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August 8, 2005

Cleaner air bid in move on snarl-ups

Traffic congestion is creating poor air quality at a busy Coventry thoroughfare.

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August 4, 2005

Shuttle crew see damage on Earth

Discovery Commander Eileen Collins described on Thursday how widespread environmental destruction on Earth is highly visible from the shuttle.

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August 1, 2005

Fears over environment protection in WTO trade talks

Governments are planning to use the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks taking place in Geneva this week to dismantle a wide range of national laws protecting the environment, campaigners have alleged.

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Use ASBOs to deter environmental crime Agency urges

Anti-Social Behaviour Orders should be used to prevent environmental crime, the Environment Agency said this week.

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July 29, 2005

Vegas - set to run dry by 2055?

Las Vegas is world-renowned as a city of fantasy, flaunting its reputation for excess.

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July 22, 2005

Ireland defiant over its environmental record after brush with EU

Irish environment minister Dick Roche has defended his country's record after the EU announced it would be chasing the nation up on five breaches of environmental law.

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July 19, 2005

Host of EU states face court for environmental lapses as France nets massive fine

Brussels has launched a barrage of legal action as members lag behind on legislation which should have been written into national statute books months ago - and France has been fined millions of Euros for flagrantly ignoring fishing laws.

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July 15, 2005

Birds carry pollution to Arctic

Sea birds are transporting industrial and agricultural pollutants to the Arctic, according to new research.

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July 12, 2005

EU cracks whip over environment

The European Commission has issued a final warning to several EU member states for failing to comply with EU rules on the environment.

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June 30, 2005

Felling plan to save native trees

Millions of conifers and other non-native trees are to be felled in the next 20 years to regenerate indigenous trees in England's woodland.

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June 28, 2005

Air travel bill targets pollution

New controls aimed at tackling noise and pollution caused by air travel are expected to be backed by MPs.

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Air travel bill targets pollution

New controls aimed at tackling noise and pollution caused by air travel are expected to be backed by MPs.

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June 24, 2005

Scotland could bag new eco-tax

Mike Pringle MSP has unveiled his new Members Bill to put a tax on plastic bags given away in Scotland.

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Tyre burning trials could restart

Rugby Cement is hoping to restart its tyre buring trials after they were halted in the summer of last year.

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June 22, 2005

Green issues 'not top priority'

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett is having to fight to stop ministers neglecting green issues in the quest for jobs, the Liberal Democrats say.

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June 20, 2005

Targets to cut aviation pollution

New targets to reduce the environmental impact of air travel are being launched by the UK's aviation industry.

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June 9, 2005

Environment 'needs more effort'

England and Wales have been given a "green health check" in a 13-page document from the Environment Agency.

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June 7, 2005

Doubts over rural watchdog plans

Government plans for a new rural watchdog may not protect the countryside from damage, environmental pressure groups have warned.

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June 3, 2005

Experts fear for Europe's plants

A list of the 800 most important sites for wild plants in central and Eastern Europe has been published by the charity, Plantlife International.

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June 1, 2005

ET launched by Environment Agency boss

The Environment Agency's chief executive Baroness Barbara Young launched ET 2005 on Tues, May 24 with a speech about the importance of industry participation in efforts to clean up the planet.

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May 28, 2005

Free trade will have adverse effect on environment says report

Liberalisation of trade rules as proposed in the World Trade Organisation's current Doha negotiating round would damage the environment and contribute to climate change, a study has found.

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May 25, 2005

'Increasing threat' to green belt

Green belt land protecting countryside from urban sprawl is increasingly being threatened by government initiatives, rural campaigners have said.

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May 23, 2005

Earth's species feel the squeeze

If we continue with current rates of species extinction, we will have no chance of rolling back poverty and the lives of all humans will be diminished.

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May 19, 2005

No green winner in nappy debate

Whether parents use disposable or cloth nappies makes little difference to the environment, a report has concluded.

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Amazon destruction accelerating

The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at near record levels, according to new figures released by the Brazilian government.

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May 18, 2005

Plans to protect UK countryside

Plans to better protect and manage wildlife and habitats and to increase support for rural communities have been unveiled in the Queen's Speech.

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May 9, 2005

British plants fighting for space

Britain has made good progress in trying to preserve some of its rarest wild plants, but it has largely failed to halt widespread species decline.

