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Pesticide industry profits dwarfed by societal costs, report says

A new study has found that the direct societal costs of pesticides, along with government support to manufacturers, outweigh the sector’s profits.

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Spanish government closes door on uranium mine

Permission has officially been refused for the construction of a plant to process uranium ore at Retortillo in the province of Salamanca, Spain’s ecological transition ministry announced on Friday.

Chemicals

France tightens pesticide rules as it launches national pollinator plan

The French government has announced tighter rules on agrochemical use as it unveiled plans to establish a ‘red list’ of endangered wild pollinator species and investigate other sources of stress leading to declines in insect populations.

Chemicals

Emergency use of banned pesticides was ‘justified’, EU regulator concludes

Permitting the use of banned neonicotinoid pesticides in 17 instances across 11 member states countries last year was in all cases justified due to a lack of other ways to protect sugar beet crops, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded following an investigation.

Land

7 things to know about the EU soil strategy

The European Commission launched on Wednesday a long-awaited strategy setting out its plans to reach good soil health by 2050. Here’s what you need to know.

Politics & Law

Public acceptance ‘biggest challenge’ for new European mines, say EU officials

The MEP tasked with scrutinising an action plan on critical raw materials has called on the EU to “reconcile” nature protection and the economy in order to secure more mining for green transition metals in member states.

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