OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Carbon Controversy: Should The Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels?

“Biomass burning from wood pellets releases a large amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a carbon debt that can last for decades,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology in the College of Forestry. Law is the coauthor of a study, published in Nature Climate Change, that found that large-scale bio-energy harvest in Northwest forests could increase regional carbon emissions over a 20 year time frame.