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Cleaner air makes brighter skies

The amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface is increasing, two new studies in Science magazine suggest.

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May 4, 2005

Ban on toxic chemicals reviewed

An international summit has opened in Uruguay to review an international treaty banning some of the most dangerous man-made chemicals.

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May 3, 2005

Soil quality threat to EU farming

European farming is being threatened by declining soil quality, particularly in eastern states, according to a report.

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Greenpeace co-founder Hunter dies

Canadian co-founder of the Greenpeace environmental group Bob Hunter has died aged 63 after battling prostate cancer.

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April 27, 2005

Trade used as excuse to attack EU green legislation

European laws protecting the environment, social well-being and health could come under attack at international trade discussions, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe has warned this week.

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Report hangs US 'greenwashers' out to dry

America's ten worst "greenwashers" have been identified and accused of targeting consumers, investors and policy makers alike by a Green Life report this week.

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Chinese business shows green conscience

Many of China's biggest companies are intent on improving environmental standards and practises, according to a survey conducted by conservation organisation WWF.

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April 25, 2005

Blair 'to debate nuclear power'

A re-elected Labour government would put nuclear power back on the agenda in an effort to meet targets on climate change, government sources have said.

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April 21, 2005

Residents lose cement works case

Campaigners have lost their High Court battle to stop pollution from a cement plant in Rugby.

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April 20, 2005

Piste pressure on alpine plants

The impacts of ski piste preparation on alpine plants are long-lasting and greatest at higher altitudes, Swiss researchers report.

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April 19, 2005

EU seizes on Washington report to press US on climate change

European officials made another attempt to put the US under pressure on climate change yesterday, as a delegation from the European Union met senior officials in Washington to discuss co-operation on environmental issues.

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April 18, 2005

EU pollution deaths cost billions

The European Union could save up to 161 billion euros a year by reducing deaths caused by air pollution, the World Health Organization has said.

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April 15, 2005

Commission adopts eco-design Directive despite claims it lacks ambition

The European Parliament has formally adopted the Directive on the eco-design of energy using products, despite claims by environmental groups that the directive lacks ambition

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EU pollution deaths cost billions

The European Union could save up to 161 billion euros a year by reducing deaths caused by air pollution, the World Health Organization has said.

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April 8, 2005

Flood risk must be addressed

Several London boroughs are unaware that they are at risk from serious flooding and defences could easily be breached, according to environmental experts.

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April 5, 2005

Baroness Barbara Young Set to Open ET 2005

Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, has been confirmed to declare ET 2005 officially open.

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April 4, 2005

Warning on nuclear waste disposal

Proposals to send Britain's nuclear waste into space or to the bottom of the sea are impractical, a government advisory committee has warned.

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March 30, 2005

Study highlights global decline

The most comprehensive survey ever into the state of the planet concludes that human activities threaten the Earth's ability to sustain future generations.

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March 24, 2005

Lib Dem hits out at green lobby

Environmental campaigners have come under fire from the Liberal Democrats for failing to make enough protests in the run up to the general election.

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March 23, 2005

Brazilian wetlands 'under threat'

A wetland area in Brazil hosting rare animals and plants could be destroyed by farming, urban development and climate change, a UN report has warned.

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March 22, 2005

Beach litter 'unacceptably' high

A survey of nearly 300 UK beaches has found a piece of litter for every 50cm (20 inches) of coastline studied.

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March 21, 2005

G8 to tackle illegal timber trade

Environment and development ministers from the G8 group of leading countries have committed themselves to tackling the problem of illegal logging.

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Industry must lead to reduce London's ecological footprint

London's ecological footprint is more than twice the size of the UK, and if everyone lived as Londoners do, it would take over three planets to support them, a shock report has revealed.

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March 2, 2005

Scheme to reward 'green' farmers

Farmers will be rewarded for protecting the environment under a new initiative launched by the government on Thursday.

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February 25, 2005

Pact to curb mercury is rejected

World governments have concluded an agreement on reducing production and use of the toxic heavy metal mercury.

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February 24, 2005

Firm escapes action over emission

No action will be taken against a firm over a malfunction that released dust from its Rugby cement plant.

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February 23, 2005

Kenya urged to ban plastic bags

Kenya has been urged to ban flimsy plastic bags to rid the country of a growing public health hazard.

