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Fred Pearce Guest Blog: Green Invasion

Europe’s once peaceful forests are being invaded - in the name of green energy. To meet European Union policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable electricity and heating, governments from France to Romania are providing huge subsidies for the expansion of biomass burning in large power plants. 

BLOG: Bioenergy and social injustice in North Carolina

by Linde Zuidema

Our Bioenergy campaigner, Linde Zuidema, has been visiting the South-East United States to witness how forests are being destroyed to produce wood pellets for the EU energy market. Here she discovers the impact of the industry on local communities in North Carolina.

Blog: European Commission risks repeating mistakes with its flawed proposals on bioenergy sustainability

by Linde Zuidema

Today Politico has leaked the European Commission’s draft Winter Package on Climate and Energy which is expected to be released on November 30. The draft includes a major overhaul of the EU’s electricity market, and new rules for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

PHOTO BLOG: A story of southern destruction

By Linde Zuidema

Seeing is believing, and witnessing first-hand the devastating effect that the European Union’s renewable energy policy is having on the forests and wetlands of the Southeast United States, offers overwhelming evidence of the urgent need to act.

Sweden: Saving nature by destroying it?

In Dalarna, Sweden’s reputation for protecting nature and promoting sustainable forestry might appear well justified. 

BLOG: EU must come to its senses on biomass policies

By Linde Zuidema

Policy-makers must take heed of mounting opposition to the European Union’s disastrous use of wood to generate bioenergy.

BLOG: Dutch struggle over biomass is heating up

by Linde Zuidema

Since last year, the Dutch government has come under fire over its climate and energy policy. The main issue: a total phase out of coal and biomass co-firing.