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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

Figshare to offer institutional data platform

5 September 2013 News and Analysis

Universities can pay for a scientific repository that will hold all their research in one place and control whether it's public or private

Australia plans to scrap carbon tax early

23 July 2013 News and Analysis

A new emissions trading scheme would replace it, quickly linking up with the EU's own pricing scheme for carbon dioxide

Another blow to Solar Valley

12 July 2013 News and Analysis

German solar energy company Conergy files for insolvency

Another pesticide linked to honeybee deaths

31 May 2013 News and Analysis

Fipronil manufacturer BASF disputes European food agency's conclusion that chemical poses 'acute risk' to bees

EU struggles to fix faltering carbon trading scheme

10 May 2013 News and Analysis

Supporters of emissions market hopeful parliament will vote again on measure to bolster price of pollution

Germany, China create nanotech centre

26 March 2013 News and Analysis

Collaboration will look to marine animals for bio-inspired materials to treat conditions like osteoporosis

Antibiotic resistance is a ‘ticking time bomb’

13 March 2013 News and Analysis

Efforts to tackle the threat will need new thinking, but their may be no easy solutions or short cuts to new drugs

Fukushima disaster predicted to raise cancer rates slightly

5 March 2013 News and Analysis

World Health Organization report expects cancer risk to rise marginally, but doesn't put a figure on the number of deaths expected

German research minister’s doctoral thesis revoked in plagiarism row

6 February 2013 News and Analysis

University of Dusseldorf concludes that Annette Schavan copied large portions of her doctoral dissertation

EU proposes neonicotinoid pesticide ban

5 February 2013 Business

Clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid at centre of debate over declining bee populations