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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...
How the EU Biodiversity Strategy can protect and restore forests and rights
Unsustainable forestry, agriculture and mining have a devastating effect on the global environment. Wildlife is in terminal decline and there is precious little nature left to provide the food, resources, and space that humans...
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,...
Biodiversity and Carbon Neutrality: The role of EU law
The European Commission has outlined pathways to carbon neutrality in 2050 all of which require negative emissions. The most cost-effective, readily available negative emission comes from forests and other ecosystems, which absorb...
What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals. Many countries rely heavily on scenarios that...
Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...
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,...