Timber manufacturing often releases more greenhouse gases than its products store

As policymakers weigh their options for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, they hope to find solutions that allow us to have our cake and eat it too. Some hold out hope that long-term storage of carbon in wood products such as furniture and home-building materials can be a win-win solution. The notion is intuitively appealing, but a new report from Wilderness Society resource economist Ann Ingerson highlights some of the obstacles to this approach.