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Total plans to increase hydrocarbon resins, polymer production in France

French oil and gas giant Total will invest EUR160 million to convert its Carling petrochemical platform by 2016 and plans to close the naphtha cracker during the second half of 2015.
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Chemical companies challenge EU ban on thiamethoxam

Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta is contesting in court the European Commission's decision to ban the use of thiamethoxam, a seed-treatment pesticide.
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EU launches first pipeline to Moldova

A pipeline connection between Moldova and the European Union has been established, as part of efforts by the EU to reduce European countries' energy dependence on Russia.
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Fatburner Dexaprine banned in UK, Netherlands

Slimming agent Dexaprine, produced by California-based company iForce Nutrition, has been banned in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom over concerns that the fatburner causes a number of life-threatening conditions.
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UK oil, gas production drops sharply

UK production of oil and gas has dropped sharply, raising questions over the future of the industry, British industry leaders have warned.
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Chevron remains confident about fracking opportunities in Central, Eastern Europe

U.S. oil supermajor Chevron believes that Central and Eastern Europe will warm up to fracking and throw support behind the company's exploration projects.
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Antibiotics in chicken kill 280 Brits every year

It's been claimed that chicken consumption kills about 280 Britons annually through blood poisoning attributable to ESBL (extended spectrum beta lactamase) E. coli.
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EU countries make progress in urban wastewater treatment

Despite the discrepancies observed among individual member states, the European Commission notes that the overall picture has improved and things are moving in the right direction.
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European biotechs back on venture capital radar

Venture capital firms are once again warming to European biotechnology players, which attracted a significant portion of the venture capital invested globally in this sector during the second quarter.
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Dutch scientists unveil first lab-grown burger

The 5-ounce "Cultured Beef" burger, which reportedly cost around $332,000 to produce, was made with muscle cells taken from a cow and other common food ingredients such as salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs.
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