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European Commission puts biofuel industry ahead of people and planet

In its proposed new Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has given in to the pressure of the biofuel industry lobby at the expense of people and the climate. The proposal would allow EU countries to rely on food-based biofuels to meet their 2030 climate and energy targets, notwithstanding strong evidence of their harmful impact on communities and the environment.

Noaga Ouèda, a 52-year-old farmer, lives with his 8 children and another 17 relatives in the community of Kario, Burkina Faso.

Climate change in Burkina Faso: fighting through hell and high water

In Burkina Faso, 80% of the population lives on agriculture and livestock. In one of the poorest countries in the world, the effects of climate change cause even more hunger and threaten the subsistence of the inhabitants. We work so that more than 31,000 families can have access to food, drinking water, and preventative information. Meet some of them.

 

Dust blows through a camp for IDPs in Bisle Siti zone. A devastating drought is causing the worst food crisis to hit Ethiopia in 30 years putting millions of people at risk of hunger and disease. Photo credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Climate Finance Shadow Report 2016

This briefing examines reported international public climate finance flows, taking into account the funding commitments of developed countries. Oxfam’s analysis finds that the most vulnerable people and communities are being neglected by funds that should be helping them.

Saibi Mrisho (33) prepares to make charcoal by stacking wood, covering it with leaves and earth and slow burning it over 3 days. Photo credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Burning land, burning the climate

There is overwhelming evidence of the harm caused by the European Union’s current bioenergy policy to people in developing countries, to the climate and to Europe’s own sustainable development. This briefing follows the trail of destruction left by the policy on three continents.

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