Representatives of the more than half a million EU citizens who signed the #NatureAlert campaign, flanked by giant animals, handed over a colourful 'cheque' to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella this morning, calling on him to save and enforce vital EU nature protection laws.
After a ten-year wait, citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are celebrating after plans for two large hydro power plants in the north of the country were quietly cancelled – allowing the Vrbas River and its nature to flow untrammeled.
There has been mass public opposition and protests against the project since the government of the Republika Srpska (RS) administrative entity signed concession agreements with the company HES Vrbas for the plants in 2004.
Europe is failing to halt irreversible biodiversity loss, and must take bold action to defend nature and reduce the damage from industrial farming, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
At a press conference held today at Banja Luka, representatives of Friends of the Earth Europe – the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, Centar za životnu sredinu/ Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia called on the regional government to meaningfully protect Sutjeska National park, a unique pearl of the European landscape that is threatened by planned hydropower plants.
School grounds and gardens proved to be the most bee-friendly habitats for spotting bees during the Great British Bee Count 2015 – highlighting their importance for Britain's under-threat pollinators - results published today reveal.
Over six thousand people participated in the Great British Bee Count 2015, which took place during the month of May, recording 104,290 individual bees. Analysis of the bee count recordings reveal that:
Over half a million people called on the European Commission to save Europe's nature laws in a public consultation – by far the highest number of responses ever reached in the history of the EU. The public consultation formally closed at midnight on Sunday the 26th.
At over 468,000 and counting, record-breaking numbers of people around Europe are telling the EU Commission to save European nature laws.
There are just hours left to make our voices heard – before the EU Commission closes its public consultation on the matter at midnight this Sunday July 26.
A comprehensive survey of European nature published by scientists today shows wildlife and habitats in peril across Europe.  The research comes as the European Commission threatens to weaken vital nature laws,  as part of a drive for 'deregulation'. 
Since a new campaign to save these nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – started last week, over 100,000 citizens have told the European Commission to protect nature by maintaining and better implementing them. 
Today over 100 environmental NGOs across Europe will launch a joint online action to save European nature from Commission President Juncker's deregulation agenda.
An internet action called Nature Alert will allow citizens across the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission public consultation and, by doing so, save the laws that protect nature in Europe. The International NGOs BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF will organise and promote the e-action.
After the devastating Balkan floods of 2014, Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and Centar za životnu sredinu/Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina has joined with groups across the region to present their strategy on how best to protect and manage rivers in the Western Balkans, and transition the energy sector towards a cleaner future.