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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 Gives Italy One Month to Solve Waste Crisis

EU Gives Italy One Month to Solve Waste Crisis

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 31, 2008 (ENS) – The European Commission is giving the government of Italy just one month to clean up the waste crisis plaguing Naples and the rest of the Campania region or face a potentially costly lawsuit. Since just before Christmas, thousands of tons of garbage have been left uncollected by the…

Europe to Trade More Greenhouse Gases, Use More Biofuels

Europe to Trade More Greenhouse Gases, Use More Biofuels

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – The European Commission has released a set of proposals to expand the current greenhouse gas Emission Trading System to combat global warming and promote renewable energy in the period beyond 2012, when the present trading period ends. At a news conference introducing the proposals Wednesday, Environment Commissioner Stavros…

Flood Risk Management Law Takes Effect in Europe

Flood Risk Management Law Takes Effect in Europe

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 26, 2007 (ENS) – Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive, or law, on flood risk management that came into force today. In the past 10 years, Europe has suffered more than 100 major floods, lending urgency to implementation of…