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Ban the burning of woodland/forest derived biomass for electricity generation

Submitted by Iain Murray on Thursday 23rd April 2020

Published on Thursday 9th July 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Saturday 9th January 2021

Signatures: 996

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biodiversity ~ construction ~ Forest ~ level ~ Levelling ~ levels ~ Lost ~ measures ~ point ~ Power

Petition Action

Ban the burning of woodland/forest derived biomass for electricity generation

Petition Details

Examine in detail how burning forest/woodland timber releases carbon into the atmosphere which cannot be reabsorbed by new tree planting for many decades and so increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at a point when they need to be reduced.

Additional Information

Our planet's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are extremely high and measures need to be taken to prevent them from increasing any further to avoid hitting a climatic tipping point that will negatively affect humans and many other species.

The value of generating power through burning forest/woodland sourced biomass needs to be assessed against the loss of ecosystems services provided by managing woodlands/forests in such a way so as not to release carbon to the atmosphere. Ecosystem services being lost are climate regulation, biodiversity reduction, construction timber loss, flood mitigation.

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