Climate flux matched Europe's social rise and fall

Ancient tree rings show links between climate change and major events in human history, like migrations, plagues and the rise and fall of empires, said a study this week in the journal Science.

Texas entrepreneur hopes to turn mesquite into power

Randy Hill lives amid the fossil fuels of America, a place where natural gas and crude oil made millionaires and the landscape is dotted with pump jacks. But Hill, who lives outside Abilene in West Texas, is spending much ...

Indonesia struggles to clean up corrupt forestry sector

Deep in the forests of Borneo island, workmen from an Indonesian timber company fell a tree with a chainsaw, stick a red tag with a serial number onto it and attach a corresponding stub to the stump.

The inflatable concrete dome

A completely new way of building concrete structures has been developed: Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology bend concrete with an air cushion, making complicated timber structures obsolete. The new method has ...

Timber skyscrapers could transform London's skyline

London's first timber skyscraper could be a step closer to reality this week after researchers presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden building integrated within the ...

The sky's the limit for sustainable wooden skyscrapers

Australia will soon hold the record for the world's tallest timber office building at 5 King St Brisbane, and with the help of The University of Queensland's new research hub, wooden skyscrapers could become the norm.

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