Climate change and poverty: Article 13's new research…

This July’s G8 summit at Gleneagles will address the topics of climate change and poverty, which the Government has put at the top of the agenda. Political leadership is important in tackling these global problems, but many of the solutions will require the active involvement of the business community, through their approach to new markets, technologies and business models.

UBIFRANCE flies French flag at NOR-SHIPPING

UBIFRANCE is working in conjunction with the French Trade Commission in Oslo to organise a French pavilion at the NOR-SHIPPING trade fair, which will be held in Oslo from 7 to 10 June 2005. UBIFRANCE is supported by COFRENA, the French Maritime Equipment Committee, and the Loire Atlantique General Council.

Astris Energi Closes Convertible Debenture Financing

Astris Energi Inc. (OTCBB: ASRNF), the world's leading alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology company, announced today that it has closed a convertible debenture financing for gross proceeds of CDN$420,000. The debenture was available for subscription to ``Canadian accredited investors'' only and included a coupon for 6%, payable in common shares upon conversion or maturity.

Astris Energi To Exhibit At Premier European Event

Astris Energi Inc. (OTCBB: ASRNF), the world's leading alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology company, announced today that it will be participating in the world's largest, international group exhibit of hydrogen production and fuel cell companies at Hannover Fair 2005 on April 11-15 in Hannover, Germany. The exhibition is part of the annual Hannover Fair that is the world's leading showcase for industrial technology (http://www.hannovermesse.de).

WATER LOW ON AGENDA, REGULATION CHANGE FURTHER DOWN?

Possibility of drought this year and Government action on Environment Agency advice to amend Building Regulations would save thousands of litres of water – at no extra cost. 22 March, World Water Day 2005, is the start of a decade of action on ‘Water for Life’, and CIWEM (the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) is calling for the UK Government to play its part in properly valuing water and preventing avoidable waste.

Making an impact with pesticide assessments

With over two million tons of pesticides used annually worldwide, from 900 active ingredients, the human health and environmental risks are high. Making data from so many products used in so many environments more widely available online is helping risk assessors work out what action to take.