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Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – The European Union will fail to meet its goal of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 unless there is “enormous effort” over the next two years, according to the EU’s the first comprehensive assessment of progress in implementing its Biodiversity Action Plan. Despite the further extension of…

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – Globally, forests are disappearing at a rate of about 13 million hectares (50,190 square miles) a year. In view of this continuing loss, the European Commission Friday unveiled two initiatives aimed at forest protection. The proposed regulation would oblige traders to seek guarantees that the timber and timber…

EU Environment Commissioner 'Not Impressed' with George Bush

EU Environment Commissioner 'Not Impressed' with George Bush

Stavros Dimas, the European Union Environment Commissioner released the following statement to the press regarding the U.S. and the recent plea made by George Bush that 15 major countries meet and talk about goals to prevent climate change: “The declaration by President Bush basically restates the U.S. classic line on climate change — no mandatory…