Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trees killed by climate change may turn green again with energy project

The University of British Columbia has recently launched a green energy project which will convert dead trees into energy without burning them.  It will use trees destroyed by pine beetles, which otherwise might become net emitters of greenhouse gases through decomposition, or if they were actually burned. 

The pine beetle infestation which killed these trees is itself a symptom of climate change.  The pine beetles have been thriving in British Columbia for decades, destroying entire Pine forests, because winters no longer get cold enough in the province to kill them.

The new project, which is pioneering the technology on the UBC campus, will produce enough energy to power 1500 homes.

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