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Keeping the EU biofuels policy alive costs citizens €10bn a year

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 13:00

n April 17, was launched a study report revealing that the EU spends €10bn a year in support of the biofuels industry, a sum as big as the Cyprus bailout. Yet the industry is not achieving its objectives of climate change mitigation, rural development and energy security.

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BirdLife Malta acts on illegal hunting

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 08:25

Following electoral pledges designed to woo hunters’ votes the new Maltese government has further relaxed the hunting legislation in a country sadly famed for its rampant illegal killing of birds. This worsens the situation created by the issuing of yet another derogation that allows a spring hunting season, even longer this year, in violation with the EU Birds Directive.

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Ecological connectivity: what you do in your garden affects your neighborhood

Tue, 16/04/2013 - 13:43

A new LIFE + project run by LIPU aims to raise citizens and authorities awareness on the importance of biodiversity by protecting an important nature area in Italy and communicating around nature.

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Innovative solutions to bring clean air back into cities and their ports

Thu, 11/04/2013 - 19:57

Air pollution threatens climate, environment and human health. Each year approximately 500,000 people die prematurely from the direct consequences of poor air quality throughout the European Union. NABU (BirdLife in Germany), in collaboration with eight European green NGOs, has launched a tree year project aiming at developing concrete measures and solutions for a cleaner air in European ports and cities. The timing is perfect since clean air will be the focus of EU environmental policy discussions throughout 2013, the European Year of Air.

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From the sands of the Sahara to the sands of CEMEX quarries

Wed, 10/04/2013 - 16:54

Sand Martins make an amazing journey every winter from the Sahara to the UK to breed in piles of sand. This year, every CEMEX UK quarry will be creating the sheer banks of sand that Sand Martins love to make their homes in, as part of the CEMEX-BirdLife International partnership.

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Can Europe truly protect forests?

Tue, 26/03/2013 - 08:44

European countries, from Norway and Russia to Turkey and Kyrgyzstan have been negotiating for some time now on the future role of forests and the compliance of international and national actions for an enhanced forest protection for almost two years now.

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BirdWatch Ireland exhibition in European Parliament: Nature creates prosperity

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 09:35

In the context of the Irish EU Presidency (January to June 2013) BirdWatch Ireland arranges a photo exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels of iconic Irish birds in a way to promote the role of the Irish EU Presidency in securing our well-being, jobs and a sustainable future.

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From dogfight to protected birds’ estuary

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 19:21

After years of political dogfight there finally seems to be hope for the Western Scheldt estuary in the Netherlands, a partly enclosed coastal body of brackish water with multiple streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.

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UK's most exotic natural treasures under threat from 'legal neglect'

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 14:25

A first-ever analysis of the environmental laws across all 14 of the UK’s Overseas Territories has been published and presented to the British Government.

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Producing biofuels without increasing greenhouse gas emissions

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 10:11

A recent report about the Dutch biofuels market, compiled by research institute CE Delft, reveals that the environmental performance of biofuels sold on the Dutch market could be significantly improved by shifting to biofuels that produce low levels of CO2 emissions.

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European Parliament vote falls short of real CAP reform

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 15:11

On 13 March the European Parliament voted on the two of this year’s key policy issues; the EU Budget for the next seven years and the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which eats up 40% of it. Although Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) showed courage by rejecting the European Council’s deal on the budget, it seems that they lost their guts when it was time to vote for a real reform of the CAP.

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Spanish media project to promote Natura 2000

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:20

SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) in collaboration with the Spanish news agency EFE recently launched a four year Life+ project focusing on the Spanish Natura 2000 Network.

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Alien species – biodiversity’s ticking time bomb?

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 17:15

They cause some 12.5 billion Euro worth of damage each year in the European Union alone. On 21 February BirdLife and IUCN co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels to shed some light on this ticking time bomb, ahead of the EU legislative proposal aimed at tackling the problem, which is expected in March.

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Endangered species back, but for how long…?

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 09:27

A colony of White-headed ducks, a globally threatened species and extremely rare in the Ukraine, was seen at the Lake Yarylhach together with other rare birds. Despite the obvious importance of the Yarylhach wetland in terms of biodiversity richness, the conservation status of this area is at high risk.

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Court Ruling Threatens Red-Breasts

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 10:07

In January, the Bulgarian Court overturned a decision by the Bulgarian Minister of the Environment to revoke permission for a wind energy project threatening a high nature value area as well as the globally endangered bird species inhabiting it.

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Delivering an effective and collaborative new migratory bird conservation initiative in the Mediterranean Basin

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 10:05

The Mediterranean Basin lies at the heart of the Africa-Eurasia Migration Flyway with hundreds of millions of migratory birds passing twice-year. A new project supported by the MAVA Foundation for Nature aims to secure their future.

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Sealing the EU budget deal and slamming the door on environment

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 07:32

On Friday 8 February, after months of discussions and a final 24 hour sprint session during the EU Summit, the 27 EU Heads of State, finally agreed on the EU budget for the period 2014-2020. The result is a blow to the environment. Not only is it a historically small budget, 908 billion euro compared to 970 billion euro for the current period (2007 – 2013), but it also entails an extermination of all expectations for greening.

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The risk of assuming that biomass is sustainable

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 09:06

On Wednesday 30 January green NGOs, including BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, the EEB and FERN, organized the conference “How Sustainable is Scandinavian Biomass?” an issue relevant not only to countries with many forests such as Scandinavian countries, but also to all European countries as renewable energy is on everyone’s agenda in one way or another.

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