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Mitigating Forest Fires by Harvesting Potentially Hazardous Woodland Biomass for the Production of Renewable Methanol

29 Nov 2018, 04:11 UTC
Mitigating Forest Fires by Harvesting  Potentially Hazardous Woodland Biomass for the Production of Renewable Methanol
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California Fires 2018 (Credit: David McNew/Getty) by Marcel F. WilliamsCalifornia's forest, woodland areas, and its nearby residents are the latest victims of climate change as the world's fossil fuel dominated energy economy continues to increase greenhouse gasses in the Earth's atmosphere to dangerous levels. The state of California has 33 million acres of forest land. Less than 400,000 of that acreage burned in California from 1980 to 1990. But just last year, 1.4 million acres burned in California. And so far this year, 1.8 million acres of California land has burned.Why?California has grown 3 degrees warmer during the autumn seasons over the past 40 years while rainfall in the state has decreased by about one third during the same period of time. The Federal government owns about 57% of the woodlands in California. Privately owned forest accounts for about 40% of California's woodland areas. But the State of California only owns about 3% of Califorinia's forest. It is currently estimated that California's woodland areas have approximately 129 million dead trees. . Ironically, removing dead trees actually enables the spread of grasses and combustible weeds that make forest more likely to burn. Dry kindling, brush, bushes and twigs are the principal ...

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