THE pandemic has inadvertently delivered Adam Jones something of a bonus. Adam has hosted Wood Solutions’ incredibly popular Timber Talks podcast series since 2018. This time last year the episodes usually attracted around 700 downloads each month; this year it is close to 1400. Adam is a structural engineer who began his working life with big concrete buildings but he was always interested in sustainability.
RESEARCHERS FROM the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) in South Australia have collaborated with Australian company 3RT Holdings Pty Ltd to develop a method for converting cheap pulpwood into a highly sustainable tropical hardwood substitute. 3Wood contains the same properties as tropical hardwood but maintains a stronger dimensional stability and eliminates wastage. 3RT managing director Peter Torreele said the availability of the new “smartwood” made it easier to reduce the carbon footprint of the manufacturing industry.
REDUCED RAINFALL and increased temperatures expected to occur by 2030 and 2050 would affect the growth rates of most commercial forest species, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. The findings were part of a probe into potential impacts of projected climate change on forests and forestry by 2030 and 2050 in major forestry regions of Australia. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig said the six ABARES regional reports assessed the possible effects of projected climate change on commercial plantations and some native forests that are potentially available for wood production. The study used a range of models with varying reliability and many inputs and assumptions and these factors need to be considered when interpreting the results.