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Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Business & Politics

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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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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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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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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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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CORE BioFuel Inc. not ruling out a Burns Lake plant

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

Doug Sheppard, CORE Biofuel Inc. vice president of investor relations said to Lakes District News last week that the company is not ruling out locating a green gasoline plant in the Burns Lake area. Shepherd said that while the company is also looking towards Houston as a potential location for a plant, no agreements have been made and the company is now willing to take another look at Burns Lake. CORE BioFuel Inc. is currently commercializing its patent pending green gasoline process. The gasoline will be a 94 octane, clean burning alternative to conventional gasoline from petroleum sources. A plant would not only produce gasoline from unwanted wood waste but its by products will consist of water, electricity to run its own operation and carbon dioxide suitable for commercial use.

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Aspen Planers sees “light at the end of the tunnel” for veneer plant

Lillooet News
February 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Aspen Planers executive David Gray is cautiously optimistic about the prospects for the company’s Lillooet veneer plant. “We’re still clawing our way up to daylight, but we can actually see it now. If we’re on plan, we should see it by the middle of the year,” Gray told a meeting of community leaders in Lillooet Feb. 7. “The real question is: ‘Is this sustainable and how are we doing?’ The answer is we’re doing better than we did. Is it sustainable? We believe it is. One of our characteristics is we’re stubborn and pig-headed and we’re going to hang in here like grim death until we get there. While it’s been longer than we’ve hoped, we do see that light at the end of the tunnel.”

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BC lumber sales to China falling rapidly

Globe and Mail
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sales of British Columbia lumber to China have begun to plunge, a startling reversal from the boom forest products companies enjoyed through much of 2011.  The lumber industry predicts additional growth in 2012 but the current situation is difficult. Inventories of wood are still piled up in China amid a weakening construction market there, sapping demand for B.C. lumber. In December – traditionally the biggest sales month of the year – B.C. sold just $67-million in lumber to mainland China, according to Statistics Canada figures compiled by BC Stats. Sales were down 36 per cent from a year earlier, and December was the second-slowest month of 2011.

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Councillors eye Domtar’s stacks

www.kamloopsnews.ca
February 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar’s annual update on particulate coming from its high stack prompted some council members to air their concerns Tuesday. City environmental services supervisor Jen Fretz told council the report only deals with the high stack. It showed Domtar is ahead of where it needs to be in terms of particulate reduction.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shortage of radiata pine plywood having an impact on elliotis pine markets

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
February 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Supply problems on the radiata pine plywood market caused by a fire at the Nueva Aldea plywood mill run by Arauco S.A., based in Santiago de Chile, are now resulting in surging demand for elliotis pine plywood. Brazilian plywood mills are experiencing improving order intake as a result. These additional orders are primarily for better grades (A/C, B/C) and are mainly from South and Central Europe and Asia and Oceania.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

City of Revelstoke to review wood first policy

Revelstoke Times Review
February 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Revelstoke city council will have a second look at their ‘Wood First’ policy after receiving suggestions from the Revelstoke Forest Workers Society about ways to improve it. The policy was adopted in January of 2011. It promotes the use of wood in municipal construction projects and also encourages the use of wood in other major government buildings, such as the construction of the two new schools.

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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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Logging protest held at McDougall Centre

660 News
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nearly 50 people rallied outside the McDougall Centre Tuesday afternoon to protest logging projects in the Castle and Bragg Creek regions.The protestors are worried about the impact on wildlife, tourism and recreation in the areas. CityTV’s Heather Gilbertson attended the protest and tells 660News, one woman says her family has lived in the area for six generations and she’s really concerned the natural beauty will be ruined and families won’t want to camp in areas with no trees.

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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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Jobs vs. environment at Oregon legislature as timber and water bills get pushed upstream

The Oregonian
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A pair of bills that occupy the jobs vs. environment mosh pit this legislative session got early hearings Tuesday, with both sides bringing big hopes and dire projections to the match. House Bill 4098 would set the logging level in state forests at a fixed percent of how much timber grows each year, waiving the Oregon Department of Forestry’s current rules. House Bill 4101 requires the state to “aggressively pursue” drawing more agricultural irrigation water from the Columbia River. Republicans in the Legislature have made the two bills a priority, saying they would generate jobs and increase state revenue. The Oregon Conservation Network, a coalition of more than 50 environmental groups, labels the bills a “major threat.” Most Democrats in the Legislature lean to the conservation groups’ point of view, but the slow pace of economic recovery has a way of changing votes.

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Feds, county feud over managing forest

KASA
February 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE – A battle to battle wildfires is smoldering between the U.S. Forest Service and Otero County over who should manage the forest. Commissioners in Otero County say the Lincoln Forest is in the worst shape it’s been in for 60 years. An 11-year-old state law says the county can go in and thin the forest if the feds don’t, but U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales says New Mexico’s law is unconstitutional.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forest Community Leaders to hold National Congress

Philippine Information Agency
February 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

QUEZON CITY — Some 500 upland farmer leaders from all over the country and an equal number of their partners from local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and national agencies will gather at the Fontana Convention Center in Pampanga on February 15-17 to showcase their community-based forest management (CBFM) gains and discuss the challenges they face as forest stewards, it was announced by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje. The congress will be the biggest gathering of representatives of forest-based communities and forest-focused NGOs to be ever assembled.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuels: Rushing Mother Nature

Jack Saddler
You Tube Video
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

What’s standing in the way of taking biofuels from the forests to the highway? UBC Forestry Prof. Jack Saddler provides a sneak peek at what scientists are doing to make bring biofuels to your local pump by 2020. 

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Carbon from Biomass Energy May Accelerate Global Warming

Southern Environmental Law Center
EcoWatch
February 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A new study of southeastern forests in the U.S. finds that in the long run, burning wood instead of fossil fuels to make electricity can reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but not soon enough to prevent worsening the conditions leading to global climate change. The study also shows that as the industry expands in the Southeast, biomass energy will increasingly come from cutting standing trees instead of using wood residues from sawmills and other sources, emphasizing the need to balance forest ecosystem health and related values, such as drinking water and wildlife habitat, with renewable energy objectives.

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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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Congo River Study Suggests Climate Change Began On A Local Level 3500 Years Ago

Huffington Post
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Humans may have been causing climate change for much longer than we’ve been burning fossil fuels. In fact, the agrarian revolution may have started human-induced climate changes long before the industrial revolution began to sully the skies. How? Through the clearing of forests, which still remains the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. 

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General

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

The Conversation
February 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

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.

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