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USA vs. Europe: the troublesome footprint of EU renewable policies

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 16:33

Wood pellet production for European energy markets, as practiced recently, creates a carbon debt through 2030 and fosters unsustainable timbering practices. Running power plants on imported wood pellets will weaken progress on decarbonizing Europe’s energy supply while contributing to the degradation of important habitats abroad.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change - Europe and Central Asia

Decision time nears for EU biofuels policy

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 16:26

A new website is online, right when decision makers are negotiating the final stages for new legislation on biofuels and the so-called Indirect Land Use Change. Biofuelsreform.org will help you understand what is happening and help you make up your mind.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change - Europe and Central Asia

Which Energy Union? A vision of hope vs. the geopolitics of fear

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 14:03

The Energy Union is the next Big Idea of the EU which is supposed to breathe new life into a European project that has lost its appeal with citizens and national governments. At the moment, the Energy Union is an empty shell AND every lobby pushes its own individual product or technology. The tangible risk is that we will end up with a muddled mess.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change - Europe and Central Asia

Show birds some love on Valentine’s Weekend - Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 10:48

Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Worldwide

Scientific breakthrough reveals evidence of ‘human fish’ locked away in cave system

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 10:35

How do you find physical evidence of a rare species when most of its habitat (the subterranean waters of limestone cave systems in the Balkans) is inaccessible to humans?

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro

Massive boost for BirdLife's Marine work

Sat, 07/02/2015 - 14:33

BirdLife’s Marine Programme has a received a huge boost from the world’s largest event for nature.

Worldwide Marine

Libya’s civil society celebrates its wetland wildlife and looks to the future

Fri, 06/02/2015 - 15:24

Many people were out celebrating World Wetlands Day in Libya this week. With civil society previously banned under Gaddafi, this is more promising news for the future.

Africa Libya

We want you to Spring Alive for birds this year

Thu, 05/02/2015 - 10:04

Soon, migratory birds will be arriving in Europe and Asia from their wintering grounds in Africa. Nature is getting ready for their arrival; are you? Make your garden or balcony bird-friendly with Spring Alive!

Europe and Central Asia Local Empowerment

Of birds, mud and spas: the special chemistry of Lake Rusanda

Wed, 04/02/2015 - 15:11

For passionate bakers it’s just an ingredient for cakes and biscuits. But in Lake Rusanda, baking soda means a lot more than that.

Europe and Central Asia Serbia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

The British Embassy becomes a haven for birds in the heart of Athens

Tue, 03/02/2015 - 09:24

The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS, BirdLife in Greece) placed seven artificial bird nests in the garden of the British Embassy in Athens,...

Europe and Central Asia

World’s governments are failing on protected areas for nature

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:33

A new BirdLife study has found that while governments are making progress in expanding Protected Area networks, these are failing to provide adequate coverage for nature.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

RSPB resolves to tackle climate change from its own backyard

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:14

Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, tornados: the multiplication of natural catastrophes demonstrates clearly the urgency of taking climate change seriously and implementing the measures...

Europe and Central Asia

The Future of humanity depends on wetlands

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:41

Help turn the tide on the loss and degradation of our wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2015.

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

Saving birds from electrocution: BirdLife Bulgarian Partner rewarded for its work on power lines

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 09:03

On 27 January, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB; BirdLife in Bulgaria) and the BirdLife Partnership were rewarded with...

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

Growing network is helping Montenegrin migrants

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 15:22

The BirdLife Partnership is building a growing network of people and organisations who are working together to look after migrant birds in the Mediterranean.

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

EU protected areas help wildlife adapt to climate change, new research shows

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 15:44

Global warming has various impacts on wildlife, one being the change in geographical distribution of species populations. New research [1] compiled by...

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine - Europe and Central Asia

Nature in 2015: dead or alive? What a difference Mr Timmermans can make

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 15:06

If you are reading this op-ed is because you care about nature. And since you do, you have probably asked yourself in...

Europe and Central Asia

Tens of thousands march on Berlin to demand nature friendly farming

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 07:53

“Wir haben es satt!” (“We are fed up!”) could be heard in the streets of Berlin on Saturday 17 January. The slogan...

Europe and Central Asia Germany Advocating for sustainable agriculture