Friday, August 11, 2006

Poland: European Rebuke Over Rare Animals

Poland is shirking its European Union commitments to protect natural habitats, putting more than 100 endangered species in jeopardy, environmentalists and the European Commission said. Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, stunned environmental groups and the bloc last week, saying the number of habitats protected under the union’s conservation network should be cut because they hampered projects like roads. Poland is home to rare bison, wolves, bears, snakes and eagles.