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Europe mulls laws to tackle microplastic scourge

5 February 2015 News and Analysis

Move follows call by five EU states to ban microplastics in consumer care products

€2.7bn research cuts to fund Europe's stimulus package unveiled

21 January 2015 News and Analysis

Big losers from Horizon 2020 science programme include Europe's technology institute and the European Research Council

New EU law set to open door to GM crops

15 January 2015 News and Analysis

Legislation that will let member states ban GMOs expected to ease approval of GM crops by Europe

Emissions trading scheme faces industry skepticism in South Korea

6 January 2015 News and Analysis

Businesses claim that cap and trade will cost them trillions of won and damage competitiveness

Plan to divert EU research cash into investment fund gets chilly response from scientists

4 December 2014 News and Analysis

European commission president wants to shift €2.7 billion to bolster weak economies

Plea for EU to act on GM from plant scientists

31 October 2014 News and Analysis

Open letter from top researchers decries politicisation of the approval process for genetically modified crops

European scientists rally to protest jobs and funding crisis

17 October 2014 News and Analysis

Marchs across the continent aim to raise the plight of research and emphasise its economic importance

Australia's chief scientist makes pitch for science

5 September 2014 News and Analysis

Ian Chubb calls on the government to set out a long-term plan for research, but there are doubts the plea will be heard

Research on ice at British Antarctic base

14 August 2014 News and Analysis

Coolant leak means experiments at the research station are unlikely to start again until the summer

US labs urged to develop stronger ‘culture of safety’

4 August 2014 News and Analysis

Report looks at new ways to prevent lethal accidents in chemistry labs

EU plan to let member states decide on GM

19 June 2014 News and Analysis

Draft directive would let countries choose whether to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops

European chemical regulations failing consumers

13 June 2014 News and Analysis

Consumer group claims that there are too many gaps in current rules on chemicals in clothes, toys, tattoo inks

Synthetic biology vision for Europe unveiled

1 May 2014 News and Analysis

Chemistry will contribute to nascent field with applications across medicine, chemicals and agriculture

Roche disputes unethical East German trial claims

26 February 2014 Business

Internal investigation concludes that 1980s trials were legally run and patients gave proper consent

GM maize poised for approval in Europe

18 February 2014 News and Analysis

European commission is also examining the feasibility of allowing nationwide bans on engineered crops

Europe wants to get tough on plastic waste

28 January 2014 News and Analysis

Parliament sets its sights on lightweight carrier bags and 'dangerous plastics'

Fears over pesticide link to foetal brain harm

23 December 2013 News and Analysis

European food safety body lowers exposure levels for two neonicotinoid insecticides

Controversial GM maize cancer link paper retracted

4 December 2013 News and Analysis

Journal retracts paper for 'inconclusive' results while author vows to fight the decision

Massive European science programme finalised

26 November 2013 News and Analysis

A total of €78.6 billion is up for grabs for researchers – both applied and blue skies – as well as R&D heavy businesses

Major Australian research job cuts on the cards

15 November 2013 News and Analysis

CSIRO staff association claims 1400 people could lose their jobs

Report serves up food for thought for European agency

6 November 2013 News and Analysis

European Food Safety Agency rebuffs accusations of loopholes in rules governing conflicts of interest of its experts

Global treaty on mercury emissions signed

24 October 2013 News and Analysis

Ratification of the Minamata Convention may still take five years and some green groups are disappointed by its lack of ambition

Nobel peace prize goes to body that aims to eliminate chemical weapons

14 October 2013 News and Analysis

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins prize after recent work destroying Syria's chemical arsenal

Greek universities struggle in face of job cuts

30 September 2013 News and Analysis

Closures and strikes follow mass lay-offs of administrative staff

Battle over carbon tax looms

16 September 2013 News and Analysis

Australia's new Prime Minister plans to abolish the country's carbon tax, but that won't be an easy task