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Labor to propose new environmental laws to enforce biodiversity and conservation

A Labor government would bring in new federal environment laws and strong independent agencies including a national environment protection authority (EPA) to enforce them, under a draft policy platform signed off by the ALP national executive.

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'Dramatic growth': UN reports surge in green laws since 1972

Over the last four decades the world has seen a rapid rise in the number of laws to protect the environment, but weak enforcement regimes mean many envitonmental threats are continuing to worsen.

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To fight deforestation first tackle inequality, study says

New research from the University of Bern says institutions like environmental policies, laws and regulations are vital in preventing agricultural expansion, and deforestation.

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Thailand Releases Draft Biodiversity Act

Thailand is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world due to its large variety of ecosystems, landscapes, and habitats. This array of natural resources has played a large role in supporting local livelihoods for millennia, and since industrialization has contributed significantly ...

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New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years

The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region’s fragile ecosystem.

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Hope is not a biodiversity strategy

The public is being encouraged to have its say on a new Biodiversity Strategy - hoped to be more effective than the previous one - and an accompanying policy to provide the "teeth" needed to help threatened species.

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[Commentary] A ‘people’s manifesto’ for the 2019 national elections in India

In late February, about 50 movements and organisations from various parts of India released a ‘People’s Manifesto for a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable India’. This was sent to political parties for their consideration in the run-up to the upcoming national elections, but was also intended to b ...

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The Governments of Canada and Manitoba work together to protect nature at Canadian Forces Base Shilo

Nature is an important part of Canadian identity, and we all need to do more to protect our natural areas for our children and grandchildren. That's why the Government of Canada is doubling the amount of nature protected in Canada's lands and oceans.

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Built environment sector calls for biodiversity focus in upcoming Environment Bill

Convened by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Greener UK, 23 organisations have called for the upcoming Environment Bill to include policies on environmental restoration and regeneration that focuses on biodiversity, water and air quality. The draft bill was launched in December 2018.

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Are global environmental policies and laws enough to deal with climate change?

Today, policymakers, civil society, academics, and business converge in Nairobi, Kenya, for the opening of the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 4), the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment. Held every two years, UNEA allows countries to set priorities f ...

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Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils biodiversity plans and low-carbon homes requirements

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (13 March) pledged to implement legislation requiring developers to deliver biodiversity net-gain through all projects in his 2019 Spring Statement, which also includes a review into the economic benefits of environmental conservation.

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Quebec's environment minister vows to crack down on illegal dumping

The Quebec government will have new regulations in the coming weeks barring illegal dumping on rural land, Benoit Charette says.On the eve of a global student protest demanding action on climate change, Quebec’s environment minister vowed to act locally by cracking down on the dumping of constru ...

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Nova Scotia to become first province to regulate biodiversity

Bill aims to close gaps between Endangered Species Act, Wildlife Act and other legislationThe provincial government is taking the first steps to better protect biodiversity in Nova Scotia. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin tabled the Biodiversity Act on Thursday. The move is something requ ...

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Bavaria to pass 'save the bees' petition into law in landmark move

Bavaria has announced that it will pass into law a popular “save the bees” petition that promises drastic changes in farming practices – without putting it to a referendum first.

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Philippine bill seeks to grant nature the same legal rights as humans

MANILA — Who speaks up in court for a dolphin or a turtle when its habitat gets polluted? Does an animal even have the right to legal redress in such a case?

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Why legal principles on war and environment matter

Many of us remember shocking images of environmental destruction from conflicts across the globe; from the spraying of the poisonous chemical Agent Orange over the forests in Viet Nam in the 1970s, to the burning oil wells in Kuwait in the 1990s.

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Defra to review release of game birds after legal threat

The annual release of more than 50 million non-native game birds into the countryside with no environmental assessment is to be reviewed by the government after campaigners announced a legal challenge.

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GMO law should revolutionise agriculture

President Yoweri Museveni has again returned to Parliament the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Bill, 2018 for reconsideration. He had earlier bounced the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 following concerns over its title and sanctions for scientists who comingle genetically modifie ...

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Climate change and biodiversity most pressing issues – German environment ministry report

In its 2019 environmental report, the German environment ministry identifies climate change and biodiversity conservation as two of the "most pressing challenges of our time." The report also focuses on sustainable mobility, stressing that transport accounts for almost a third of Germany's final ...

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New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.

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Antarctic marine protection treaty offers lessons for global conservation

A landmark multinational agreement protecting Antarctica's Ross Sea offers valuable lessons for similar global conservation pacts in the future, according to a new analysis coauthored by a CU Boulder researcher.

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Europe wants the causes of biodiversity decline translated into politics

Butterflies, bees, flies – some of whose species we no longer see around anymore because they have become extinct as a result of extensive, densely asphalted areas in between green areas. Plant species that are disappearing, an ocean full of plastic which causes fish to die because they eat it a ...

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Governments must provide fundamental rights to certain animals: scientist

Legal proceedings conducted on behalf of apes and animals who are starved for the purpose of an ecological project. What position do animals actually have in the rule of law? And what changes need to be made? Ph.D. candidate Janneke Vink defends her dissertation on 10 October.

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Budget 2020: Where does climate and biodiversity fit?

