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The Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) has declined by 88% since 1995, due to multiple causes: habitat loss in Africa; disease in its UK breeding grounds, and hunting between the two. Photo: Alan Shearman via Flickr.

African habitat loss driving migrating birds' decline

The Ecologist

16th October 2014

A new report reveals huge declines in the UK's migratory birds that winter deep in Africa's rainforests. Shorter distance migrants are performing much better, with some recording big population increases. more...
The Aedes aegypti mosquito - vector for dengue disease - biting a human. Photo: US Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons.

Europe’s warming brings risk of dengue fever

Tim Radford

31st August 2014

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, writes Tim Radford, British researchers warn that the risk is increasing of the arrival of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne killer tropical diseases. more...
Going to waste ... a burst water main in Wealdstone, Harrow, 7th Feb 2014. Photo: timku via Flickr.com.

UK must step up on access to water

David Hall

17th March 2014

Across Europe water is going public - no silly, going into the public sector! Except in England, writes David Hall, where politicians (except the Greens) adhere rigidly to the failed, expensive model of corporate water supply ... more...
Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland.

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...
The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton

9th May, 2012

From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton more...
How to…pitch a tent and make it stay put

How to… pitch a tent (and make it stay put)

Ben Martin

8th March, 2012

Camping is a Great British institution that won’t be going out of fashion any time soon. Former Scoutmaster Charles Rosin explains how to pitch your tent like a pro more...
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Going Dutch in Maastricht

Ruth Styles

31st January, 2012

Limburg’s capital boasts hearty local food, historic monuments and wonderful walks – all just a short train ride away more...
Swiss National Park

Ten of the best...European national parks

Ruth Styles

29th July, 2011

From the volcanic caldera of Mount Teide to the craggy tors of Dartmoor, Europe’s national parks combine stunning scenery with wonderful flora and fauna. Ruth Styles rounds up ten of the best more...
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Top 10...European wildlife destinations

William McLennan

1st April, 2011

From birds to whales, Europe has plenty for wildlife watchers to love. William McLennan rounds up some of the best more...
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The Ecologist December 1970: The con in conservation

Vi Nguyen

7th December, 2010

Forty years ago this month, Robert Allen wrote about the ‘European Con Year’ - the year environmental conservation practices were bleak

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CAMPAIGN PROFILE: Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2010

From asthma and allergies, diabetes and reproductive problems to cancer and obesity, environmental degradation plays a role... HEAL ensures our voices on these issues are heard in Brussels more...
Lowland heather

Habitats report shows sorry state of EU biodiversity

Ecologist

14th July, 2009

A report by the European Commission shows that habitat and wildlife protection targets across Europe will be missed, with nine out of 10 UK habitats found to be in 'unfavourable' condition more...

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Hasankeyf in Turkey

Turkish dam project scrapped, but pipeline gets go-ahead

Ecologist

13th July, 2009

Turkey's plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris have been scrapped as Europe withdraws funds for a failure to meet environmental obligations, while plans for the trans-Europe Nabucco gas pipeline are ratified more...
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Wales consults on tighter GM contamination laws

Ecologist

7th July, 2009

A consultation by the Welsh Assembly Government proposes more stringent measures to protect Wales's farmers from the threat of cross-contamination by GM crops more...
A cloned calf

EU approves 'stepping stone' legislation for cloned meat

Ecologist

24th June, 2009

European Union ministers have given an initial thumbs-up to the Novel Foods Regulation, a draft proposal that could lead to meat from cloned animals entering the human food chain more...
Smoke rises from a nuclear facility's four chimneys

Finland's safety fears over next-generation nuclear reactor

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Safety concerns may halt construction of a new nuclear facility in Finland, posing questions about the viability of the next generation of European Pressurised Reactors destined for the UK more...
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European elections - will Brussels go Green?

Joss Garman

3rd June, 2009

It probably isn’t too much of an exaggeration to suggest that most people are hard pushed to name a politician they really admire. In Britain, however, one name will come up time and again. more...
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The European Constitution

The Ecologist

10th January, 2009

Is the constitution inherently undemocratic, or will it make the EU more accountable to European voters? Is greater coordination at the European level essential for promoting environmental safeguards, or will it merely serve the interests of big business Marc Glendening and Richard Corbett discuss more...
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EU policy puts us all at risk from particulates

News

19th September, 2007

Limits set by the EU on the maximum amount of particulate matter allowed in our air could be inadequate, a report by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) makes clear. more...
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Europe threatens to sue UK over sulphur dioxide levels

News

4th September, 2007

The Government is facing legal action from the European Commission over levels of sulphur dioxide pollution in East England, the Campaign for Clean Air in London has revealed. more...

EU energy use continues to rise

News

18th July, 2007

Energy use across Europe is continuing to rise despite attempts to raise efficiency, a new study has shown. more...
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GM now organic

News

13th June, 2007

Organic food can now contain almost 1 per cent genetically modified content, thanks to a new ruling by the EU. more...
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Behind the eco labels: European Ecolabel

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

This is a Europe-wide label for non-food products including copy paper, dishwashing detergents, indoor paints and varnishes, hard floor coverings, textiles, televisions… even tourist accommodation. It covers a variety of environmental impacts such as production energy use, waste generation and recyclability, across the product’s whole life cycle. more...
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Atlantic Dawn

Ecologist

1st April, 2003

Dirty deals between the European Commission and Ireland have enabled the world’s biggest trawler to plunder African fish stocks. more...
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Blood is Thicker...

Ros Coward

1st February, 2003

Ros Coward reports from Murcia in southern Spain, the driest place in Europe, where tourism and intensive agriculture is draining its meagre water supplies and causing a growing environmental crisis. more...

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