Solving our energy and climate crisis is bound to be a delicate (but not impossible) voyage, and the tension between deforestation and biofuel production is a looming example of why.
ClimateProgress has covered one tricky facet of our forests before by looking at how misplaced afforestation can propel warming. Now word is spreading that plantation forests for biofuel and ethanol crops are rivaling natural forests. In the process, clearing the land emits mass amounts of carbon dioxide and the ecosystem replanted to harvest fuel tends to be worse for the environment.
The fuel produced has acquired the name “deforestation diesel” to reflect the process and has been prevalent in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia in pursuit of palm oil. Talk about unintended consequences.