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What is bioenergy?
Bioenergy is gas or electricity that comes from renewable sources, such as plant matter or animal waste.
This is known as biomass.
Biomass contains energy stored from the sun. This energy is absorbed during the photosynthesis...
Detoxifying palm oil
How European Union policy could remove deforestation and human rights violations from the palm oil trade with Indonesia
Palm oil is omnipresent in our lives due to its wide range of uses. It is also the focus of many campaigns because of the detrimental impacts its production has on forests and forest-dependent communities. These campaigns have convinced many governments and businesses that coherent action in needed. As one of the world’s biggest importers of palm oil, the European Union (EU) is a large part of the problem, but it could also be an important part of the solution. For example, around 60 per cent of all palm oil is produced in Indonesia, and much of it is imported to the EU. The EU and Indonesia should therefore deliver trade and development policies which ensure palm oil production respects indigenous peoples’ and community rights and doesn’t harm forests.
Could keeping forests standing help keep viruses at bay?
Hannah Mowat reflects on some of the emerging science around the coronavirus pandemic.
Von der Leyen’s first 100 days: Are our forests and the climate in good hands?
Fern’s Campaigns Coordinator Hannah Mowat examines whether the European Commission’s new President is on course to fulfil her promises.
Forest Watch 253 - March 2020
Forests and 100 days of von der Leyen, International Women's Day, the EU Biodiversity Strategy and more...
Worse than expected: Fears surround Indonesia’s draft job creation law
Indonesia has launched a new legal package that includes extreme attacks on Indigenous rights and environmental protections. The EU must respond.
EU budget hits a wall, but the climate and biodiversity emergency cannot wait!
EU leaders’ failure to agree an EU budget puts environmental action at risk. The EU should back their pledges with financial capacity.
What the EU Biodiversity Strategy and Climate Law mean for European forests
The draft Biodiversity Strategy includes positive elements that campaigners hope will not vanish by the final vote.
Integrating women’s rights into forest protection is non-negotiable
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Fern interviewed our newest Board member Korto Reeves Williams, who is renowned for her work advancing women’s rights and tackling gender inequality.
EU: Undermining development aid by backing landgrabbers?
Concerns have been raised in the European Parliament that the EU development aid budget is financing harmful private sector investments. During Parliamentary Questions in Brussels on 31 March 2015, MEP Roberta Metsola (of Malta)...