GERMAN COURT ISSUES HALT ON FOREST CLEARING
On October 5, a German administrative court issued a temporary halt to the clearing of Hambach Forest by an energy company wishing to expanding its adjacent lignite strip mine. An environmental group argued that the forest deserved protected status because of the bats that reside there. The court found that the legal questions raised over the forest's status were too complex to rule on the issue in accelerated proceedings, and thus determined that a halt was necessary to prevent irreversible changes being made. For the full story, see https://www.apnews.com/6b11c3b5a62049f7bf9a13828ddcc34c/German-court-ha….