Environment EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger

The EU’s Energy Commissioner has said people who think cutting Europe’s carbon emissions will make any difference to global warming are “arrogant or stupid”.

Smokey bandits face fines

Westminster City Council is planning to introduce on-the-spot fines for drivers whose cars belch out too much pollution. Fines of between pounds 20 and pounds 150 could be handed out to motorists who fail roadside checks.

Pollution takes toll of Athenians

Athens - More than 150 Athens residents were taken to hospital as soaring pollution levels and temperatures hit the city. The authorities banned most traffic from the city centre and radios broadcast advice that the elderly, children and sick should not go outside. AFP

Summer smog 'worst this year'

Britain suffered its worst summer smog of the year over the weekend, with concentrations of low-level ozone reaching double the air quality limit recommended by Government-appointed experts.

Letter: NRA has the power to clean up

Sir: I refer to your leading article 'The bill for even cleaner rivers' (1 June) in which you suggest that 'there is still no system of making polluters pay for the damage they do'.

Lloyd's is turning the corner, says Middleton

PETER MIDDLETON, Lloyd's chief executive, said the market's reserves were robust and losses for 1991 would be an improvement on the previous year, writes Diane Coyle.

Middleton says NewCo is crucial

PETER Middleton last night warned that the survival of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, where he is chief executive, depended upon the success of NewCo, a ring-fence for present and future capital from the increasing number of pollution and absestos claims.

Slurry pollutes river

A Cornish river was polluted yesterday when a 40,000-gallon farm slurry tank collapsed. Half the slurry was stopped by trenches in farmland, but about 20,000 gallons polluted a tributary of the Neet, near Bude.

Pollution ruling

The High Court backed the National Rivers Authority when it ruled that companies can be convicted of causing pollution even though the offence was the result of employees' actions.

California sells its pollution

LOS ANGELES (Reuter) - As 1994 dawned in one of America's most polluted cities, smog became a marketable commodity, to be bought and sold along with pork bellies, coffee, cotton and soya beans.

Tax rejected

European Commission proposals for a tax on energy aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions were rejected by the Government.

Underwriter quits Lloyd's syndicate

STEPHEN MERRETT, deputy chairman of the Lloyd's insurance market, has stepped down as underwriter of insurance syndicate 418, one of the market's largest business units, with more than 6,000 underwriting members, writes John Moore.

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Local authorities to pool views on coastal pollution

Eleven local authorities in the South-west are to make a joint submission to the Donaldson inquiry on ways of reducing the threat of a pollution disaster along Lyme Bay coastline. Representatives of Devon and Dorset county councils and nine district authorities which share the coastline met yesterday to begin formulating their views.

Pounds 8m scheme for disused mine

The Department of the Environment yesterday agreed to pay for an pounds 8m scheme to help clean up toxic metal discharges from the disused Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall. A stop-gap pumping and treatment system set up at the mine after part of it burst in January has been overwhelmed by recent heavy rainfall. The scheme will not prevent pollution this winter, but should help next year.
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