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Nitrates problems signal increased cost compliance pressure

by 5m Editor
4 June 2004, at 12:00am

UK - A new report by the European Environment Agency signals more restrictions on farmers. It highlights nitrate pollution from agriculture as a continuing problem, despite the measures introduced in recent years, and claims consumers are paying most of the clean-up costs for drinking water.

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The report "Signals 2004" is based on an annual survey of environmental trends in 31 countries. It recommends combating environmental problems caused by farmers, by switching more extensively to environmentally targeted subsidies.

  • Evidence of climate change is growing, both on land and in the oceans: glaciers are receding and marine species are being disturbed.

  • Much of Europe's urban population is still exposed to air pollution above health protection levels: particulates and ozone are the main concerns.

  • Packaging waste is increasing and is projected to continue doing so; overall trends in waste generation are unsustainable and current policy tools inadequate.


Source: National Pig Association - 3rd June 2004

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