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Business & Politics

Rebranding in Action – Discover a New Tembec

Kallima
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A company has changed so much internally, has re-energized and re-positioned itself for the future, and must now reveal its brand spanking new self to the world – this, quite simply, is the sort of scenario that marketing, communications and design people dream of. Communications and marketing professionals salivate at the challenge of harnessing all that fresh material, distilling a company’s new identity to the core elements, and finding a way to communicate that in clear, concise and powerful terms. That is exactly what the Tembec team has done. Check out the new branding of Kallima’s parent company and let us know what you think of our refreshed look.

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Domtar PAPERbecause Video

Video Story
Unisource Design
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

These videos are for true paper lovers. Are you one of them?

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Fibrek takeover war far from over

Financial Post
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Quebec pulp company Fibrek Inc.’s white-knight offer from Mercer International appears to have trumped AbitibiBowater Inc.’s hostile bid for now, but the company is not likely to give up easily. Benoit Laprade, analyst with Scotia Capital, notes that Mercer’s 1.30 offer in cash and shares is in line with previous targets and within the 1.25 to 1.45 fair market value range provided by independent advisors. However, there are still issues left unresolved. “It is worth noting that AbitibiBowater entered into ‘hard’ lock up agreements with some of the Fibrek shareholders aggregating about 46% of Fibrek shares, making Mercer’s 50.1% minimum condition possible but leaving little room,” he said.

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Fibrek provides update on shareholder rights plan

By Fibrek
Canada News Wire press release
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. announced today that, in light of the decision of the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec) on February 9, 2012, to issue a cease trade order with respect to Fibrek’s shareholder rights plan adopted on December 19, 2011, the Toronto Stock Exchange has determined to reject and not to approve the Plan for filing. The Board of Directors continues to unanimously recommend that shareholders ACCEPT and TENDER their common shares to the offer made by Mercer International Inc. to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek by way of take-over bid and to REJECT and NOT TENDER their common shares to the unsolicited offer made by AbitibiBowater Inc.

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SinoForest chairman rises to company’s defence

Vancouver Sun
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sino-Forest Corp. Chairman William Ardell says he found no sign of major fraud while overseeing an eight-month probe of the company. He also says a full account of the Chinese timber producer’s activities and business ties may never be known. “There has been no material evidence provided that would indicate that there has been a major fraud,” Ardell said in an interview. “I can’t give you a 100 per cent guarantee as to everything.”

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Sheraton Holdings Ltd. mill in Burns Lake to reopen

Burns Lake Lakes District News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sheraton Holdings Ltd. will resume saw milling operations at its facility East of Burns Lake next month, the company’s board of directors announced last week. The sawmill, which produces a variety of specialty products for domestic and foreign markets, is slated to reopen in March after being closed for more than a year due to poor market conditions. The resumption of milling operations will create between seven and nine full-time positions in a community hit hard by the recent explosion and fire at Hampton Affiliates’ Babine Forest Products sawmill.

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This Cedar story not over

Nelson Star
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We suspect most Lardeau Valley residents would agree the suspension of Meadow Creek Cedar’s forest license, announced last week, was long overdue. The company was also issued a remediation order and fined $42,000 for failing to live up to its silviculture obligations, which may ultimately result in its license being cancelled. It shows that while government moves slowly, the Ministry of Forests does take these offences seriously.

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Vardy says he’s the last person who wants mill to shut

The Western Star
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — A critic of the process involved in deciding the fate of the Muskrat Falls project says he was surprised to have been singled out by Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy when the minister spoke at a public function in Corner Brook last week. …”It’s almost as if some of these critics want Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to close down so they can say, ‘I told you Muskrat Falls is not needed,’” Kennedy went on to say. Vardy, who was the province’s chief negotiator when Kruger bought the Corner Brook mill from Bowaters in 1984, took exception to the implication he wanted to see the Corner Brook mill fail.

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LP records another “tough year”

Timber Trades Journal
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

“2011 was another tough year for Louisiana-Pacific”, the company admitted after filing an annual net loss of US dollars 171m (2010: US dollars 39m). The US wood products giant was hit by a 9% dip in single family housing starts and a dip in OSB prices.