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February 11, 2005

New eco-friendly labelling for cars

A new colour-coded label will appear on all new cars as of July this year, to help buyers assess the climate change impacts of different cars. It will also show that, increasingly, better environmental performance means lower road tax and lower running costs.

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MPs speak out on environmental crime

"Environmental compliance barely registers with far too many businesses and why should it when they know their illegal actions are likely to remain undetected and largely unpunished?" Peter Ainsworth MP, chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, said at the launch of its second report on corporate environmental crime.

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February 7, 2005

Pure water washes greener

Gas-free water cleans greasy stains without soap.

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January 31, 2005

Arctic ozone may drop to new low

The coming weeks could bring the most severe thinning of the ozone layer over northern Europe since records began.

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January 26, 2005

New campaign to counter CBI-led deregulation lobby

Scare-mongering by polluting industries on the costs of cleaning up is making the Government back-pedal on environmental protection - prompting a major new campaign launched today by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) to counter the "environmental deregulationists".

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January 24, 2005

City pollution levels below UK average

Air pollution levels in Coventry are well below the national average according to a study by respiratory physiotherapists.

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January 21, 2005

Arctic rivers 'flowing faster'

The amount of fresh water entering the Arctic Ocean from the rivers that feed it is increasing, UK scientists report.

Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, they say the increase is caused in part by human activities and is an early sign of climate change.

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January 20, 2005

Gadget growth fuels eco concerns

Technology firms and gadget lovers are being urged to think more about the environment when buying and disposing of the latest hi-tech products.

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January 14, 2005

New 'green' award launched for environment-friendly buildings

Channel NewsAsia reports from Singapore the Government has launched a Green Mark scheme to encourage developers and building owners to come up with environment-friendly buildings.

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January 3, 2005

Uzbeks promise smelter clean-up

A senior official at one of Central Asia's pollution hotspots has promised a clean-up will be completed by 2010.

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December 15, 2004

UK to keep foreign nuclear waste

The Government has decided to bury Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Swiss and Swedish nuclear waste in Britain as a money-making venture to help pay for the UK's own unresolved nuclear waste problems.

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December 6, 2004

HSBC bank to go carbon neutral

HSBC is the first big bank to commit to going carbon neutral as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact.

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November 17, 2004

Climate change 'ruining' Everest

Environmentalists are calling for Mount Everest to be put on a UN danger list because of global warming.

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November 3, 2004

Neglected sewers threaten floods

Raw sewage discharges into UK rivers and homes will get worse unless the water regulator Ofwat approves major repairs to pipes, a leading academic has warned.

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October 29, 2004

Tidal wave threat 'over-hyped'

The risk of a landslide in the Canary Islands causing a tidal wave (tsunami) able to devastate America's east coast is vastly overstated.

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DIY store levies bag 'tax'

Shoppers are to be charged extra for using plastic bags for the first time in the UK in a pilot scheme designed to protect the environment by discouraging consumers from using them.

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October 27, 2004

Green taxes 'would hit poor most'

Poor families would be hardest hit by "green" taxes designed to protect the environment, research suggests.

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October 26, 2004

Iraq sulphur fire breaks records

A fire at an Iraq chemical plant has caused the largest recorded man-made release of sulphur dioxide, experts say.

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October 18, 2004

Drivers urged to buy 'green' cars

Four out of five drivers would buy a "green" car if they had a financial reason to do so, a new report has claimed.

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UK boost for biomass fuel crops

The UK is to encourage the production of biomass, crops grown specially for use as environmentally-friendly fuels.

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October 15, 2004

Marathon recycling after race

Thousands of water bottles dumped along the streets of Cardiff by athletes taking part in the recent marathon have been recycled.
If the bottles had been laid end to end, there would have been enough to circle the circumference of the Millennium Stadium 10 times.

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October 14, 2004

BT gets behind renewable energy

British Telecom has announced a three-year plan to get all of its energy needs from renewable sources - the biggest such project in the world.

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October 13, 2004

Targets 'hamper recycling effort'

Government policy undermines efforts to improve the UK's recycling record, a sustainable development charity says.

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October 8, 2004

Pollutants 'in children's blood'

Environmental campaigners are warning potentially dangerous chemicals are present in children's blood.

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October 7, 2004

Web map to show risk of flooding

The Environment Agency is launching a £30m online map to tell homeowners in England and Wales for the first time what flooding risks they face.

