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UK ‘failing to protect wildlife habitats’, EU report

The UK is failing to meet its international obligations to protect its most important wildlife sites and vulnerable species, and now lags behind most other EU countries on key criteria, according to figures posted online by the European Environment Agency.  With the environment high on the agenda at the G7 summit in Biarritz this weekend, the data will be an embarrassment to ministers who have rep...
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Nearly half of Irish Habitats continue to decline – report

Agricultural practices are impacting negatively on 70 per cent of internationally important habitats in Ireland, a report submitted to the EU by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has said.  A summary report published on Wednesday confirms the vast majority of designated habitats – including peatlands, grasslands, woodlands and marine areas – are in poor condition. The third assessm...
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Dubai environment summit told rapid regional growth has come at huge cost

Rapid economic growth in the UAE and across Asia has come at a huge environmental cost and degradation to biodiversity, experts have said at a UN conference in Dubai.  The forum heard how biodiversity, the planet’s essential variety of life forms, is declining every day and endangering economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere.  Major ecosystems are directl...
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