Using unsafe fuels for domestic cooking is a major contributor to carbon emissions in Togo.
Togo can take bold actions to reduce climate change emissions and also improve the health of its citizens.
A man collecting firewood in Zimbabwe.
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Women’s relationship to the environment is shaped by their social position.
Generators should not be used in confined and poorly ventilated spaces.
The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches or dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, tiredness, chest and stomach pains and visual problems.
Cooking with wood and charcoal can raise indoor air pollution to dangerous levels.
Fires burn off forest cover and natural grasses to create cattle pasture in the Maya forest in Guatemala.
More than 100 world leaders have pledged to end the destruction of forests by 2030 as a way to slow climate change. That will require changing how the world produces four widely used commodities.
Jungle near the Palenque ruins, Chiapas, Mexico.
About 60% of Mexico’s forests are managed by local communities. A scholar who has studied the forests for 30 years explains how this system protects the forests and the people who oversee them.
We are logging more than can be sustained by tropical forests.
Observations collected since the 1980s in the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia show we are not giving tropical forests enough time to recover after logging.
Future notebook paper?
People have painted on cave walls and written on clay and wax tablets, papyrus and paper made from wood. Could screens replace paper someday?
Cooking on solid fuels exposes people to toxic pollutants.
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The COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing progress made to increase access to affordable, reliable and sustainable domestic energy sources in Kenya.
Charcoal is an essential fuel for most parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Attempts to formalise charcoal production have been largely unsuccessful.
Glass windows like these could be replaced with wood.
Treating wood with bleach can make it transparent.
Douglas fir, a valuable commercial timber, dominates the Oregon coastal forest.
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Wood, a major export of the US, has taken a hit from international tariffs compounded by COVID-19.
The Mjøstårnet, an 18-storey mixed-use building constructed with engineered wood, overlooks Norway’s largest lake, in Brumunddal.
Buildings account for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Sustainably sourced wood could be a better building material.
Reducing fine particle air pollution from petrochemical complexes, like this one near the Houston Ship Channel in Texas, is a low-cost way to lower air pollution mortality.
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A new study takes an innovative approach to reducing fine particle air pollution and spotlights key sources: factories that burn coal and oil, petrochemical plants and burning wood for home heating.
If you’ve ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood.
Water and sap inside the wood make mini explosions as they turn into gas and burst out. That’s why damp wood makes the noisiest fires.
Rosewood is coveted for its colour
CITES’ decision seeks to increase levels of monitoring so that we can be more and better informed about the illegal trade of Mukula and over-harvesting.
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.
Larvae of longhorn beetle feeding on pine stump.
It’s thanks to decomposition brought about by beetles and fungi that we’re not all buried under dead organic matter.
Don’t tread on woodchips.
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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.
Wood is good.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tonnes of these modern materials every year…