Bulgaria is set to defy EU nature laws by building a motorway through a spectacular gorge regarded as one of the most valuable conservation sites in Europe.
The 17-kilometre Kresna Gorge is a stunning deep valley in southwestern Bulgaria that boasts more than 3,500 species of flora and fauna, including snakes, turtles and bats found nowhere else in Europe. Renowned for its golden eagles, griffon vultures, brown bears and wolves, this national treasure is also an important site for tourism and small-scale agriculture, providing vital support to the local economy.
For ten days, locals and young activists, led by Young Friends of the Earth Norway, have been peacefully occupying machinery to prevent test drilling at a mining site near Førde fjord, west Norway. In April last year, the Norwegian government doomed another of its world famous fjords, Førde fjord, by granting permission to Nordic Mining to mine Engebø mountain for rutile ore, and for the waste to be dumped into the nearby pristine fjord.
The government of Norway has doomed another of their world famous fjords to destruction by allowing the dumping of toxic waste from a copper mine into the Repparfjord Arctic fjord, reports Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway.
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.