In southern Chile, wood fires keep chilly winters at bay. Potbellied stoves, crackling logs, and curling smoke make for picturesque scenes, but the widespread use of firewood comes with some big negatives. It contributes to the country’s massive deforestation, as well as to the air pollution that’s choking urban centers.

The Association of Forestry Engineers for the Native Forests (Agrupación de Ingenieros Forestales por el Bosque Nativo, or AIFBN), a nonprofit based in the southern city...

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