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Forest biomass use for energy production is a disastrous practice that needs to be curtailed - it has not only gotten out of hand as an industrial activity and global trade but is also blinding citizens to how the carbon cycle works, notably how emissions intensive forest biomass is across its production chain, and how much it contributes to depleting forest sols, important for the management of greenhouse gas emissions.

 The new EU Directive on Renewable Energy threatens to double energy from forest products, even beyond the EU's capacity to produce pellets and chips. The WCRE calls for excluding forest biomass from the list of Renewables: its CO2 emissions are even 80% higher than those of coal - it is not climateneutral.

The following scientifc call is in keeping with what we are pushing: rapidly expanding solar, wind and sustainable water power to a full 100% world-wide, while restoring our forests', wetlands', sea grass' and agriculture's ability to reduce greeenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/climate/ClimatePolicyBrief7.pdf

Professor Peter Droege, General Chairman, WCRE

 

 

EVEN IF DONALD TRUMP DOES NOT YET ‚BELIEVE IN’ CLIMATE CHANGE – there are millions of reasons for the fundamental transformation of the world’s energy systems to renewable resources.

Millions of lives have been sacrificed on the altar of fossil fuels – and many million more are doomed if we will not make the switch to renewable energy world-wide. To work for peace means finally leaving the 20th century behind, a century of war and an age of conflict exacerbated by fatal energy systems. It is in our common interest to lay down arms and join in the struggle against our own inherited energy and resource dependencies.

State of The Transition, August 2016: Tailwinds for clean energy and the Paris agreement, deepening doldrums for the incumbency

It was vaguely wonderful watching Presidents Obama and Xi cement their bids for a place in history, via climate change, by announcing American and Chinese ratification of the Paris Agreement on 3rd September 2016. These two nations, so far apart on so many issues, have erected glass walls around the shared climate threat and worked hard together for four years to fight it. They do so now buoyed by the strengthening momentum of climate-survival technologies, and aware of the increasing catalogue of problems faced by the energy incumbency notwithstanding climate considerations. Meanwhile, the increasingly alarming warnings they hear about the unfolding pace of global overheating from their respective scientific establishments is undoubtedly a major motivator. The great global race against time has very much begun now, and they are the undisputed leaders on the first lap.

Many businesses need no further persuasion of the writing on the wall. Six hundred multinational companies are now factoring the Paris Agreement into their business plans, according to CDP. Unsurprisingly, utilities and other energy companies lead, but adopters span many sectors. Sign-ups to the corporate 100% renewable power campaign this month include Apple.

In 2016, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a major opportunity to develop a new industry, an opportunity that became something of an imperative in 2015. Let me examine first the opportunity, then the imperative. The opportunity involves solar energy, which is fast heading towards becoming the cheapest unsubsidised form of energy on the planet. Last year, solar power plants cheaper than gas plants were built in Dubai and Colorado. A Saudi company, ACWA Power, built the one in Dubai. We can expect to see more such plants around the world in 2016, and many more beyond.

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