Does Enviva Clearcut Forests? The Surprising Truth

As the wood pellet industry grows across the US South, we’re asked again and again: Do Enviva or other wood pellet facilities clearcut forests? While the detailed answer is complex, the simple answer is: Yes. Enviva, Drax, and other wood pellet manufacturers ALL use wood from clearcut forests. Let’s break down where wood pellet production […]

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How Bioenergy Causes Air Pollution: The Dark Side of Renewable Energy

Bioenergy is often seen as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to other forms of energy generation. Did you know that it can actually be quite harmful to the environment? Let’s take a look at the dark side of bioenergy and how it contributes to air pollution. What is bioenergy? Biomass, or bioenergy, creates energy by burning […]

Wood-Based Aviation Fuel is a Bad Idea: Here’s Why

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the possibility of using wood-based aviation fuel as a way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. While this may seem like a good idea, there are several reasons why it’s not a practical solution. Learn more about the problems with using wood-based fuels for the aviation […]

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Creepy-Crawlies in Your Backyard: A Halloween Guide to Arthropods & More!

Do you know what lives in your backyard? Chances are, there are all sorts of creatures lurking in the bushes and trees that you never even knew existed! Let’s explore the world of backyard biodiversity in a slightly spookier fashion. Together we’ll focus on the creepier, crawlier side of Halloween. From spiders to caterpillars, many […]

What is the Logging Rate in the US South?

Many people and organizations are documenting the impacts of logging in the United States. The large-scale industrial logging rate is high, especially in the US Southern coastal plain. The Southern US is known as the “wood basket” of the world. This region’s forests are cleared at a rate four times that of South American rainforests. […]

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