Also, while I'm here, Cara had a question about wood being carbon neutral,
back when we were talking about bees wax. I've spoken to a few people about
it and the explaination I received was that wood when it burns, produces the
amount of carbon that it absorbs during it's life. Products such as oil
only produce carbon and no part of their manufacturing absorbs any.
When the oil (and coal) was formed (eons ago) the carbon contained therein
was removed from the environment (sequestered). It has been stored
underground for millions of years. When we burn fossil fuels such as coal or
oil, the carbon combines with oxygen and returns the the environment. Oil
and coal are forming right now. but we are using the old stuff at a much
faster rate than we are replacing it. Hence we are increasing the amount of
carbon as CO2 in our environment.
When a tree is grown it removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in
the tree as cellulose. When the tree is either burned or rots, the carbon is
returned to the atmosphere (unless it becomes coal or oil (slim chance)). So
planting trees only removes the carbon from the atmosphere for a relatively
short period of at most a century.
I'm not sure this discussion belongs here on the hammock group page,
Maybe it should be moved over to Kampfire???
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