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Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

Article: Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – Environment officials from more than 140 countries today agreed to craft the world’s first treaty to control emissions of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that poses serious risks to human health and the environment. They agreed to voluntarily limit mercury at once, even before a treaty is finalized.…

British Shoppers Must Learn to Bring Their Own Bags

Article: British Shoppers Must Learn to Bring Their Own Bags

LONDON, UK, December 29, 2008 (ENS) – By next spring, some of Britain’s largest supermarket chains will halve the number of plastic and paper bags they supply to customers as compared with a 2006 baseline under an agreement reached last week between the government and the retailers. The 50 percent cut was set by British…

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

Article: Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28, 2008 (ENS) – The Charles River now has the best water quality for boating and swimming since the intensive Clean Charles Initiative began in 1995, federal and state environment officials said Friday. However, there still is growing concern about elevated levels of nutrients from stormwater runoff, especially phosphorus. The U.S. Environmental…