Leaves You Hopeful: Stories About People Protecting Their Forests

This is a guest post by Aanahita Ervin, a 2023 Duke Stanback Climate Impacts Fellow. Leaves You Hopeful is a short podcast series. It highlights stories about large institutions (government, private foundations, corporations) misusing forests against the wishes of the local community members. While misuse of forest land is often legal, it’s not ethical. These offending […]

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What Is BECCS? Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage Isn’t as Green as We Think

Guest Post By Spencer Moyle, Climate Impacts Stanback Fellow 2023. Have you ever wondered about Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)? Have you heard that it may hinder the transition to clean energy? BECCS aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But in reality, burning wood pellets releases more carbon than fossil fuels. Solar and […]

Supreme Court Narrows the Scope of the Clean Water Act

On Thursday, May 25th, the Supreme Court voted to weaken the EPA’s ability to protect our nation’s critical wetlands and clean water. The Supreme Court’s decision exposes our communities to environmental injustices. The Clean Water Act protects America’s: drinking water wetlands lakes rivers Wetlands are our best protection from the worst impacts of climate change. […]

How Much Wood Goes to Bioenergy?

Across the US South, forests are being used to produce wood pellets. These pellets are burned for electricity generation in the European Union and beyond. This industry was almost nonexistent before 2010. So how much wood is now going to producing wood pellets? Let’s find out together. What’s the deal with biomass energy? Biomass energy […]

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