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MEPs ambivalent over proposal to slash pesticide use

MEPs ambivalent over proposal to slash pesticide use

The European Parliament’s environment and agriculture committees have failed to explicitly endorse a Commission proposal to halve the overall use and risk of chemical pesticides by 2030, as they... Read more

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More than 100 civil society groups have issued a statement calling on governments to show more ambition to tackle a “catastrophic loss of biodiversity” worldwide in the run-up to a key UN summit.


Changes to genetic modification rules ‘cross red lines’, campaigners say

The European Commission could introduce “unacceptable risks to human and animal health and the environment” if it follows through with mooted plans to exempt new gene editing techniques from its genetic modification rules, a coalition of campaigners has warned.


EU forest strategy must be ‘resolutely rejected’, say German and Austrian ministers

The German and Austrian governments have criticised the approach taken by the European Commission on its recently published EU forest strategy, saying the sector does not need “bureaucracy from Brussels”.


COP15: China confirms third delay to UN biodiversity summit

The Chinese environment ministry has confirmed that COP15, the major UN biodiversity summit, will be delayed for a third time to 2022, following weeks of rumours.


Farming sector ‘can meet’ green deal goals, say EU experts

The European Commission’s targets to cut the environmental impact of farming are feasible, but may come with “trade-offs in terms of production levels and leakage”, according to a new assessment by its in-house experts.

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