MEPs demand biodiversity targets, reduced pesticide use

Governments should commit to legally binding targets as part of "immediate, substantial and additional" action to reverse biodiversity loss, the European Parliament's environment committee agreed on Tuesday while also slamming insufficient efforts to tackle a sharp decline in bee and other pollinator numbers.

MEPs set out their position on the stance the EU should take as it goes into a key UN conference next autumn where parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity are expected to agree a strategy to avert an impending mass extinction.

With the EU set to fail in its own goal to halt biodiversity loss by 2020, the environment panel has called for binding targets within the EU level, and to push for the same at the global level.

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