Cutting down trees more carbon-friendly than using steel

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 29th, 2011

A new study identifies many instances where wood could be used in place of products that cause a one-way flow of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions to the atmosphere.

Forests have a limited capacity to absorb carbon as they age and rotting wood or wildfires just release the stored carbon straight back into the atmosphere.

The best approach to reducing carbon emissions is to grow the wood as fast as possible and harvest it before tree growth begins to taper off. This wood could then be used in place of more fossil-intensive products and fuels like steel, coal and oil.

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