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EU imposes two-year ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

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The use of certain pesticides linked to bee deaths will be banned in the European Union, despite heated debates between member states on the issue, the European Commission (EC) has announced.
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Bayer to acquire birth control company for $1.1 billion

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Conceptus' flagship product is the EssureĀ® procedure, a non-surgical permanent birth control method sold in the United States and other countries.
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Statoil discovers new North Sea oil reserves

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Norwegian energy giant Statoil announced Friday that it had found "significant" new oil resources in the North Sea.
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UK publishes new oil and gas strategy

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The British coalition government has announced the UK Oil and Gas Industrial Strategy, which demonstrates the country's renewed interest in utilizing reserves in the North Sea.
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POWTECH 2013 kicks off April 23

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Nearly 16,000 processing industry professionals will travel to Nuremberg, Germany, later this month to attend POWTECH 2013, an international trade fair for powder, granule and bulk solids technologies.
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Horsemeat scandal prompts food safety review in UK

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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