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Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

16-Nov-2017

Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new report ...

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REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

23-Jun-2017

Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed a rate ...

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MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

19-Jun-2017

The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PFHxS as ...

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Americans use more clean energy in 2016

12-Apr-2017

Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat. Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the ...

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As interest grows, Yale Carbon Charge leads the way in studying carbon pricing

30-Mar-2017

From the halls of academia to the corridors of power, there is a growing list of universities, corporations, and government officials seeking out Yale’s expertise in creating and monitoring programs to mitigate climate change. Earlier this month, officials from the Yale Carbon Charge participated ...

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EFSA and BfR to work jointly on global food safety tools

09-Dec-2016

Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. Signed today, the framework ...

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Citizens and experts to get more information on nanomaterials

08-Dec-2016

Better access to relevant and understandable information about nanomaterials both for European citizens and experts. That is the main goal of an agreement signed between ECHA and the Commission on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials. The signing of the delegation agreement marks the ...

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REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

06-Sep-2016

The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the ...

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Pro-nuclear countries making slower progress on climate targets

24-Aug-2016

A strong national commitment to nuclear energy goes hand in hand with weak performance on climate change targets, researchers at the University of Sussex and the Vienna School of International Studies have found. A new study of European countries shows that the most progress towards reducing ...

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Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential

30-May-2016

Government subsidies should be used to encourage investment in energy storage systems if renewable power is to be fully integrated into the sector, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Variable output renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar panels, ...

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