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AF&PA Board elected new chairman and officers

Lesprom Network
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Boise, Inc. Chairman and CEO Alexander Toeldte as new AF&PA Board Chairman, along with the 2012 slate of board officers. Toeldte has served as President and CEO of Boise, Inc. since February 2008. Since being elected to AF&PA’s Board of Directors in November of the same year, Mr. Toeldte has been an active member of the board, serving in leadership positions within our CEO Task Force and committee structure.

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Colorado: Loans to help build forest product industry

Summit County meeting to focus on regional financing program
Summit County Citizens Voice
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY —Even as the pine beetle outbreak slows down in Colorado, state and regional officials are redoubling their efforts to find some use for the vast tracts of dead trees left behind and to jump-start businesses that could help build a sustainable forest product industry in the years to come. A new fund set up by the Colorado State Forest Service and administered through the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is offering loans to help businesses that harvest, remove, utilize or market timber from beetle-killed stands and other forested areas in northwest Colorado.

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Fire destroys Eagle Lumber building; comments from owner

The Bennington Banner
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

STAMFORD — Fire Department Chief Paul Ethier described a fire that destroyed a lumber company building early Saturday morning one of the largest fires in the Stamford’s history…Ethier said because of the fire’s size, the focus was on keeping it from catching into five other nearby structures as well as piles of lumber. Those other buildings, he said, also belong to the lumber company. Two people were injured at the scene, he said, a firefighter and an emergency medical technician. He said the area was icy and they fell.

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Deering to acquire part of NEBM

Journal Tribune
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BIDDEFORD — Deering Lumber of Biddeford and New England Building Materials of Sanford announced at press time this morning that the two parties have signed a letter of intent whereby Deering would acquire some assets of NEBM’s business, according to Deering Lumber President C.D. Armstrong. After the sale is completed, Deering, which traces its roots to 1866, will operate the building supply business in Sanford and NEBM will operate the Sanford sawmill.

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Forestry

Seventh Generation Joins Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in Speaking for the Trees

Teaching Partnership With Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s New Animated Adventure Celebrates Spirit of Beloved Character
MarketWatch (press release)
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of environmentally-friendly household products, today announced an educational partnership with Universal Pictures to mark the big screen debut of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and bring the tale’s crucial message of ecological hope and environmental action to a new generation of children and their parents. The animated adventure opens on March 2. …To encourage consumers to “live like the Lorax,” the company will be growing an entire forest of initiatives around the movie’s March 2 opening. Lorax messaging on every Seventh Generation label will let consumers know that protecting the Earth and keeping their families healthy can be as simple as making the right shopping choices.

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A TLA SPECIAL EVENT: A NIGHT WITH MIKE PIHL, “THE AX MAN”

Truck Loggers Association
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is excited to bring to its members, guests, and the general public, Mike Pihl, star of the History Channel’s reality series, “Ax Men”. The “Ax Men” brings to life the lifestyle, the people, and the business of logging. The TLA is extremely pleased to be able to bring Mike to Nanaimo to speak about why he feels promoting the industry through programs, such as “Ax Men”, is important to the industry.

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Stealing grandkids’ future

By David Shipway, Campbell River
Campbell River Mirror (letter)
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Reading in the Jan. 27 edition Brian Kieran’s alarming delusions of the current partisan raw log export war just makes me weep. The battle will soon be obsolete because all the trees and jobs these silly politicians are joisting about will be no more. As in Long Gone for a Long Time. Has Pat Bell been informed yet that the second growth forests his sawmill fantasy will utilize have already been cut and sold in the round? Does Dave Lewis of the TLA realize that his “uneconomic to harvest for domestic buyers” rant means unswerving support for the big landowners who are now pre-emptively logging juvenile saplings to sell to an offshore dunnage market that cares less if we turn BC into a bald rock? 

