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Business & Politics

Tembec Prices Add-on Offering Of US $50 Mln Of 11.25% Senior Secured Notes

NASDAQ
February 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Tembec Inc.(TMB.TO) announced the pricing of an add-on offering of US $50 million in aggregate principal amount of 11.25% senior secured notes due 2018 at an issue price of 105.5% plus accrued interest from December 15, 2011.

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West Fraser Timber’s CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Seeking Alpha
February 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Fourth Quarter 2011 Results Conference Call. During this conference call, West Fraser’s representatives will be making certain statements about potential future developments. Hank Ketchum: West Fraser earned $6.1 million or $0.14 a share in the quarter. This includes a gain recorded on the sale of certain assets related to our Eurocan operation. We recorded a loss from continuing operations of $11 million. EBITDA in the quarter was $18 million or 2.8% of sales. The primary reasons for our substantially lower earnings in the fourth quarter versus the previous quarter were as follows. 

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Concrete plays a big part in mill’s new generating station

Journal of Commerce
February 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Nanaimo Forest Products installs its new turbo-generation unit over the next 18 months, the $45 million electricity-producing project will be pouring on the concrete. About 85 full-time-equivalent jobs at the Harmac Pacific mill site will be created during the project, which will result in the production of 25 megawatts of electricity. Ten of those megawatts will be added to the existing 30 megawatts already produced at Harmac (by a turbine installed in the 1960s) while the remaining 15 megawatts – enough to power 17,000 homes each year – will be sold to B.C. Hydro under a 15-year agreement.

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Low-grade lumber price behind West Fraser’s operating loss

Prince George Citizen
February 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A drastic drop in the price of low-grade lumber was one of the reasons West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. suffered a a 10.6-million dollar loss from operations in its latest quarter, CEO Hank Ketcham said Friday in a conference call. In addition to seeing the benchmark price for spruce-pine-fir (SPF) decline three per cent from the third quarter, the price for lower grade lumber plummeted 32 per cent, Ketcham said.

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Lumber producer Interfor posts Q4 loss, revenues fall from Q3 on lower volumes, prices

Canadian Press
February 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – International Forest Products Ltd. lost 6.5 million dollars in the fourth quarter as the lumber producer saw revenues squeezed by lower shipments and prices. The Vancouver-based forestry company says it lost 12 cents a share for the three months ended Dec. 31, reversing a small net profit of 0.8 million dollars or two cents a share a year earlier. Sales fell to 190 million dollars from 200.2 million dollars in the third quarter, but were higher than the 176.3 million dollars generated in the 2010 fourth quarter.

Read press release from Interfor here

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Report: Montana’s forest industry remains flat

KPAX-TV
February 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- A new study performed by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows that 2011 wasn’t a very good year for the forest products industry in the Treasure State. The industry saw a big drop during the recession in 2010 and while lumber production, employment of mill workers and wages stabilized a bit in 2011, the numbers were still at levels about half of what they were during the peak year of 2005.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC Wood Design Awards – looking forward to a celebration of wood

WoodWorks!
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2012 Wood Design Awards.
The winners will be awarded at the 8th annual Wood Design Awards evening, to be held on
Monday March 5th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, recognizing leadership and
innovation in wood use, while publicly saluting and encouraging continued excellence in the
building and design community. More than 350 design and building professionals, including
architects and engineers along with industry sponsors will be attending the evening event.
“We are once again truly inspired with the design achievements and innovative approaches to
using wood, both as an architectural and structural material,” explains Mary Tracey, executive  director of Wood WORKS! BC.

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Wood Giving Way to Plastic on Coney Island Boardwalk

By Liz Robbins
New York Times
February 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…After a yearlong fight over the city’s proposal to use concrete to replace the wooden boards along stretches of the aging, 2.7-mile Boardwalk, the city’s parks department is offering a compromise of sorts — but wood is not part of the plan. Instead, the department is promising to use a combination of concrete and a type of recycled plastic that looks like wood. This is not the all-concrete sacrilege that local preservationists had feared, but they still see the hybrid product as a travesty of tradition — not to mention a worrisome indicator of what could happen when the city decides to renovate other portions of the fabled walkway.

