A “war on nature” unfolding across Europe’s forests

Mar 04, 2019, 7:55 AM EST
(Source: Antti Yrjönen/flickr)
(Source: Antti Yrjönen/flickr)

Campaigners are sounding alarm over Poland’s drive to clear trees across the 55-mile-long Vistula lagoon, describing the operation as a “war on nature” as it threatens biodiversity collapse and has serious repercussions for Europe’s greenhouse gas levels.

Poland is not the only offender; countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Austria have launched similar assaults and surprisingly, a driving factor behind this destruction is the E.U.’s laws that incentivize burning certain woods, notes The Guardian.

Illegal logging is rampant across Europe, turning carbon sinks into carbon sources. Deforestation at such scale is expected to reduce carbon sequestration by125m tonnes in Europe between 2010 and 2030, as projected by the E.U. itself.

The heads-up comes at a time when a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization concluded that the global biodiversity is under severe threat as global forest area continues to shrink, writes Down To Earth.