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Protesters rally against logging

Calgary Herald
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Protesters in Calgary and Edmonton rallied Tuesday afternoon, waving banners and making speeches, in hopes of halting logging projects in the Castle and Bragg Creek regions. About 50 representatives from various environmental and wildlife groups gathered on the steps of the McDougall Centre in downtown Calgary, wielding signs that read “Don’t Clear-Cut my Heart” while the Calgary Raging Grannies sang “God Save the Bears.”

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Public sidelined in forest talks, expert says

CBC News
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A University of New Brunswick forestry professor says the public is being left out of the planning for the future of the province’s forest industry. The Department of Natural Resources has received two high-profile reports recently. Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup is preparing to release a new forestry plan by the end of February. Tom Beckley, a professor in UNB’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, helped gather public input on forestry for the province in 2007. He said that all the public is getting after two new reports is a 30-day online comment period.

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Yellow Cedar Die-off in Alaska Linked to Global Warming

(author unknown)
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

For the past hundred years, the only name for the plague killing off economically valuable yellow-cedars has been “yellow-cedar decline.” The die-off has affected about 60 to 70 percent of the yellow-cedars in forests covering 600,000 acres (240,000 hectares) of the North Pacific Coastal Rainforest in Alaska and neighboring British Columbia. Yellow-cedars grow slowly, many reaching ages between 700 and 1200 years old. The wood of the yellow-cedar serves Native Alaskans for crafting goods such as paddles, masks, and dishes. With a straight grain, durability and insect-resistance, yellow-cedar wood also sells into the home and boat building markets.

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Firefighters continue battling blaze burning out of control

More than 150 firefighters are continuing to battle a blaze that is still burning out of control near the town of Northcliffe in South West WA.
ABC Online
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Crews worked through the night to contain the fire which is burning through heavy fuel loads just kilometres away from properties. The fire was started by lightning in the Babbington state forest six days ago, and has now burned through 19,000 hectares of forest and bushland. Fire crews are now working to protect surrounding communities by shoring up containment lines.

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GET UP & GROW: Tree-topping can cause toppling

Muncie Star Press
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am a tree guy, a self-labeled tree hugger. Trees are beautiful things to me, and I’m always admiring them. When I think about the benefits of having trees in our community, it only adds to my admiration. Unfortunately, all too often I witness a harmful tree maintenance practice that puts our trees and the benefits we enjoy from them in jeopardy. The harmful practice is tree topping. According to TreesareGood.org, “Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include ‘heading,’ ‘tipping,’ ‘hat-racking,’ and ’rounding over.’ “

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Study shows beetle-killed pine needles burn 3 times faster than live needles

The Missoulian
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recently study should put to rest the notion that green lodgepole pine needles burn as fast as red ones. But more than that, Matt Jolly said, the study could help open firefighters’ eyes to the dangers lurking in mountain pine beetle-infested forests where the trees still look to be alive and doing well. Jolly is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and co-author of a recent study that set out to document the flammability of lodgepole pine needles during different stages of pine-beetle attack.

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A look back suggests a sobering future of wildfire dangers in US west

University of Oregon-led research team urge a retooling of thought on fire-management practices
EurekAlert (press release)
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — The American West has seen a recent increase in large wildfires due to droughts, the build-up of combustible fuel, or biomass, in forests, a spread of fire-prone species and increased tree mortality from insects and heat. …12-member research team warns that these conditions may be “a perfect storm” for more fires. While grazing and fire suppression have kept incidents of wildfires unusually low for most of the last century, the amounts of combustible biomass, temperatures and drought are all rising. “Consequently, a fire deficit now exists and has been growing throughout the 20th century, pushing fire regimes into disequilibrium with climate,” the team concludes. 

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Marijuana serious threat to logging

Anderson Valley Post
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One of the more serious issues loggers face are illegal marijuana grows. “I’ve gotten notes, verbal threats, my photo taken,” said Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) employee Roger Newton. It’s Newton’s job to patrol SPI land. …Melo was patrolling private forest land when he was shot and killed by Aaron Bassler, a transient who was tending to a field of opium poppy plants. “You never know where they’re going to grow,” said Deputy Powell.

