Scientists urge European Parliament to preserve forests

Scientists urge European Parliament to preserve forests

Increasing renewable energy in Europe should not entail cutting down and burning entire trees, more than 650 scientists warn in a letter sent on Tuesday to Europarliamentarians ahead of their vote in Strasbourg next week on extending the Renewable Energy Directive. Wood residue and waste – such as those generated in manufacturing paper and furniture – are already being used as biomass alternatives to fossil fuel, which reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been given off if they were simply allowed to decompose. On the other…

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Belgian airports received record number of passengers in 2017

Belgian airports received record number of passengers in 2017

Brussels Airport and the regional airports of Charleroi, Liège, Ostend and Antwerp received a record total of 33.3 million passengers in 2017. This amount was 10% more than in 2016, marked by the terror attacks of 22 March. Last year’s record performance was boosted by traffic at the country’s two main airports: Brussels attracted 24.8 million passengers, and Charleroi, 7.7 million. The other airports had less passenger traffic than in 2016, when they had had to absorb part of the traffic of Brussels Airport following the 2015 attacks. Liege registered…

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