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Bring back our trees: the forest communities fighting climate change

“A decade ago this land was dismissed as lost to the desert,” said ecologist Mamadou Diakite. He was smiling beneath the shade of a tree, one of hundreds growing vigorously all around him on land previously abandoned by local millet farmers. The growth of these trees, and hundreds of millions more in a remote region […] Continue Reading

A eureka moment for the planet: we’re finally planting trees again

China plans to plant forests the size of Ireland. Latin American countries have pledged to restore 20m hectares of degraded forest and African countries more than 100m hectares. India is to plant 13m hectares, and on a single day last year 1.5 million people planted 66m trees in Madhya Pradesh alone. Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable […] Continue Reading

Why Burning Trees for Energy Harms the Climate

Trees are renewable, so why not let them count under the proposed revisions to the EU renewable energy target? Here we answer this and other questions to demonstrate why burning trees for energy is not inherently climate-friendly. What is the EU renewable energy target and its relevance to trees? The European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive establishes an overall […] Continue Reading

Vietnam: An Up-and-Coming Clean Energy Leader?

Vietnam has a significant challenge ahead: power its remarkable economic growth with less polluting and more affordable clean energy. This is no small task. According to the Vietnam Business Forum, the country’s current energy plan would increase coal use from 14 gigawatts (GW) to 55GW by 2030 and require 10 million tons of coal to be imported […] Continue Reading

Talanoa Dialogue: Jump-Starting Climate Action in 2018

This year opens a new phase for the Paris Agreement and a historic opportunity to jumpstart action to limit the most dangerous impacts of climate change and set the world on course to a carbon-neutral, sustainable future by 2050. With the official launch of the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue in January, countries are now embarking on the first […] Continue Reading