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Restoration, collaboration – keys to forest health

By Kent Connaughton
Blue Mountain Eagle
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Creating jobs, restoring our forests’ health and engaging local communities are key to what we do and who we are. These goals were underscored recently by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $40 million nationally for 20 forest and watershed restoration projects. On the Malheur National Forest, the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition will receive $2.5 million to treat 27,000 acres this year.

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Forest Service does controlled burns in county

Salisbury Post
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LEXINGTON – Feb. 13-19 is Prescribed Fire Awareness Week in North Carolina and the N.C. Forest Service is using this time to get some needed burning done. Crews with the N.C. Forest Service conducted controlled burns on more than 560 acres across four counties reducing potential wildfire fuel, improving wildlife and improving the overall health of the forests. The burns took place in Stokes, Surry, Rowan and Randolph counties. 

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Fire in Uwharrie National Forest contained

My Fox 8
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ASHEBORO, N.C. — U.S. Forest Service officials said the fire in the Uwharrie National Forest is completely contained, but some areas still need work. Officials said many of the more than 30 firefighters who battled the blaze will stop working Tuesday. Authorities said smoke will still be visible for the next few days as some workers continue to extinguish certain areas.

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Corporate campaigns a cause for concern – Senator Abetz

The International News Magazine
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HOBART – Consumers, workers and businesses are all entitled to protection from misinformation, harassment and intimidation as part of so-called ‘corporate campaigns’.  This year has seen an upsurge in such activity. In Tasmania the timber company Ta Ann has been forced to axe 40 jobs from its Huon and Smithton mills due to a rolling campaign of misinformation undertaken by Green groups maliciously targeting Ta Ann’s international buyers. 

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Cop pulls gun after logging bust

Phnom Penh Post
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A police officer who allegedly threatened ministry of environment officials with a gun after they stopped a car loaded with illegally felled luxury timber and began confiscating the wood has been placed in custody, officials said yesterday. Provincial prosecutor Ly Lon told the Post that Sreang Heng, a police officer in Preah Vihear province and the nephew-in-law of provincial police chief Mao Pov, was arrested on Sunday after allegedly threatening officials by firing bullets into the air. 

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Trees being felled in your neighbourhood? Use RTI Act

Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Citizens in various cities have used the RTI Act effectively to stall felling of trees or halt their abuse. You can do it too Whether it is a Delhi High Court order or the Delhi or Maharashtra Tree Act, preservation of trees is mandatory and any felling requires legal permission from the local governing body. However, most of us tend to simply express sympathy and anger and feel helpless if we see someone axing trees. Instead of feeling helpless, you need to know that law is by your side and the use of RTI Act can put you in the role of a watchdog.

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China makes hefty forestry investment since 2006

China Daily
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING – The central government has invested 461.1 billion yuan (73.19 billion dollars) in forestry over the past six years, the State Forestry Administration said Wednesday. The investment averages out at 76.85 billion yuan per annum, up from 41.53 billion yuan in 2005. A large part of the investment was spent on key shelterbelt construction in northern China and along the Yangtze River, conversion of farmland to forests, natural forest conservation and planting to control sandstorms in Beijing and adjacent port city Tianjin, according to the administration.

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Oakeshott’s call for wood-powered electricity means more logging

The Conversation
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

We are poised at a pivotal moment for native forests, the wood products industry and climate change. Australia is moving away from a damaging native forestry industry – and a damaging conflict over its future – to a plantation industry with broad-based support. Rob Oakeshott’s push this week to promote burning native-forest wood for electricity production could kick off more logging, and more conflict. Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, together with all other members of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee, agreed in July 2011 to exclude native forest wood from being subsidised as a renewable energy resource. This decision put in place a crucial backstop to see the end of Australia’s forest wars. But now Oakeshott has changed his position.

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Illegal Logging Unlikely to End Unless All Companies Follow Rules

Jakarta Globe
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Efforts to stem illegal logging by requiring Indonesian timber exports to be certified will prove futile if cheaper, uncertified wood continues to be available on the market, officials said on Tuesday.  Diah Raharjo, director of the Multistakeholder Forestry Program, a collaboration between the Indonesian and British governments, said progress was being made in getting logging firms to comply but there was still much work to do. 

