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European Council reaches political agreement to reduce consumption of plastic bags

10:07 AM MST | December 17, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council–the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union—has announced that it has reached a political agreement on a draft directive aimed at reducing the consumption of lightweight...


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Lima climate change conference: mixed response from politicians, industry, and environmentalists

The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020. The conference agreed on two deliverables, the Lima call for climate action...

ECHA launches CLH consultations on two biocidal active substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has started a 45-day public commenting period on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for two biocidal active substances, 4,4'-methylenedimorpholine and reaction products of paraformaldehyde...

German pilot plant produces fuel from renewable electricity and carbon dioxide

Germany’s federal minister for research, Johanna Wanka, has opened the first demonstration plant worldwide that can produce synthetic fuel such as petrol, diesel, or kerosine from water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and renewable electricity. The company...

Delegation from European Parliament to attend Lima climate summit

A group of twelve members of the European Parliament (MEP) will attend the United Nations climate conference in Lima, Peru. The MEPs plan to meet Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC)...

Elopak to use renewable polyethylene in beverage cartons

Elopak (Oslo), a leading liquid food packaging supplier, has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of these cartons will be commercially available in the coming months, making Elopak the first...

Europe reaches provisional agreement on cultivation of GMOs

The European Commission has announced that the European Parliament and the European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the 28 member states of the European Union, have reached a provisional political agreement on draft legislation...

Germany confirms its action plan "Climate protection 2020"

Germany’s federal government has concluded its action program “Climate protection 2020.” The government has guaranteed that the country will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with 1990. This objective was set in...

India marks 30th anniversary of Bhopal disaster, issues remain unresolved

Last night was the 30th anniversary of the methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak at the former Union Carbide’s production plant at Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, which killed thousands of people. Official figures put the death toll at about 5,300...

Lima talks 'crucial to 2015 climate agreement'

The European Union says that it expects the United Nations conference on climate change, being held in Lima, Peru, in December, to set the stage for a new, legally binding, global climate agreement to be adopted in Paris in 2015. The European Union is calling...

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