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Horsemeat scandal prompts food safety review in UK

U.K. Environment Safety Secretary Owen Paterson has ordered a strategic review of food safety in response to the recent horsemeat scandal that has rocked the UK's food industry and reverberated across Europe.
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UK oil and gas output expected to increase by 2017

The decline in the UK's oil and gas production in the North Sea is likely to prove short-term and is predicted to pick up thanks to better technology and renewed interest from investors.
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SNF to build specialty chemicals plant in northeast England

SNF Oil and Gas Limited, a subsidiary of French-based water-soluble polymer producer SNF Group, has announced plans to build a specialty chemical plant in northeast England that will employ approximately 250 workers.
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Arsenic-in-beer mystery solved

The mystery of how arsenic levels in beer sold in Germany could be higher than in the water or other ingredients used to brew the beer has been solved.
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Regional variances abound as EU glass recycling breaks 70% barrier

Average glass recycling rates in the European Union have broken the 70-percent barrier for the first time, with over 11 million tons of glass collected and recycled in 2011.
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German RWE to sell oil and gas exploration operations

German electric utilities company RWE has announced that it is putting an end to its oil and gas exploration activity, in the hope of cutting its debt and capital expenditure.
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EU chemical production drops in 2012

According to the new Chemicals Trends Report released by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), total production of chemicals in the European Union dropped 1.5 percent in 2012.
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Processed meat linked to higher risk of premature death

A new large-scale research study suggests that excessive consumption of processed meat is linked to increased risk of premature death, including from causes such as heart disease and cancer.
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Coal use in UK rises in 2012

The double-dip recession in the UK last year had far-reaching implications and affected every sector of its economy. Energy was no exception, according to a new report released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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Nearly 60% of EU's waste ends up in incinerators, landfills

As much as 60% of municipal waste in the European Union still ends up in landfills or incinerators, a new report has claimed, highlighting the need for new measures to encourage the reuse of materials and reduce wasteful consumption.
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