March 2013

Death in the Bat Caves

Conservationists across the United States are racing to discover a solution to White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that is threatening to wipe out bat species across North America. A review published in Conservation Biology reveals that although WNS has already killed one million bats,there are critical knowledge gaps preventing researchers from combating the disease.

New Green Paper Promises Recycling Improvements

The green paper also questions whether it might be possible to improve the modular and chemical design of plastic to improve recyclability. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “Managing plastic waste is a major challenge in terms of environmental protection, but it’s also a huge opportunity for resource efficiency. “In a circular economy where high recycling …

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Top UK Companies Lose Judicial Review

The Judicial Review was brought by Ardagh Glass, DS Smith Paper, Novelis UK, Palm Recycling, Smurfit Kappa and UK Recyclate and these were represented by Anthony Collins Solicitors. The consortium is now considering whether to make an appeal. Although Justice Hickinbottom also confirmed that he saw no justification for referring the decision to the European …

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Flotsam and Jetsam to be Recycled

Closed Loop Recycling chief executive Chris Dow said: “It’s great that a large producer such as Ecover is taking such a futuristic view on packaging, showing true commitment to designing on shelf product with recycling in mind.” Ecover chief executive Philip Malmberg added: “As manufacturers, we’ve got to take responsibility for sustainability very seriously – …

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Well Done: Well Done!

Farmer Tantoh, with funding from , worked to build a 5000 litre reservoir, install pumps, build water stands and washbasins and lay several kilometres of underground pipe. Many villagers took part in the project, helping with the build which has been completed in less than six months.