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France to Vote Against Glyphosate Reauthorization in Europe
The French government intends to vote against and block the European Commission's proposal to reauthorize use of the controversial chemical in the European Union.
"The European Commission has proposed renewing its approval for glyphosate for another 10 years. This is far too long, given the concerns that remain over this product, and France will vote against the proposal, as clearly laid out previously in July," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Monday.
According to Reuters, failure to renew the license by the end of the year would initiate an automatic ban starting Jan. 1, 2018.
France has previously expressed concerns over the perceived health risks of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's widely popular weedkiller Roundup. Two years ago, the country banned the sale of Roundup from garden centers over fears that the chemical could cause cancer. Ségolène Royal, France's former minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, has urged for an outright ban on glyphosate herbicides across the EU.
Philippe also said Monday that the government is asking its farm and environment ministries to propose by year's end "a plan to move away from glyphosate in light of the current research and available alternatives for farmers."
France is Europe's biggest agricultural producer. The country's farming union, the FNSEA, spoke against a glyphosate ban over worries it could put them at a disadvantage against European competitors, AFP reported.
"A sudden ban, no—a path for reducing it and finding solutions, if the solutions are good economically and technically, we can see it happening," FNSEA chief Christiane Lambert said.
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‘Companies Should Not Be Allowed to Use Hazardous Ingredients in Products People Use’: Michelle Pfeiffer Speaks Up for Safer Cosmetics
The beauty products we put on our skin can have important consequences for our health. Just this March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some Claire's cosmetics had tested positive for asbestos. But the FDA could only issue a warning, not a recall, because current law does not empower the agency to do so.
Michelle Pfeiffer wants to change that.
The actress and Environmental Working Group (EWG) board member was spotted on Capitol Hill Thursday lobbying lawmakers on behalf of a bill that would increase oversight of the cosmetics industry, The Washington Post reported.
By Julia Conley
Scientists at the United Nations' intergovernmental body focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms earlier this month with its report on the looming potential extinction of one million species — but few heard their calls, according to a German newspaper report.
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Of more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed on global warming, climate and energy policies, as well as personal and collective action, 38 percent said that a candidate's position on climate change is "very important" when it comes to determining who will win their vote. Overall, democratic candidates are under more pressure to provide green solutions as part of their campaign promises with 64 percent of Democrat voters saying they prioritize the issue compared with just 34 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans.
President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that will help Americans still recovering from the flooding, hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated parts of the country in the past two years. Senate Republicans said they struck a deal with the president to approve the measure, despite the fact that it did not include the funding he wanted for the U.S.-Mexican border, CNN reported.
"The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!" the president tweeted Thursday.
"There was a lot of devastation throughout the state," Governor Mike Parson said at a Thursday morning press conference, as NPR reported. "We were very fortunate last night that we didn't have more injuries than what we had, and we didn't have more fatalities across the state. But three is too many."