07 Feb '12, 1pm

Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK's destructive bioenergy policies - The Ecologist

Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK's destructive bioenergy policies - The Ecologist

Most readers will be only too well aware how palm oil for biofuels causes rainforest destruction on, say, Sumatra, threatening the lives and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and decimating wildlife, such as orangutans, elephants and rhino. This article is about a new elephant in the room that threatens to have an equally destructive affect on people and planet. The link between deforestation and climate change is well known and estimated to cause between 25-30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - and excessive demand for wood is one of the main causes of forest destruction . It may surprising you that UK policy makers consider timber for electricity generation as renewable energy and (almost) carbon neutral.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/how_to_make_a_difference/clim...

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