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Business & Politics

Domtar’s aggressive buyback program prompts upgrade to target price

National Post
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Pulp and paper company Domtar is looking like an attractive stock for 2012 after the company beat expectations last week and maintained its share buyback and dividend outlook. Mike Richmond, analyst at Salman Partners Inc., has taken notice of that fact. He raised his 12-month price target on the company Monday to $125 a share, from his previous price target of $120. His buy recommendation was left unchanged. Part of Mr. Richmond’s revised price target is based on his assumption of a more aggressive share buyback program from Domtar this year.

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Fibrek says gets proposals from third parties

Reuters
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s kraft pulp producer Fibrek Inc said it has received proposals from third parties related to its strategic alternative process and the board is evaluating the proposals. The company also rejected the insider bid by Abitibibowater Inc, which was made in November and valued Fibrek at C$71.5 million ($71.8 million).

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Fibrek says independent analysis shows hostile bid undervalues firm

by Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek has released an independent firm’s analysis that places the value of the pulp producer 25 to 45 per cent above a hostile takeover bid made by Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater. The Quebec-based company said Monday that Canaccord Genuity Corp. estimates the value of the company to be between $162.6 million and $188.6 million, or $1.25 to $1.45 per share. That compares to the bid of $130 million from Resolute Forest. That equals $1 per share — 55 cents in cash and the balance in Resolute shares. Fibrek’s board has recommended its shareholders reject the hostile bid.

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Lakeland Mills Operational Today, Despite Fire Yesterday

Opinion 250 News
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Prince George Fire Rescue was called to Lakeland Mills in the CNR Industrial site for a fire that is being described as ‘relatively minor in nature’. Deputy Fire Chief John Iverson says three halls responded with five vehicles when the call came in at about 8am yesterday morning. Iverson says a small blaze apparently broke out in the last stage of the sawdust collection system.

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Catalyst woes could hurt Harmac

Without ships and barges also dealing with Crofton mill products, Nanaimo operation may feel impactBy Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
February 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s financial troubles could also lead to problems for Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill. Harmac president Levi Sampson said the possible loss of Catalyst’s Crofton pulp and paper mill could see fewer ships and barges arriving in Duke Point to carry Harmac’s pulp to its international markets. He said ships and barges pick up processed pulp at Catalyst’s Crofton mill before heading to Harmac to continue filling their holds, and if there is less pulp to be shipped from the region there could be less transportation options for Harmac to get its product to market.

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Trees do not make good bags for your groceries

Alberni Valley Times
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A s I walked up to the register at the Safeway in Kappa, Kauai, on my recent trip to Hawaii, I couldn’t help but notice a complete absence of plastic bags. When the cashier began bagging up my groceries in a paper bag, I immediately asked her for plastic instead. “All those trees,” I always think to myself when I see paper bags. “Plastic bags are illegal in Kauai,” she patiently explained, continuing to place my groceries in the paper bag. …Not only that, but paper bags are not reusable like plastic ones are. The only things that can be done with the paper bags are burn them or recycle them. In the end, I would rather we continue to either use plastic bags, or phase them out in favour of reusable ones. I don’t believe exchanging fossil fuels for trees is the right solution.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2011 Results and Quarterly Dividend

By Canfor Pulp Products Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI) CA:CFX +2.31% today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results as well as the results of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership (the Partnership) in which CPPI has a 49.8% ownership. For the quarter, CPPI reported net income of $5.9 million or $0.17 per share, representing CPPI’s share of the Partnership’s income less an income tax provision of $1.9 million.

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Premier Christy Clark visits mill in Midway

Grand Forks Gazette
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark was at Midway on Monday afternoon to get a tour of the Midway mill. “The biggest area where we’ve had success with is with lumber, softwood lumber in particular,” stated Clark, on how increased trade with Asia has helped with the job market.

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Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership Out With 2011 Earnings

Opinion 250 News
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – After recording record sales in 2010, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership finished short of that billion dollar mark in 2011, with reported sales of $941-million. Lower pulp market prices and an extended outage at Northwood Pulpmill for capital upgrades affected the bottom line. The Partnership generated income of $138.6-million dollars in 2011; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization(EBITDA) of $218.2-million; and distributable cash of $131.6-million, or $1.85 per unit. Distributable cash in 2010 was $207.1-million or $2.91 per unit.