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Guitars handmade from the ‘bones’ of New York

BBC News
February 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

As New York City’s old buildings are torn down or refurbished, Rick Kelly sees a chance to keep their memory alive. The guitar maker takes discarded lumber like old flooring or roofing beams from the 1800s, and uses them to fashion instruments in his West Village shop. Mr Kelly’s guitars, some of which use wood from places like the historic Chelsea Hotel and the Chumley’s pub, are used by musicians like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. He says using reclaimed wood offers one way to help preserve the city’s architectural history.

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Forestry

Dramatic rise in forest fires projected for Canada’s West due to warming

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Wildfires, which already burn more than 350 million hectares globally causing an estimated 340,000 deaths, will double in number in the near future, leading forest-fire experts have warned. And the northwest could be hit the hardest, with some projections saying British Columbia and Alaska will have five or six times as many fires, says Mike Flannigan, a professor of renewable resources at the University of Alberta and senior research scientist with Natural Resources Canada.

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Celebrating an Uncertain Future?

Bob Simpson MLA Cariboo NorthBlog
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

One hundred years ago, BC embarked on a new adventure in forest management with the formation of the BC Forest Branch (renamed the Forest Service in 1945). The original intent for this new entity and its first Service Plan serve as a time capsule of sorts that can now be opened as part of the Forest Service’s 100th Anniversary celebration. The Branch was formed out of the 1910 Forestry Commission’s recommendations to establish a Forestry Act and a professional service to manage and protect BC’s forest resources. 

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MLA Macdonald: Auditor General’s report say government puts future of forest industry at risk

Arrow Lakes News
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Earlier this month, the Auditor General for British Columbia released a report on the state of timber management by the Minister of Forests. By any measure, the report is a scathing indictment of the ministry and proof that the continuous funding cuts made by 11 years of BC Liberal government have left a once proud Forest Service in disarray. …But instead of taking this responsibility seriously, the BC Liberals have systematically gutted the Forest Service. Each budget year rolls out deeper and deeper cuts, laying off experienced professional staff and severely reducing the Ministry’s ability to fulfill its purpose.

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Taan Forest rising as the new face of logging industry on Haida Gwaii

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

From the catwalk high above the log carriage at S&R Sawmills in Surrey, veteran B.C. logger Bob Brash pointed to a massive, misshapen old-growth cedar log on its way to the mill’s head saw. Harvested from the ancient forests of Haida Gwaii, it is so large that it had to be split in half lengthwise to fit onto the carriage, revealing clear, tightly grained wood under its rough exterior. “It looks awful from the outside,” Brash said of the log. “But look at that clear grain. We will be able to get boards from that log worth over 2,000 dollars a thousand board feet.”

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Fort Babine Blockade

Meeting was held Thursday discussing the Blockade
CJFW
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ft. Babine hereditary chiefs and residents came together Thursday, to discuss the issues that resulted in the Grouse Clan blockade that was put up last week. Hereditary chiefs from the Grouse, Bear, Frog, and Caribou Clan all came giving support to the blockade, hoping that now they will be consulted before the Ft. Babine Band Council will make any decisions. Since nothing was allowed to come in or out of the blockade the logger’s equipment is still there, but after the meeting that has changed.

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Just the facts

Letter by Bruce Barker
Calgary Herald
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Protesters rally against logging,” Feb. 15. The proposed Spray Lakes sawmill’s (SLS) timber harvest plan for west Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country has generated much discussion. However, misinformation is circulating among individuals, regarding the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association’s (GBCTA) role in the development of this proposed timber harvest plan. The GBCTA did not pro-vide input or help design the SLS timber harvest plan, and did not endorse this document in a written agreement with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) and SLS. The GBCTA has several agreements with SRD and SLS, but these agreements are related to new trail development and maintenance in west Bragg Creek.

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Aging Forests Ministry in poor health

By Les Leyne
Victoria Times Colonist
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ravages of age usually affect people more than institutions. But successive reports on two of the oldest government functions in B.C. have found they are in failing health. A searching look last week at the justice system – a ministry since 1871 – portrayed it as floundering badly. And this week auditor general John Doyle gave the Forests Ministry’s timber management a once-over on the occasion of the ministry’s 100th anniversary.

