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    • Chemicals,Nature

    MEPs adopt ‘blueprint’ for pesticide regulation reform

    The European Parliament has called on the EU executive to make drastic changes to the way pesticides are approved for use in Europe, in a ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Mixed reaction to MEPs pesticides inquiry report

    A report by a European Parliament special committee into the may pesticides are authorised for use in the EU has met with a mixed reaction ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    EU pesticide approval system needs ‘major changes’

    The European Commission should significantly improve the way plant protection products are assessed, applied and monitored within the EU, a European Parliament inquiry committee has ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution,Nature

    ‘Worrying’ levels of farm waste in EU waterways

    An EU-wide study of water bodies near intensive livestock farms has revealed the presence of over 100 different plant and animal protection products, including several ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Deal on fertiliser rules sets cadmium limit at 60mg/kg

    European lawmakers finally reached agreement on a new EU fertiliser regulation on Wednesday morning, with the first-ever EU-wide limit on cadmium in phosphate fertilisers. ..
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    • Climate,General Policy,Nature

    Auditors identify funding gap in EU flood defences

    Europe's response to an increasing risk of flooding has been stymied by a failure to allocate funding where it is needed, while the potential for ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    Austria calls for greener chemicals framework

    EU chemical-related policies should be enhanced to allow for the use of sustainable and safe substances, the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council has said ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    France bans metam sodium pesticides

    French farmers will no longer be authorised to use pesticides linked to a recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses, France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    France imposes emergency ban on metam sodium pesticides

    France has prohibited the use of metam sodium pesticides for three months after dozens of farmworkers and residents in western France fell ill in four ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Pesticide licence renewals subject to EDC screening

    All ongoing evaluations of plant protection products for renewal of EU authorisation will have to be assessed against new criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals ..
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    • Pollution,Nature

    Campaigners urge defence of EU water law

    Environmental groups are urging the general public to defend a key piece of EU legislation protecting Europe's lakes and rivers amid a 'fitness check' of ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution,EU's Circular Economy,Nature

    EU leads international plastic pollution initiative

    The European Commission is spearheading a new international network to encourage the responsible use and disposal of plastics ..
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    • Pollution,Nature

    WWF urges government action on water pollution

    The campaign group WWF warned that a lack of political will, rather than a lack of EU legislation, is jeopardising Europe's rivers, as government and ..
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    • Climate,Waste & Resources,Nature

    Freshwater and ecosystems under increasing pressure

    Freshwater and marine ecosystems in Europe face increasing pressure from human activity, the EEA says in a new report that comes as the EU reviews ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    New lab-altered crops are GMOs, EU court rules

    Plant strains whose genone has been tweaked using advanced laboratory techniques are GMOs and should be subject to strict control before marketing or release into ..
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