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National union will host job fair for mill workers

The Western Star
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — The union representing the majority of employees at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper says it will host a job fair in the city for workers displaced by the paper company’s restructuring. A total of 46 full-time jobs were affected by cuts the unions were informed of last week. A subsequent press release from Kruger Inc., the mill’s parent company based in Montreal, indicated that there would be more reductions to the work force in the coming weeks and months. Dave Coles, national president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, said the union’s construction division helps place workers who have the right skills into jobs, most of which are in the oil sands of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

by Acadian Timber Corp
Marketwire press release
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, — All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. …For the fourth quarter of 2011, Acadian generated net sales of $15.1 million on sales volume of 284 thousand m3, which represents a $5.4 million, or 26%, decrease in net sales compared to the same period in 2010.

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Optimistic

TB Newswatch
February 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Michael Gravelle says he’s optimistic a buyer for Terrace Bay Pulp will be found. Gravelle, the Minister of Natural Resources and the MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North, said he’s disappointed the troubled mill entered CCAA creditor protection Jan. 25. The province is listed as the mill’s largest creditor, owed more than $24 million. But he’s expecting a lot of interest in the mill, although he couldn’t say who those potential buyers might be.

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Weyerhaeuser predicts better wood products performance

Timber Trades Journal
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser is predicing a smaller loss in its wood profucts division for the first quarter of 2012. The company said higher selling prices for lumber and OSB and increased sales volumes across all product lines would improve performance. Its newly-published results show the division recorded a pre-tax loss from continuing operations (before special items) of US$61m (2010: US$18m loss). Weyerhaeuser said the poor performance was down to weak sales volumes and prices, with reduced mill operational levels, resulting in higher per unit manufacturing costs.

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Housing Continues to Weigh on Weyerhaeuser in 4Q11, Potential Signs of Life Showing in Homebuilding

Toronto Star
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser’s WY fourth quarter offered little to write home about, not a surprising result given the sad state of U.S. housing starts, the key demand-side determinant of profits for the company’s timberland, wood products, and homebuilding businesses. All told, Weyerhaeuser generated $162 million in operating income before items, a 10% margin on $1.6 billion in sales. …Meanwhile, the wood products segment–still Weyerhaeuser’s largest by sales despite feeble lumber and panel volumes–continued its loss-making ways. 

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Plant closure continues Kimberly-Clark’s evolution

Dallas Morning News
February 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The closing of a pulp mill in Washington state in the next few weeks will be the end of an era for Kimberly-Clark, a company with deep Wisconsin roots that is now headquartered near Dallas. For the first time in 140 years, the company won’t make its own pulp to turn into paper or tissue products. More important, perhaps, it will be another step in a continual transformation that began in the early 1970s, keeping Kimberly-Clark vibrant while some powerful industrial giants have withered. “These types of decisions are part of our heritage,” said Mark Buthman, chief financial officer and a 30-year Kimberly-Clark employee.

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NZ-born billionaire eyes large Gunns stake

ABC News, Australia
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A New Zealand-born billionaire is in negotiations with Gunns to buy a substantial part of the Tasmanian-based timber company. Gunns shares went into a trading halt yesterday pending a significant announcement from the company about capital raising and equity investment. The ABC understands New Zealand-born businessman Richard Chandler is negotiating to buy a stake of around 40 per cent in Gunns. Staff were briefed Tuesday afternoon and it is understood negotiations will continue into the night.

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Timber sector performs well in sustainability report

Timber Trades Journal
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber and forest products companies are once more among the top performers in terms of minimising the risk of their activities causing deforestation, according to the latest report from the Forest Footprint Disclosure initiative (FFD). The FFD scheme was launched in 2008 by the Global Canopy Foundation. Its aim is to promote sustainable forest products sourcing and curb deforestation caused by other sectors, such as agriculture. Each year it sends out questionnaires to companies worldwide to assess their strategies for “minimising their forest footprint” and publishes its findings in an annual review. It focuses specifically on the supply and use of what it sees as key “forest risk commodities”. Besides forest products (timber, paper and pulp), these are palm oil, soy, beef, leather and biofuel.

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Greens warn off Gunns investors

ABC News, Australia
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader is trying to warn off potential investors in the timber company Gunns. Gunns shares are in a trading halt pending a significant announcement by the company tomorrow, in relation to capital raising and equity investment. There is speculation a New Zealand born businessman based in Singapore is looking to buy a 25 to 40 percent stake in the company. The Greens leader Nick McKim says it is just speculation, and he’d warn anyone against buying into Gunns.

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German soft wood lumber not competetive?

