The European Parliament on Wednesday approved measures that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton swabs and disposable plastic plates and cutlery, by 2021. The parliament backed the proposals with a 571-53 majority. In May, the European Commission proposed EU-wide rules to target the top 10 single-use plastic items that litter Europe's beaches or are found in its seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. What did the European Commission propose? A ban on the use of plastic items like straws, cotton swabs, plastic plates and cutlery, plastic coffee stirrers and plastic balloon holders. EU lawmakers on Wednesday added very lightweight plastic bags and polystyrene fast-food containers to the list. Reduce the use of plastic food containers, such as the ones used for take-away, and cups for beverages. Producers will help cover the costs of waste management and cleanup as well as raise awareness of the … [Read more...] about European Parliament votes for ban on single-use plastic
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A three-week absence for the power rankings has come to an end with the conclusion of the Six Nations and the return of a busy European schedule. Champions Cup week should lead to an interesting week in the top ten, while the highest climber has risen six places. All revealed below. 40. Kings (1-17, no change) 39. Dragons (5-2-16, no change) 38. Zebre (5-18, down two) 37. Stade Francais (10-18, up one) 36. London Irish (5-19, down one) A 17th defeat for the Kings but their 35-36 loss at home to Treviso was an absolute ripper, almost pulling off the comeback. The Dragons were undone at home by the mazy running of Clayton Blommetjies and the Cheetahs, while Zebre took a proper thrashing at Glasgow.... … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/2018, week 22: Who is in the top 10 ahead of the Champions Cup?
Scientists and engineers at Vienna's University of Technology are laboring over a shiny steel construction standing almost two storeys high. It's a new generation "gasification plant," which the university pioneered a couple of decades ago. It turns biomass into gas, and in Austria and a number of other European countries, that gas is used to run generators and produce electricity. The problem operators now face is buying biomass to feed these power plants at a price which makes them competitive with other renewable and fossil fuel energy sources. With prices for wood and biofuel crops on the increase, the European Union is funding a project called Phenolive which aims to turn the pomace - what's left of the olive after its oil is pressed out - into biofuel. "When you look at the olive mill operator he wants to get as much as possible out of the olive, and he tries everything he can to get as much out if it as possible," Stefan Müller, a senior researcher at the university's … [Read more...] about European olives feed biofuel innovation
The European parliament has approved a suite of restrictions on the use of antibiotics on healthy farm animals in a bid to halt the spread of “superbugs” resistant to medical treatment. Europe’s animals consume more antibiotics than humans on average, often via livestock feeds on factory farms, where farmers routinely use them as a prophylactic against the occurrence or spread of disease. But with at least 25,000 people dying across Europe every year from antimicrobial-resistant infections, scientists have warned that without reform, routine medical interventions could soon become impossible. The new legislation, which will become law by 2022, bans the use of human reserve antibiotics in veterinary medicine and the use of unprescribed animal antimicrobials. Vets will have to provide data on volume and sales of antimicrobial medicines, and imported foods will need to meet EU standards, particularly on growth enhancement. The Green MEP Molly Scott Cato said the package … [Read more...] about European parliament approves curbs on use of antibiotics on farm animals
A new weekly series! Having given Europe's top clubs a couple of games to settle into the new season, here is how the teams from the Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 are stacking up against each other. Last season's achievements and results from the first two rounds (or three in the case of the Top 14) have all been taken into consideration. Don't be surprised if your team quickly rises or falls, given all 40 teams are in play up until the end of the season next year. All reactions are encouraged, whether positive or spitting fire, and should be left in the comments. Onwards! (That's right Dan Carter, show us the way) … [Read more...] about European rugby Power Rankings 2017/18: Week two