The video above, courtesy TckTckTck, explains one of the under-the-radar issues that was present all through the COP15 talks and now is re-emerging at the Bonn climate talks. In short, "A handful of developed nations like Japan, Australia and Germany are playing all sorts of games at the negotiating table that would allow them to chop down large swaths of forest and use them for things like burning the wood to generate electricity, but not have to be penalized when it comes to their stated goals to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions."How big is the so-called logging loophole? 400 megatons, about as much as the annual emissions of Spain.
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