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Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Business & Politics

International Paper told it can buy rival

Evansville Courier & Press
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

International Paper Inc. got the green light from federal antitrust regulators Friday to proceed with the acquisition of rival Temple-Inland Inc., but it’s possible that IP’s recycling mill in Henderson will be sold as a result. The Justice Department’s antitrust division announced a settlement that would allow IP to go ahead with its 3.7 billion dollar acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc., but not before selling three plants that produce containerboard, the heavy brown paper used to make corrugated shipping boxes. International Paper said it agreed to sell its containerboard mill in Hueneme, Calif., as well as Temple-Inland’s mills in Ontario, Calif., and New Johnsonville, Tenn.

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Fibrek finds its white knight

Financial Post
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Canadian pulp producer Fibrek Inc. has agreed to a friendly cash-and-share takeover bid from global producer Mercer International Inc. worth as much as 170-million, or 1.30 a share. Fibrek had been seeking alternatives to an unsolicited insider bid made by AbitibiBowater Inc. last November that valued the company at 1 dollar a share. Abitibi, one of Canada’s oldest firms in the sector, now operates under the name Resolute Forest Products. 

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Fibrek finds white knight in Mercer

Montreal Gazette
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Montreal-based pulp producer Fibrek Inc. has found a “white knight” to stave off the hostile embrace of newsprint, specialty papers and lumber giant Resolute Forest Products Inc….Resolute had expressed confidence its bid was fair and would prevail if Quebec financial market regulators quashed Fibrek’s “poison pill” or shareholder rights plan – which they did late Thursday.

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Burns Lake workers find Houston is hiring

Houston Today
February 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several Houston companies joined the two dozen employers who set up booths at a Burns Lake jobs fair last Friday. Canfor, Houston Forest Products, Huckleberry Mine, Arrow Mining Services and others all had people out to meet the estimated 400 job seekers who came through the door.

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Forests Minister Not Worried about Other Countries Targeting China for Raw Log Exports

HQPrinceGeorge.com
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC is certainly not alone when it comes to targetting China for forest exports. But the province’s Forests Minister says he is not concerned about competition for the huge market. A recent report suggests a full one third of New Zealand’s total log exports last year are being processed in China. But Steve Thomson says BC still leads in Chinese log exports which also account for only ten per cent of the total value of wood products being shipped there.

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From saws to skidders: MT logging sees big change

KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – There was once almost nothing bigger than the logging business in western Montana and the workers were as strong as the industry. “There was a hearty breed,” Society of American Forests State Chair Scott Kuehn said. “I mean, they lived out in camps 30-40 miles from the nearest town and it was horseback or train to get back to town. Those loggers; they were tough. The springboards, the crosscuts: they worked hard.” Now, a century later, the forests have changed as has the business of forestry.

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Massive Fire Destroys Vermont Lumber Yard Building

iBerkshires
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

STAMFORD, Vt. — A massive fire early Saturday morning destroyed a warehouse building at Eagle Lumber Co. off Route 100. Firefighters from five volunteer fire companies spent more than eight hours battling a massive blaze… The sawmill has long been owned by the Potvin family.The building housed planers, saws and other sawmill equipment, as well as lumber. 

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Global Market for Forest Products to Register US$1.2 Trillion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

By Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The forest industry plays a critical role in a country’s economy right from supporting the production of a diverse variety of forest based products towards generating employment and providing recreational and tourism opportunities. Given, the important role played by forest products in the world economy in influencing economic progress and human well being, its opportunities galore for the industry in the upcoming years. The omnipresent use of forest products in everyday life can be put into perspective by the fact that wood is universally demanded and is accorded importance on par with man’s dependence on food.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Home tailored for minimalists

Victoria Times Colonist
February 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s an overcast day in February outside a new grey house in Fernwood that stands at the top of a broad, inclined driveway. But there’s nothing dull or dreary about this contemporary home recently built by Chris and Jenny Marshall….And there is little waste because a computer calculates the cuts. A house builder typically orders up to 20 per cent extra lumber because a load might contain poor quality pieces that are discarded, Hallet said.

