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Robert Zwilling | 1999 comments Mass Timber is a laminated wood product made out of small pieces of wood that results in huge beams and other large wood building products that can replace steel and concrete.

Apparently the creation and use of steel products and concrete products produces a lot of carbon dioxide. By substituting large laminated wood products in place of steel and concrete, a lot less carbon dioxide will be released by the construction industry.

The idea will only work if the grown forests are massive with huge key parts off limits to any logging. There trees could grow as big as possible sustaining biodiversity. Forested regions would have to get bigger so the natural untouched tree growth areas could be interspaced with areas where the trees could be grown like cornfields. At the same time, research would have to be done to create a weed that could grow alongside these quick harvest trees which could supply additional cellulose for making the laminated wood products. With some genengineering a weed could be made that would endlessly grow thick stalks that would supply enough cellulose to keep the tree wood laminating factories running on a daily basis.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-mas...


message 2: by J.R. (new)

J.R. | 7 comments An innovative idea. Worthy of more study.


message 3: by Robert (last edited Apr 19, 2019 07:17AM) (new)

Robert Zwilling | 1999 comments Global reforesting appears to be off to a bad start. Countries are compromising promises of new forest growth with the creation of monoculture plantations and tree "farms" at a ratio of 3 to 1 to biodiverse reforested areas that are never cut down. Apparently that ratio should be the other way around, twice as much biodiverse long term forest land compared to mono and tree "farm" lands. This would amount to 60 percent more "reforested" areas being planted, all of it being the biodiverse long term kind.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-gr...


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