Modern technology is great, but in forestry NOTHING beats old-fashioned horse power. They're more expensive than machines, but owners take the charge because they're simply so much kinder to the environment.
To meet the EU's renewable energy target, countries have rediscovered wood as a fuel. But conservationists fear this new hunger for wood might have disastrous consequences — for the forests, the people and the climate.
Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies - often by force. That's driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more murders of environmental activists than ever before.
Poland has begun felling sick trees in the ancient, first-growth Bialowieza forest in the country's northeast. Much of this pristine wilderness is a national park and UNESCO heritage site - a rarity in Europe.
A German shipyard has used illegally logged teak from Myanmar when constructing a megayacht for a Russian billionaire. The wood was sourced from a government-controlled firm that was sanctioned this year.
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