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An industry-funded study claimed to have demonstrated the safety of an important ingredient of plastics and resins is "fundamentally flawed", according to academic scientists. Instead of allaying fears over the oestrogenic properties of bisphenol A, the study appears to be a major embarrassment for the chemical industry.
Shell is the second major oil company to announce a pilot trading scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Waste management firms are showing increasing interest in waste-to-energy incineration, with 29 new projects securing electricity supply contracts including six in Essex
DIY giant B&Q wants suppliers to demonstrate a full understanding of the life-cycle environmental impacts of their products
Limits on the commercialisation of genetically modified crops have been agreed with the biotechnology industry, along with trials to assess crop impacts on biodiversity
Local councils in England and Wales have won their battle to retain regulatory control of some industrial processes under integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC)
A range of measures to replace reliance on eco-labelling to reduce the impacts of consumer products has been proposed in a new Government consultation
A revised draft of a White Paper on environmental liability has been drawn up by the European Commission
Proposals for the UK’s climate change programme include the first official ideas on sectoral cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the Marshall report advocates an energy tax but no early introduction of emissions trading
A major new chemicals testing programme has been launched in the USA, and proposals are being developed for the EC to follow suit. Preparations for a new UK chemicals policy are also in the final stage
Inadequate enforcement of the packaging regulations has been highlighted in industry responses to the recent consultation
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