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EU to ban fipronil to protect honeybees

Guardian: A widely used insect nerve agent that harms bees will be banned from use on corn and sunflowers in Europe from the end of 2013, after member states overwhelmingly backed the proposal in a vote on Tuesday. However, the UK once again failed to back measures to restrict pesticide use Continue reading

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EU to dial back measures against global warming

Kyodo: The European Union, which has spearheaded efforts to curb global warming, is set to adopt a change of focus in response to concerns over costs and the impact on companies in economically depressed Europe. Continue reading

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Midwestern frogs decline, mammal populations altered by invasive plant, studies reveal

ScienceDaily: Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo and Northern Illinois University have discovered a new culprit contributing to amphibian decline and altered mammal distribution throughout the Midwest region — the invasive plant European buckthorn. This non-native shrub, which has invaded two-thirds of the United States, has long been known to negatively impact plant community composition and forest structure, but these two innovative studies slated to publish in upcoming editions of the Journal of Herpetology and… Continue reading

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EU Pollution Push in Disarray as Crisis Focus Sharpens

Bloomberg: Europe’s program to halt climate change is in disarray with lawmakers in the region expressing concern the drift is undermining the planet’s most significant effort to combat global warming. Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee meet today for a second time to revive a plan the full assembly rejected that would have boosted the cost of greenhouse-gas emissions. Continue reading

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Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say

ScienceDaily: The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs). Continue reading

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Extinction debt suggests endangered species are doomed

New Scientist: From dragonflies to bears, when it comes to lost species we ain’t seen nothing yet. Biologists are getting rattled about growing evidence of “extinction debt” – the idea that there is a delay of decades or even centuries between humans damaging ecosystems and the demise of species that live there Continue reading

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EU Looking Favorably on Shale Gas Development

EurActiv: The EU’s chief scientific advisor has said that evidence allows the go-ahead for extracting shale gas, the energy source at the centre of a European policy tug-of-war. Continue reading

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Popular pesticides kill frogs outright

Mongabay: Commonly used agrochemicals (insecticides, fungicides and herbicides) kill frogs outright when sprayed on fields even when used at recommended dosages, according to new research in Scientific Reports. Testing seven chemicals on European common frogs (Rana temporaria), the scientists found that all of them were potentially lethal to amphibians Continue reading

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‘Beaver tourism’: can it work?

BBC: Reintroducing a species is never easy. Continue reading

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‘Beaver tourism’: can it work?

BBC: Reintroducing a species is never easy. Continue reading

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