GLOBAL WARMING AND BIRD LOVERS DO BATTLE WITH EACH OTHER WHILE EU BURNS SMOKE AND CREOSOTE LADEN WOOD FROM US FORESTS; Don’t you just love it?

17 Nov

An extract from “Bird Life”

EU renewables policies set no requirements for the kind of wood and other biomass to be used to fulfill EU’s renewable energy targets by 2020. As a result, EU countries such as the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, with little biomass resources of their own and the sea nearby, have started to import increasing amounts of wood pellets from North America. This means that trees are being cut, taken to a mill, pelletized and shipped across the whole Atlantic just to be burnt in the name of reducing global warming.

It seems that climate change has become a double threat to the wildlife in US forests. BirdLife’s Partner in the US Audubon  published the striking results of their new extensive research. Audubon’s findings classify 314 species—nearly half of all North American birds—as severely threatened by global warming and at the risk of facing extinction by 2080. Paradoxically, vital bird habitats for these species are being destroyed by an ill-designed attempt to address climate change: the bottomland forests of Southern US are some of the most diverse forests remaining in North America, hosting at least 30 bird species of conservation concern such as the Cerulean and the Prothonotary Warbler. But, these forests and the wildlife they are home to are facing a growing threat with the development of the pellet industry in the region.

Fighting climate change cannot and doesn’t need to mean sacrificing our forests and their immense diversity on which we depend on. The sacrifice would be even more senseless as scientific evidence and understanding growing to show that not all woody bioenergy actually helps us to fight climate change.

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One Response to “GLOBAL WARMING AND BIRD LOVERS DO BATTLE WITH EACH OTHER WHILE EU BURNS SMOKE AND CREOSOTE LADEN WOOD FROM US FORESTS; Don’t you just love it?”

  1. virginiallorca November 18, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Wow. When we were younger hippies, Lou and I thought pellet stoves were great and coveted one. It was our understanding the pellets used up what otherwise be wasted, sawdust, scrap, etc. What people do to forests in the name of management is mostly stupid. I live across a creek from a wetland in Lake County Illinois. The lakes were bermed off to be more tourist attractive, and the creek which could once be boated (there was a disassembled dock behind our garage when we moved in) is now a cattail filled rivulet. The wetlands beyond, acres and acres are gradually being taken over by woody plants which will eventually change the wetlands nature. Well, I do go on. More in my head about clear cutting etc. Love reading you.

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