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This little piggy built his green

Whidbey News-Times
February 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

It reminds me of the children’s story of the Three Little Pigs. One built a house out of bricks, one built a home out of sticks and one built a house out of straw. If you delve into techniques for green building you find lots of different options, just like they did. But you wonder if the Big Bad Wolf will be able to huff and puff and blow your house down! … Building with cement, steel and board lumber has a tremendous cost to the planet. Cement, for instance, takes a tremendous amount of energy and pollutes air and water. In some cases, materials are shipped around the world, burning fossil fuels and producing carbon emissions.

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Work continuing at Superfund site

Final phase in an on-going process has begun
Picayune Item
February 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PICAYUNE — The final phase of removing creosote left behind by Picayune Wood Treating off of Rosa Street has begun. Workers under contract with the Corps of Engineers have been working at the 40 acre site for about a month to collect and contain soil contaminated with creosote and other chemicals previously used to treat lumber.

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Forestry

Is Bobby Kennedy pursuing a ‘radical ideological agenda’?

By John Allemang
Globe and Mail
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Here he comes, the embodiment of Joe Oliver’s worst nightmares. Bobby Kennedy is running late, a morning-after effect the environmental movement has learned to expect from a celebrity speaker who draws big crowds and big money to galas that keep him talking long into the night. Environmentalist? … He joined the Riverkeeper organization, forerunner of the Waterkeeper Alliance, to satisfy community-service requirements after a 1983 arrest for heroin possession. He has used his legal training to prosecute polluters, battled lumber companies in B.C. and dam-builders in Quebec, fought to protect New York City’s watershed and trained activists at Pace University’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.

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Parents of felled logger hope inquest will prevent future deaths

The Province
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mary and Henry Engelbert are preparing to make the long, lonesome drive to Williams Lake. The trip to a coroner’s inquest can’t possibly bring back their son Charles, but they’ll make the trip hoping it just might prevent another family from going through their ordeal. “We don’t want any family to go through this,” Mary told The Province with incredible sadness from her ranch outside Alexis Creek. “It’s to prevent this type of thing from happening again.”

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Club to vote on future of mountain biking in Nanaimo

Nanaimo News Bulletin
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Concerned about the destruction of popular riding trails through logging and reduced access in general to private forest lands, Nanaimo mountain bikers are meeting this weekend to vote on whether to pursue formal land-use agreements with private land owners. …“We’re not anti-logging, not at all,” said McMillan. “It’s what keeps the economy going around here. We just want to make sure we’ve got continued access to their land both before and after they log it. But the writing is on the wall. Up until now it’s been casual access – forest companies haven’t done much to prevent non-motorized access to their property. But that will inevitably change and we need to make some kind of formal agreement.”  The mountain bike club estimates three-quarters of local trails are on private land, which means most riders trespass when they mountain bike.

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Burns Lake on the road to recovery

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Press release
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – Today marked the first major step in Burns Lake’s road to recovery after the destruction of the Babine Forest Products mill, thanks to a jobs fair with 24 participant booths and maximum capacity attendance from the community. It’s estimated more than 300 people attended the jobs fair and all impacted sawmill workers had been contacted to participate.

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New cut level set for Tree Farm Licence 6

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press release
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut for Tree Farm Licence 6 will be 1,160,000 cubic metres, chief forester Jim Snetsinger announced today. This new cut level, about eight per cent lower than before, reflects the decrease in timber supply that will occur as harvesting in old growth stands decreases and before second growth stands are ready for harvest. The new cut also reflects the reduced area of the tree farm licence, due to private land deletions and areas allocated to BC Timber Sales and the North Island community forest agreement.

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On growing our tree canopy, don’t miss the forest for the trees

Guelph Mercury
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ah, city life. Guelph’s municipal leaders recently announced they want to double the city’s so-called tree canopy, or the amount of land covered by trees when viewed from above, to up to 40 per cent of our total space.  Right now, we’re at 20 per cent, about on par with most Canadian cities. Mayor Karen Farbridge said she’d like to see Guelph have more trees than any other city of our size. It’s a formidable goal, and should be embraced on principle. We all want to live in a city with more trees. If you don’t, you’re probably dead inside. Or from Toronto. …But like everything, the devil is always in the details. If Guelph plans to grow its urban forest largely through city owned and maintained properties, we could wind up with a real mess on our hands years from now, foresters and urban experts warn.

