Climate change and the battle for Canada’s forests

An ancient western red cedar tree on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The biomass industry produces wood pellets that are treated as a ‘carbon neutral’ fuel though some scientists are sceptical about the environmental credentials of burning wood for energy © Cole Burston/AFP/Getty

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Centuries-old forests dotting the landscape in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, have become a battleground for two schools of thought about curbing climate change: one that wants to use their biomass for green power, and another anxious to protect carbon-absorbing trees.

Scientists and campaigners are putting the provincial government under increasing pressure to preserve older woodland in particular, which is often rich in biodiversity and a major store of carbon.

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Source: Financial Times

 

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