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Business & Politics

Fibrek Reports Fourth Quarter and 2011 Financial Results

Canada News Wire press release
February 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, a leading producer and marketer of high-quality virgin and recycled kraft pulp, announced today its results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 have been restated as appropriate to be in accordance with the recently adopted International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS). All dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

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Appleton and Domtar Announce Historic Supply Agreement

Both Companies to Gain Operating Efficiencies & Focus on Core Strengths
MarketWatch (press release)
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

APPLETON, Wis. — Appleton and Domtar Corporation today announced a tentative agreement in which Domtar would supply Appleton with most of the uncoated base paper the company needs to produce its thermal, carbonless, and other specialty paper products. The historic 15-year supply deal is valued at more than $3 billion over the life of the agreement. The deal would bring together Appleton, one of the world’s leading specialty coaters, and Domtar, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated paper in North America.

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Resolute Announces That Fibrek’s Special Warrants To Mercer Have Been Cease Traded

by Resolute
Canada News Wire press release
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec) has accepted, with immediate effect, the Company’s application to cease trade Fibrek Inc.’s private placement of 32,320,000 special warrants to Mercer International Inc.. Resolute also announced today that it has extended to March 9, 2012 the expiry date for its offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek.

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Softwood lumber exports to China shatter record

Williams Lake Tribune
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The value of British Columbia’s softwood lumber exports to China jumped 60 per cent in 2011, surpassing the $1-billion mark for the first time. Since 2003, lumber exports to China have risen by more than 1,500 per cent. Total softwood lumber exports increased by seven per cent last year to $3.8 billion. The U.S. remains the largest market for B.C. lumber, accounting for almost $1.6 billion of exports.

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West Fraser profits fall

Timber Trades Journal
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser saw its full year results reduce to C$58m from C$275m a year ago. The Canadian timber producer said it ended a challenging year with a difficult quarter as markets continued to be unsettled. Sales in 2011 totalled C$2.7bn, similar to the C$2.8bn recorded in 2010.

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NDP targets lumber exports

Sunshine Coast Reporter
February 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. NDP has set its sights on raw log exports, criticizing the province for exporting the resource at the expense of home grown manufacturing jobs. Powell River – Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons met with members of the opposition’s forest committee as they made their way through his riding during a Coastal tour of stakeholders in the logging industry. On Feb. 16, the provincial government released data that showed the value of softwood lumber exports had risen 60 per cent in 2011, for the first time passing the $1 billion mark.

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Papermaker Appleton bringing 50 jobs to Wisconsin

Appleton Post Crescent
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

APPLETON — Papermaker Appleton is bringing about 50 jobs to its operations based here. The company announced Thursday it reached a tentative deal with Domtar Corp., to supply Appleton with most of its uncoated base paper needs to produce its thermal, carbonless, and other specialty paper products. The 15-year supply deal, valued at more than $3 billion, also will result in the loss of about 330 jobs at the company’s West Carrollton, Ohio mill where it produces base paper. The company plans to shift its carbonless paper coating operations at its West Carrollton mill to its converting plant in Appleton, once the Domtar deal is completed.

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Wood fiber costs for pulp manufacturers declined in the 4Q/11 as pulp prices fell – with Global Wood Fiber Price Indices dropping 3.5%

WebWire (press release)
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle – Global demand for pulp has declined and pulp prices fell during the second half of 2011. As a consequence, prices for wood fiber, the highest cost component when producing pulp, were down throughout the world, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarter. Global pulp prices fell by about 20 percent from July to December last year. Weakening demand for pulp and lower product prices squeezed pulp company profit margins, so many companies tried to reduce their costs for wood fiber, which represents the largest cost component when manufacturing pulp.

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The Expansion of Pulp Production in China Continues and the Lack of Domestic Wood Fiber Sources Has Resulted in Record Imports of Wood Chips in 201

SB Wire
February 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Bothell, WA – With the lack of sufficient quality and quantity of domestic wood fiber supply, new pulp mills in China are looking to expand importation of wood chips from plantation-rich countries in Southeast Asia to meet their growing fiber needs. In the 3Q/11, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia were the major suppliers to China, together accounting for about 88 percent of all imports of hardwood chips, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly.  Malaysia, Cambodia, Chile and Brazil are few of the recent and still small suppliers of hardwood chips to China. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Carbon Calculator by WoodWorks

Today’s Facility Manager
February 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WoodWorks, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, offers an online tool that estimates the carbon benefits of wood buildings. Released as a complement to an online cost calculator (both were launched in late 2011), the carbon calculator estimates the amount of carbon stored in a building’s wood products (which was absorbed by the trees while growing) and the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by not using steel or concrete.

