Scientists raise the alarm over recent EU climate policy proposals
Almost 200 climate, forestry and environmental scientists, including many from Finland and Sweden, have sent an open letter to the Council and the European Parliament to express their “grave concern over the scientific basis of...
ICAO biofuel plans are a Trojan horse for palm oil
Nearly 100 NGOs have condemned the UN’s aviation agency’s plans to dramatically scale up use of biofuels in planes. The NGOs say that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s “Vision” proposal, which claims it will...
Commission comments on palm oil offer hope: Now EU should deliver on deforestation
The European Commission’s response to the Parliament resolution on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests attempts, with difficulty, to balance both the environmental and social harm of palm oil plantations against their...
News in Brief October 2017
On 3 October 2017, the European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution urging the EU to increase its 2030 climate targets and to devise a strategy to bring European emissions to zero by 2050. The EP called for this to be done...
Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill
As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees...
Blog: Aviation industrys carbon offsetting plans keep flying into trouble
Keeping global warming below 1.5°C - which the Paris Agreement strives to – means fundamental changes for industries from energy to transport. Yet the aviation sector - one of the planet’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2)...
Forests and climate will suffer from Council’s decision
EU Environment ministers today bowed to pressure from a small nucleus of nations led by Finland, and opted for damaging new carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This press release explains...
Sacrificing South America’s forests on the altar of EU market access
The first trade talks between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – began almost 20 years ago. Since then they have stuttered through 28 rounds of negotiations, but this...
Guest Blog: Are European taxpayers funding land grabs and forest destruction?
The central aim of European Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) is to foster growth and reduce poverty. Yet in Africa, evidence is mounting that they have funded ‘forestry’ projects which have caused deforestation, possible...
Loophole after loophole, is LULUCF Regulation limping toward a dead-end?
The European Parliament’s plenary vote, 13 September 2017, on how EU nations account for emissions from their land and forest sectors (LULUCF Regulation) was disheartening. The European People’s Party (EPP) proposed last-minute...