Friday, September 17, 2010

GREEN ...

Talking `Green' with Dr. Wong, MTC ...



I love the new `GREEN' color scheme on (some of) the Alaska/Horizon Q400 fleet ... yumm!  I was able to chat more with Wong (long cab ride together from downtown Victoria to Int'l Airport) ... and we talked `green'.  In Malaysia they take two or three trees per acre harvesting, and as such open up a bit of canopy allowing adjacent trees to get `their chance'.  (Seldom do they need to plant.)  Wong explained, to my marvel, the effect of timber harvest on CO2 globally ... and it makes sense.  When a forest comes to maturity it is basically in carbon equilibrium ... growth and decay.  When a forest (or trees) is (are) harvested and then used for furniture, structural timber, whatever, the carbon in the wood is `tied up' then for another fifty or so years.  The smaller trees in waiting thus can now grow are in growth mode and tie up more CO2.  I mentioned how in the States we manage forests by letting them burn ... gargantuan releases of CO2 ... and that regrowth is slow, or nill (far more sterile environment).  And we don't fight forest fires here (until they get big).  He asked `Why?'  There is big money in fighting big fires!  Anyway ...

It was great chatting with Wong and learning about the Malaysian timber industry.
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