European Parliament Own Initiative report on the EU Forest Strategy – nature loses, industry wins again
On 7 October, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Agriculture Committee’s report on the Forest Strategy. It is a confusing result. MEPs have said they wish to stop the loss of the world’s last remaining natural forests,...
Can tree planting solve climate change?
Tree planting schemes have always been popular, but never more so than today, where they are frequently promoted as a proposed solution to the climate crisis. There is a long, painful history of bad tree plantation projects,...
What are negative emissions?
Negative Emissions is one of the terms used by climate scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for activities that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Other terms include Carbon Dioxide Removal...
EU Climate Law report remains dangerously vague on the role of ‘negative emissions’
Positive elements in the new Draft report must not be thwarted by over-reliance on ‘negative emissions’.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
Repairing nature now, not tomorrow
The European Climate Law proposed by the European Commission outlines the path European Union (EU) Member States must follow to achieve carbon neutrality. Responding to the proposal, lead rapporteur in the European Parliament, Jytte Guteland, has put forward ambitious targets for emissions reductions, but the strategy to absorb emissions remains shaky.
Sweden: taking forestry back to the future
Sweden’s old growth and natural forests have been decimated in favour of monoculture plantations. But a new project might be the catalyst for revitalising the country’s forests, says Eva-Lotta Hultén.
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.
France’s forest strategy: fighting to end the climate crisis or to increase logging?
A new report challenges France’s strategy to fight climate change with forests and reveals the actions they should take instead.
European Green Deal offers hope for the future of forests
On December 11, the European Commission, now headed by former German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, published its long awaited proposal for a European Green Deal.
It contains two standalone forest initiatives as well as...