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October 3, 2004

Multi-million clean-up plan for the Thames

The River Thames is to get a multi-million-pound clean- up after ministers were embarrassed by a series of pollution incidents that killed wildlife and threatened the health of river users.

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September 30, 2004

Defra announces three-year waste research strategy

Defra's Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Howard Dalton, announced a new research strategy to help the Government's sustainable waste management policy.

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September 29, 2004

Recycling just 7% of total waste spending

Recycling and waste minimisation activities represent just 7.2% of the total spent on waste services in England and Wales, according to new figures.

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September 27, 2004

Recycling campaign launched

A multi-million pound effort to persuade Britons to get serious about recycling is being launched today.

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September 21, 2004

Looking to the hydrogen horizon

Demand for oil is soaring, and with it the price - currently $46 a barrel. Discoveries of new reserves are getting thinner and the cost of production is rising, especially in the older fields

Some believe we are reaching the beginning of the end of the oil epoch. But, they say, hydrogen cars could offer a route out of the problem.

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The battle for DR Congo's wildlife

Despite the Democratic Republic of Congo's shaky peace, her five World Heritage site national parks and their wildlife and unique ecosystems remain endangered.

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September 17, 2004

Climate change affecting UK seabirds

UK seabirds' breeding attempts in 2004 have been disastrous, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says, with industrial fishing and climate change largely to blame.


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September 15, 2004

Tree project to target under-16s

A campaign is being launched on Wednesday which aims to plant a new tree for every under-16 in Britain.

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UN to help tackle Iraq pollution

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has said it will help Iraq clean up the toxic pollution caused by a decade of conflict.

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September 14, 2004

Company quizzed on sewage release

Thames Water is to be questioned on its decision to pump about 600,000 tons of raw sewage into the River Thames during August's torrential rain.

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September 13, 2004

Environmentalist fury over oil spill at Shell pipeline site

Shell's £6 billion Sakhalin oil pipeline has not even been built yet, but it has already caused a damaging oil slick that has enraged environmentalists and could force potential lenders to pull funds.

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September 8, 2004

UK 'will fail pollution targets'

The UK will fail to meet key objectives on reducing air pollution, resulting in further damage to human health, a leading expert has said.

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September 6, 2004

Plutonium traced in British soil

Traces of plutonium from American nuclear tests in Nevada 50 years ago appeared in British soil soon after, scientists will reveal on Monday.

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September 2, 2004

The return of the countryside

If you want an illustration of the changing face of European agricultural policy, take a trip to Otmoor in Oxfordshire.

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September 1, 2004

Water quality fails EU standards

Most rivers, lakes, estuaries and coasts in England and Wales are unlikely to meet new EU regulations on water quality, conservationists say.

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August 29, 2004

Acid oceans spell doom for coral

The increasing acidity of the world's oceans could banish all coral by 2065, a leading marine expert has warned.

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August 25, 2004

'Heat-proof' glass could save on air-con

A new coating for glass that can keep the heat from the sun out, saving on air-conditioning costs, has been developed by scientists in London.

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August 20, 2004

Clean-up works on Norfolk Broads

Several Norfolk Broads have been given a clean bill of ecological health after more than a century of stagnation.

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August 19, 2004

Huge waves eroding British coast

Storm waves over 20m high are getting bigger, more frequent and eroding Britain's Atlantic coast, experts say.

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August 10, 2004

Pollution 'kills 1,000 fish'

An investigation is underway into a pollution incident which killed around 1,000 fish in a south Wales river.

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Nature 'mankind's gravest threat'

Giant tsunamis, super volcanoes and earthquakes could pose a greater threat than terrorism, scientists claim.

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August 9, 2004

Prozac 'found in drinking water'

Traces of the antidepressant Prozac can be found in the nation's drinking water, it has been revealed.

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August 3, 2004

Acid rain 'could have benefits'

Acid rain pollution could be helping to slow down global warming, a study carried out in Scotland has found.

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August 2, 2004

Putting green cars to the test

Vehicle emissions are one of the major contributors to global warming, but truly environmentally friendly cars remain scarce. Just how good are those green vehicles currently available?

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July 30, 2004

Minister unveils flooding plans

Plans to tackle the growing problems of flooding and coastal erosion in England due to global warming have been published by the government.

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July 29, 2004

British Energy rapped for environmental breaches

British Energy, the country's biggest operator of nuclear power stations, breached environmental regulations 21 times during 2003 and has been told that its failures are "unacceptable".

