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Toxic pesticides banned for EU use exported from UK

Trade loopholes allow chemicals to be sent to developing countries as well as US, Japan and Australia

Published on The Guardian website on the 10th September 2020

 

Toxic pesticides banned for use in the UK are being exported to countries with less stringent regulations, under loopholes in international trade rules.

Two companies, Syngenta and Ineos, are exporting from UK facilities large quantities of pesticides based on chemicals that would be illegal for use in the EU, according to documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s Unearthed investigation and the Swiss NGO Public Eye, in freedom of information requests.

Export notification data for 2018 showed Syngenta planned to ship more than 28,000 tonnes of pesticide containing paraquat, which was banned for use in the UK in 2007. Paraquat, which is fatal at small doses if ingested, can damage the lungs, eyes, kidneys and heart through long-term exposure.

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UK public 'supports green recovery from coronavirus crisis'

Climate Assembly UK says economic plan should help reach net zero carbon emissions

A cyclist in Bushy Park, south-west London, during the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Jed Leicester/Rex/Shutterstock

Published on The Guardian website on the 23rd June 2020
 

People would be prepared to continue many of the lifestyle changes enforced by the coronavirus lockdown to help tackle the climate emergency, and the government would have broad support for a green economic recovery from the crisis, according to a report.

Working from home is a popular option, along with changes to how people travel, and the government should take the opportunity to rethink investment in infrastructure and support low-carbon industries, the report found.

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Acres of 'poor quality' Hampshire farmland could be 're-greened' to solve nitrogen pollution problem

Published in The News on the 25th February 2020
Story by Fiona Callingham

 

ACRES of some of Hampshire’s ‘poor quality’ farmland could be ‘re-greened’ in a bid to reduce pollution and allow housebuilding to resume.

Work to build new homes across the south of Hampshire was postponed last year after Natural England ruled the amount of nitrogen spilling into the Solent as a result was damaging to wildlife.

It is thought more than 7,000 homes in the county were put on hold while councils scrambled to find solutions.

Now the Partnership for South Hampshire (Push), which is made up of local authorities, has revealed what could be a permanent fix to the problem.

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