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EU introduces higher lead standards for food safety

Fruits

European food safety standards for the amounts of lead and cadmium that foodstuffs can contain were becoming stricter as part of a wider cancer-prevention plan. Fruits The new limits on the amount of lead in baby food, spices, wines and salt apply from of Monday, August 30, 2021. New cadmium limits apply to certain fruits, vegetables, cereals and oilseeds as ...

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Environment ministry validates National Waste Battery Management Policy with EU, German support

Waste battery

The European Union (EU) and German Government, within the framework of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, have supported the Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv) to validate the National Waste Battery Management Policy. Waste battery The Policy, which was developed in collaboration with several stakeholders in the sector during several technical meetings and roundtable discussions, establishes the national standard of best ...

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EU cross-border carbon regulation plans threat to Russia’s interests – Official

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

EU plans  to introduce cross-border carbon regulation, poses  threat to Russia’s national interests, Alexander Abelin,  Aide to Russian Security Council chief, said on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Vladimir Putin, Russian President. Photo credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Abelin recalled that the international climate agenda had been recently increasingly used by Western countries to protect their goods in international markets. “For example, ...

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G7 powers fail to agree on date to stop burning coal

G7 leaders

The G7 wealthy democracies have failed to agree on a timeline to end their use of coal for electrical power, an EU official said on Sunday, June 13, 2021 – leaving them without a firm commitment on a key climate issue at their annual summit. G7 Leaders The U.K. hosts, backed by the EU, had pushed for a promise to ...

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New EU climate target will increase carbon prices, phase out coal power

Fossil fuel pollution

Tightening the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) in line with the EU Green Deal would dramatically speed up the decarbonisation of Europe’s power sector – and likely cause a demise of the coal industry. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station In a new study by a team of researchers from Potsdam, Germany has quantified the substantial shifts ...

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Cross River to partner EU-Wildlife Conservation Society on forests management

Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union Wildlife Conservation Society (EU-WCS) on forests management and conservation. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State The State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, made this known when the EU team visited her on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Calabar, the state ...

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EU vows to attract investment in hydrogen energy

Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes

The Council of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 defined the attraction of international investments in hydrogen energy as a priority. Portuguese Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes This is a consensus that was built during a virtual meeting with representatives of the member states promoted by the Portuguese presidency of the EU. ...

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EU executive to probe German cash scheme for phased-out coal plants

Margrethe Vestager

The European Union’s executive arm suspects that planned German state payouts to two companies whose coal plants were to be shuttered early may breach EU state aid rules, it announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. European Commission Vice President, Margrethe Vestager Germany wants to phase out the use of lignite, a particularly polluting type of coal, to generate electricity by ...

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EU scheme to rescue mangrove forests in Ghana, eight other West Africa countries

Ghana Mangrove

Just as tropical forests help to maintain ecological balance and support livelihoods in the hinterlands, so mangrove forests fulfil critical functions in coastal areas. Mangrove harvested for fuel wood being transported to a market in one of Ghana’s coastal communities Mangroves are found in 10 of the 17 West African countries and play a vital role in the region’s coastal ...

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European Union restricts export of plastic waste

Unsorted plastic waste

The European Union has commenced the application of stricter regulations for the export of plastic waste from its territory. It took effect from January 1, 2021. Unsorted plastic waste Henceforth, unsorted or soiled plastic mixtures that cannot simply be recycled will no longer be allowed to be traded internationally. With this type of waste, there is a particularly high risk that ...

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