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The EU Council and the Parliament agreed a comprehensive reform of emissions trading. The deal provides for the removal of significant numbers of emissions allowances from the market. more

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Six marine areas have been placed under regulated protection in the exclusive economic zone. The new protected areas cover approximately 30 per cent of the German EEZ and have been part of the European Natura 2000 network of protected areas since 2007. The ordinances now in place ensure the effective protection of key species such as harbour porpoise, common seal and grey seal. Habitat types such as sandbanks and reefs are protected. more

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Germany and France plan to work together to advance the speedy implementation of the Paris Agreement in Europe. This was agreed at a meeting in Berlin on 4 September by State Secretary at the German Federal Environment Ministry, Jochen Flasbarth, and State Secretary at the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Brune Poirson. The meeting kicked off closer cooperation in the field of climate action more

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The international conference on Greening the Economy in the Alpine Region begins on 11 May 2017. Experts attending the conference will discuss making the Alps into a model region for climate action and climate-neutral and sustainable economic practices. Parliamentary State Secretary Schwarzelühr-Sutter stated that the Alpine countries have great potential for actively addressing this challenge. more

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The EU Habitats Directive was adopted on 21 May 1992. The Directive establishes the basis for the European Natura 2000 network of protected areas and provides large-scale protection for endangered plants, animals and habitats. Covering more than 18 per cent of the EU’s land surface, Natura 2000 is the world’s largest network of protected areas. more

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