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Ireland [TECHNOLOGY]

Around 20 per cent of the value of a forest is lost at harvesting time, according to Irish firm Treemetrics. Different sawmills require different size trees, and inaccurate tree measurements lead to waste, sometimes because of the use of antiquated tools. Treemetrics has a solution: a device on a tripod that measures trees with a laser, then creates an optimal felling schedule. The firm says waste is halved, and the technology has already been adopted by the Irish and British forestry commissions. “We’ve proven…

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