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Community forest alive and well on the NI

North Island Gazette
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A steady flow of people showed at the District of Port Hardy offices to see what’s going on with the North Island’s community forest. “People were generally interested in things like where is the community forest (CF) located and who owns it?” said Ione Brown, one of nine community forest directors. In answer, the CF is located in three patches near Alice Lake, near Marble River and close to Quatse Lake.

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David HUSBY ( February 10, 1946 – February 10, 2012)

February 10, 1946 – February 10, 2012
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is with great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of David Husby. David was a pioneer in all of his endeavors, always seeking new ideas and innovations while moving full speed ahead and building on success. …After several years of building his contracting business David formed Husby Forest Products Ltd. David acquired his first forest operation in 1985 and built it into the largest independent forest company on BC’s rugged coast. Along the way, he set the standard for innovative forest practices, commitment, and performance.

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County backs new O&C timber plan

Coos Bay World
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Coos County’s commissioners are backing the first draft of federal legislation that would replace the loss of millions in federal timber money from the O&C Lands to county governments. Democrats Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), Greg Walden (R-Hood River), and Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) on Thursday unveiled a bill, months in the writing, which they hope will keep rural Oregon counties solvent. The legislation would compensate 18 rural Oregon counties for lost revenue from the so-called O&C lands — 2.6 million acres of forestland, remnants of an 1866 land grant to the failed Oregon and California Railroad, that can’t be taxed or used locally because it’s owned by the federal government.

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Forest Service requests $24 million for large firefighting planes Forest Service requests $24 million for large firefighting planes

KPCC – Southern California Public Radio
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The head of the U.S. Forest Service is asking Congress for more money to beef up its fleet of firefighting aircraft. Even if Congress approves the cash, there could still be a shortage of planes come fire season. The Forest Service wants another $24 million to help modernize the fleet of large tankers it leases from private contractors. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell says his agency has 11 planes under contract, three more coming on board by the start of the western fire season and an additional four later this year.

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Noted environmentalist ticketed for timber sale violation

Rapid City Journal
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Black Hills environmentalist who for years has fought U.S. Forest Service timber-cutting projects is facing federal charges for changing marks on trees in a timber sale near his home so that more trees would be cut. Brian Brademeyer, who lives on a small private acreage inside the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve southeast of Hill City, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor citation served on Jan. 31.

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Klamath River Basin, the economy: There used to be a timber industry

Herald and News
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. – The mustard-yellow logging truck hasn’t left Kenny McCulley’s yard in two years. It’s not broken down, and just a few months ago, McCulley gave it a tune-up. But he’s not getting any calls – not from the U.S. Forest Service, or from one of the few active timber mills still operating in Northern California. The on-again, off-again logger hasn’t had reason to move his truck for quite a while. McCulley, 62, has lived his entire life near Happy Camp, Calif. He made a living in the Klamath National Forest, working with mills or the Forest Service to cut from the millions of acres of woodland that literally sits in his backyard.

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NASA Map Sees Earth’s Trees in a New Light

Press release
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
February 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PASADENA, Calif. – A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth’s forests. The map will help scientists better understand the role forests play in climate change and how their heights influence wildlife habitats within them, while also helping them quantify the carbon stored in Earth’s vegetation…  “Knowing the height of Earth’s forests is critical to estimating their biomass, or the amount of carbon they contain,” said lead researcher Marc Simard of JPL. 

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Medford woman named to Oregon Board of Forestry

Mail Tribune
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When it comes to helping solve the problems facing Oregon forestry, Cindy Deacon Williams believes the place to start is the point where stakeholders agree. “We need to move forward from battling on the edges to identifying the larger common ground,” said the newly minted member of the Oregon Board of Forestry. “There is a big center where there is a lot of room for people to agree. I believe there is a much larger area of common ground on forest issues than many would anticipate, and look forward to helping identify and explore that center.” Williams, 55, of Medford, was confirmed this week by the Oregon Senate after being appointed to the four-year post by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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Recession continues to dog state’s timber industry

Flathead Publishing Group
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to researchers at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, recovery of the state’s timber products industry continues to be impacted by the national recession. Key factors improved little during 2011, the bureau reported. Lumber production, employment of mill workers and wages stabilized somewhat – but at levels about half of what they were during the peak year of 2005.

