VIENNA, Oct. 23, Xinhua - Climate change will lead to a sharp decline of common species of birds in Europe, ecologists attending a meeting on birdlife here warned on Thursday.

About 2.3 million breeding birds, such as the blackbirds, wrens, and chiffchaffs, could disappear in Germany alone by 2050 due to climate change, Thomas Gottschalk from the University of Applied Forest Sciences, who was here attending the BirdLife Fall Conference, told the Austria Press Agency in an interview.

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BRUSSELS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) leaders met on Thursday for a two-day summit on the EU's 2030 climate change targets.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the European Council headquarters ahead of the European Union (EU) summit in Brussels, Belgium, October 23, 2014. (Xinhua/Gong Bing)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 23, Xinhua - Brunei Darussalam hosted the National Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Seminar under the ASEANRepublic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) Project on Thursday.

The seminar is themed "Capacity Building on Improving Forest Resources Assessment and Enhancing the involvement of the Local Communities to Address the Adverse Impact of Climate Change".

Brunei acknowledges the significance of accurate forestry information in the development of effective national legislation, policies and management strategies for sustainable forest management.

The role and active participation from forestry stakeholders is also a necessity in generating relevant forestry information. Thus, the aim of the seminar is to create awareness on forest resources assessment and its importance, explore capacity, capability, and technology development on forest resources assessment for Brunei Darussalam as well as the current trends in FRA.

The national seminar intends to share information on FRA and its related activities to Brunei forestry stakeholders and policy makers, to obtain information about local support in the assessment of forest resources, and to find out the capability, capacity and technology development of forest resources assessment for Brunei.

The seminar is attended by resource persons from Korea University, Bogor Agricultural University, Brunei Survey Department and Brunei Forestry Department.

GUIYANG, July 11, Xinhua - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday that China has designated ecological and environmental protection as a key area in opening up to the outside world.

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BEIJING, July 4, Xinhua - On July 3, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) released China's weather and climate features of June including the average precipitation was more and the average temperature was higher than long term average; southern China saw frequent rainfall processes; Northeast and North China got more showers; this year's No.7 typhoon "Hagibis" made its landfall in Guangdong; drought conditions in Yunnan and southern Sichuan reduced.

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