Turning a street tree into timber is much more respectful and useful than mulching it all.
City trees are often short-lived and many others get cut down in their prime. Turning them into mulch both wastes timber and releases stored carbon. A wood rescue program creates a more fitting legacy.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
Telling an illegal log from another is no easy feat.
Illegal logging is a serious threat but new ways of detecting illegal timber could help save global forests.
Roads built for logging in the Congo Basin have implications for forest management.
It's important to close roads from further vehicle use after the end of logging operations. But these roads ought to be re-opened when the next phase of logging takes place in each area of forest.
The forests of Sao Tome and Principe are being lost at an alarming rate.
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe must work hard to protect their native forests from deforestation.
Western Australia’s few remaining giant jarrahs are increasingly lonely monuments to the forest’s towering past.
Amanda Slater/Wikimedia Commons
When Europeans first arrived in Australia's Southwest, they found vast tracts of huge jarrah trees. Now, after logging and dwindling rainfall, only a handful of these giants remain.
Australia has around a million hectares of plantations, much of them no longer commercially viable.
The GFC killed off Australia's timber plantation boom, leaving behind a million hectares of timber. But by recognising the carbon value in these trees, a new industry could grow in place of the old.
Don’t tread on woodchips.
Rick Kimpel/Wikimedia Commons
The outcry over the government's plan to allow wood burning from native forests under the revamped Renewable Energy Target belies the fact that woodchips can be useful and sustainable if harvested responsibly.
The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm.
Berg | C.F. møller Architects
Until recently, tall wooden towers were an engineering impossibility. Following a breakthrough a few years ago, the sky is increasingly the limit.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from its growing economic ties with China both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude.