There’s a quite shocking interactive map showing just how much of the primary forest in British Columbia has been lost to logging in this article. It ‘reveals that little remains of B.C.’s original and ancient forests, showing logging and other industrial human activity as a vast sea of red.’
What i find most disturbing is that a significant amount of logging is to produce wood pellets, which, owing to to a loophole in UN climate change conventions, are seen as a renewable source of energy. Many reports have shown that burning biomass in the form of wood pellets is very damaging to the environment and could lead to accelerated climate change. See here for the effects on European forests.
Drax, one of the UK’s leading energy companies which is heavily investing in burning wood pellets by converting coal power stations to wood pellet burning ones, recently bought British Columbia’s largest wood pellet producer, Pinnacle. Burning trees in the form of wood pellets, primarily from Canada and the US, now accounts for over 11% of the UK’s energy supply and has led its government to propagate how green they are.
The harvesting of old growth forests to burn as ‘renewables’ seems wrong.