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New Study Published: ‘Soil and Water in a Changing Environment’

23 Jul 2014

The study ‘Soil and Water in a Changing Environment‘ (June 2014), carried out on behalf of the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, gathers information on the dynamics between soil and water, focusing particularly on soil water retention (SWR). Soil water retention capacity can be defined as the capacity of the soil to capture, store and/or [...]...
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Industry may not be paying its way in packaging waste management

17 Jul 2014

Many EU businesses are failing to cover the net cost of recycling packaging waste, new research suggests. Industry is required to take responsibility for treating and recycling waste packaging in the EU; however, this study shows that producers in France, Portugal and Romania do not fully cover waste management costs. Packaging represents the largest fraction of [...]...
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New tool to identify best management plans for Natura 2000 sites

17 Jul 2014

A new decision-making aid to identify the best type of management plan for Natura 2000 sites has been developed by researchers. Using extensive data on different facets of biodiversity and human impacts, the researchers created two indices to show where conservation measures need to be integrated with socio-economic development. This study used sites in Italy [...]...
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European Commission reveals options for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals criteria

15 Jul 2014

The European Commission has published a roadmap for defining criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the context of Plant Protection Product Regulations and Biocidial Products Regulation. The roadmap sets out various options for categorising EDCs subject to control, as well as various approaches to regulatory decision-making. According to the Commission the document attempts to [...]...
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EFSA consults on guidance to predict pesticide concentrations in soil

15 Jul 2014

The Pesticides Unit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the draft EFSA Guidance Document for predicting environmental concentrations of active substances of plant protection products and transformation products of these active substances in soil. The Guidance Document is intended to provide guidance to applicants and authorities in the [...]...
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Review of Waste Policy and Legislation

14 Jul 2014

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal and annex to review recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC, the Landfill Directive 1999//31/EC and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC. The aim of the proposal is to help turn Europe into a circular economy, boost recycling, secure [...]...
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