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Forest Heroes Awards Crown UN’s International Year of Forests

Environmental News Service
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

NEW YORK, New York – The International Year of Forests 2011 declared by the United Nations General Assembly came to a close Thursday after a year’s worth of events and activities exploring the value of forests and ways people can protect them and contribute to their sustainable management. By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the General Assembly intended to create a platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them.

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Plight of the Whitebark Pine

OnEarth Magazine
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As we pass through the mild winter of 2012, things don’t look good for the whitebark pine. The mountain pine beetle continues to feast on the tree species, whose canopy is often referred to as the roof of the northern Rockies. The beetle’s infestation of the trees, the Colorado State Forest Service reports, will die down only after several successive days of minus-30-degree temperatures. Thanks to global warming, it’s been over a decade since we’ve had a cold snap like that. Last year, these findings led the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to higher prioritize the whitebark pine tree as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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These rings are forever

February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In a small room tucked away in an obscure corner of Southern Oregon University’s Science Building, Kenneth Olejar positions himself on a pillow atop a gigantic, 6-foot wide slab of redwood, peering intently through a microscope at the tree rings underneath him. The microscope is attached to an electric micrometer, which in turn is hooked up to a computer in the corner of the room. The micrometer allows Olejar to precisely measure the size of each tree ring, telling him how much moisture the tree got that year, and during which part of the year the tree got it.

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Marbled murrelet habitat contested between wildlife service, timber industry

The News Review Today
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The marbled murrelet spends most of its life feeding in the ocean, but it’s the rarer times when the sea bird ventures inland to roost that people take notice. The marbled murrelet’s taste for old-growth forests is central to lawsuits by conservationists and the timber industry. The timber industry maintains the federal government is overprotective of the marbled murrelet by designating areas not even used by the bird as “critical habitat.”

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Idaho, Wash. forests receive restoration money

Seattle Post Intelligencer
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  — Two national forests in Idaho and Washington state could receive more than $90 million over the next 10 years as part of a forest restoration plan intended to boost timber production and create jobs while making forests healthier and less prone to wildfire. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state and the Panhandle National Forests in northern Idaho are among 13 national forests selected to receive money. The money is coming through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program enacted by Congress in 2009.

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How to love a dead tree

They provide life and sustenance for many species
Summit Daily News
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We bemoan all the dead lodgepole pines killed by the fungus introduced by the beetle in our area, but where there is death there is also life and sustenance. Dead trees provide vital habitat for more than 1,000 species of wildlife. Dead wood contributes to biological richness as substrate, cavity sites, foraging sites, shelter and cover. Last week I wrote about a lichen species (Usnea) that prefers to grow on dead trees. This lichen provides food for deer and nesting materials for birds.

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Protesters occupy logging expo to fight clear cutting

Record-Searchlight
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As Meagan Fischer stood outside the Shasta District Fair grounds today, a truck drove by and a passenger yelled at her “treehugger,” She looked back. “Yea, treehugger. Wooh,” she shouts, clutching her sign. She’d come from Chico to join about two dozen people outside the 2012 Sierra Cascade Logging Conference today. They were protesting the damage logging does to the environment – specifically through clear-cutting, said Mike Contreras, 42. A member of Occupy Redding, he came to the protest because the machinery and chemicals used in clear-cutting had left parts of the Sierra Cascade resembling a “checkerboard,” he said.

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DU law students block SW Colorado logging permit

By Heather Draper
Denver Business Journal
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Students at the University of Denver ’s Sturm College of Law representing two regional environmental nonprofits successfully blocked a federal timber permit that would have allowed logging in the Rio Grande National Forest near Alamosa in southern Colorado. U.S. Judge William Martinez in U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service did not meet obligations spelled out in the National Forest Management Act and that an Environmental Assessment was inadequate.

