17 Jun '12, 4pm

Want to solve climate change? Let forests be forests.

Want to solve climate change? Let forests be forests. That’s the message of a new study released last month by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and Oregon State University. The study comes at a time when biomass energy is in the news a lot. Power companies are facing increasing pressure to find alternatives to burning fossil fuels like coal and one of the easiest fuels for them to swap into their power plants is trees—or what’s known as “woody biomass”. As a result, the EPA and states like Massachusetts are trying to figure out how to regulate biomass-burning facilities, what limits to place on its use, and how to account for biomass carbon emissions. The industry promotes biomass power as a way to reduce carbon emissions in the power sector and mitigate climate change. Their argument is simple and hasn’t changed much since they started making it: ...

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