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Thames Water fined £20 million for catastrophic sewage spill

23 March 2017

Thames Water has been fined a record £20 million after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames.

£23 million boost for hydrogen-powered vehicles

22 March 2017

The Government is ploughing £23 million in extra transport funding to accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

EFSA adds praise for AOP framework with usefulness of assessing pesticide exposure impact on health

22 March 2017

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed a new approach to help further understanding on the effect of exposure to chemicals such as pesticides on health by making better use of epidemiological studies.

World Water Day targets wastewater and the risks to human health

22 March 2017

World Water Day events are being held across the globe to highlight the plight of millions of people that do not have access to safe drinking water.

Energy sector emissions remain flat as economy grows

21 March 2017

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were flat for a third year in a row in 2016 despite continued economic growth, signalling a continuing decoupling of emissions from the economy, a new report reveals.

Trump plans major cuts to US Environmental Protection Agency

17 March 2017

President Donald Trump is proposing significant cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s budget, as his administration seeks to eliminate climate change programmes and curb initiatives to protect air and water quality.

UK carbon emissions lowest since 1920s

17 March 2017

An analysis of Government figures by Carbon Brief indicates a fall of almost 6% in carbon emissions in 2016 as coal use plummeted, but highlights that the UK needs to have a more ambitious policy package and should aim to have emissions at “net-zero” by 2070 at the latest if it is to meet its targets.

Vehicle manufacturers meeting CO emission targets

16 March 2017

Almost all car and van manufacturers in the EU are meeting their specific carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions target, according to the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Healthy workplaces: new quality standard

16 March 2017

Healthy Workplaces: Improving Employee Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing [QS147] is a new quality standard from NICE which covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover managing long-term sickness absence.

Biomonitoring data from occupational exposure to pesticides

16 March 2017

A European Food Safety Authority commissioned report has reviewed the use of human biomonitoring (HBM) as a means of assessing occupational exposure with a specific focus on pesticides.