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Forest restoration vital for state

The Missoulian
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Recently the U.S. Forest Service announced major plans to increase the pace of forest restoration work across the country. What does that mean? In practical terms it means more clean water for Americans, new jobs in the woods, increased fire safety for communities and better recreational access to our forests. Forest restoration is a whole new way of doing business because it recognizes a larger diversity of forest values – from the importance of clean water to the value of vibrant rural economies and timber production.

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This forest has trees that talk

Educational trail is part of Tuttle state forest, which will reopen in March
Charlotte Observer
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Covering 290 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, roughly midway between Morganton and Lenoir, is Tuttle Educational State Forest. Highlights of this state-managed forest include excellent picnic facilities, a “Talking Tree” Trail, 10 other walking trails and a small Discovery Center. The site also has ranger-conducted programs available for groups visiting the forest.

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Sevastopol column: Historical Society presents logging program

Door County Advocate
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The public is invited to learn about logging in Door County during the mid to late 1800s in a presentation sponsored by the Sevastopol Historical Society at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 in the community room at the Sevastopol Town Hall in Institute. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Door County’s forests provided a variety of woodland materials for export and local use. Join lumberjacks Mike Madden and Pat Madden as they display and demonstrate tools of the trade and illustrate the enormous impact the lumber industry had on Sevastopol’s history.

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How to See a Tree

New York Times
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For little more than a year, Mitch Epstein has been photographing trees around New York City, often setting out before dawn with an assistant and a 1985 parks-department list of arboreal landmarks. The idea grew out of an earlier series about energy production and consumption in America, in which trees served as foils for oil refineries and coal plants. That was the America that Epstein found. The tree series shows the world, specifically the city where Epstein and his family live, as he prefers to see it. It also proves that you don’t have to travel far to go on a journey or to be awed by nature.

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Local Girls Protest Palm Oil In Girl Scout Cookies

Urging them to make cookies truly rainforest-safe
CBS Detroit
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, but two Ann Arbor girls believe there’s nothing sweet about the potential for Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Di-Si-Dos to contribute to the destruction of rainforests. Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, both 16, have more than 40,000 signatures on a petition at change.org asking Girl Scouts USA to stop using palm oil, the production of which reportedly causes deforestation, endangers species, and contributes to human rights abuses and climate change.

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Profit sans investment

Nation on Sunday
February 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Time was when a frequent term of abuse hurled across the Parliament was ‘cattle-thief’ or, in current parlance, harak-hora. As we know, the origin of ‘capital’ in Europe was cattle…Trees are another source of ‘capital’; i.e felling of trees and the extended form of deforestation. Portuguese were mostly intent on looting temples, the Dutch on stealing cinnamon and other spices as well as elephants. They all loved pearls, but the Brits went for the forests. 

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Makeup of rain forest may have been altered by farmers

Onda International Newspaper
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Deforestation and climate change may sound like familiar concerns to the modern ear. But a team of French scientists is arguing that even 3,000 years ago, humans may have played a role in transforming the Central African rain forest into the savannas we see today. As Bantu farmers expanded south and east into the rain forest in search of fertile agricultural land, they may have created savanna “corridors” that cut into the forest and helped turn that lush landscape into drier grassland, according to a study published online this week in the journal Science.

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In defence of the Forestry Division

Trinidad & Tobago Express
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In response to recent letters by Paul Joseph and Denise Santana in the Express concerning the Forestry Authority I would like to do something about their ignorance. Mr Joseph mentioned the destruction of the forests by several factors, especially the forest fires of 2010. Most of the 2010 fires occurred in January and February. 

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Lawmakers want probe on massive logging in Lanao

Sun Star Cagayan de Oro
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TWO lawmakers are proposing to investigate local officials, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the police and military in Lanao del Sur on massive logging. This after noting that logging operations in the province aggravated last year’s flash floods in some parts of Northern Mindanao that killed more than a thousand people and left hundreds more missing.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Flathead Electric to Purchase Renewable Energy from Stoltze Lumber

New biomass facility to be built in Columbia Falls
Flathead Beacon
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, United States, US West

Continuing its push to use local sources of renewable energy, the Flathead’s primary energy provider has agreed to purchase electricity produced from a biomass facility at a lumber company’s plant in Columbia Falls. Flathead Electric Cooperative announced Wednesday that its board of trustees recently approved a power purchase agreement with F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, which is going to replace an old boiler and construct a new biomass-fueled electric generation facility this spring at its site on Halfmoon Road in Columbia Falls.

