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Pharmaceutical products called on to be greener by MEPs

Pharmaceutical products called on to be greener by MEPs: Further development of “greener” pharmaceuticals is being called for by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) , which are less harmful to the environment, but as effective for patients. Making products more biodegradable whilst not impairing their efficacy to tackle pharmaceutical pollution is being urged for…
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Environmentally friendly rice gets new UN-backed labelling

Environmentally friendly rice gets new UN-backed labelling: Rice that has been sustainably produced has a new label to help consumers to choose to buy to reduce their environmental impact has been launched. A group of more than 100 public, private, research, financial and civil society organisations led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the…
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Water warning after record-breaking use amid heatwave

Water warning after record-breaking use amid heatwave: An urgent warning has been issued by water companies after record-breaking water consumption amid the UK’s heatwave. The unprecedented high demand levels could even leave some households without water, says Portsmouth Water – water usage during the last weekend was the highest in ten years the utility notes.…
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First Head of Wales appointed by Ofwat

First Head of Wales appointed by Ofwat: Ofwat has established a permanent presence in Wales for the first time by announcing the appointment of its Head of Wales. From the 1st September 2020, Bethan Evans will take on the position and will play an important role in ensuring Ofwat’s regulatory approach reflects the specific circumstances…
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94,000 microplastic particles per second in Thames

94,000 microplastic particles per second in Thames; 94,000 microplastic particles flow through the water every second in some parts of the River Thames. Katharine Rowley, postgraduate student at Royal Holloway has found, who with assistance from the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum found microplastics in high levels are impacting the river,…
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£5.2bn flood defence plan unveiled

£5.2bn flood defence plan unveiled: A record long term investment of £5.2 billion to tackle flooding and protect the country from the impacts of climate change has been announced by the government. The funding will support the creation of around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties in England by 2027,…
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England risks running out of water by 2040

England risks running out of water by 2040: There is a serious risk that England could of run out of water by 2040 due to climate change. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a warning, which accuses Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency of having “taken their eye off the ball” and stresses these…
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Environmental projects funded by fines

Environmental projects funded by fines: Environment Agency enforcement action during the last nine years has benefitted environmental charities throughout the Midlands to the tune of £1.4 million of grants. Offenders as an alternative to prosecutions are asked to donate to environmental projects  – this applies to individuals or businesses or who are responsible where they…
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Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity

Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity Advisory -Recovering drinking water supplies in buildings and networks after prolonged inactivity Background: The restrictions placed on business and people by UK governments as a measure to restrict the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in mid-March 2020 left many premises either closed or with reduced staff. The pace of change meant…
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Echo secures contract with Northern Ireland Water

Outsourced customer contact specialist, Echo Managed Services, has won a successful retender with Northern Ireland Water, extending its metering and billing contract for another two years. The contract calls on Echo to undertake field and office based activities to ensure appropriate and correct billing for the 1.8million people within Northern Ireland Water’s remit – a service…
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