"Wood Pellets Draw Fire as Alternative to Coal"
Professor John Sterman's (co-faculty director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative) research on biomass continues to make waves. A new lawsuit says European policy on using pellets will increase greenhouse-gas emissions:
A study last year by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor John Sterman and colleagues said burning wood for power releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per unit of electricity than coal. The “payback time” for forests to offset that carbon, the study said, ranges from 44 to 104 years, depending on the type of forest, whether it’s harvested sustainably or by clear-cutting, and if it’s able to fully regrow.
Article by Charlie McGee