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Can biogas be green? Organic Denmark shows the way

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Despite costing taxpayers more than 50 billion euro annually, and despite attempts to make it greener, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) still supports farming practices that dirty Europe’s waters, are hard on soils and threaten biodiversity. Even worse, in their implementation Member States often use the flexibility afforded to […]

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What does bioenergy have to do with saving the Aquatic Warbler?

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Bioenergy has been in the spotlight a lot lately because of its questionable ‘sustainability’. But in Poland, the production of biomass energy has become part of the Polish Society for the Protection of Bird’s (OTOP) strategy to help bring the Aquatic Warbler, one of Europe’s few globally threatened migratory songbirds, […]

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DRAX, UK – Up in Flames

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By guest author Fred Pearce, author and journalist – article from Fern’s report ‘Up in Flames’ Drax is one of Europe’s largest power stations. Its 12 giant cooling towers dominate the landscape of the Trent Valley in eastern England. It generates up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity – meeting a tenth of the UK’s demand – […]

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Romania – Up in Flames

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By guest author Fred Pearce, author and journalist – article from Fern’s report ‘Up in Flames’ Romania’s forests are being over-exploited to supply demand for biomass both within the country and across Europe. While the logging business remains dominated by the state company Romsilva, its markets are increasingly international, with Austrian companies in particular driving an orgy of […]

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Slovakia – Up in Flames

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By guest author Fred Pearce, author and journalist – article from Fern’s report ‘Up in Flames’ He said he was a forest ranger. But he leaped out of an unmarked car and showed no ID before shouting at us and waving a heavy stick menacingly in our faces. The three of us, enjoying the afternoon sun on a […]

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Stealing Romania’s last forests – for energy?

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Undercover investigators from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) have caught Holzindustrie Schweighofer red handed. The Austrian timber and wood processing company have been violating Romanian law; accepting offers to buy illegally cut timber, offering bonuses to those harvesting above legal quotas, and transporting unmarked (illegally cut) logs to its depots. […]