Environment Council examines Commission's proposal to restrict GMO cultivation

Ministers meeting at the Environment Council held in Brussels on 14 October, exchanged views over Commission proposals to allow member states to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territory. Among other issues ministers debated over the consequences of this proposal as regard to WTO internal rules, and the possible fragmentation which it may cause within the internal market.

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EU funded project helps to map pollution

Real time maps of air, ground and water pollution can now be made available to everyone thanks to an EU-funded research project called INTAMAP. The INTAMAP project has developed open specifications software to draw up contour maps that not only show the exact location of polluted areas but also illustrate where pollution is coming from and where it is headed. Such information enables public authorities to decide more quickly on appropriate action to tackle the source of the pollution and allows individuals to avoid it. Researchers from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece.

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