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IN DEPTH: Pressure on EU mounts as Amazon destruction continues

IN DEPTH: Pressure on EU mounts as Amazon destruction continues

With the Amazon rainforest facing a fresh surge in clearances, campaigners have urged the EU to commit to stringent new measures to crack down on produce from deforested areas entering European... Read more

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Europe must use trade might to tackle illegal deforestation abroad, say scientists

Around 20% of Brazil’s soy exports and 17% of its beef exports to the EU could be ‘contaminated’ by illegal deforestation, according to a study that calls for Europe to use its trade might to help roll back the ‘tragic dismantling of Brazil’s environmental protection’

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Member states still wrangling over bee protection standards

EU member states could adopt watered down bee protection standards used for pesticide risk assessments, according to a document leaked to a green group

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Auditors slam European Commission for failing to protect pollinators

The European Commission’s attempts to protect pollinators have had little effect, while European pesticides legislation has been a major contributor to their decline, the EU’s auditors have concluded

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Spanish court allows unlawful development to remain on Natura network site

The Extremadura high court last week ruled that an unlawful housing development in a Natura 2000 site should remain because the €33m demolition bill would entail 'an unacceptable cost to the regional government' during 'a situation of terrible economic uncertainty'

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Romania served final notice over illegal logging

Romania has been given one month to act or face referral to the EU Court of Justice after failing to assuage concerns over illegal harvesting in forests protected under European nature laws, in one of dozens of infringement cases announced by the European Commission

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