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    • Chemicals,Nature

    MEPs vote down bid to thwart neonicotinoid ban

    The European Parliament’s environment committee voted overwhelmingly on Thursday against an attempt to block a near-complete ban on the use of three bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides ..
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    • Nature

    Ministers demand better nature law enforcement

    EU environment ministers meeting on Monday called for “substantial improvements” in the implementation of the EU’s nature laws as they rubberstamped a new plan to ..
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    • Chemicals,Products,Nature

    Ministers give organic farming bill another chance

    Agriculture ministers agreed on Monday on a “final push” for a deal on EU-wide rules on organic farming, after a discussion that nevertheless laid bare ..
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    • Pollution,Nature

    MEPs call for tighter law on environmental liability

    MEPs restated on Thursday a call to make financial security measures such as environmental liability insurance obligatory for operators in sectors with the potential to ..
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    • Nature

    Farm lobby sees EU nature plan doomed to fail

    The European Commission’s plan to enforce the EU nature laws is “clearly heading for failure” unless conservation provides tangible benefits for farmers, the lobby group ..
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    • Pollution,Nature

    UN ocean talks launched with conservation pledge

    Countries have backed action against marine litter and harmful fisheries subsidies as the UN’s first ever dedicated talks on ocean conservation kicked off in New ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Organic farming reform blocked by ‘minor’ differences

    The failure of European governments to agree on “minor points” on harmonising rules on organic produce could sink a reform bill after more than three ..
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    • Chemicals,Pollution,Nature

    Water sector calls for tighter limits on nitrate use

    Nitrate residues from fertilisers are a “core problem” affecting Germany’s groundwater, and should be subject to stricter limits under European law, according to the trade ..
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    • Chemicals,Pollution,Nature

    Commission told to link CAP payments to water law

    The European Commission faced calls to ensure that farmers comply with EU water and pesticide laws in return for subsidies as ministers met to discuss ..
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    • Chemicals,Products,Nature

    MEPs question Brussels’ optimism with organic talks

    MEPs have disputed the European Commission’s claim that EU talks on a new organic farming law have resolved most sticking points, citing concerns over rules ..
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    • Products,Nature

    Researchers question green gains from biomass energy

    An EU study has challenged the carbon neutrality of energy from wood after finding that forests can take centuries to re-absorb the CO2 generated by ..
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    • Nature

    Commissioner slams NGO lobbying over CAP reform

    EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan criticised environmental NGOs on Thursday for aggressively lobbying in Brussels over agricultural policy reform, advising them to focus on national ..
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    • Energy,General Policy,Nature

    Macron to face obstacles in delivering green pledges

    Commentators have questioned whether France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron will have the will and the parliamentary support to push through measures such as a coal phaseout ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    Green farm support divides in post-2020 CAP review

    Experts have voiced mixed opinions on the European Commission’s suggestion that smaller and greener farms could be prioritised for payments under a reformed Common Agricultural ..
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    EU nature action plan criticised over funding gap

    Environmentalists criticised on Thursday a European Commission action plan for implementing the nature laws for lacking any additional funding for environmental protection ..
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