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One couldn't believe these figures:

"The link between deforestation and climate change is well known and estimated to cause between 25-30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions - and excessive demand for wood is one of the main causes of forest destruction ."

As the reader of this message you might be shocked or just heavily irritated because you might be aware of figures of ~ 15-18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from deforestation.

But relax!

The line above is taken from a recent article posted at "The Ecologist" - headlining "Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK's destructive bioenergy policies".

In general, I personally could live with the headline but the nonsense posted at this sentence made me to respond. Not only the figures are fundamentally wrong - the statement "excessive demand for wood is one of the main causes of forest destruction" is complete nonsense.

If you want to know the real facts, read further here.

In short: land use change to agriculture (industrial as well as subsistence) is globally the main source of deforestation and forest destruction...

A similar misleading information is put forward by Earthtimes:

Woe: Forests disappearing into the sawmill: Timber logging is not the main reason for global deforestation. Seems the people of Earthtimes still haven't got this right...

Dear please do your homework before publishing nonsense...

Oh yes, and Mr. ANDREW C. REVKIN, also makes his way through the deforestation issue at the New York Times:

"... But as anyone who has worked on forestry issues – particularly in the tropical regions home to the world’s greatest biodiversity – knows, the demise of natural forests usually comes in the form of a double whammy: first come the loggersbut then come the settlers who turn the land into farms or plantations, preventing the re-growth of natural forest..."

Mr. Revkin, as an "forestry business insider" knows how to run the forestry business and what are the main objectives of tropical deforestation. Fine. As long as the world is informed by experts like Mr. Revkin, I am sure, we will curb deforestion within a minute - ore two - maybe...


30% of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation!


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