U.S. regulators approve VW diesel fix for 84,000 vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board on Friday announced approval of a fix for about 84,000 older Volkswagen diesel vehicles that can emit excess emissions.


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India’s top GMO regulator’s ‘Contempt of Court’ over GM mustard trials

India’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee stands accused of Contempt of Court for evading Supreme Court orders to carry out full biosafety tests on GM crops and publish its data, writes Colin Todhunter. The immediate issue is a herbicide tolerant GM mustard now approved for large scale trials, while earlier findings remain under an impenetrable veil of official secrecy.
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Conservationists praise U.S. regulators vote to end sardine season

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Federal regulators voted on Wednesday to end the current U.S. sardine season immediately in an effort to restore depleted populations of the small, oily fish.


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Swedish wildlife extinction threat as loggers clear-cut ‘old growth’ forests

Sweden’s biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss – and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, who is to stop the destruction before it’s too late?
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Death by landfill – cutting ‘green tape’ costs lives

As Cameron ‘cuts the green crap’ Paul Mobbs remembers how the decisions of a Conservative government 20 years ago to go easy on the owners of contaminated land and old waste dumps have led to present day blight, ill-health and death. Now brow-beaten regulators and politicians in hock to party funders are doing it all over again.
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The Ecologist

Death by landfill – cutting ‘green tape’ costs lives

As Cameron ‘cuts the green crap’ Paul Mobbs remembers how the decisions of a Conservative government 20 years ago to go easy on the owners of contaminated land and old waste dumps have led to present day blight, ill-health and death. Now brow-beaten regulators and politicians in hock to party funders are doing it all over again.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

EU regulators launch in-depth probe of German industry subsidies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Wednesday it would open a full investigation into Germany’s management of green subsidies, a decision that could lead to higher costs for industry and unsettle investors in renewable energy.




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