POLAND TO CONTINUE LOGGING IN BIALOWIEZA FOREST
Poland's new Environmental Minister stated that the country will comply with an EU court order to stop cutting trees in Bialowieza forest except where public safety has to be ensured. Environmentalists see the public safety exemption as pretextual. The World Heritage site is one of Europe’s last primeval forests and home to its largest herd of European bison as well as unique birds and insects. In 2016, the former Minister approved a tripling of the quota of wood that can be harvested to stop a beetle outbreak. Last year the Commission sued Poland in the European Court of Justice and the court issued an interim decision in which it ordered Warsaw to stop logging immediately. A final ruling from the EU's top court is expected later in 2018. For the full story https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-eu-poland-logging/polands-new-environ….