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How Forest Management is Failing to Protect Europe’s Carbon Sinks

  • climate
  • Environment
  • Industry

COVILHÃ /LES LANDES / HARZ - Forests are essential in the global fight against climate change, through their role as carbon sinks. But what happens when management choices are not made in the forest’s best interest?

The Phosphates Paradox

  • climate
  • Environment
  • Industry

GAFSA – Phosphate rocks, rich in phosphorus, are the basis for most fertilisers. With growing demand for food worldwide and a growing need for fertilizers, phosphates are quickly becoming one of the most disputed minerals. One of the crucial phosphate basins is located in southern Tunisia, and the EU growing fertilisers market is drying up the area.

Kazabula Oyé

  • Industry
  • Human Rights
  • Exploitation

KINSHASA - Who are the Congolese mineral divers in the midst of the green transition? They call themselves kazabuleurs. In the late 1980s, Zairean fishermen dived for diamonds, first near Tshikapa and then on the Angolan border during the civil war.

The Netherlands and Belgium not aligned in fight against drugs

  • Industry
  • Justice
  • Politics

The ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam are the main European gateway for cocaine. Publicly, the Netherlands and Belgium proclaim their united commitment to breaking the backbone of the drug trade. But behind the scenes, differences in political culture are at play, and resentment and gloom reign.

Where The EU Washes Its Dirty Linen

  • Industry
  • Trafficking

MILAN/SOFIA/ARAD – Tens of thousands of tonnes of textile waste arrive in Romania and Bulgaria every year, mainly from Italy and Germany. Despite the fact the EU had acknowledged the extent of the textile waste smuggling across the continent, no strategy so far proved to be efficient in preventing it.

Timber thugs

  • Environment
  • Industry

BRUSSELS / ACCRA – The EU wanted to prevent further deforestation around the world with a new regulation on supply chains in the timber trade. But in Ghana it has the opposite effect.

Timber thugs Ghana

Toxic gold - French Guiana's Illegal Mines

  • Environment
  • Industry

PARAMARIBO - The dream of gold is driving tens of thousands of Brazilians into the rainforest on the EU border between Suriname and French Guiana. They leave behind contaminated rivers and shattered illusions. Almost no one wins.

Suriname French Guyana gold mines

Still Waters Run Deep

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Industry

ELSDORF – 2030 marks the end of lignite mining in the Rhenish mining area. But what happens to the Garzweiler, Hambach and Inden opencast mines once the excavators have been dismantled? Turning the brown coal holes into a lake district sounds easier than it is.

Perenco extracting oil and gas in protected areas

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Industry

PARIS - The "Perenco System" international investigation coordinated by the Environmental Investigative Forum (EIF) in partnership with Mediapart, InfoCongo, InfoAmazonia and Convoca documents the systemic ecological impact of Perenco worldwide.

Bioplastics: a green innovation or just another plastic problem?

  • Environment
  • Industry

BRUSSELS - Paradoxical plastics: Why are bioplastics not necessarily as good as a solution to plastic waste as the had been proclaimed?