Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

Reply Wed 24 Jan, 2018 09:11 am
Beautiful maps here, with surprising findings:

Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

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Reply Wed 24 Jan, 2018 10:24 am
Yes, I heard that a wolf was recently spotted in Belgium.

I'm waiting for this:
Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 24 Jan, 2018 02:15 pm
hightor wrote:
Yes, I heard that a wolf was recently spotted in Belgium.
One of ours - we got again more than 60 wolf packs in Germany.
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Reply Wed 24 Jan, 2018 05:21 pm
That's good news, especially in view of how many forest are clear-cut each years.
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Reply Wed 24 Jan, 2018 07:57 pm
CBC mini podcast on Naya from tonight

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Reply Thu 25 Jan, 2018 01:31 pm
I'm waiting for this:

Hey, you just disappeared my home!
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Reply Sun 20 May, 2018 01:22 pm
Congratulations to the EU and Europeans on a victory of common sense over greed and corruption!


Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to "completely ban" the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs.

"All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be allowed in permanent greenhouses where no contact with bees is expected," the EU announced on Friday.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
An EU committee approved the plan to tightly restrict use of the insecticides, acting upon scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority to tighten existing restrictions and protect bees, crucial pollinators.

The EFSA said in February that it had confirmed risks to both honeybees and to wild bees such as bumblebees posed by neonicotinoid pesticides.

"There is variability in the conclusions, due to factors such as the bee species, the intended use of the pesticide and the route of exposure," the head of EFSA's pesticides unit, Jose Tarazona, said at the time. "Some low risks have been identified, but overall the risk to the three types of bees we have assessed is confirmed."

Reacting to Friday's decision, Bayer CropScience, the biggest seller of neonicotinoids, called it "a sad day for farmers and a bad deal for Europe." Bayer added that the new rules "will not improve the lot of bees or other pollinators."

Bayer and another pesticide company have already challenged the EU's existing restrictions on neonicotinoids that were enacted in 2013. A verdict in that case is due next month.
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