North Sea meeting endorses action on pesticides, TBT and nutrients

Environment Ministers from the North Sea countries agreed at a meeting in Copenhagen this month that tougher measures are needed to reduce inputs of pesticides and other pollutants, and reviewed progress on reduction targets for nutrients. The meeting also accepted a major research report on the state of the North Sea, but there is concern among marine scientists and environmentalists that key evidence was omitted or misrepresented due to political pressure. The UK position on nutrients and eutrophication has also drawn criticism for its short-sightedness.

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