Protected forests in Europe felled

What an insane world we live in where environmentalists are killing forests and bats and eagles all in the name of saving them from AGW.

Today the outrage is forests.

Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report

Europe’s bioenergy plants are burning trees felled from protected conservation areas rather than using forest waste, new report shows.

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.

Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power.

Bioenergy fuel is supposed to be harvested from residue such as forest waste but, under current legislation, European bioenergy plants do not have to produce evidence that their wood products have been sustainably sourced.

Birdlife found logging taking place in conservation zones such as Poloniny national park in eastern Slovakia and in Italian riverside forests around Emilia-Romagna, where it said it had been falsely presented as flood-risk mitigation.

 

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4 thoughts on “Protected forests in Europe felled

  1. Remember “we had to destroy the village in order to save it”?

    Well, we’ve moved on to bigger things.

    Now it’s “we’ve got to destroy the environment in order to save it”.

  2. Can anyone tell me how felling a forest alongside rivers and creeks is supposed to mitigate flooding risks? Tree canopy allows for less rapid runoff, as well as providing soft understory and leaf detritus through which rain must percolate in order to reach those rivers and creeks. This is why, where I grew up in central Wisconsin, giant forests of up to 2+ meter diameter white pines were capable of being floated down small tributaries to the saw mills of my hometown where today little more than a trickle 3-meters wide flows less than a meter deep: slow release of water through the canopy and forest floor. Trees are far more resilient to flood control than anything else, short of a half-empty reservoir behind a dam.

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