We mourn the loss of our colleague, good friend, and honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University, Peter Berck. After fighting cancer for some time, Peter sadly passed away on August 10.
Peter was not only an outstanding economist and a compassionate friend and colleague; he was also a wonderful mentor to several generations of PhD-students from Umeå who visited Berkeley. Peter was unique in his way of caring for his friends, colleagues, and students, always generous with his time and in lending a helping hand. It could be anything from helping a student to write a paper to help a colleague and friend to clean out the summerhouse in the autumn; nothing was too small or big. Many of us certainly enjoyed the discussions with Peter, whether it was about economics, the environment, or finding the best coffee or wine. He always took time for discussions and had constructive comments. As co-editor to the Journal of Forest Economics Peter was outstanding. Always keen to handle papers, and always coming up with new ideas of how to improve the Journal, he will certainly be missed. (Click on headline to read more)
In many places, notably in rural areas in countries in economic transition, wood is the only affordable source of energy for heating and cooking. Despite its importance, wood energy is often under-used or misused, resulting in air pollution and the degradation of forest resources.
CERE’s Runar Brännlund comments on the report “Greenwash - An analysis of the efficiency of Swedish environmental taxes”. Since the report was released in Swedish it has frequently been used in debate articles around Sweden and it is now available in English. Main conclusions from the report show that developed forceful and effective tools for reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases are already in place. Runar therefore finds it somewhat of a mystery why relatively complicated and obvious ineffective additional instruments are put into place, read his comment.
The forest industry and researcher will in the research program Mistra Digital Forestry together digitalize the forestry. Through smart digitalization, the program plans on researching how the forest can be used more efficiently with increased leniency.