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Where the wood pellet industry threatens US forests

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe The American southeast is a place where rich bottomland hardwood forests support rare plants and animals and important ecosystem services. But millions of hectares of trees in the southeastern US are under the axe because of UK and European policies which have given birth to a wood pellet industry which […]

Opinion

Biomass and the EU’s Circular Economy equation

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By Sini Eräjää, Policy Officer EU Bioenergy, Birdlife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau Last December the European Commission published their long awaited Action Plan for the Circular Economy. The intention is to show how the EU will move from a wasteful linear to a circular economy where resources and materials are continuously re-used and recycled […]

Opinion

Dutch scientists call for closure of coal plants

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By guest author Linde Zuidema, Bioenergy Campaigner, Fern With nearly a quarter of its land below sea level, the Netherlands has much to fear from climate change and rising sea levels. But Dutch scientists say it is the worst-performing country in Europe on climate and energy targets – it has even brought new coal plants […]

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An atlas of environmental justice conflicts

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By Nick Meynen, Project Officer, Global Policies and Sustainability Unit, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Far from most eyes and ears, environmental collisions between industry and local communities are occurring around the world. The Atlas of Environmental Justice, created by a global coalition of academics and activists, shows the where, why and what has been happening. […]

Case studies

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 – […]

Opinion

Last ditch climate option or wishful thinking?

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By guest author Almuth Ernsting, Biofuelwatch Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is increasingly promoted as a means of removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. It involves capturing CO2 from biomass-burning power stations or biofuel refineries and burying it underground. The concept is based on the highly contentious belief that large-scale bioenergy is carbon […]

Case studies

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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Threatened Forests – interview with Director Benoît Grimont

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By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe Director Benoît Grimont gets personal about his experiences filming ‘Threatened Forests’, a documentary which charts the recent arrival of biomass power in France and how this industry treats wood as a seemingly endless supply of ‘renewable’ energy. The film reveals the true threat that biomass energy poses to forests in […]