German environmental crime down again
The number of environmental crimes recorded in Germany fell in 2000, the country's environment agency reported on 20 December. The fall marked a second annual decline after figures rose constantly between 1990 and 1999 (EED 04/01/01), prompting the agency to express hope that a long-term downward trend was now becoming established. In all, 41,150 offences were recorded in 2000, down from the 1998 high of 47,900. The rate of clear-up of reported offences also improved, from 59% in 1999 to 61% in 2000. See press release.