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LIFE plan establishes new financial instruments

The natural capital financing facility and private finance for energy efficiency instrument have been created under the 2014-17 work plan for the EU's LIFE programme

Energy energy, biogas (credit: Johannes Jansson/norden.org, CC by SA 2.5)

Biogas sector criticised over maize use

Nature protection group Birdlife claims the conversion of biodiversity-rich grasslands to maize fields is behind falling bird populations in Germany

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Nature, natural salt marsh UK (Credit: David CJ White)

Beware of biodiversity offsetting craze

Although it looks like a promising nature protection tool on paper, Hannah Mowat of NGO FERN warns offsetting may lead to net loss of biodiversity

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People, Coralie Ponsinet

Why Britain should go beyond GHG reporting

French experience shows wider reporting requirements help linking non-financial assets and risks to companies’ overall strategies, says Coralie Ponsinet

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European Parliament plenary, 14-17 April

European Parliament, outside

At a busy final session in Strasbourg, MEPs approved new laws on the deployment of an infrastructure for alternative fuels, corporate reporting and invasive species.

Positions were finalised on cutting plastic bag use and on CO2 monitoring rules for ships. Negotiations with member states will begin in the next term.

Four weeks from polling day, the EPP and S&D both look set to take over 200 seats in the 751-seat Parliament, with the EPP in the lead.

NGOs hope the electorate will pay close attention to political groups' voting records on climate issues during the current term.

April plenary round up

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