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EU Parliament calls for EU agriculture and budget to better protect biodiversity
Today the European Parliament voted a resolution, supporting the EU Commission’s Action Plan for nature, people and the economy [1], and calling for the future ...
Phasing out coal, powering a sustainable future
WWF welcomes the creation of the ‘The Global Alliance to Power Past Coal’, launched in Bonn today, as an important step toward building a coal-free future. It ...
Environmental Crime Threatens Europe's Last Pristine Forests and Iconic Wildlife
A new UN report warns that illegal logging, illegal caviar trade, mass-killing of wild birds and poaching of bears, wolves and lynx threaten biodiversity and ...
WWF reaction: New EU farming policy will require Member States to deliver benefits for nature
Today the European Commission presented its Communication on the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020. The communication calls for a ...
Uneven 2050 climate plans show need for better EU rules
There was little improvement in EU Member States' 2050 climate plans between 2015 and 2017, new analysis from WWF shows.
MEPs vote for 2050 climate goal: carbon neutral EU
MEPs showed they mean to make the Paris Agreement more than empty words today when they voted in favour of a net zero EU greenhouse gas emissions target by ...
Member States abandon pretence of climate ambition
EU governments showed their complete disdain for the Paris Agreement and Europe’s renewable energy future today, as ministers reached agreements on 2030 ...
EU bioenergy proposals "threat to climate and sustainable development" - NGOs
Today 30 NGOs from around the world are calling on MEPs to make urgent changes to planned bioenergy rules at their upcoming vote. The current plans are "a ...
Earth Hour - the biggest global movement to save the planet - gets support from top EU politicians
Top ranking political leaders in the European Commission, as well as more than 70 Members of the European Parliament, join millions of people around the world ...
Over 250,000 Europeans call on EU Commission to radically reform EU agriculture
Today a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and ...
Embarrassing failure by Juncker Commission leads Dutch Presidency to cancel high-level Nature Conference in Amsterdam
In a highly unusual move, the Dutch presidency today cancelled its much anticipated and politically charged Ministerial Conference on ‘Future-proof Nature ...
European Commission holds key to the end of EU trade in illegal timber
WWF welcomed the report published by the European Commission today, showing that 2 ½ years after it entered into force, the EU Timber Regulation is still not ...
Consumers and industry want tighter EU rules to tackle illegal timber
A survey of consumers across Europe shows high support (85 per cent) for better laws that ensure the legality of wood products on the market.
Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places
Eleven places in the world - 10 of which are in the tropics - will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released ...
WWF: The Mediterranean Sea won't sustain our economy if we don’t turn the tide now
The Mediterranean region is currently facing impressive growth, a real “blue Gold Rush”. Without a long-term vision for sustainable development, the ...
Europe's biofuels not guaranteed sustainable, finds new study
A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ensuring that Europe's push towards increased biofuel use is not ...
WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
InvestEU fund: sounds good, but devil will be in the detail
Today the European Commission proposed a new fund aimed at mobilising EUR 650 billion to finance 'sustainable infrastructure' such as wind farms and the energy ...
MEPs deliver on energy efficiency and governance, but drop ball on biomass
The European Parliament today added a dose of ambition to the European Commission’s energy efficiency proposal and supported a 2050 climate goal for the EU. ...
MEPs miss crucial opportunity to protect our marine environment and juvenile fish
WWF has strongly condemned today's vote by the European Parliament, which failed to reduce the environmental impacts of fishing activities in a regulation that ...
Dams have had their day: EU governments must ramp up ambition on their removal
World Fish Migration Day - which takes place on 21 April - is a day to celebrate the incredible journey migratory fish undertake to mate. But many never reach ...
Finance Ministers agree to assess brown and green factors for banks' capital requirements
Capital requirements for banks serve to reduce the risk of default. are in place to ensure banks' assets. These requirements should as such reflect long-term ...
The future of EU rivers: New paper exposes business lobbies' wish list of destruction
Unsustainable industries, including industrial agriculture, hydropower, and coal mining, are lobbying for devastating changes to the EU water law - the Water ...
EU can lead the world in sustainable finance
The EU has a chance to become a world-leader in sustainable finance with the European Commission’s upcoming Action Plan, expected on 7 March. This would mean ...
Finally: European Commission announces plans to act on deforestation
WWF welcomes the European Commission’s intention to step up EU action against deforestation and forest degradation, as indicated in today’s publication of a ...
EBRD bans new oil, but fails to align its gas criteria with Paris Agreement
On 25 September, the EBRD released the draft of its upcoming Energy Sector Strategy. The strategy will guide the Bank's operations in the sector for the next ...
375,000+ citizens tell the European Commission "Hands off our water law!"
375,386 people have called on the European Commission to defend Europe's strong water law, making the EU's public consultation on the legislation one of the ...
Climate and environment win centre stage in new European Commission
WWF welcomes the appointment a Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, who will also act as Commissioner for Climate Change, and ...
EU failing 2020 commitments for marine biodiversity protection
A new report from WWF & Sky Ocean Rescue shows European seas remain in a poor state and significantly lack appropriate biodiversity protection, with 19 of 23 ...
EU net zero climate goal: momentum reduced to a footnote
Today's European Council failed to deliver an EU climate neutral target for 2050. This is despite the flood of Member States voicing their support for such a ...
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Time to speed up climate action
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