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Protection of nature remains a priority for Europeans

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Ioli Christopoulou* - Since 2014, the European Nature Directives are undergoing a Fitness Check, as part of the EU’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT). So far two phases have been completed. The first phase was an evidence gathering exercise asking various EU and national public authorities, private stakeholders and NGOs to pro...

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British protected areas at risk of fracking hell

New shale gas drilling licences covering 2,700 square kilometers of British countryside, large parts of which are protected as ecologically sensitive, are about to be issued by the Oil and Gas Authority. The West Country, the Isle of Wight and parts of the fragile Jurassic Coast of Dorset are amongst the protected areas where licences for fracking...

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New law undermines Hungary's natural wealth

Budapest, Hungary, 28 April - Today the Hungarian Parliament accepted a bill which endangers the country's natural resources by taking land management rights away from state nature conservation organisations. This act leaves no doubt that the government has the intention to further decrease the level of nature conservation. Decisions in recent ye...

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British protected areas at risk of fracking hell

New shale gas drilling licences covering 2,700 square kilometers of British countryside, large parts of which are protected as ecologically sensitive, are about to be issued by the Oil and Gas Authority. The West Country, the Isle of Wight and parts of the fragile Jurassic Coast of Dorset are amongst the protected areas where licences for fracking...

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Blessed be… a green shift away from the financial crisis

In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not prioritising people and the planet over profits. In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed st...

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