Forest Energy Articles

  • Opportunities to Generate Cash Flow for Family Forests Using Conservation Payments

    There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. Examples of credits types that might be stacked include: endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and carbon. ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • In 2016, rain forest conservation needs to focus on these two things

    Giving logged areas a chance to recover and limiting the expansion of roads are vital to ensuring the health of these important ecosystems. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • Observations and snow model simulations of winter energy balance terms within and between different coniferous forests in southern boreal Finland

    Variation of canopy properties between different forest types is seldom taken into account in hydrological and climate models, and consideration of variation inside a forest is normally omitted. In this work, three data sets on near surface energy balance terms (incoming shortwave and longwave radiation; air and snow–soil interface temperatures) were collected in the southern boreal coniferous ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • To everyone’s surprise, forests are returning to Malawi. Here’s why.

    The East African country of Malawi epitomizes the global problem of deforestation. Now, there are signs it could epitomize the solution, too, as government, community members and grassroots organizations tackle the problem together. Some 95 percent of rural Malawian households depend on wood for necessities such as cooking, clean water and sanitation. Many Malawians also depend on the ...


    By Ensia

  • The 11 most important forests in the world

    You might not think of eastern Australia as one of the hot spots of global deforestation. But it ranks right up there with the Amazon and Sumatra in a new report by WWF highlighting key areas of focus for efforts to protect forestlands around the world. Forests are of particular importance to global efforts to maintain a healthy environment because they contain much of the world’s ...


    By Ensia

  • A comprehensive approach to reduce disaster risk in which care for people and nature go hand in hand

    Multiple times a year, severe tropical storms and typhoons hit the Philippines. Fortunately, the population is very resilient. After each disaster, they reconstruct their lives with creative solutions. But due to climate change and increasing pressure on ecosystems, the number of natural disasters and their impact are only expected to increase. Working together to better protect communities ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood

    If done correctly, using wood for buildings would have a number of environmental benefits without loss of biodiversity or carbon storage capacity. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tons of these modern materials every year. They have many ...


    By Ensia

  • North American forest biomass helps EU hit 2020 energy targets

    BC Bioenergy Network ("BCBN"), a provincially-funded leader in the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia and the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"), have released a report that documents Canada's contribution to the EU's renewable energy targets. The study modeled forest carbon dynamics and determined that the production of energy from sustainable solid biomass rapidly mitigates ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Optimisation of renewable forest fuel supply for more sustainable energy production of CHP plant in Finland

    In this study, a potential fuel procurement planning model to sustainable energy production problems is considered. In Finland peat is commonly used as a fuel of energy plants. However, it is recently considered as non-renewable fuel. Therefore, we tested the model using Finnish Government’s peat fuel tax policy decisions for sustainable energy production. However, due to the complex nature ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indigenous biodiversity `crucial` to forest futures

    Forestry experts are calling for an increase in the use of native tree species in reforestation projects, arguing that they are better for biodiversity and can slow the pace of global warming. The recommendation ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The scope of the land–based sector to mitigate climate change in North–east Scotland: opportunities and challenges with particular reference to the role of forests

    This paper reviews the scope for the rural land use sector to support emissions reduction with particular reference to the role of forestry. A bottom–up approach is adopted to explore the relative contribution of different land–based activities in the region and explore the Scottish policy context and the scope for emissions reduction through new tree planting. It is concluded that the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Seeing Green: Saving Forests or Food Prices?

    A growing population and rapid development will put a strain on land used to grow food over the next century. But if reforestation is used to avoid climate change it will create further strain, says a new MIT study. Written by Vicki Ekstrom.You can read the original new in MIT ...

  • Rio Summit may `ignore` forests, warn scientists

    Forests have barely been mentioned in the draft of the international agreement to be made at the Rio+20 Earth Summit later this year (20-22 June), the body that represents 15,000 of the world's forest researchers has complained. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Learning from China: Why the existing economic model will fail

    For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5 percent of the world’s people, consumes a third or more of the earth’s resources. That was true. It is no longer true. Today China consumes more basic resources than the United States does. Among the key commodities such as grain, meat, oil, coal, and steel, China consumes more of each than the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Development of eco-efficiency in Finnish forest industry: 1997-2007

    In this article I reconsider if eco-efficiency (EE) concept is suitable practical tool and instrument to measure the progress towards sustainable development (SD) and the aims of industrial ecology in forest industries. The SD strives for material and energy metabolism that is within the ecological carrying and regeneration capacity of the nature. The aim of eco-efficiency is commonly to reduce ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governance of forests initiative indicator framework (Version 1)

    Competing demands for food, fuel and profit are driving the loss and degradation of the world’s remaining forests. Governments, the private sector, and citizens are struggling to manage the conflicts between these priorities. The Governance of Forests Initiative (GFI) seeks to bring widely accepted principles of good governance to bear on the challenges of sustaining forests in developing ...

  • Protecting and restoring forests

    Protecting the earth’s nearly 4 billion hectares of remaining forests and replanting those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health, an important foundation for the new economy. Reducing rainfall runoff and the associated flooding and soil erosion, recycling rainfall inland, and restoring aquifer recharge depend on simultaneously reducing pressure on forests and on ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Shrinking forests: The many costs

    In early December 2004, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 'ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides, triggered by rampant deforestation, killed nearly 340 people,' according to news reports. Fifteen years earlier, in 1989, the government of Thailand announced a nationwide ban on tree cutting following severe flooding and the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Trees in the greenhouse: why climate change is transforming the forest products business

    While there are risks for the forest products industry, it largely stands to gain from efforts to address global warming due to new opportunities for sustainable forestry. The world is entering an era when natural resource constraints, environmental policies, and shifting consumer values will create unprecedented demands on the private sector. Recent spikes in the prices of energy and food ...

  • Forest fuels reductions and biomass to Energy: Parallel opportunities for public benefit

    Larry Mason has investigated the links between forest health problems and biomass to energy. “There are some real disconnects,” he said. Washington’s Inland West is “at a high, unprecedented risk of a catastrophic crown fire,”unless fuel loads are reduced. The rhetorical problem with reducing these fuel loads is that the cost of removing small diameter fuels may exceed their market value. “But ...

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