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  • Ship at sea

    Revised shipping pollution regulations published

    Regulations implementing changes to rules intended to prevent pollution from tankers will come into force in March

  • Stuart Wagland. Photograph: Cranfield University Comment

    Finding ways to generate energy from plastic waste

    Stuart Wagland: Advanced thermal treatment technologies are proving they can offer a flexible, local solution to the UK’s growing need to deal with its plastic waste. Investors are starting to take note

  • Chemical barrels. Photograph: Sahawat Kiankola/123RF

    EU chemical trade rules amended

    EU rules governing the international trade in hazardous chemicals have been amended, extending controls to triclosan and five flame retardants

  • Scientist in lab coat recording chemical data. Photograph: Eldar Nurkovic/123RF

    UK REACH replacement not yet scoped

    The UK will exit the EU’s chemicals registration system but has yet to assess the business case for its own replacement system, minister says

  • Petri dish and pipette. Photograph: Luchschen/123RF Analysis

    Chemicals strategy pledge poses array of questions

    The 25-year plan for the environment promised a chemicals strategy, but said little about what this would deliver, Gareth Simkins investigates

  • A woman having her hair washed

    EU cracks down on shampoo chemicals

    Two hazardous organosilicone compounds will be restricted from shampoos from 2021, although the restriction is likely to be broadened

  • Man on roof working on air conditioner. Photograph: Visionsi/123RF

    Go-ahead for F-gas civil penalty plan

    Enforcement bodies in England and Scotland to get powers in April to apply civil penalties of up to £200,000 for F-gas violations

  • An orca stranded on a North Sea beach

    DEFRA plans limited intervention into POPs

    Falling emissions mean that the government intends to undertake little action on persistent organic pollutants beyond monitoring and assessment, an action plan reveals

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