EU COURT ORDERS POLAND TO STOP LOGGING ANCIENT PROTECTED FOREST
On July 28, 2017, EU's top court ordered Poland to halt large-scale logging of Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The forest is one of Europe's last primeval forests and home to its largest herd of European bison as well as unique birds and insects. The European Court of Justice ruled that logging should stop immediately as it could cause "serious and irreversible damage" to the forest. Poland's environment ministry says the logging is needed to protect the forest from an invasion of beetles. Environmentalists say the vast majority of trees felled so far were not affected by the beetles, and they have been holding regular protests to halt the logging. For the full story see http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-poland-eu-logging-idUKKBN1AD17F.