Greenfield Sites Have High Environmental Value Too

Over the years Wildlife and Countryside Link has provided a great way of joining environmental voices together and also mediating in those cases where countryside and wildlife protection come into conflict. So it can only be a matter of great regret that it has, once again, decided to take sides in ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 September 2017

Fixing Our Brokered Housing Market

The grandly named new Government policy for Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places raises far more questions than answers, but the big one ministers will be asking is whether it will head off hostility from the rank-and-file at the upcoming party conference. Certainly the new methodology h...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 September 2017

Forever, For Everyone

Defending the environment for everyone, forever, is a pretty big ambition but that, at its most basic, is what sustainability means. But challenges do not come any bigger than promising things to everyone, forever. That ambition is, of course, what drives the National Trust and has done for more tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 10 September 2017

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UK should still respect European green laws

Added on 02 September 2016

A group of 10 European environmental bodies has told European leaders that the EU must insist on full respect from the UK for its environmental acquis – its body of laws – both existing and future if it wants continued access to the single market.

The Green 10 group of environmental NGOs has written to the three EU presidents calling for a series of measures to be discussed the forthcoming informal EU-27 leaders’ summit in Bratislava. These include joint action on climate change, natural resources, ecosystems, biodiversity and health.

"The EU is at a crossroads," says the letter. "It can either continue on the current path of deregulation and ‘less Europe’ – a path which has clearly failed to convince citizens both in the UK and across the Union – or it can embark on something new, answering to the needs and aspirations of European citizens. On this new path, instead of focussing on promoting globalisation, the EU would direct its efforts towards managing its impacts on our planet and ensuring that all its citizens can live a good life, well within the planetary boundaries."

Green 10 says EU environmental laws have drastically improved the standard of living in Europe and need further tightening. It says a patchwork of national laws will serve no-one.

The group also calls for an end to current trade negotiations like CETA and TTIP which threaten sustainable development and a review of the Common Agricultural Policy. It wants firm greenhouse gas targets.

"As regards the future relationship with the UK, the EU must insist on the full respect for and participation in the EU’s environmental acquis, both existing and future, as a condition for full access to the single market," it says.

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