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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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    • Nature

    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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    • Energy,Waste & Resources,Pollution,Nature

    Poland given a month to halt illegal logging plans

    The European Commission gave Poland on Thursday one month to halt plans to increase logging in the protected Białowieża forest, or the country will face ..
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    • Climate,Nature

    EU economy vulnerable to global droughts – study

    The EU’s reliance on agricultural imports leaves its economy exposed to future climate change-driven droughts in exporting nations, researchers have warned ..
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    • Pollution,Nature

    EU court: German coal plant breaches EU nature law

    Germany breached the EU Habitats Directive by authorising a coal plant without ensuring its water demands would not impact on protected fish, the EU court ..
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    • Climate,Nature

    Former US climate negotiator sees EU role increasing

    The EU’s role in maintaining ambition in the Paris climate agreement is set to rise as Washington rolls back environmental protection, the former US climate ..
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    • Transport,Pollution,Nature

    Banning dirty fuel in Arctic shipping cuts costs – study

    A full ban on heavy-fuel oils in ships operating in the Arctic would reduce environmental risks drastically while cutting clean-up costs for operators, researchers have ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    MEPs question move to revise old nitrogen limits

    MEPs have cautioned against the “legally troubling” proposal by liberal MEP Jan Huitema to revise a 26-year-old EU directive on nitrates to promote manure fertilisers ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    MEPs accuse Commission of ‘box-ticking’ with SDGs

    The European Commission rejected calls to redraft its recent plan on the UN sustainable development goals on Monday as MEPs called it a “weak box-ticking ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    Commission told to consider new conservation fund

    A dedicated fund could help the EU plug a shortfall in biodiversity financing after 2020, but setting it up would be politically challenging, according to ..
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