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‘Litter Cams’ to be rolled out by the Council

‘Litter Cams’ to be rolled out by the Council: New technology to prevent drivers from throwing litter out of their car windows has been launched by a local authority in Kent. Maidstone Borough Council will use the litter cams as a trial project to reduce litter on the highways. It is reported that £120 fine…
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Online retailers e-waste obligation considered

Online retailers e-waste obligation considered: Online retailers and marketplaces could be required by the government to be responsible for collecting old electronics from consumers to ensure there is the same obligation for the collection of electronic waste as physical retailers. In response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)’s report on e-waste the government has commited…
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NAO: Landfill tax increase to 700% set off fly tipping spike

NAO: Landfill tax increase to 700% set off fly tipping spike: A 700% rise in the landfill tax in the middle of 1998 & 2014 has spiked additional illegal disposal of waste. A current report by the National Audit Office (NAO) says that even though the change in the levy by HM Treasury brought about…
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Nigeria spill case vs Shell will be heard in English courts

Nigeria spill case vs Shell will be heard in English courts: The Supreme Court has ruled a case brought on due to 40,000 citizens in the Niger Delta against Shell for apparent environmental degradation in the region to be heard in the English courts. The ruling overturned a previous decision of the Court of Appeal…
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Government sees resistance from approval of pesticide

Government sees resistance from approval of pesticide: The government came under criticism following its conclusion to approve usage of what is supposedly a ‘bee-killing’ pesticide. The disapproval from environmental groups & Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg crops up after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) approved a product that contains neonicotinoid to…
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Noble Foods pays £50k for polluting stream

Noble Foods pays £50k for polluting stream : Noble Foods Co paid a sum of £50,000 for environmental improvements due to untreated wastewater coming from its plant polluted a neighbouring stream. According to the Environment Agency (EA), the emission happened as a result of a series of faults inside the company’s treatment plant, which slaughters…
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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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‘Huge amount of CO2’ from Himalaya’s geothermal springs

‘Huge amount of CO2’ from Himalaya’s geothermal springs: The hot water springs in the Himalayas, one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations, release a ‘huge amount of carbon dioxide’. A new study by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has found, which suggests the decarbonation process of carbonate rocks which are present deep in…
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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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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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