News report

New report presents alternatives to harmful biofuels to decarbonise EU transport

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 10:54

Europe can effectively replace oil with renewable energy in transport without resorting to harmful biofuels, according to the new report Sustainable Alternatives for Land-based Biofuels in the European Union, by Dutch research institute CE Delft.

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Green groups: no medals in sight for Barroso II

Wed, 04/07/2012 - 18:29

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe’s leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission’s environmental performance since 2010 released on Tuesday 3 July. This report finds among others that the Commission has acted to protect the environment even less than the first Barroso Commission.

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Bird trapping on the rise in Cyprus – an estimated 2.8 million birds killed in 2011

Wed, 16/05/2012 - 07:36

The latest monitoring results in Cyprus show that bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks continues to rise, threatening many migrants travelling through the Eastern Mediterranean Island.

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MEPs adopt the “Gerbrandy” Report on biodiversity

Tue, 15/05/2012 - 14:59

On April 20th the European Parliament made a stand in support of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development when it adopted the “Motion for a European Parliament resolution on our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020”, authored by Dutch Liberal MEP Mr Gerben Jan Gerbrandy.

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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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Official report confirms massive misuse of EU fisheries funds

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 13:16

On Monday 12 December, the EU Court of Auditors published a report damning costly failures to eliminate overfishing in Europe.

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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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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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