is burning wood good?

Unlike fossil fuels such as oil, wood is renewable.


This means the planet can continue to create more without being harmed, given half a chance and a bit of space trees can do well almost anywhere in the UK; fossil fuel supply is limited.





Burning wood does release carbon dioxide, a 'greenhouse' gas. The amount of carbon dioxide released by burning is exactly the same as the amount that the tree took out of the atmosphere in order to grow.



If a tree is felled and used to make furniture or a building then its carbon dioxide is locked away. If a tree is left standing until it blows over or dies then the carbon dioxide in the tree returns to the atmosphere as the wood rots. The carbon dioxide in fossil fuels would stay locked away if it was not burnt



UK woodlands