The prevention of climate change has become a global priority as the world’s leading climate change scientist warn that we only have 12 years to limit the climate change catastrophe.
With increased efforts to turn things around and a cry to plant more trees and crack down on illegal logging and deforestation. We wondered what the woodworking industry could do to help combat climate change.
Although this could be viewed as contradictory, we believe that if managed correctly, cutting down trees could prove to be a key solution in helping us tackle carbon emissions.
Cutting down trees might seem antithetical, but this theory has been back up and according to the Forrest Commission, they state that ‘If trees are harvested carefully near this time in the growth cycle, and new trees are planted or allowed to regenerate, then this can keep the forest as a net “sink” of carbon.
Carbon absorption from trees
To follow on from this statement, studies found that when new trees are growing they will in fact absorb more carbon dioxide at a much faster rate, to aid the tree in its grown. As the tree matures, this rapid rate of absorption will dramatically start to slow and level out. This would indicate that if the carbon cycle of a tree is monitored carefully, and trees are cut down and replanted at the right time, we could actually increase the absorption of carbon dioxide.
Although this is not a fool proof plan as there are understandably concerns as to how this will affect wildlife and habitats, but its certainly food for thought, and presents a feasible solution for change.
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