Science and Reports

As well as all the moral and economic arguments against destroying nature and forests, there are also endless research reports and scientific findings that show our governments are deliberately denying empirical evidence. To deny sound, peer reviewed science is as absurd as declaring the world is flat. Environmental arguments are not merely emotional bleatings as industry likes to portray. The reports cited here are merely the tip of the iceberg currently being ignored for political expedience.

Logging can 'greatly increase' fire severity for 50 years, researchers say

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Logging practices can "greatly increase the severity of fires" in extreme weather conditions such as Black Saturday, Australian researchers have said.

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Melbourne University examined hundreds of thousands of trees burnt in the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, which claimed the lives of 173 people on a day of extreme temperatures and high winds.

New UK Government Science Report Confirms Burning Forests Bad for Climate

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Conservation Groups Call on UK to Take Swift Action to Stop Destruction of Forests in the Southern US

Asheville, NC, USA – Today the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released its long-awaited Biomass Emissions and Counterfactual Model Calculator and an accompanying report Lifecycle Impacts of Biomass in 2020 report. The findings from the tool and associated report confirm what U.S. and European ENGOs have been claiming for the last few years – that burning forests for electricity is bad for our climate.

Managing temperate forests for carbon storage

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Management of native forests offers opportunities to store more carbon in the land sector through two main activities. Emissions to the atmosphere can be avoided by ceasing logging. Removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can be increased by allowing forests to continue growing. However, the relative benefits for carbon storage of managing native forests for wood production versus protection are contested. Additionally, the potential for carbon storage is impacted upon by disturbance events, such as wildfire, that alter the amount and longevity of carbon stocks.

91 scientists send letter to EPA on biomass carbon

Friday, June 20, 2014

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On 19th June 2014 a group of 91 scientists sent a letter from 91 scientists in the US to their Environmental Protection Authority urging it to heed the input from its own science advisors that there is no scientific justification for accepting the biomass energy industry’s often repeated assertion that just because trees and other biomass regrow, all biomass energy should automatically be considered “carbon neutral”. The latest and best science tells us just the opposite: that not all biomass is made equal. In particular, chipping up and burning whole trees for electricity actually increases carbon emissions for decades compared to fossil fuels like coal.

Researchers show emissions from forests influence very first stage of cloud formation

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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PITTSBURGH—Clouds play a critical role in Earth's climate. Clouds also are the largest source of uncertainty in present climate models, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Much of the uncertainty surrounding clouds' effect on climate stems from the complexity of cloud formation.

How forests carry out their own fire suppression management

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How did forests ever cope before the era of government planned small scale bushfires? Forests had many brilliant systems in place that digested leaf litter, kept the understory damp and a layer of nutrient rich humus at ground level, all operating with clever symbiotic relationships between plants, animals and fungi.

Below is just a selection of extracts from research which shows how important these ground layer ecosystems are – and how vulnerable they are to planned government burns.

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Electricity generation from biomass waste is more polluting and worse for the climate than coal, according to a new study by an environmental advocacy firm.

The report, put together by the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) and delivered to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concludes that biomass power plants emit more pollution than omparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, according to a news release from the group.