Climatic Change

, 97:439 | Cite as

Replacing coal with wood: sustainable, eco-neutral, conservation harvest of natural tree-fall in old-growth forests

An editorial essay
  • Leonard OrnsteinEmail author
Open Access


Glob Chang Biol Fall Tree Moist Tropical Forest Fall Trunk Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Sinai School of MedicineWhite PlainsUSA

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