A report recently published by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel, wood pellet market and biogas production. Without any doubts, the EU is the world’s largest wood pellet market.
The objective of the SelPiBio Life+ project is to demonstrate how an innovative silvicultural treatment in Pinus nigra increases the degree of the biodiversity at the level of the soil environment (fungi, bacteria, flora, mesofauna, nematodes). In particular, the effect of the selective thinnings respect the traditional mode is evaluated and the absence of any treatment in pine stands in juvenile stages at the level of production and forest protection and soil biodiversity.
The second part of the interview with professor Ole Hofstad from NMBU is focused on, inter alia, deforestation, forest degradation, carbon sequestration and illegal logging in REDD countries. If you have not read the first part of the interview, you can find it here: Degradation of REDD – interview with prof. O.Hofstad
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) prepared a report entitled “Green is gold: The strategy and actions of China’s ecological civilization”. In this report, one may find that forests will cover nearly a 25% of China by year 2020 and the share of days per year with good air quality in cities will increase to over 80%. Read more how China is going to become an ecological civilization in next few years!
One of the greatest challenges for contemporary ecology is to predict the consequences of climate change on ecosystems. This post discusses the connection between pine beetles outbreaks and forest fires in the western United States. Read more what scientists from University of Colorado have recently found.
Physicist Ned Nikolov and retired meteorologist Karl Zeller developed a mathematical model that accurately predicts the surface temperature of rocky planets such as Mars, Venus or Moon. Scientists claim that model works also for Earth. And here comes the best part. The model indicates that the effect of global warming of our planet is rather due to solar radiation, than human activity. Check this out!
When speculating on what is going to happen to our forests in an uncertain future, it is hard to generalize. Impacts on tree growth, regeneration and mortality due to climate change and other factors (e.g., forest management, disturbances) are usually quantified with scenario modelling at course, large-scale. However, given the heterogeneity of European mountain forests, the effects of climate change on ecosystem services at the local-scale seems to be highly variable. Read more what researchers from ETH Zürich in collaboration with other European partners found.
Thanks to many comments after the post RE(D)D is BAD and curiosity of Forest Monitor readers, who required more facts and details about the REDD Program, I invited for an interview an expert in this field prof. Ole Hofstad from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). We discuss issues such as degradation of REDD Program, hopes for its future or illegal logging issues. The interview will be published in three parts. The I Part of the interview is focusing on REDD in general, PES and Norwegian experience with REDD. Enjoy!