IHB
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“German soft wood lumber products, even on domestic markets are not competitive any more“. The participants to the first softwood conference „Forum Nadelholz“ in Frankfurt deemed the situation of the sector as absolutely dissatisfactory. Thereby, the participants consider the demand on the export and especially on the domestic market not to be the decisive factor, but the considerably inflated price level of soft wood log in Europe, compared to the international markets. …”The pricing policy of the round timber suppliers that shape the market seized to be sustainable a long time ago and actually excludes a realistic pricing” was the vocal expression of one participant’s irritation. “It is no longer a question of marketability of single enterprises, but of the competition of the entire domestic value chain: German soft wood lumber products, even on domestic markets are not competitive any more, thus carelessly endangering employment.“

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Eco Building Products, Inc Issues Letter to Shareholders

By Steve Conboy; President – CEO
PR Newswire (press release)
February 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Dear Fellow Shareholders:
With the start of the New Year now under way, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with an update on the goals achieved over the past twelve months and our thoughts for the future of ECOB. We all know how tight the housing market has been over the past few years. The Company’s main goal is to create a paradigm shift in the lumber industry towards protected lumber. The key to achieving this goal is to apply our value added coatings to all lumber products without changing the historical supply chain process. In addition we needed to prove the efficacy of our coating methodologies as a critical component to our success. The following information illustrates how the Company is meeting its’ objectives through the achievement of various milestones over the past year.

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New ways to work with wood | Building Design + Construction

New products like cross-laminated timber are spurring interest in wood as a structural material.
Building Design and Construction
February 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Although wood is commonly used as a finish material in nonresidential buildings, more and more Building Teams are specifying wood as a structural material to accompany steel or concrete—or sometimes to be used entirely on its own. Recent studies show that wood offers such benefits as speed of construction, cost effectiveness, durability, and sustainability (see box, page 53). Structural wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and parallel strand lumber (PSL) are attracting the attention of architects, structural engineers, and contractors. Research by the National Science Foundation and other partners on the performance of wood buildings during seismic events—the so-called NEESWood Capstone tests—is yielding promising results. 

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Housing Continues to Weigh on Weyerhaeuser in 4Q11, Potential Signs of Life Showing in Homebuilding

Toronto Star
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser’s WY fourth quarter offered little to write home about, not a surprising result given the sad state of U.S. housing starts, the key demand-side determinant of profits for the company’s timberland, wood products, and homebuilding businesses. All told, Weyerhaeuser generated $162 million in operating income before items, a 10% margin on $1.6 billion in sales. …Meanwhile, the wood products segment–still Weyerhaeuser’s largest by sales despite feeble lumber and panel volumes–continued its loss-making ways. 

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18 Award-Winning Tree Houses, Hotels & Schools

Urbanist
February 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Luxurious and eco-friendly, Blue Forest‘s imaginative and playful tree houses, lodges and educational facilities seem to be designed to bring out every adult’s wide-eyed inner child. Blue Forest has designed many incredible structures that celebrate the warmth, coziness and sustainability of wood, honoring the material itself and of course, its source. Check out these 18 eye-catching, envy-inducing buildings made by the UK-based company.

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Forestry

Obama admin says new forest rules stress science

The Oregonian
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to take effect in early March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the rule change on Thursday. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science and recognize that forests are used for a variety of purposes, Vilsack said.

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Tonto National Forest officials give public more time to comment on road proposal

Associated Press
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — The Tonto National Forest is giving the public another chance to comment on a plan to limit travel on forest roads. Forest spokeswoman Paige Rockett says the environmental assessment is complex and people wanted more time to review it. The second comment period started Monday and ends March 15. The central Arizona forest has proposed limiting motorized travel to about 1,400 acres in the Mesa Ranger District where off-road use already is widespread. Travel off forest roads now is allowed on 700,000 acres in two other ranger districts in the nearly 3 million-acre forest.

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Three California Forests Selected for New National Program

KCET (blog)
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nancy Upham imagines a group of Sierra Club hikers meeting with folks from the California Cattleman’s Association to discuss the issue of grazing in the National Forest. Maybe there are fights, maybe not, but everything gets discussed out in the open. “Then we watch,” Upham, a Public Affairs Officer for Inyo National Forest, said. From there, the Forest Service knows how to build their policies. This is the collaborative model behind the U.S. Forest Service’s “Preferred Alternative” (PA) for the future of land management planning within the country’s forest system. …The whole idea is to air the dirty laundry before litigation happens, in order to cut time and costs by as much as four years and four million dollars, as compared to the 1982 procedures, according to the USFS.

