By the Light of the Sun: Trees, Wood, Photosynthesis and Climate Change -- John Halkett

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By the Light of the Sun

Trees, Wood, Photosynthesis and Climate Change

John Halkett

Foreword by Dr René Castro Salazar

Paperback, 180 pages, $29.95

ISBN: 9781925501810

The mission of this book is to detail how to better harness the power of the products of photosynthesis to offset adverse climate change. Specifically this book asserts that trees and forests, plus wood products, will be even more important in assisting to tackle climate change, and in contributing to a sustainable energy and carbon neutral future. This book details how trees and forests will be a critical ingredient in the search for a zero net carbon emissions future. Not only do trees ‘suck’ carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and wood products store it away for decades, but trees have the capacity to be at the centre of a sustainable future for humanity. They will be an essential energy component beyond the end of the fossil fuel era.

The book advocates the wider utilisation of wood-based products that use less energy in their manufacture, store carbon, and have the capability to restrict the use of high energy materials, like steel and aluminium.

The good news, says this book, is that the most dangerous impacts of climate change may still be avoided if humanity moves fossil fuel-based energy systems towards renewable sources, and increases the use of sustainable materials like wood.

Even though there is much to be worried about climate change-wise, this book is not too despondent. It says that in an increasingly carbon-constrained world, trees, forests and wood products are important, not only as carbon ‘sinks’ but as substitutes for more carbon-intensive materials and fossil fuels.

John Halkett’s last book: Jungle Jive: Sustaining the forests of Southeast Asia was released by Connor Court Publishing in 2016. This and his past five books traverse a wide range of topics, but all have trees at the centre of the narrative.

About the Author: John runs a forest consultancy business in Sydney, Australia and has expertise in temperate and tropical forest management and forest-based industries. He has also worked in the United States, Canada, Chile, Papua New Guinea, across Southeast Asia, Myanmar, China and Africa. He serves on forest and timber-related international and national boards and committees. 

Dr René Castro Salazar is the Assistant Director-General for the new Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of FAO. Between 1994 and 2014 he held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment and Energy. He has also been a Fellow at Harvard University.

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