16 Apr '18, 9am

Hardwood forests cut down to feed Drax Power plant, Channel 4 Dispatches claims

Huge areas of hardwood forest in the state of Virginia are being chainsawed to create 'biomass' energy in Britain as the government attempts to reach targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in efforts to tackle climate change, an investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches has found. A key part of government efforts to hit its green energy targets is to switch from generating electricity from burning coal to burning wood - or so-called biomass. It’s a policy that is costing taxpayers more than £700 million per year through a levy on their electricity bills. The biomass industry and government argue that because wood is a renewable source of energy and trees can be replanted to reabsorb carbon dioxide this policy is good for the environment. Simple experiment Antony Barnett, reporter at Dispatches, travelled to the southern states of the USA to investigate the source of wood t...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/apr/16/hardwood-forests-cut...

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