Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories that demonstrate that generating energy from waste or sustainably produced biomass is possible. In California, dead trees in forests are being cut down and burned through a method that uses gasification to produce electricity, and several places in the UK are starting to turn waste, like coffee grinds and animal manure, into biofuel. To combat sanitation issues and a lack of resources like energy and fertilizer, Kenya has implemented programs that collect human waste and uses the biomass to meet community needs. Finland has also invested in a bioeconomy, including a wood mill which converts the 'waste' products into biofuels and electricity.
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Biomass provides a stepping stone in the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and according to Project Drawdown, biomass energy as a climate change solution must come from waste from mills and agriculture or sustainably grown perennial crops. Annual grain crops like corn and sorghum depletes groundwater and requires high inputs of energy, and harvesting biomass (wood) from native forests "is nothing less than an atrocity." Join the Earth Month Ecochallenge to learn more and take action on this climate solution.