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UK news

–       The thirteenth update of the UK Biodiversity indicators has recently been published, which provide measures for reporting on international goals and targets.

–       RSPB blog from Stuart Butchart on why birds provide reason for hope, through examples of successful species conservation, to accompany BirdLife Int.’s new report, Birds & Biodiversity Targets.  

–       Defra announces Environment Bill is due to return to parliament for debate on 3rd November, with changes to the proposed interim regulatory body. Two select committee chairs have written to the Environment Secretary regarding the independence, governance and budget of the new body.  Greener UK have also published a briefing outlining their concerns about governance under the Environment Bill proposals.  

–       Invasive species: why Britain can’t eat its way out of its crayfish problem – this article describes the invasive nature of signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, and the attempts made to control the population within the UK. 

EU news

–       State of Nature in the EU report is bad news for both habitats and species: Only a quarter of species have a good conservation status. 

–       European Parliament has voted to retain 60% of CAP payments with little to no environmental conditions, sparking widespread concern from environmentalist.   

International news

–       Researchers have identified how restoring natural landscapes damaged by human exploitation may be one of the most effective ways to combat the climate crisis.

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