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July 27, 2004

UN plan to save Iraq's marshlands

The United Nations has announced a major project to help restore the lost marshlands of Iraq, which supported the ancient way of life of the Marsh Arabs.

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Increase in pollution fines

Eleven company directors were personally fined up to £20,000 for pollution incidents last year, about four times as many as five years ago, according to Government figures.

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July 26, 2004

Eco-friendly homes in demand

Home buyers want to know how their homes rate for energy efficiency and running costs, with 84% prepared to pay an extra 2% on the purchase price for an eco-friendly home, according to research published today.

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July 22, 2004

Local people 'to preserve nature'

The potential for indigenous people to help curb the destruction of forests is being overlooked by the international community, according to a report.

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July 20, 2004

Amazon fires raise CO2 threat

Burning of the Amazon rainforest has made Brazil one of the world's top 10 polluters, raising pressure on the government to curb destruction of the jungles, scientists say.

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July 16, 2004

Europe's slow climate change progress

The European Union's climate emissions fell only slightly from 2001 to 2002, the European Environment Agency (EEA) says.

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Museum has flush of inspiration

London's Science Museum could use its toilets to help power its building and cut electricity bills.

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Ocean CO2 could 'harm marine life'

Nearly 50% of the carbon dioxide that humans have pumped into the atmosphere over the last 200 years has been absorbed by the sea, scientists say.

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Olympic Games damaging environment

Organisers of the Olympic Games in Athens have destroyed vital wildlife habitats, a trail of destruction which is threatening to spread to nearby mountains, the WWF said today.

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July 15, 2004

Pro-whaling alliance planned

As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) experiences deadlock between countries for and against the resumption of commmercial whaling, Japan is making plans to establish a new pro-whaling alliance.

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Olympic Games damaging the environment

Organisers of the Olympic Games in Athens have destroyed vital wildlife habitats, a trail of destruction which is threatening to spread to nearby mountains, the WWF said today.

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July 14, 2004

Green fuels set for breakthrough

Motorists who feel a pang of guilt every time they fill their tanks with pollutant-laden fossil fuels may soon find that they no longer have an excuse for not switching to cleaner alternatives.

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US pollution may damage UK health

Polluted air from America could be damaging the health of people in Britain, experts fear.

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July 13, 2004

Government to increase environmental spending

The Government has increased the environment budget from £3.2 billion this year to £3.5 billion.

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July 12, 2004

Pollution "changes sex of fish"

A third of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution in human sewage, research by the Environment Agency suggests.

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July 10, 2004

Satellite to study Earth's 'Aura'

The US space agency launches Aura - a satellite designed to check the health of the Earth's atmosphere - on Sunday.

Aura will peer through the stratosphere and the troposphere, right down to the air we breathe on the ground.

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July 9, 2004

Britons urged to count jellyfish

A vast army of jellyfish has invaded the seas around Britain as holidaymakers take to the beach and the water.

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First emissions trading plans approved

Plans within the European Union (EU) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution through "emissions trading" have advanced.

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July 8, 2004

UK may need more nuclear power plants

The Prime Minister has told a committee of MPs that the only way to meet the UK's promises on tackling climate change may mean it has to opt for nuclear power.

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July 7, 2004

Offshore wind farm given the go-ahead

Welsh Assembly Members have backed a controversial plan for a large wind farm off the south coast of Wales.

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July 6, 2004

Church backing for climate change plan

The Church of England has declared its support for a challenging proposal to tackle the threat of climate change.

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July 5, 2004

Airlines should pay for environmental impact

A study published today says the rise in demand for air travel is one of the most serious environmental threats facing the world.

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July 2, 2004

Welsh councils have increased recycling

Welsh local authorities have been congratulated for a 56% increase in recycling municipal waste last year.

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June 29, 2004

Europe faces weather risk

The European Environment Agency (EEA) claims that climate change is affecting the whole environment, from the plight of glaciers to plants' growing seasons.

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June 28, 2004

EC pilots project to "green" consumer goods

As part of the European Union's (EU) Integrated Product Policy (IPP), the European Commission (EC) has selected Nokia and Carrefour for two pilot projects aimed at "greening" consumer goods throughout their entire lifecycle.

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June 24, 2004

Air pollution damages lungs of unborn babies

The World Health Organisation has said that air pollution can damage the lungs of children even before birth.

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