Are Trees the New Coal?

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Carolina Meadows

100 Carolina Meadows · Chapel Hill, nc

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We'll be in the lecture hall on the second floor of the Activities Center, the building to the right of the main building when looking from the parking lot.

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Chatham County environmentalist John Wagner will present the award-winning documentary "Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?" ( The film examines the wood pellet industry, which transforms wood into pellets that can be burned to generate electricity.

It sounds so good: using renewable biomass instead of fossil fuels to turn on the lights. But is it? The video examines forest selection and the energy balance to see whether this industry, which is operating right now in eastern North Carolina, actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions and global warning.