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Protesters tie themselves to logging truck

Authorities say protesters have chained themselves to a logging truck in the main street of the South West town of Bridgetown.
ABC News Australia
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A $2.0 milllion It is believed a man and a woman forced the truck to stop on the South West Highway before chaining themselves to the vehicle. Police say the demonstration is proving to be a traffic hazard as cars struggle to manoeuvre around the truck. Bridgetown worker Calvin Jones was inside a cafe when he saw the truck stop in the middle of the street. “There was a bloke sitting inside a log truck, just sitting there, the truck had stopped,” he said. “A bloke and a female were at the back of the truck and one of them started tying themselves to the axle of the truck.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Despite lean times, Obama wants R&D hikes

Proposed FY 2013 federal budget would stall nonmandated spending overall, but science and tech would climb
Science News
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Research into climate change and advanced manufacturing will see substantially increased federal support next year if President Obama gets his way, as will education in the STEM fields — science, technology, education and mathematics. The president’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2013, unveiled February 13, calls for slight increases across most research spending categories. In some areas, the recommended spending boosts would vastly outpace inflation.

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Biomass: The Darling of Renewables in TN – But It’s Not All Pretty

Public News Service
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Biomass has become the darling of the renewable-energy world in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast, and a new study takes a close look at the good and bad. Biomass refers to burning wood-production leftovers to generate electricity, compressing them into fuel pellets, and wood- ethanol production. The latter is the focus in Tennessee. David Carr, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, says this study shows that even renewable-energy sources also can be carbon-pollution sources. 

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Yellow Cedar Die-off in Alaska Linked to Global Warming

(author unknown)
February 5, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

For the past hundred years, the only name for the plague killing off economically valuable yellow-cedars has been “yellow-cedar decline.” The die-off has affected about 60 to 70 percent of the yellow-cedars in forests covering 600,000 acres (240,000 hectares) of the North Pacific Coastal Rainforest in Alaska and neighboring British Columbia. Yellow-cedars grow slowly, many reaching ages between 700 and 1200 years old. The wood of the yellow-cedar serves Native Alaskans for crafting goods such as paddles, masks, and dishes. With a straight grain, durability and insect-resistance, yellow-cedar wood also sells into the home and boat building markets.

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Wood-to-Ethanol: Avoiding a New Biofuel Boondoggle

Earth & Industry
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Once taught that that corn-based ethanol was a cleaner, greener fuel, we soon learned that large-scale production of corn-based ethanol not only had a direct impact on the price of food, life cycle analyses showed that it had a deleterious effect on air quality, water quality and was a net producer of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping greenhouse gas. So when the federal tax credit for corn-based ethanol expired at the end of 2011, companies began stepping up their efforts to realize one of the holy grails of biofuel: commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol.

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More trees could be cut for biomass plants

The South Carolina State
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new report says Southern forests are at risk from biomass plants that burn wood to make energy. The report, released Tuesday by two environmental groups, says the expanding biomass industry will look at cutting trees to fuel the power plants, a departure from the current practice of using waste wood from sawmills and other sources. The report raises questions about whether the South will have an adequate supply of waste wood, thereby increasing the need to cut trees specifically for biomass plants.

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Report Questions Eco-Friendliness of Biomass

WABE
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA – Climate scientists had always assumed biomass, or fuel created from processed trees, grass, and waste material, was carbon neutral and therefore eco-friendly. But a new study suggests the answer is a little more complicated and it could have implications for the future of America’s clean energy policy.Here’s a little known fact – Georgia is the home to the largest biomass plant in the world.

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Trees for the future: Climate change could mean big changes for Europe’s forests

Disrupted weather patterns could intensify droughts, fires, storms, pest infestations, species loss, and other natural calamities harmful or even fatal to forests.
PRLog
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Rather than wait until Europe’s forests begin to die off, the European Union is taking steps to prevent such a catastrophe. The EU is supporting leading-edge research to help forest managers decide what kind of trees they should plant now, and what kind of pests and diseases should be monitored today so they won’t become a problem in a climate-changed future.

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