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  • Contaminated land profits up but growth slowing

    Contaminated land profits up but growth slowing

    Revenue for contaminated land work slowed in 2008 despite the industry as a whole faring well in the economic downturn, according to a new report by Environment Analyst. The research showed the UK environmental consultancy sector grew by 9% in 2008 ...

  • Scottish industries fall just short of environmental targets

    Scottish industries fall just short of environmental targets

    Polluting industries in Scotland were just 1% from making environmental targets, according to figures out this week. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said 91% of `large or complex` industrial sites in Scotland have passed their ...

  • More than US$100m to clear up contaminated land

    More than US$100m to clear up contaminated land

    US$111.9m has been earmarked for cleaning up contaminated land across the United States and its territories. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the cash available to communities across the states to help them clean up sites known as ...

  • London`s Olympic waterways to be opened up

    London`s Olympic waterways to be opened up

    An east London waterway is being dredged so construction materials can be transported to the Olympic site by barge. A 60 tonne boat has started dredging almost one and half miles of water from from Bow Locks on Bow Creek to the Waterworks River ...

  • New York to phase out bottled water for public sector

    New York to phase out bottled water for public sector

    The Governor of New York has announced plans to ban the purchase of bottled water by state-owned agencies. he ban will cover both small bottles and those used by water coolers. State agencies will be expected to phase out their consumption of ...

  • Scottish environment watchdog brushes up on waste paint regulations

    Scottish environment watchdog brushes up on waste paint regulations

    Community groups will now be able to mix waste paints for reuse thanks to new guidelines issued by Scotland`s environmental watchdog. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published an interim position statement declaring ...

  • Don`t waste sewage - it`s a resource

    Don`t waste sewage - it`s a resource

    The way we treat sewage needs to undergo a revolution on the same scale as we have seen attitudes change to household rubbish and industrial waste. That was the core message of an event hosted by consultants Aqua Enviro this week. While the value ...

  • House Dems’ stimulus bill includes US$14bn-plus for water, environment

    House Dems’ stimulus bill includes US$14bn-plus for water, environment

    US Democrats have unveiled an US$825bn plan to stimulate the US economy, including proposals to spend billions of dollars on low carbon vehicles, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Their economic recovery Bill aims to ease the misery of the ...

  • 2008 carbon market valued at EUR 90bn, say analysts

    2008 carbon market valued at EUR 90bn, say analysts

    The global carbon market grew substantially in 2008, despite the downturn in other global commodity markets - and the EU`s trading scheme was responsible for most of this activity. According to analysts Point Carbon, nearly 5bn tonnes of CO2 ...

  • Weak pound `boosts recycling business in Europe`

    Weak pound `boosts recycling business in Europe`

    The weak pound may be making life difficult for importers and tourists, but could provide a much-needed boost for UK plastics recyclers. The sterling`s weakness is allowing UK businesses costing their services in pounds to be more competitive ...

  • Asbestos deaths still rising in trades

    Asbestos deaths still rising in trades

    It kills 20 tradesmen a week and more than 4,000 people a year - more than the number of deaths from road accidents - but many workers are still unaware of the dangers of asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a nationwide ...

  • Public participation `key` to UK waste challenge

    Public participation `key` to UK waste challenge

    Winning over the public and tackling non-municipal waste are the key challenges facing the UK as it battles to reduce the amount of waste it produces. Regulating businesses can only work to a certain extent, but creating a real step change will ...

  • Presidential race puts focus on environment

    Presidential race puts focus on environment

    The US presidential candidates have set out their climate change stalls as the race for the White House heats up. Democrat nominee Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain pledged to improve the US record on the environment as they accepted ...

  • UK government told to crack down on business waste

    UK government told to crack down on business waste

    Waste reduction policies should concentrate on reducing the high levels of commercial waste instead of focusing solely on consumers. The House of Lords Science Committee has called on Government to restructure local authority waste targets to ...

  • Berlusconi: Naples waste crisis over

    Berlusconi: Naples waste crisis over

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last week declared that the waste crisis that has plagued Naples for months is over. Visiting the town on Friday, he said the piles of rotting garbage that had filled the streets were gone but a permanent ...

  • China tackles algae in Olympic venue

    China tackles algae in Olympic venue

    More than 10,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians have been sent in to clear up a giant algal bloom threatening this summer`s Olympic sailing events. The algae, first spotted in late May, has choked large stretches of coast around the Eastern city of ...

  • New research shows Brits still binning WEEE

    New research shows Brits still binning WEEE

    More than two-thirds of UK households are still putting electrical gadgets in the household waste and 17% do not recycle electrical items at all. Research from electrical specialist Comet to mark the first anniversary of the introduction of the WEEE ...

  • US$1.75bn deal to save Florida`s Everglades

    US$1.75bn deal to save Florida`s Everglades

    Florida`s rapidly-shrinking Everglades have been thrown a lifeline by a US$1.75bn deal agreed by state authorities. State Governor Charlie Crist last week unveiled a strategy to rescue the world-famous wetlands which will see state authorities buy ...

  • Australian environmental monitoring `lagging behind` US & UK standards

    Australian environmental monitoring `lagging behind` US & UK standards

    Australia is largely in the dark about the state of its own environment, according to a trio of leading scientists. Dr Andrew Campbell, Professor Hugh Possingham, director of the Ecology Centre in Brisbane, and Professor Will Steffen, of the ...

  • Consumers need clear recycling messages, says UK metal packaging association

    Consumers need clear recycling messages, says UK metal packaging association

    Consumers are more concerned than ever about the environmental impact of packaging but are becoming confused by inconsistent messages, according to a leading trade association. This year`s Basket of Goods report from the Metal Packaging ...