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Business & Politics

Fibrek takeover bid grossly undervalued: Canaccord

Montreal Gazette
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Montreal-based pulp producer Fibrek Inc. said Monday that independent financial adviser Canaccord Genuity Corp. estimates Resolute Forest Products Inc.’s $130-million takeover bid undervalues the business and its three mills by 25 to 45 per cent. Resolute’s bid is worth $1 a share, or 55 cents cash and the rest in Resolute stock, while Canaccord estimates the real value is between $1.25 and $1.45 a share. Fibrek chairman Hubert Lacroix again urged stockholders to reject the Resolute bid, now due to expire Feb. 13. Lacroix said the 46-per-cent share held by Resolute and some of its allies in lock-up agreements “deprives minority shareholders from obtaining full value for their investment.”

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Merritt plant awarded federal money remains shuttered, hit by suits

Kamloops Daily News
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Nicola Valley pellet plant that received federal funding promises of $2.5 million is more than a year behind schedule, has yet to begin operation and has recently been hit by lawsuits from suppliers. Highland Pellet has been served with a notice of claim from an Ontario-based firm that supplied and constructed a pellet plant in Merritt. It has filed notices of liens, claiming it is owed $1.63 million. Another company, United Agri Systems Canada Inc., is seeking $1 million related to another pellet plant in Ontario that Highland agreed to complete and operate. A representative from Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas’s office confirmed Highland Pellet was promised $2.5 million from the federal government’s community adjustment fund in March 2010. It was supposed to have been operational by March last year.

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Snuneymuxw threatens legal action against City of Nanaimo

Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Frustration over water rights has brought Snuneymuxw First Nation to a boiling point. The band is threatening legal action against the City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Forest Products and the province unless Snuneymuxw can be included in a pending water deal between those groups. Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Douglas White III said current water licensing grants heavily favour the city and Harmac mill while ignoring Snuneymuxw’s treaty rights, and that an upcoming water deal expected to be signed by the city and Harmac excludes SFN and goes against treaty agreements.

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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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Biofuel leader Enerkem set for $125 IPO

Montreal Gazette
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., whose proprietary technology converts municipal solid waste to ethanol, plans to raise up to $125 million U.S. with an initial public offering in both Canada and the U.S. Lead managers are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and BMO Capital Markets and the number of shares to be issued and the price will be decided later. Prospectuses have been filed with U.S. and Canadian regulators.

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Firm explores options

EACOM remains committed to rebuilding sawmill operations in Timmins after blaze destroys facility
Timmins Times
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

EACOM Timber Corporation says it is committed to rebuilding its sawmill operations in Timmins. The question now may be: Where? A fire destroyed a large section of the Timmins sawmill two weeks ago. EACOM has kept about 100 sawmill workers busy by having them help clean up the mess caused by the blaze. Michael O’Blenis, Eacom’s vice-president of forestry operations in Ontario, told The Daily Press Monday the company is still assessing the situation.

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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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Are Shareholders Headed for a Short-Term Paper Cut?

Motley Fool
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

People invest in the technology sector for cutting-edge inventions and the thrill of fast-paced growth. Investors in the paper sector — well, let’s just say they’re a completely different breed. The allure of paper product companies is fairly stable demand and often a reasonable dividend to boot. That’s exactly what most shareholders have in mind when they purchase paper and packaging giant International Paper. International Paper offers global diversification, 114 years of business experience, and a dividend north of 3%. However, based on its quarterly results last week and its pending merger with Temple-Inland, investors may also want to add heartburn to that list.

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Greens play down trade trip tension

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

The Tasmanian Opposition says the Greens are squirming over the Deputy Premier’s trade mission to Asia. The Opposition has accused Tasmania’s Labor-Green minority government of being dysfunctional because of an impasse over the Deputy Premier’s trip to Japan and China. The Greens have condemned the mission which includes talks with potential woodchip customers, but are waiting to see a confirmed itinerary before raising concerns again with Labor. Opposition spokesman Matthew Groom says it’s pathetic.

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Reduced Log Tariffs Won’t Boost Russia Timber Exports

Woodworking Network
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Reduced log export tariffs in Russia unlikely to boost the country’s log export volumes back up to historic levels, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Export. Tariffs on logs shipped from Russia, the world largest log supplier, are set to be reduced as the country becomes a member of the WTO. The proposed new lower tariffs are not expected to increase export volumes to pre-tariff levels, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. Log exports from Russia have plummeted the past five years mainly because of the country’s implementation of a log export tariff of 25% in 2008, as reported in the WRQ. Despite having suffered a sharp decline in global market share, Russia is still the largest exporter of softwood logs in the world.

