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euronews | 'A momentous day for nature': EU approves Nature Restoration law that could bring back biodiversity, 19 June
The Nature Restoration Law aims to restore at least 20 per cent of the EU's land and sea areas by 2030, and all degraded ecosystems by 2050. It is the first comprehensive, continent-wide law of its kind.

The law sets binding targets and obligations for EU member states to rehabilitate their natural habitats - 80 per cent of which are currently in poor condition. It focuses especially on those with the most potential to capture and store carbon.
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In a vote held among EU environment ministers today, Finland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden rejected the law, while Belgium abstained. But Austria, which had been internally divided, flipped at the last minute in favour, allowing the minimum threshold for it to pass.

Under the new law, EU member states will prioritise restoration of Natura 2000 protected areas, which cover Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

ChatGPT | EU approved Slovak law to kill bears in return for nature vote, minister claims, 18 June Teddygate
...The Commission denied such a transaction ever took place. But in a note to the Slovak last week, which [deputy PM] Tomáš] Taraba's department shared with POLITICO, EU environment chief Virginijus Sinkevičius gave provisional backing to a controversial Slovak law that sanctions killing bears near villages and towns. Then he asked for Taraba's vote for the nature law. Sinkevičius' team insists this wasn't a trade. But Taraba certainly viewed it that way....

by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 04:48:21 PM EST
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