|Energy Union plans risk watering down EU climate ambition|
Brussels. The European Commission has announced its vision on an Energy Union with the stated aim of increasing the European Union’s energy independence and fighting climate change. However, its scarce emphasis on renewable energy and its attempt to use natural ecosystems to offset carbon emissions risk watering down the EU’s climate ambitions.
|European Parliament gives strong signal to phase out unsustainable biofuels |
Brussels. Wetlands International welcomes today’s vote by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament to take into account the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) caused by indirect land-use changes when calculating the carbon footprint of biofuels. This decision facilitates the transition towards the use of climate friendly biofuels that deliver substantial GHG savings compared to fossil fuels.
|Protected areas effective in conservation of European waterbird|
Ede. New study using data from the International Waterbird Census demonstrates the effectiveness of Special Protection Areas in conserving the Smew, a species of special conservation concern in the European Union.
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