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WSU study examines forest fire suppression effects

WSU News
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PULLMAN, Wash. – Bighorn sheep in northern Washington are not thriving the way they should and Washington State University faculty members are working to figure out why. Bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in the northern reaches of the state in the 1950s; today there are about 100, according to Mark Swanson, an ecosystem analyst and associate professor of landscape ecology and silviculture in WSU’s new School of the Environment. “The question is: ‘What really is preventing these animals from achieving more historic populations?’” said Swanson. While poaching and exposure to domestic ovine diseases have played a role, another key factor is how suppression of natural fires on the wildlife area has changed its landscape.

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Two new prescribed fires planned by Gila National Forest

Silver City Sun News
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SILVER CITY – The Gila National Forest will be conducting two prescribed burns later this month. Next week, on the Silver City Ranger District, officials on the Forest have tentatively scheduled the 762 acre East Sawmill prescribed fire, located 11 miles southwest of Silver City in the Burro Mountains and south of the Flying A subdivision. Scheduled to start February 15, the prescribed fire is expected to be completed in five to seven days. The objective is to reduce fuel accumulations in pi on and juniper with some ponderosa pine and oak brush.

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Forestry worker laid off after 45 years of service

Carroll County News
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EUREKA SPRINGS — Judie Robinson was a little ticked off when she was laid off from her job with the Arkansas Forestry Commission after 45 years. Robinson, who was twice named “Employee of the Year,” was among 36 state workers who no longer have jobs after a serious budget shortfall was revealed recently — a shortfall that has been blamed on a loss in timber tax revenue because of the housing slump. She loved her job and was disappointed to lose it, she said, but what really added insult to injury was when her termination papers arrived in the mail marked “postage due.” It arrived certified, she remembers, short $2.88 in postage that had to be paid.

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Mann: Trees aren’t behaving like I want them to – volcanoes to blame

Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions
Anthony Watts
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Some climate cooling caused by past volcanic eruptions may not be evident in tree-ring reconstructions of temperature change because large enough temperature drops lead to greatly shortened or even absent growing seasons, according to climate researchers, who compared tree-ring temperature reconstructions with model simulations of past temperature changes. “We know these tree rings capture most temperature changes quite well,” said Michael Mann, professor of meteorology and geosciences and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. “But the problem appears to be in their response to the intense short-term cooling that occurs following a very large volcanic eruption. Explosive volcanic eruptions place particulates called aerosols into the stratosphere, reflecting back some fraction of incoming sunlight and cooling the planet for several years following the eruption.”

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Flannery in-depth on PNG’s logging boom

ABC News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Late last week, Radio Australia revealed new figures which showed forest clearance on controversial land leases in PNG has pushed that country’s log exports to record levels. In 2011, PNG exported 3.5 million cubic metres of logs – making PNG the 2nd largest exporter of tropical hardwood logs in the world.  The Swiss testing and verification company SGS says it was logging on Special Agricultural and Business leases that pushed exports into record territory. Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery, warned this kind of logging has great dangers for the people and the environment in PNG.

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Forestry Authority is trouble

Trinidad & Tobago Express
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It was quite interesting to note the recent protest action by workers at the Forestry Division against the setting up of a Forestry Authority. It was deja vu as it was the same response to the plan to replace the Board of Inland Revenue and Customs with a “Revenue Authority” a few years ago. I located the draft bill that was prepared by the Conservator of Forests and the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and the Environment, who was once the Conservator of Forests. There are serious implications with this planned entity, not only for the workers but also the general public.

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Giants of the forest give climate clues

Sky News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand scientists, using the rings on kauri trees to look at climate patterns are tipping global warming to bring more big weather extremes in the coming years. The Auckland University study, published in the monthly journal Nature Climate Change, identifies that growth rings from the trees in Northland provide an insight into climate variations over centuries. The El Nino weather pattern, which brings cool southwesterly winds and droughts is linked to wide tree rings as the trees grow rapidly, while La Nina, which brings brings wetter, warmer conditions is shown in narrow, slower-growing, rings.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BC Liberals and NDP locking horns over new energy policy

By Tom Fletcher
Smithers Interior News
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is relaxing the electricity self-sufficiency policy that has driven expansion of independent power projects, and put the focus on new electricity supply for a major expansion of liquefied natural gas exports. Premier Christy Clark made the announcement Friday in Burnaby. The self-sufficiency policy set in 2008 required BC Hydro to supply the province’s needs even in the lowest-water years when large hydroelectric reservoirs run low and B.C. has to import power. The new policy requires BC Hydro to be self-sufficient only in average-water years, and will lead to the purchase of more imported power in years of low snow and rainfall.