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Getting West Midlands’ woods back to work

UK Forestry Commission
February 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A grant scheme has been launched by the Forestry Commission to help tap one of the West Midlands’ greatest assets – its trees. Forest chiefs have unveiled the initiative to help local landowners produce woodfuel and timber by improving access to their often inaccessible woodlands and also by providing assistance in marketing timber. The West Midlands woodfuel sector is buoyant. The number of medium sized wood fuelled installations soared by 14% in just one year up to 2010 – many in schools, businesses and offices. Not only is wood a leaner burning alternative to fossil fuels, but it is a renewable resource.

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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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Forestry

Castle logging opponents take fight to courtroom

Calgary Herald
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents and environmentalists opposing a Castle logging project were in court Friday to challenge the province’s closure of the area to public access after protesters picketed the site for three weeks. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Rosemary Nation acknowledged the contentiousness of the matter Friday, concluding that arguments on the case will be heard on Feb. 24. Four protesters were arrested last week on charges that they ignored orders to vacate the site of the Spray Lake logging project.

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Logging commitment draws critics’ fire

Environmentalists, First Nations concerned
The Montreal Gazette
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec’s recent announcement that it will protect 12 per cent of the boreal forest gives no guarantee that the more than 300,000 square kilometres of commercial forest will not be logged, boreal forest experts say. The commercial area of the forest, which has the largest trees, makes up about 30 per cent of the boreal forest’s 1.2 square kilometres. The government has not said where it will locate the 12 per cent protected area and the lumber industry is lobbying to keep the entire commercial area, which lies between the 49th and 51st parallels, open to logging.

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Tree plan

TB Newswatch
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city’s trees are a valuable commodity that need to be protected and nurtured, says the author of a study looking at Thunder Bay’s urban forest management strategy. “Thunder Bay has room to improve,” said Skip Kincaid of the Davey Resource Group. “Every city has room to improve their urban forest program. But in terms of the budget that they’re dealing with here, I think they’re doing an excellent job.

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EconoSpeak: Forest Conservation and the Rise of the 1%

Econospeak Blog
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Over here we have debate on the decades-long upsurge in inequality, fueled by the increasing share of income going to the top 1%. Over there we have the politics of forest prevention, specifically the push by the state of Colorado to weaken roadless protection in order, among other things, to try to suppress forest fires. What’s the connection? The main purpose of the roadless areas directive is to keep land available for wilderness designation. The guiding philosophy of wilderness is that large swaths of forest, desert and other ecosystems need to be left alone to provide the sort of habitat, recreation and research that can exist only in the absence of large-scale human interference. Keeping out roads is a way of putting a ceiling on that interference.

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Gerald A. Tuskan Named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year

Lab Manager Laboratory News
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., — Jerry Tuskan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Scientist in the BioSciences Division, has been named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year by the Institute of Forest Biotechnology (IFB). His peers within the Forest Biotechnology Partnership, an international group of forestry and biotechnology professionals, selected Tuskan as the fourth scientist to win this award, which recognizes the forest biotechnologist who best exemplifies responsible uses of forest biotechnology and actively promotes science, dialogue and stewardship through their work.

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Cattle Industry Pressuring Forest Service

Farm Futures
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to raise concerns to the U.S. Forest Service about the detrimental impacts its proposed forest planning rule would have on federal lands ranching. Joe Guild, a rancher from Nevada and chairman of NCBA’s Federal Lands Policy Committee, says the Forest Service should walk away from the proposed forest planning rule and work with cattlemen on a plan to manage the land and its resources while sustaining a productive ranching industry.

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10-year forest restoration program set to start

Modesto Bee
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Eldorado and Stanislaus national forests will receive funds for projects under a forest restoration program designed to reduce fire threat, help local economies and accomplish critical forest restoration objectives, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Amador-Calaveras Group Cornerstone Project will receive $730,000 under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to begin work on the Eldorado and Stanislaus national forests this year.

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Sweeney Creek logging to begin this week

The Missoulian
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Bitterroot National Forest officials want people to know that logging trucks are going to be on the move on Sweeney Creek Road over the next few weeks. Those trucks could be joined by many more if the agency is successful in selling another large timber sale in the West Fork of the Bitterroot and completes several other potential salvage sales this year. Logging traffic is set to begin on Sweeney Creek this week and could continue into early March. Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake is thinning about 138 acres as part of a 700,000 board feet sale. The company will be operating with six trucks that are expected to make two trips a day to the sale, said Pat McKinnon, Bitterroot Forest timber sale administrator. The trucks will avoid the roads during the hours when the school buses are running.

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New Forest Planning Rule: End to Conflicts in Nevada Forests?

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

LAS VEGAS – Endangered animals, outdoor recreation and mining could peacefully coexist in Nevada’s national forests under new management guidelines proposed by the Obama administration. The first “forest planning rule” update in 30 years will require use of the best available science and hopefully resolve long-standing conflicts such as those between industry and environmentalists, according to Jeanne Higgins, supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the largest in the lower 48 states. “Specifically mining and grazing, recreational uses, how we provide habitat for wildlife and how we make sure that we’re providing clean water.”

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Forum will focus on forests; Event is ‘counterpoint’ to logging conference

The Record Searchlight
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On the last day of the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference’s 2012 Expo in Anderson an event of a different sort will be held for the first time in Redding. Forum for the Forests, which will feature a panel of speakers as well as audience participation, will focus on the value of natural forests and the threat of clear-cutting, event sponsors say. “We’re doing it at the same time as the logging conference, and it’s kind of a counterpoint,” said Marily Woodhouse, co-founder of the Battle Creek Alliance. Woodhouse, a Manton resident for 23 years, said her group is not against logging but rather opposes irreversible changes to the 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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Bug eradication may hurt healthy trees, group says

Associated Press
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CINCINNATI — A proposal to eradicate a tree-killing beetle in southwest Ohio by cutting down thousands of trees, including those that may not be infested, has concerned property owners fighting for methods that would preserve healthy trees. More than 6,000 trees in Clermont County east of Cincinnati are infested with Asian longhorned beetles, and more than 2,500 have been cut down as surveys and tree removal continue, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It’s partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep the beetles from spreading to other parts of Ohio.

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Bill bolsters ag, forest and food processing

Addison County Independent
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation that aims to bolster Vermont’s economy while retaining the hallmarks of its rural landscape. The main focus in both the House and Senate agriculture committees so far this session has been the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, which seeks to bolster the agriculture, forestry and value-added food processing business sectors in the state. The bill would establish a board to oversee the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, which would offer grants and loans that would promote entrepreneurship within the fields of agriculture and forestry.

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Grand Rapids to plant trees, rewrite tree laws in effort to increase urban canopy

The Grand Rapids Press
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GRAND RAPIDS – A $210,000 grant will help replace trees lost to the emerald ash borer as the city strives to increase its urban canopy. To the same end, Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday will consider hiring a consultant to update its tree ordinance in an effort to push the canopy closer to a goal of 40-percent coverage. Elected officials will be asked to contract with The Davey Tree Expert Co. to draft a comprehensive ordinance that promotes new plantings, enhances tree maintenance and preserves existing trees on public and private lands. The estimated $18,500 cost would be paid by a Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant.

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Facts about Quebec’s boreal forest

Montreal Gazette
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, Canada
  • 1.2 million km2 in size; larger than more than 200 of the world’s 223 countries; comprises 21 per cent of Canada’s boreal forest.
  • Stores 31 billion tonnes of carbon in its soils, peat and forests, an amount equivalent to 158 years of Canada’s annual carbon emissions.
  • Is the breeding ground for 300-500 million birds of 180 species, including threatened species like the Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Canada Warbler, and Olive-sided Flycatcher.

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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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Tanzania: Paid for Keeping the Forest Alive

AllAfrica.com
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ANNUALLY, the country loses an estimated 400,000 hectares of forest cover to logging mainly for energy, and timber used in construction and furniture making. “If we empower communities with skills to protect forests, we will stop deforestation and poverty escalation,” said Dr Felician Kilahama, Director of Forestry and Beekeeping at Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. He was speaking to members of parliament at a climate change national strategy seminar organised by University of Dar es Salaam’s Institute of Resource Assessment recently. …Although the problem of deforestation is nationwide, currently there are the seven pilot project villages bordering Lake Tanganyika fighting the problem. These communities are benefiting from the Norwegian REDD pilot project funding and will get mock payments this year as rewards for conserving forests.

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Tanzania: Bulk of Redd Payments to Benefit Communities

AllAfrica.com
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GOVERNMENT has agreed to let 80 per cent of payments done under Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) to go to communities which protect forests. An official from Africa Wildlife Foundation, Godlisten Matilya, told a Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation Programme meeting held in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that after a lot of lobbying by environmental activists, the government has agreed that communities have the responsibility to protect forests hence should pocket the bulk of payments to be made under REDD. “It’s communities that guard these forests because the government has inadequate forest officers to patrol these forests hence it’s logical that REDD payments should benefit them,” said Mr Matilya.