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Logging company fined for clear-cut violations

Kennebec Journal
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

INDUSTRY — A Madison logging company was recently fined $35,000 for violating state laws regulating clear-cutting practices in the towns of Industry and Peru, according to a Maine Forest Service official. The company, T.R. Dillon Logging Inc., agreed to pay the fine and prepare management plans for the hundreds of acres of affected land, which the company owns, according to Tim Post, a field team leader for the state agency that oversees forestry practices. …The Madison logging company was fined because it did not have a harvest plan prepared by a licensed forester for any of the parcels.

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Trotting out Trotsky at the Maine Legislature

Maine Nature
Down East
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Howard Trotzky of Bangor played an historic role in cleaning up Maine’s rivers and defining the future of the North Woods. So I wasn’t surprised when they trotted Howard out on February 16 for the legislative hearing on a bill to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), the planning and regulatory agency for the unorganized territories….“At that time the rivers were bubbling methane gas,” he said, “and were choked with bark. We were not aware that logging transportation was changing,” he said. “But then our softwood trees were depleted by cutting and spruce budworm, and the forest products industry went to hardwoods – and wood chips – that don’t float. 

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Moderation needed in forest debate

Tasmanian Government press release
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Premier, Lara Giddings, today called for moderation and calm from all parties involved in the forest debate. Ms Giddings said compromise and goodwill were needed to allow for a resolution that ensures the industry can remain on a sustainable footing while delivering improved environmental outcomes. “The divisions over our forests have hurt the Tasmanian community for far too long,” Ms Giddings said. “The debate is highly emotive, particularly when it comes to people’s jobs, but I call on everyone involved to act responsibly and with moderation. “I understand that people are passionate but it is concerning that in recent days we have seen a series of angry confrontations, threats and acts of sabotage. “That sort of behaviour has no place in our community.”

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Logging workers questions labour

Solomon Star
February 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The 23 Malaysian and Indonesian employees of New World Logging Company are questioning the credibility of the Labour Department of Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labor and Immigration. They claimed labour officials had held several meetings with the company management at the company’s office and other locations. The employees said instead of addressing their plight, the labour officials are asking them if they would want to return to work. They also questioned why it has taken labour almost four weeks without any actions or decisions being made regarding their claims of ill treatment. “This is suspicious and does not look right, therefore we w

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Can Logging and Conservation Coexist?

New York Times
February 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Here’s a “Your Dot” contribution on forests as resources and reserves from James Fahn, the executive director of the Earth Journalism Network, a growing global network of communicators covering the environment. Fahn spent much of the 1990’s reporting on environmental and business issues in Southeast Asia, with that effort culminating in publication of “A Land on Fire,” a valuable book on the environmental pressures created by booming development in the region. Fahn’s piece, below, focuses on a study of ecological outcomes in logged areas in Indonesia:

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Tree-spike claim fury

By Craig Hoggett
TheMercury.com.au
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PREMIER Lara Giddings has back-tracked on tree-spiking allegations she made after a forestry rally on Saturday. Ms Giddings made the claims of sabotage after the rally by forest workers at Huonville against the loss of jobs in the industry. She said forest workers had felt threatened for years by activists inserting metal spikes into tree trunks, a potentially lethal practice. She provided no proof of her claim, only saying she had received the information from timber workers. Today, Ms Giddings admitted she was wrong have blamed environmentalists.

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Giddings retracts spike claim

PREMIER Lara Giddings has back-tracked on tree-spiking allegations she made after a forestry rally on Saturday.
THe Mercury Australia
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ms Giddings made the claims of sabotage after the rally by forest workers at Huonville against the loss of jobs in the industry. She said forest workers had felt threatened for years by activists inserting metal spikes into tree trunks, a potentially lethal practice. She provided no proof of her claim, only saying she had received the information from timber workers.

