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Biofuels are worse than fossil fuels, research finds

Biomass is often described as a clean, renewable fuel and a greener alternative to coal and other fossil fuels for producing electricity. But recent studies have shown that many forms of biomass especially from forests produce higher carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. In particular, a growing body of peer-reviewed, scientific studies shows that burning wood from whole trees in power plants to produce electricity can increase carbon emissions relative to fossil fuels for many decades—anywhere from 35 to 100 years. This time period is significant: climate policy imperatives require dramatic short-term reductions in greenhouse gases, and these emissions will persist in the atmosphere well past the time when significant reductions are needed.

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Plans underway to restore Rare Inland River Forest Delta in Cork

The ESB, National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS), Cork County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland are exploring options to potentially save a rare river forest in County Cork.

The Gearagh, near Macroom , County Cork, was controversially flooded 60 years ago to provide water for the hydroelectric dams at Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid.