News BirdLife Europe

Scientists highlight carbon risk from Biomass energy

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 10:09

On 29 March 2012, BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and FERN organized a breakfast event about correct carbon accounting. Several top scientists, amongst whom a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, told the audience that burning biomass for energy could release more carbon emissions than it saves.

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A green reform of the CAP is needed now!

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 09:39

BirdLife Europe, in collaboration with the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), launched a video giving a series of indisputable arguments to green the CAP.

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Wildlife friendly farmers take their fight to Brussels

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:45

On Monday 19 March, a group of farmers from across Europe travelled to Brussels to call for greater support for wildlife conservation in the European countryside through Rural Development measures.

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EU Commission seeks to allow the spread of a dangerous pest

Fri, 13/04/2012 - 08:28

On explicit request of the main farmers unions, the department taking care of health and consumers issues within the European Commission (DG SANCO), has proposed to dismantle a European bio- safety regime by removing the obligation on countries to contain the spread of a highly destructive maize pest, the Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera.

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Birds in Europe 3, 2, 1… launch!

Thu, 05/04/2012 - 14:01

100 ornithologists and stakeholders from 40 countries met in the southern Czech town of Mikulov to launch the exciting three-year project “Birds in Europe 3”. The overall goal is to collate the best available data on the distribution, trends and abundance of all European bird species, and produce the third assessment of their population status.

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Urgent message from Denmark: "CAP must support sustainable farming"

Wed, 07/03/2012 - 08:18

BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have launched a video highlighting the many problems facing the European agricultural ecosystem.

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New study casts doubt on climate credentials and sustainability of US wood in meeting Europe’s demand for energy biomass

Mon, 20/02/2012 - 15:02

A major increase in imports of wood fuel to Europe from the US could do more harm than good for our environment, a new report has revealed. Burning wood pellets – or biomass – in European power stations is playing an increasing part in the efforts to reach the EU renewable energy target.

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Birdlife Europe's key recommendations for a successful Danish Presidency

Wed, 15/02/2012 - 13:33

As Denmark has taken over the Presidency of the EU, BirdLife Europe, together with DOF/ BirdLife in Denmark, has produced a new issue of its bi-annual publication “Greening Europe”, highlighting BirdLife Europe’s EU policy priorities for the upcoming six months, and providing Denmark with ‘five keys to a successful Presidency’.

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A smarter and greener EU Budget would contribute to employment and economic prosperity

Wed, 08/02/2012 - 16:08

A coalition of Environmental Groups launches a major study by GHK Consultants on “the contribution a green EU Budget could make to job creation and the economy”

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EU Environment Ministers fail to stand up for nature in face of farm lobby interests

Tue, 03/01/2012 - 09:53

The EU Environment Council conclusions on the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, show the interests of the farm lobby will weaken biodiversity protection.

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The EU continues to fail in financing successful and effective LIFE programmes

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 14:01

On Monday 12 December, the European Commission proposed the renewal after 2013 of the LIFE programme, a key tool for financing biodiversity and the Natura 2000 network.

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New EU fisheries fund: a shift towards sustainability?

Fri, 02/12/2011 - 14:48

The European Commission has made a step in retargeting EU fisheries subsidies towards sustainable fishing and supporting marine life and ecosystems, while increasing transparency and conditionality of the fund.

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Solar, wind and ocean energy ‘greenest’ for Europe - but governments must do more for wildlife and climate

Tue, 22/11/2011 - 14:33

Energy from the sun, wind and oceans can be harnessed without harm to Europe’s birds and other wildlife, but European and national governments must step up to the challenge, according to a report released on Tuesday 22 November, in Brussels. Leading conservation body BirdLife Europe has added its voice to call for a renewables revolution to combat climate change.

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Grid operators and environmental organisations team up to promote sustainable modernisation of electricity grids

Tue, 22/11/2011 - 10:39

Nineteen grid operators and environmental NGOs signed the European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation in Europe on 10 November 2011 in Brussels, in an open signatory process.

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BirdLife Europe calls for a renewables revolution in harmony with nature

Tue, 15/11/2011 - 12:48

With the launch of its new report, Meeting Europe’s Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature, in Brussels on 22 November, BirdLife Europe wants to show how we can meet our 2020 renewable energy targets without impacting on wildlife.

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Appeal to EU policy makers to stop needless seabird bycatch

Fri, 21/10/2011 - 07:48

BirdLife Europe launches exhibition at the European Parliament with stunning albatross images

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EuroBirdwatch11: more than 80,200 people observing the miracle of bird migration in Europe and Central Asia

Thu, 13/10/2011 - 08:15

Over the first weekend in October, BirdLife invited people to observe and learn about the fascinating bird migration for "EuroBirdWatch" – BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event in Europe.

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CAP disappoints on green hopes

Wed, 12/10/2011 - 12:54

BirdLife is deeply disappointed with the CAP reform proposals that have emerged from the Commission.

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