Land

‘We’re killing ourselves’: EU aims to reverse rout of natural environment

EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius

A fifth of Europe’s land and sea in Europe should be subject to targeted action to restore degraded natural habitats by 2030 under a proposed EU Nature Restoration Law setting out legally binding... Read more

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Call for wetland restoration in crunch week for EU and global biodiversity policy

Activists have called for European and global action on wetland restoration as the European Commission prepares to table a long-awaited Nature Restoration Law and international delegates gather in Nairobi to hammer out the small print for a global deal on biodiversity.

Energy

Dutch biomass subsidy cut ‘insufficient’ to halt forest destruction, NGOs warn

Environmental groups have called on the Netherlands to fasten its phase out of wood-fuelled bioenergy to dampen the overseas impact of the country’s use of processed pellets, despite a recent government decision to slash biomass subsidies.

Land

Czech ministry confirms COP15 biodiversity summit move to Montreal

Czechia will represent EU governments at a December summit intended to secure a global agreement on halting biodiversity loss, its top environment officials have said, confirming that China has agreed to hand the COP15 event to Canada after repeated delays.

Land

Soils, grasslands under threat in EU farming plans, say green groups

Member states’ sustainable farming plans risk undermining EU nature protections, with grasslands and soils particularly under threat, according to reports from green groups Birdlife and the European Environmental Bureau.

Chemicals

Commission seeks to reassure ministers about proposed pesticide cuts

Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides has urged member states to stick to their commitment to cut the use of pesticides after 18 agriculture ministers endorsed a statement calling for more flexibility in the Commission’s upcoming proposal.

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