From burning it to building with it — could wood be the key sustainable resource of our future? We explore sustainable forestry to find out how it can support a bioeconomy, and how to best harness biomass as renewable energy.
Logging is a cause of murder in the Amazon rainforest. And a Greenpeace report has shown that European companies still buy wood that comes from blood-stained sources.
To meet the EU's renewable energy target, countries have rediscovered wood as a fuel. But conservationists fear this new hunger for wood might have disastrous consequences — for the forests, the people and the climate.
Forest fires last year resulted in record tree loss around the globe – climate change and El Niño were major factors. This is bad news for the world's carbon sinks, since fires release CO2 into the atmosphere.
Southern Europe and western parts of Canada and the US have been devastated by wildfires this year. And they're not the only ones - it seems like much of the world is ablaze right now. And this could be the new normal.
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