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NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
Rapid emissions cuts will negate need for BECCS, says IPCC
Fern welcomes apparent shift from relying on dangerous technological solutions The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees has confirmed that Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is not...
French Environment Minister resigns to jolt EU leaders out of climate complacency
The surprise resignation of Nicolas Hulot, French Minister of Environment and celebrity environmentalist, is a loud wake-up call for Macron’s government as well as for all European leaders to recognise the current climate crisis...
EU decarbonisation strategy must heed recent science on Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) – a controversial technology that proposes to capture the carbon emissions from burning trees and vegetable oils and bury it underground – m...
The fire next time: addressing future European blazes
Inside the Arctic Circle, in Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Norway, and –...
Politics trumps science as EU lays out its renewable energy future
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema.“I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014. This grand...
Member States and Commission warn against further weakening aviation environmental standards
As least six European countries have threatened to pull out of the aviation industry’s sustainability scheme if its environmental standards are weakened any further. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s scheme,...
REDII: EU fails to position itself as defender of forests, climate and the public interest
After a year and a half of discussions over the shape of a new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), on 14 June 2018 the EU chose to disregard science and appease the economic interests who...
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Threatened for the audacity of defending their homes: In Siberia … and elsewhere
Fern’s new report Slow Death in Siberia reveals in stark detail how coal mining in the Kuzbass area of southern Siberia has destroyed villages and forests, while strangling the livelihoods and culture of the indigenous Shor...