The international climate movement has seen a meteoric rise since the release of last year’s Budget. Political discussions of environmental policy have now gone beyond the controversial idea of a carbon tax, and many parties are demanding substantial fiscal measures to address the climate crisis.

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Nigeria: Govt to Increase Allocation for Biodiversity Preservation

Lagos — Minister of State for Environment Barr Sharon Ikeazor has assured that the federal government will increase budgetary provision for the preservation of the nation's biodiversity.

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Deposit return schemes and biodiversity net-gain: Raft of new policies unveiled in Environment Bill

The UK Government has launched its new governance system on issues covering clean air, waste management and plastics pollution, natural capital approaches and water stewardship, after the long-awaited Environment Bill was launched.

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President authenticates Environment Protection Bill-2019

Kathmandu - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has authenticated the Environment Protection Bill endorsed by both Houses of the Federal Parliament.

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Government tables 'groundbreaking' Environment Bill

Long-awaited legislation to deliver new environmental regulator and legally binding green targets

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Making conservation 'contagious'

New research reveals conservation initiatives often spread like disease, a fact which can help scientists and policymakers design programs more likely to be taken up.

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Q&A with Christiane Paulus from the German Ministry for Environment

As Germany’s director general for nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources at the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Christiane Paulus is a champion for landscape restoration and conservation not only on her home front but also abroad.

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Could mandated ‘biodiversity gain plans’ have a chilling effect on housebuilding?

The government’s landmark Environment Bill introduces provisions that would require developers to produce biodiversity gain plans, but critics say this could be burdensome and hamper the planning process. James Agyepong-Parsons reports.

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The long-anticipated Environment Bill leaves room for improvement

The long-anticipated publication of England’s Environment Bill is a welcome landmark for environmental policy. Keen to enshrine in law the green credentials set out by Theresa May’s premiership, the current government hailed their bill as ‘groundbreaking’ legislation.

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Our environmental laws should be judged by one outcome

On Monday, Environment Minister Sussan Ley launched the long-awaited statutory review of Australia's beleaguered national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Ms Ley has set streamlining regulation as the key test of success for the review.

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Climate change: New Zealand passes 'zero carbon' law

New Zealand has passed a law that aims to make the country almost carbon neutral by 2050. Farmers, who bring in a large portion of foreign income, will be given some flexibility.

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Opinion: Wildlife, forest and fisheries crimes

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), each year countless species is driven closer to extinction, while criminals make billions from the sale of protected wildlife and forest products. These crimes have a devastating impact on biodiversity; they undermine national, r ...

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Environment and the law

“The environment is not an abstraction but represents the living space, the quality of life and the very health of human beings, including generations unborn. The existence of the general obligation of States to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction and control respect the environment ...

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Leaked: Brussels’ Draft Proposal For A European Green Deal

The incoming European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen is preparing a raft of new climate and environmental laws as part of a European Green Deal due to be unveiled on 11 December. EURACTIV got hold of a first draft, which is still subject to change.

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Europe must uphold key EU law protecting freshwater fishes

Europe is no exception to the decline in freshwater biodiversity, due to many threats such as agricultural pollution, or the overwhelming development of hydropower, writes Dr Steven Weiss.

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Protecting #Pollinators – What Parliament wants

With pollinator populations declining in Europe and other parts of the world, the European Parliament has repeatedly called on the European Commission to propose more measures to better protect bees and other pollinating insects in Europe. The decline threatens our ecosystems and economies.

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Swiss to vote on setting climate goals in constitution

Swiss environmental activists collected enough signatures to force a referendum on setting specific goals for combating climate change in the country's constitution, authorities said Thursday.

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Pesticide reduction needed to save bees - MEPs

MEPs have called for a further reduction in the use of pesticides to save the EU's bees. Some MEPs said the EU Pollinators Initiative in 2018 fails to address the root causes of pollinator decline.

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Biodiversity must be a key plank of the European Green Deal

What is the EU commitment to fight wildlife trafficking and protect biodiversity in its new strategy for a sustainable Europe? After a thorough read-through of the European Green Deal, one would have to conclude that this is still unclear.

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Dutch supreme court upholds landmark ruling demanding climate action

The Netherlands’ supreme court has upheld a ruling ordering the country’s government to do much more to cut carbon emissions, after a six-year fight for climate justice.

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Chancellor vows to prioritise the environment as Budget date set

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed that the UK's next Budget will be held on 11 March, promising fresh spending across the nation's green economy.

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Food security plan after Brexit: biggest shake-up to farming in 40 years

The UK’s food security is to be regularly assessed by parliament to ensure minimal disruption to supplies after the country leaves the EU and while new trade deals are sought.

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Manifesto for Nature: Biodiversity on its knees as election looms

Ireland’s natural world is in appalling shape and needs the full backing of the public to push election candidates to bring it back from the brink, a leading nature conservation group has warned.

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Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

An new online resource has been launched today (22 January) by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with an aim of helping to ensure “better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’”. The evidence and guidance is intended to help policy makers, bus ...

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Italy's Conte Proposes Introducing Provision On Environmental Protection In Constitution

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte proposed on Friday introducing a provision on environmental protection and conservation of biodiversity in the republic's constitution.

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Tackling environmental problems requires integrated approach

Last November, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment took place in Durban, South Africa. It brought together African governments, policymakers, development partners and civil society organisations to deliberate on pressing environmental challenges such as biodiversity loss, clima ...

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