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European Union Signals a Move Away from Wood Energy

European lawmakers voted this week to phase out some wood-energy subsidies, a recognition that more than a decade of government incentives has contributed to deforestation without curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But Wednesday’s vote in the European Parliament leaves key details…

The Case Against Commercial Logging in Wildfire-Prone Forests

When the Oak fire swept through more than 10,000 acres southwest of Yosemite National Park last weekend, it burned through forests where widespread logging, including commercial thinning, accelerated in recent decades. Much of the forest canopy had been removed, exposing…

How Demand for Twigs Is Bringing Down a Rainforest

Every day late in the afternoon, women lugging bags of sticks on their back spill out of the brush onto a highway just south of the Equator. Men pass on motorbikes, one after another, hauling bags of charcoal. Boys trudge…

Maya Lin’s Dismantled ‘Ghost Forest’ to Be Reborn as Boats

Maya Lin’s acclaimed “Ghost Forest” — her installation at Madison Square Park in New York — was being carved up, and the artist couldn’t have been happier: A group of teenagers had seen the harvesting of the wood on Friday…

Wooden Buildings Reach for the Sky

The small city of Vaxjo, population 94,000, sits in the middle of the timberlands of Smaland Province, in southern Sweden. Among municipalities in Sweden, many see Vaxjo as the leader in timber construction, as wooden buildings have been at the…

There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.

Pellet makers source wood from thousands of landowners, who are often eager to earn revenue to offset land taxes. Enviva opened its first mill in Ahoskie, N.C., in 2011, promising to make pellets mainly from wood “residues” such as tree…

When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood.’

Trees are also dying because of insects. That has led to increasing supply for wood banks in some areas; in others, infestations have complicated operations. The detection of the emerald ash borer in Portland and the establishment of quarantine zones,…

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