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Action alert: Tell the UK Govt to bin plastic bags in Europe

. Over a million marine mammals, birds, turtles and fish die every year as a result of entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, choking and entangled in man-made litter. The UK Government is opposing concrete binding European targets to reduce single-use plastic bags, one of the most easily tackled forms of marine debris. Every year, […]

Climate change targets – we’re not out of the woods yet!

Last week, two events put climate policy back in the news: the United Nations climate conference in Bonn and the EU Summit on Europe’s 2030 climate and energy targets. In my related post on EIA’s blog, I expressed the hope that UN and EU negotiators would spend the week working towards delivering the best deal […]

China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

EU timber law scorecard highlights failures to act

More than a year after it came into law, the European Commission (EC) has published a scorecard accessing the progress of the 28 member states in implementing the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). After many years of lobbying and discussion, the landmark EUTR came into legal effect on March 3, 2013. A key weapon in […]

Deadly noise waves are rolling towards Ibiza and Mallorca

As a member of OceanCare’s Silent Oceans coalition, we’re pleased to share this latest press release from the campaign:   WÄDENSWIL: Oil companies plan to search for oil near the Balearic islands, a move which would affect deep sea regions and protected marine areas. On August 4, an OceanCare expert delegation will visit Spain to […]

Euro marine litter target lacks ambition to tackle tide of trash

The European Commission has issued a headline target of a 30 per cent reduction in marine litter in Europe’s seas by 2020. This target forms a part of the Commission’s ‘Communication on a Circular Economy’, which also includes new recycling and other waste-related targets. Although a step in the right direction, EIA is concerned that […]

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