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Viridis Energy Completes Acquisition of Nova Scotia Wood Pellet Manufacturer

By Viridis Energy Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Viridis Energy Inc., announced today that it has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Enligna Canada Inc., a wood pellet mill operator located in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia.The assets were purchased from Enligna’s Receiver by 3260526 Nova Scotia Limited, a new,wholly owned subsidiary of Viridis. The acquired assets include 20 buildings on four properties with a total of 157 acres and a separate 22 acre wood lot. The facilities house five pellet presses with the capacity to produce 110,000 tonnes of wood pellets, annually, and is the largest wood pellet manufacturing plant in Atlantic Canada.

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Enerkem and GreenField Ethanol Announce Quebec’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Production Facility

By Enerkem and GreenField Ethanol
Canada Newswire Press Release
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

VARENNES, QC – At a news conference in Varennes today, the Government of Québec announced its plan to inject $27 million in Québec’s first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Investissement Québec. This facility will be built and operated by a joint venture partnership formed by Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, and GreenField Ethanol, the Canadian leader in alcohol production. The future plant will be located in Varennes, Québec and will use Enerkem’s proprietary technology to convert non-recyclable municipal solid waste into biofuels.  

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Resolute Forest Products buys Boralex co-generation plant in Dolbeau, Que.

Canadian Press
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada West

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products has purchased the idled co-generation operation at Dolbeau, Que., from Boralex for $5 million. The deal could allow Resolute to reopen one paper machine at the mill. Boralex (TSX:BLX) permanently closed the facility and announced plans in November to sell the co-generation operation which produced electricity that was sold to Hydro-Quebec from wood waste and steam used in the paper making process.
The 28-megawatt plant has operated only four months a year since 2009 in order to receive higher winter energy rates. It has been on indefinite shutdown since April, affecting 30 to 40 workers.

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Liquid Wood, Anybody?

Energy Collective
February 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

One of the most abundant forms of renewable energy available in the United States is wood residue from forestry operations. The carbon in wood residue is bound to go back to the atmosphere, either as carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of combustion (natural or controlled fire), or through methane (CH4), as a result of decomposition. Methane is actually more than 30 times worse in terms of greenhouse effect, so burning wood is by and large better than leaving it there. If you capture the energy produced in the process, you have got a renewable energy source. …So, what do we do with all this renewable resource? Well, how about liquefying the wood and using it as a substitute in old power plants that are currently fueled by residual fuel oil? 

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Carbonfund.org Foundation Debuts For Planet and People Awards

by Carbonfund.org
PR Newswire press release
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

BETHESDA, Md — Carbonfund.org announces new awards program to top partners of 2011. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to announce its first For Planet and People annual awards, adding to Carbonfund.org’s long history of facilitating our partners’ goals to mitigate their carbon footprint. Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 businesses and 750,000 individuals on climate solutions. …Other partners support forest projects that protect biodiversity, conserve important land for recreation, and ensure both clean air and clean water for local communities.

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Scientists Develop Material that Absorb Carbon Dioxide from the Air

By University of Southern California
SciTechDaily (Press Release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A team of USC scientists has developed an easy-to-make material that can scrub large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. One day in the future, large artificial trees made from the material could be used to lower the concentrations of the greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. Until then, the material can be used to scrub the air inside submarines and spacecraft, as well as certain kinds of batteries and fuel cells.

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Giants of the forest give climate clues

Sky News Australia
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand scientists, using the rings on kauri trees to look at climate patterns are tipping global warming to bring more big weather extremes in the coming years. The Auckland University study, published in the monthly journal Nature Climate Change, identifies that growth rings from the trees in Northland provide an insight into climate variations over centuries. The El Nino weather pattern, which brings cool southwesterly winds and droughts is linked to wide tree rings as the trees grow rapidly, while La Nina, which brings brings wetter, warmer conditions is shown in narrow, slower-growing, rings.

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General

Minister of State Shane McEntee Announces Ireland’s Closer Involvement in Tackling Forest Loss in Developing Countries

By Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
National Rural Network (Press Release)
February 6, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Ireland, as a demonstration of its commitment to sustainable forest management and to addressing the global forest loss and the impacts of climate change, has made a funding contribution of €150,000 to the European Forest Institute EU REDD, which supports better forestry management in developing countries. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is seeking to address deforestation and related issues through the REDD+ process. The aim of REDD+ is to provide incentives for developing countries to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and to foster conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. 

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