Forestry's significance in the carbon dioxide balance

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3 Forestrys significance in the carbon dioxide balance

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Carbon exists in all living materials. Photosynthesis converts solar energy, carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates which are the building blocks of tree growth. This is the way carbon dioxide in the air is stored - as carbon compounds in trees and woodlands. That carbon dioxide is also stored in products made from forestry industry raw materials, such as timber, cardboard and paper. The forests and their products therefore contribute to counteracting the greenhouse effect.

A majority of forestry industry products are recycled and/or re-used. Carbon dioxide is released when worn-out products are used as fuel or are composted. A corresponding volume of carbon dioxide is absorbed by the tree as it grows. This completes the cycle and a new cycle can begin.

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