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Euronews Report on Waste Crime in Europe

29 Jun 2015

Waste crime: a hugely profitable business. The price may be even higher for some, as the clandestine disposal of dangerous substances is being linked with rising cancer rates and birth defects in the areas affected. In this edition of On the Frontline (Euronews) Paul Hackett asks what is being done to deal with this toxic time […]...
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Irish EPA-funded research develops novel solution for removing Cryptosporidium from water supplies

29 Jun 2015

The EPA has published the results of significant collaborative research between Athlone Institute of Technology and National University of Ireland, Galway. This research has developed high-intensity pulsed light as a novel technology for disinfecting drinking water. Dara Lynott, Deputy Director General of the EPA, said, “We are all aware that high quality, safe, sufficient drinking water is […]...
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Europe’s seas: productive, but not healthy or clean

29 Jun 2015

The European Union’s Blue Growth agenda aims to harness further the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs, economic value and sustainability. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, despite some improvements, the way we use our seas remains unsustainable and threatens not only the productivity of […]...
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Dutch government ordered to speed up greenhouse gas cuts

24 Jun 2015

(Reuters) A district court ordered the Dutch government on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster than currently planned in a rare use of the legal system to curb global warming. A judge in The Hague said the state must “ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 percent lower […]...
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Circular economy: “systemic change” needed to address resource scarcity

18 Jun 2015

Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources are the chief demands set out in a resolution passed on Wednesday by environment MEPs,who call on the Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015. “It is a vital step for the EU […]...
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Phthalates restricted under RoHS

11 Jun 2015

Last week, four phthalates were added to the list of restricted substances under the RoHS directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic devices). This is the first time since the original directive of 2003 that new substances are added. The newly added substances are DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP. The restriction will take […]...
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