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

Government of Ireland
February 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

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. …Ireland’s restoration of forest cover has been underway for many decades, and is now at a stage where the sector is making a significant contribution to national economic, social and environmental wellbeing. The economic benefit of the forest sector is now over €2.2 billion annually, as a result of economic activity in harvesting, processing and selling wood products.

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Focus on protecting wildlife, not commercial forestry practices Say speakers

Draft Wildlife Preservation Act
Daily Star Online
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Instead of protecting wildlife, the proposed wildlife preservation act focuses more on giving more power and dominion to an incompetent forest department widely criticised for its commercial forestry practices, said speakers at a discussion yesterday. The draft law is worse than the 38-year-old Bangladesh Wildlife Preservation Act, 1974 it is replacing. It needs a comprehensive review with increased focus on preserving biodiversity and rights of local inhabitants, improved monitoring and enforcement policies, they said.

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Ladybird decline driven by ‘invading’ harlequin

Ladybirds native to the UK and other European countries are declining fast as the invasive harlequin species spreads, scientists have shown.
BBC News
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Researchers found that seven out of the eight native British species they studied have declined, with issues also identified in Belgium and Switzerland. The harlequin is an Asian species brought in for pest control, but which has now become a pest itself. Scientists are warning of potential damage to ecosystems’ “resilience”. Some UK species are “near the threshold of detection”, the scientists write.

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Kaduna Laments Worsening Deforestation, Desertification

Nigerian Observer
February 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KADUNA -The Kaduna State Government has cried out over the worsening spate of deforestation and desertification in the state, caused by intense human activities.
The state’s Director of Forestry, Mr. Anthony Kachiro, who spoke in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Kaduna, said the state would strategise on how to protect the state’s 66 forest reserves. He noted that “intense human activities on forest reserves is gradually endangering the state and has worsened the climate change effects’’. Kachiro said that the continuous demand for firewood and charcoal, due to high cost and non-availability of kerosene and gas, had affected soil fertility and also caused soil erosion.

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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

Richmond bioenergy company fueled by $1.5 million contract

The Province
February 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local bioenergy company has been awarded $1.5 million to build an “energy garden” that will use kitchen scraps to light homes. Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre, a Harvest Power Inc. company, will divert 27,000 metric tons of organic materials from B.C. landfills. The funding supplied by the non-profit, provincially-funded BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) will be put toward two project components, the first of which is a $1 million loan toward the commercial demonstration of a High Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) plant that will convert food scraps and yard trimmings to electricity.

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Biofuel leader Enerkem set for $125 IPO

Montreal Gazette
February 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., whose proprietary technology converts municipal solid waste to ethanol, plans to raise up to $125 million U.S. with an initial public offering in both Canada and the U.S. Lead managers are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and BMO Capital Markets and the number of shares to be issued and the price will be decided later. Prospectuses have been filed with U.S. and Canadian regulators.

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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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Enviva, E.ON Sign Multi-Year Biomass Supply Contract

PR Newswire press release
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON, Enviva LP, a leading manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the United States and Europe, and E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities, today announced a multi-year 240,000 metric ton per year wood pellet supply agreement. “Demand for clean, renewable resources like our sustainably produced wood pellets continues to grow as energy generators invest in alternatives to traditional fossil fuels,” said John Keppler, chairman and CEO of Enviva. “Our partnership with E.ON reinforces the economic and environmental benefits achievable from renewable biomass resources in energy production.”

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Metso to supply Finland’s largest pellet-fired heating plant to Tampereen Energiantuotanto

Process & Control Today
February 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Metso will supply a pellet-fired heating plant to Tampereen Energiantuotanto Oy in the city of Tampere in Finland. The plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power. The delivery will comprise a full-scope turn-key boiler plant solution, including all the necessary equipment and commissioning. The plant will be Finland’s largest pellet-fired plant, based on a technological solution that is the first of its kind in Finland. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

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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

New Orleans’ lush landscape of trees is thriving once again

Times-Picayune
February 6, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: US East, United States

From the majestic oaks that line St. Charles Avenue to the crape myrtles that envelop the city’s neutral grounds in fuchsia and lavender, New Orleans has long been known for it majestic urban canopy. But the city’s lush landscape suffered a severe blow during Hurricane Katrina, when more than 100,000 trees were blown over or died from sitting in salty floodwaters. Six years later, both public and private groups have made significant progress in replanting the trees that were lost, restoring roughly half of what was lost. This week, one of the main players in the re-greening effort — Parkway Partners — planted its 10,000th tree since the storm.

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