Public Meeting (London, 5/2): Biomass and Coal – Burning the Future

Tickets are free but please book via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment!

We will have a speaker from a US alliance of conservation organisations that are campaigning against the destruction of their country’s forests to produce pellets for Drax and other UK power stations. In the southern US, remnants of highly biodiverse and carbon rich wetland forests are being destroyed for pellet production. And Richard Solly from the London Mining Network will report back from his recent visit to the world’s largest opencast mine in Colombia, Cerrejon, a mine linked to brutal evictions, pollutions and malnutrition amongst local communities. Drax burns coal from Cerrejon and wood pellets from the southern US.

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Energy for the future – is policy fit for purpose – Debate between Secretary of State Ed Davey and Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch

On Friday, 6th February, Transition Town Kingston are hosting a debate on Energy Policy between Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (and the local MP) and Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch:

TTK host a discussion: “Energy for the future – is policy fit for purpose?”

Where? Kingston Workmen’s Club, 25 Old London Road, Town Centre, KT2 6ND 

When? Friday 6th February, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

 To find out more and to book your free ticket, please to to

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussion-energy-for-the-future-is-policy-fit-for-purpose-tickets-14746698773

Remind Defra: Decimating air quality monitoring and reporting is NOT the way to clean up our air!

air-pollution-larger-imageBack in 2013, Defra tried to slash air quality monitoring and reporting across England as part of Government’s ‘Red Tape’ challenge. They put those proposals on ice after 18,000 people responded to their consultation, protesting that air quality monitoring and reporting aren’t ‘red tape’ – they’re vital for protecting public health.

Just before Christmas, Defra revived their plans in a new consultation.  They are less explicit about wanting to slash air quality monitoring and reporting – but the figures in their impact assessment show that this is exactly what they’re proposing.  Curiously, this consultation was published exactly one month after the European Court of Justice ruled that the UK must clean up its illegal breach of EU air quality legislation as soon as possible - something Defra say in their consultation won’t happen in London, Leeds and Birmingham until after 2030! Continue reading Remind Defra: Decimating air quality monitoring and reporting is NOT the way to clean up our air!

PERMITTING CRIME: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia

PERMITTING CRIME: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia, report by the Environmental Investigation Agency

50,000+ messages to UK minister and EU Commissioners to Save our Southern Forests

During a ‘National Day of Action to Save our Southern Forests’ more that 50,000 US citizens delivered messages to the UK Energy Minister Ed Davey requesting him to end the destruction of forests in the southern US caused by misguided renewable energy policies and subsidies in the UK which are driving the exponential growth of the use of ‘biomass’ to meet EU renewable energy targets.

Watch and share the SOS National Day of Action video

Continue reading 50,000+ messages to UK minister and EU Commissioners to Save our Southern Forests

‘Washing out Diversity’: The Impact of Oil Palm Plantations on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), Indigenous People’s Livelihood and Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) In Palawan (the Philippines)

‘Washing out Diversity’: The Impact of Oil Palm Plantations on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), Indigenous People’s Livelihood and Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) in Palawan (the Philippines, report by ALDAW (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch)

Position Paper of La Vía Campesina: Environmental and Climate Justice Now!

Position Paper of La Vía Campesina: Environmental and Climate Justice Now!

 

Papua-Wide meeting calls for 10 year Moratorium on Plantation and Forestry Industries

Papua-Wide meeting calls for 10 year Moratorium on Plantation and Forestry Industries, See here for the list of organisations which signed the declaration

Avonmouth biomass gasifier plans defeated

avonmouth_biomass_city_hall_protest-1415228192Last night campaigners won a significant victory in their battle to stop a highly inefficient and polluting biomass gasifier in Avonmouth. Bristol City Councillors voted to reject Nexterra and Balfour Beatty’s planning application, despite it having been recommended for approval.

Continue reading Avonmouth biomass gasifier plans defeated

Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate

Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate,  Briefing by Down to Earth, 11.11.11., Friends of the Earth Europe, Watch Indonesia!, Sawit Watch, Lembaga Gemawan and Rettet den Regenwald e.V.