The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
EU legislation reveals steep decline in carbon stored in European forests
By 2025, European forests are likely to hold 18% less carbon than in the early 2000s, according to disturbing new information published today by the European Commission.
The new figures have been released under the EU’s Land Use,...
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Battle of Forest Strategy visions: Industry prevails, nature loses
The European Parliament (EP) has chosen between opposing visions of the EU’s future Forest Strategy. MEP Petri Sarvamaa of the Agriculture Committee (AGRI) proposed an own-initiative report that runs counter to the goals of the...
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The European Parliament votes to protect ambition of the Climate Law
In a plenary vote on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament (EP) protected the European Union’s climate ambition by approving Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate Law. The report endorses a 60 per cent emission reductions...
European Parliament confirms climate ambition, rejects delaying action with forests
The European Parliament approved Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate law and endorsed a 60% emission reductions target, rejecting amendments combining emission reductions and carbon dioxide (CO2) removals into the same...
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. There is a long, painful history of bad tree plantation projects mainly in the Global South, but also in the North, where tree planting projects have...
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’.