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Bees could benefit from new EU r
Bees could benefit from new EU
rules on three insecticides
The European Union’s top court recently backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on
the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee
Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice
hoping to get the restrictions on neonicotinoids overturned.
The ban relates to the outdoor use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin,
imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – and is expected to come into force by the end of
the year. It will prohibit outdoor use of the chemicals (they may still be used
inside greenhouses). Policy makers in other jurisdictions will doubtless be
paying close attention.
Neonicotinoids (often called neonics) were introduced in the late 1980s as a
safer alternative to older insecticides that are more toxic. Yet a growing body
of research has pointed to environmental problems with their use.
Scientific studies have found that the chemicals can disorientate bees, harming
their ability to pollinate and return to hives.
Some other factors – notably mites and fungus – have also been blamed for the
widespread bee decline.
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More Governments Taking Up Carbo
More Governments Taking Up Carbon
Pricing and Seeing Big Benefits in Revenues: World Bank Report
Governments at national and subnational levels around the world continue to
prepare for, and implement, carbon pricing initiatives as a means to curb their
emissions while raising revenues, a new World Bank report finds.
Launched at the Innovate4Climate conference in Frankfurt, the annual State and
Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 report shows that carbon pricing continues to gain
traction. This edition of the report also includes emerging trends as countries
negotiate the guidelines of the Paris Agreement, in the run-up to the 24th
Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC).
To date, 70 jurisdictions (45 national and 25 sub-national) have implemented, or
are scheduled to implement, carbon pricing initiatives. These mechanisms helped
governments raise about $33 billion in 2017 in carbon pricing revenues from
allowance auctions, direct payments to meet compliance obligations, and carbon
tax receipts. This represents a 50% increase compared to the US$22 billion
raised in 2016.
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A phase shift in sustainable res
A phase shift in sustainable
Efficient production and supply of energy and raw material resources are vital
to attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). Making resource development activities sustainable has
emerged as a critical challenge. While the performance of energy and raw
materials production has improved vastly in recent decades, there is widespread
support among stakeholders for efforts to further improve its sustainability.
Having universally acceptable standards, guidelines and best practices in
sustainable resource management thus has emerged as an essential requirement in
the development and production of an array of resources such as petroleum, coal,
gas, minerals, nuclear fuels, renewable energy, anthropogenic resources (from
waste), and capture and storage of carbon dioxide.
Rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles will demand more energy and raw
material resources, but concerns about climate change and general well-being
will dictate what is acceptable and what is not. Investments will not be
channelled solely based on commercial returns, but on what social and
environmental benefits a project might bring.
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Single-use plastics: New EU rules
to reduce marine litter
With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever
greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10
single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as
well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items. The new rules are
proportionate and tailored to get the best results. This means different
measures will be applied to different products. Where alternatives are readily
available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the
market. For products without straight-forward alternatives, the focus is on
limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption; design and
labeling requirements and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers.
Together, the new rules will put Europe ahead of the curve on an issue with
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