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Citizens and experts to get more information on nanomaterials


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 ...


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


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


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 ...


Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential


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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Mega pollution on mega sites


At the 13th Int. HCH & Pesticides Forum, new shocking cases of Mega-sites in Slovakia and Romania, at the eastern borders of the European Community showed the extent and the unacceptable threats to the health of the population. However, such mega-sites are also still present today in the EU ...


Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Germany

How Germany can decarbonize its energy system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% until 2050


In order to take an important step towards limiting global warming to less than 2 °C compared to pre-industrial times, countries are expected to achieve a new international agreement on the climate at the UN climate conference in Paris at the end of the year. According to climate science, this ...


Disposal of effluents from neutralised Syrian chemical weapons completed


The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) welcomes the completion of disposal of effluents resulting from neutralisation operations aboard the US vessel Cape Ray. These operations governed the destruction at sea of almost 600 metric tonnes of sulphur mustard and ...


ChemSec Calls for Action on Hormone Disruptors Under REACH


The EU Commission presented the on-going work to develop criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals, EDCs. The criteria can be expected at earliest in end 2016. Swedish NGO ChemSec, alongside top EDC scientists, says the scientific basis and the legal framework to act on these hazardous ...


ChemSec calls for an effective authorisation process, leading industry provide support for REACH

EU’s REACH authorisation process needs to be improved, as investments in green solutions do not necessarily pay off


ChemSec released its position on the authorisation process; coupled with related opinions from some of Europe’s leading industry, calling for clear guidelines and a strong connection to REACH’s original intentions. And while ChemSec recognizes the need to simplify the authorisation process, it ...


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Fraunhofer to become a new BfR research partner


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. are to sign a cooperation contract today in which they agree on close cooperation in research for the purpose of improving food safety in all stages of the supply chain. The ...


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