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A shortage of timber worldwide is a dearth in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industry. The decrease in the availability of timber has a sharp spike in the prices of newly homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders for timber has up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are to get supplies is because people have been or reforming their homes during lockdown. Another reason that post-lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary demand". A timber trade federation suppliers were " around the clock" but are "struggling to keep up".

Environmental scientists that a major reason for the shortage climate change. Global warming is the pressure on the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is great damage to large swathes of forest. Many have been completely to the ground. The warmer weather has also a proliferation in the number of pests that cause to trees and stunt tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has its lowest timber stocks for 20 years. A solution the UK has come up with is to more trees. It said it is "committed to trebling tree planting rates". A builder joked that he didn't time for those trees to grow.

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