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These rings are forever

February 13, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

In a small room tucked away in an obscure corner of Southern Oregon University’s Science Building, Kenneth Olejar positions himself on a pillow atop a gigantic, 6-foot wide slab of redwood, peering intently through a microscope at the tree rings underneath him. The microscope is attached to an electric micrometer, which in turn is hooked up to a computer in the corner of the room. The micrometer allows Olejar to precisely measure the size of each tree ring, telling him how much moisture the tree got that year, and during which part of the year the tree got it.

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Out of the woods

Emissions from deforestation
The Economist (blog)
February 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

FORESTS are chock-full of carbon. Some three-quarters of the stuff on the Earth’s surface lies trapped in leaves, branches, stems and roots. Two to three times more is buried in the soil but it is hard to dislodge. Vegetal carbon, by contrast, is released into the atmosphere whenever woods are engulfed by fire, pests or tree-uprooting winds. Or humans: some experts reckon that deforestation accounts for as much as 17% of global manmade emissions. Others, though, put the figure at as little as 6%. The discrepancy arises because the data for exactly how much carbon is stored in forests is inconclusive.

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China’s strategic change on climate has wider aim

CHINA’S new, high-profile enthusiasm for a green revolution, including a carbon tax and trial carbon trading scheme, reflects strategic concerns that extend well beyond the boundaries of climate change and the desire for a cleaner world.
The Australian
February 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Both welcomed and greeted with some suspicion, China’s internal decisions on carbon pricing cannot be separated from the bigger questions of global trade and reciprocal market access. China’s primary objective is not necessarily to save carbon but to bolster its economic opportunity.

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Makeup of rain forest may have been altered by farmers

Onda International Newspaper
February 11, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Deforestation and climate change may sound like familiar concerns to the modern ear. But a team of French scientists is arguing that even 3,000 years ago, humans may have played a role in transforming the Central African rain forest into the savannas we see today. As Bantu farmers expanded south and east into the rain forest in search of fertile agricultural land, they may have created savanna “corridors” that cut into the forest and helped turn that lush landscape into drier grassland, according to a study published online this week in the journal Science.

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Carbon tax is a black cloud over local jobs

The Gillard Labor-Green-independent minority government is pounding the nails into the Australian manufacturing industry’s coffin
The Daily Telegraph
February 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The lid will be finally sealed on July 1 when the notorious carbon dioxide tax comes into effect. Those workers who have already lost their jobs or are about to be sent to the scrap heap should remember exactly who stood happily alongside Prime Minister Gillard as she watched the corpse of the manufacturing industry grow cold. It would not surprise those who have long followed the tortuous duplicity of the Australian trade union movement that former ACTU boss Greg Combet, in his role as Climate Change Minister, has been one of the greatest spruikers of the global warming fraud which the ALP and the Greens, in particular, have relied upon to destroy Australian manufacturing jobs.

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Irish finance bill ‘opens door to forest bonds’

Environmental Finance
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Ireland has become the first country in the world to recognise forest carbon credits in its tax regime – paving the way for the issuance of forest bonds, according to a leading banker. …Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, said: “This provision in the Finance Bill is the latest in a series of developments by the Irish government to ensure Ireland is in the best possible position to capitalise on the financing needs of the future green economy – and attract new business and jobs to our shores as well as give a competitive advantage to indigenous companies operating in this space.”

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Estate’s woodland becomes an asset

The Northern Echo
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

AN HISTORIC country estate is entering the green technology industry by providing fuel for biomass heating. The 7,000-acre Barningham Park Estate in North Yorkshire has set up a commercial operation to supply wood chip biomass boilers in the region. …Ed Milbank, who manages the family estate near Richmond, said: The estate’s woodland has now become a big asset for us, especially as oil prices are forecast to continue rising and demand for timber is growing. “We are now felling old, thin conifer blocks and re-planting and this year we have planted a further 70 acres of mixed woodland.

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