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Indonesian Lawmakers Look to Get Foreign NGOs ‘In Line’

Jakarta Globe
February 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Legislators deliberating a bill to regulate mass organizations said over the weekend that foreign nongovernmental organizations would also be subject to the new legislation.  …The bill was initially aimed at limiting the activities of hard-line Islamic organizations, many of which employ violent and often criminal tactics.  However, the change in focus to foreign NGOs has revived a controversial campaign by the House and hard-liners to crack down on the foreign groups.  Greenpeace in particular has come under much scrutiny.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Taking biofuel from forest to highway

by University of British Columbia
Press Relase
February 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The world is moving from a hydrocarbon economy to a carbohydrate economy, according to University of British Columbia biofuel expert Jack Saddler. He is presenting his work at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver on Feb. 17. With the global demand for energy continuing to grow, the biofuels industry will emerge as an economically and environmentally sustainable solution, he says. Saddler, a professor in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, says: “we will become less dependent on fossil fuels and will become more dependent on fuels made from the sugars and chemicals found in plants.”

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Web videos offer insight into climate change

Victoria Times Colonist
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Experts from B.C.’s four major universities have created an online initiative that aims to educate people on climate change. A series of 10 YouTube videos, ranging from four to 12 minutes long, were officially launched online Friday. The videos are engaging and easy to watch, said Tom Pederson, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, located online at www.pics.uvic.ca. The institute is based at the University of Victoria in partnership with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia.

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Prescott’s chance offers hope for entire region

By Christine Endicott
Brockville Recorder and Times
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Finally, we see a glimmer of hope for Prescott’s economy that could – and would – have a much wider regional impact. A wood pellet manufacturer is considering Prescott as a potential location for a plant. Protocol Biomass Corporation CEO and president Thomas Logan told The Recorder Times there’s a well-defined market for wood pellets in Europe, where coal-fired plants are being phased out in favour of renewable-energy options such as wood pellets.

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Glaciers: A window into human impact on the global carbon cycle

Science Codex
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

New clues as to how the Earth’s remote ecosystems have been influenced by the industrial revolution are locked, frozen in the ice of glaciers… Globally, glacier ice loss is accelerating, driven in part by the deposition of carbon in the form of soot or “black carbon,” which darkens glacier surfaces and increases their absorption of light and heat. The burning of biomass – trees, leaves and other vegetation around the globe, often in fires associated with deforestation – and fossil fuel combustion, are the major sources of black carbon.

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Report: Montana’s forest industry remains flat

KPAX-TV
February 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- A new study performed by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows that 2011 wasn’t a very good year for the forest products industry in the Treasure State. The industry saw a big drop during the recession in 2010 and while lumber production, employment of mill workers and wages stabilized a bit in 2011, the numbers were still at levels about half of what they were during the peak year of 2005.

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U.S. Forest Service: Climate Change Killing Alaska’s Yellow Cedars

Yahoo News
February 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed climate change is killing yellow cedars, an ecologically and economically valuable tree, in the Alaskan Panhandle. Normally, these trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but they rely on snow to protect their shallow roots from freezing through insulation. As less snow accumulates on the ground due to rising average temperatures, more yellow cedars are dying off. The trees have long been valued by indigenous peoples and by logging companies because the wood is naturally resistant to rot.

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Forests and Climate Change | Climate Conversations

Washington State Government
Climate Conversations
February 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Just about all human activities in our modern world produce greenhouse gases (GHGs), primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), and thus contribute to climate change. The use of fossil fuels for transportation, generation of electricity, and industries is the main source of CO2 emissions. However, the removal of trees from forested land also generates GHGs: mature forests, having absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere while growing, store carbon in wood, leaves, and soil, and this C is released when people clear forested land. Documented sources affirm that in the last decade the destruction and degradation of forestland accounts for about 12 % of global GHG emissions.

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Warming affecting Earth’s ‘services’

By Steve Rissing
Columbus Dispatch
February 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

It has become fashionable in the past few decades to speak of the ecological services performed by our living environment. We have recognized for a long time that the world’s forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Using sunlight energy, trees and other forest plants convert carbon dioxide from the air into more-complex molecular structures. With these, plants grow leaves, branches, trunks and roots.

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