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There's a storm brewing

A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report has predicted that the number of winter storms in the UK could rise by up to 25% over a 30 year period, if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced. As a result,...

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New renewable energy proposals

Secretary of State Peter Hain has revealed proposals to put the power of cleaner and greener energy into the hands of the people of Northern Ireland. A £59 million Environme...

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Government up the creek over sewerage pollution

Environmentalists have this month taken the Government to court over their policy which has resulted in tonnes of raw and poorly treated sewerage being dumped in Northern Ireland's seas, rivers and...

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Water framework report

The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) has published a new report on it's proposals for monitoring the aquatic environment and meeting the monitoring requirements of the...

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No ifs or butts, it's no smoking!

On Sunday 26 March, it officially became illegal to smoke in enclosed public places in Scotland, as a result of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005. The...

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Regulations reconstructed

The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations have been delayed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) until Spring 2007, instead of the previously intended...

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Tinnitus tackled in tightened noise legislation

The Trades Union Congress and hearing charity the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, have warned employers and employees that they may need to make significant changes to their workplaces and s...

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HSE to act on rubbish record

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a safety alert to the waste and recycling industry following nine reported fatalities in eight weeks between December 2005...

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Good news for work with asbestos coatings

Further research carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory has confirmed earlier suspicions that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings are much lower than previously thought, and t...

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Employee is King in bouncy castle case

A youth worker for Durham County Council who was accused of faking a back injury, has been awarded £33,000 in compensation in a union backed case. UNISON member Dean Gibbon received the payou...

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Buncefield investigation progress

The Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board, which was established to supervise the joint Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive (H...

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DEFRA to permit review

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have this month announced a consultation on creating a streamlined environmental permitting and compliance sys...

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Bottled water not eau so healthy

A new study from the Washington DC based environmental group the Earth Policy Institute has concluded that production of bottled water is seriously damaging the environment. The group claims that t...

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Haste made with waste consultation

A major consultation on the Government's strategy for waste has suggested that a broader approach and a change of emphasis is needed. This could involve working more closely with businesses and ret...

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UK emissions plan rejected

The European Commission have rejected plans by the UK to increase the level of pollution heavy industry can emit under the European Union trading scheme, which is a key element in the fight to redu...

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