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Green or greenwashed? President Juncker put to the test

Wed, 12/11/2014 - 11:15

The environmental mobilisation has reached the corridors of power. Here are the tests, in the next semester, for the new Commission to show they are not ignoring civil society and progressive businesses.
 

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Homework to do for Europe after CBD COP12

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 11:48

After two weeks of intense negotiations at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the delegations of European Union Member States and the European Com

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Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 09:55

Despite killing nearly all vultures in Asia, veterinary diclofenac was made legal in Europe in 2013. After intense campaigning by Birdlife, EU institutions are finally considering a ban.

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The aliens among us

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 08:32

The new EU Regulation against Invasive Alien Species enters into force. Now the fight moves onto the list of forbidden species.

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Up for decision: land for food or fuel?

Mon, 03/11/2014 - 15:22

Will land based biofuels be limited? Will the second generation repeat the fiasco? Will they keep damaging nature and be as bad as fossil fuels in terms of GHG emissions? EU institutions are about to provide the answers.

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Why the EU will fail to deliver on ecosystem restoration

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 14:45

In response to the rapid and dramatic disappearence of plants and animals, in 2010 the European Commission put forward the ‘Biodiversity Strategy to 2020’, which contains six targets, underpinned by actions for the Commission and the Member States

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Nature in the crosshair

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 14:19

The Birds and Habitats Directives are the bedrock of nature conservation in the EU, and yet now they’re under attack in the name of business. Trashing rules will backfire and damage, rather than favour, investments.

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Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro – from potential disaster to sustainable tourism

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:09

When watching this video it is hard to believe that Ulcinj Salina was set to be drained and converted into a complex of hotels and golf courses.

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New measures to tackle bird trafficking in Greece stop an illegal trader

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 13:45

At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Greece has seen a lot of illegal wildlife trade, normally for falconry but also for private collections. Despite the efforts of environmental NGOs, this trade is growing and conservationists are constantly seeking new ways to tackle the issue and involve the authorities.

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