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Natura 2000: EU Reserves Are Facing Development Pressures

by CHRISTIAN SCHWAGERL
An astonishing 18 percent of the European Union’s land area is protected under a network of preserves known as Natura 2000. Now, at the urging of business interests and farmers, the EU is examining whether regulations on development in these areas should be loosened. READ MORE

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As Ocean Waters Heat Up, A Quest to Create ‘Super Corals’

by NICOLA JONES
With the world’s coral reefs increasingly threatened by warmer and more acidic seas, scientists are selectively breeding corals to create species with the best chance to survive in the coming century and beyond. Are genetically modified corals next? READ MORE

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A Clash of Green and Brown: Germany Struggles to End Coal

by CHRISTIAN SCHWAGERL
A recent battle over imposing a “climate fee” on coal-fired power plants highlights Germany’s continuing paradox: Even as the nation aspires to be a renewable energy leader, it is exploiting its vast reserves of dirty brown coal. READ MORE

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On an Unspoiled Caribbean Isle, Grand Plans for Big Tourist Port

by FRED PEARCE
East Caicos is a tropical jewel – the largest uninhabitated island in the Caribbean and home to rare birds and pristine turtle-nesting beaches. But plans for a giant port for cruise and cargo ships could change it forever. READ MORE

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A Little Fish with Big Impact In Trouble on U.S. West Coast

by ELIZABETH GROSSMAN
Scientists are concerned that officials waited too long to order a ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that goes into effect July 1. The dire state of the sardine population is a cautionary tale about overharvesting these and other forage fish that are a critical part of the marine food web. READ MORE

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