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San Francisco firefighters cling to wooden ladders

The department relies on three men who make and repair ladders dating to 1918, saying they are safer and more durable than metal.
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Only two dozen or so fire departments in America still swear by wooden ladders for their strength, safety and durability. Most are in California, and all but one buy their climbing gear from a company in Chino… The department’s 400 or so ground ladders are made of old-growth Douglas fir, harvested from eastern slopes in the Pacific Northwest, where limited light makes the wood grow dense and strong. All of them have been built or refurbished by a three-man crew with singular skills.

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Are FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? A Look at the Evidence

FSC and LEED, with its certified wood credit, are hurting the economy, claim the governor of Maine, a U.S. Senator, and SFI. We take a look at the evidence.
BuildingGreen.com
February 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

As you may know, the U.S. Congress tried to restrict the military’s use of LEED in its recent budget law (it’s probably not going to work, as we reported a couple weeks ago). Around the same time, the governor of Maine made it illegal for State buildings to pursue LEED certification at any level. Both of these decisions stemmed from a common root: the “wood wars” between advocates of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). An FSC victory of sorts was declared in 2010, when the LEED rating systems continued to recognize only FSC through certified wood credits (MRc7 in LEED for New Construction 2009) to the exclusion of other certification systems, but that turns out to have been just one more battle in an ongoing conflict.

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Wisconsin-Based Wood Treatment Company Uses ECOB’s Coating Technology

The A to Z of Materials
February 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Eco Building Products (ECOB), a manufacturer of proprietary wood products treated with an eco-friendly chemistry, has delivered its WoodSurfaceFilm coating technology to Northern Crossarm, a wood treatment company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  The Eco Blue Shield technology of ECOB will protect wood from termites, wood ingesting insects, rot-decay, fungus, mold or mycotoxins and fire. Hence, Northern Crossarm has chosen ECOB’s product to manufacture and distribute into their well-established customer base. ECOB is happy to partner with Northern Crossarm in the Midwestern US territories. 

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Wood-cased computer that shows its mettle

Irish Times
February 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

iAMECO is an Irish-made desktop computer with a social conscience. Its carbon footprint is only 30 per cent that of a normal desktop PC; it is highly energy efficient, 98 per cent recyclable, virtually silent when operating and contains no mercury, lead, PVC, plastics or flame retardants. All of these green credentials add up to iameco becoming the first Class B computer (covers all integrated office and home computers) to be awarded the EU Eco Label… iameco has a lifespan of around 10 years and is now on the market at €850 (plus VAT) with an additional cost for software of around €100. The product is manufactured in Galway and its wooden housing is made from sustainable forestry  

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Forestry

Forestry industry calls for more study of forest conditions

Prince Rupert Northern View
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…”In recent years, the mountain pine beetle epidemic, as well as several severe fire seasons, has had tremendous impact on the forests,” said Sharon Glover, CEO of the foresters’ association. “Yet due to cutbacks, the scale of the provincial inventory program has been reduced.”

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Forest conflict inevitable

Chilliwack Times
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging began this week in what was supposed to be an area of forest in the Chilliwack River Valley set aside for the protection of the spotted owl. The spotted owl is one of the most endagered species in Canada. Fewer than 10 are estimated to be living in the wild in B.C. One of those owls was recently located just three kilometres from where Tamihi Logging began cutting down trees. Ministry staff will monitor and shut down operations if necessary.

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Saving all of Alberta’s caribou herds futile: study

Montreal Gazette
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — A University of Alberta study suggests it may be futile and too costly to try to save all caribou herds in the province because of the high level of energy development in some regions, such as the oilsands. In crunching the numbers relating to the cost of conservation and realistic outcomes, scientists Richard Schneider, Stan Boutin and several colleagues have come up with a scenario that suggests the government and industry may be better off focusing on relatively undisturbed caribou habitat, such as that found in and around Wood Buffalo National Park and the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary.

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Ladysmith forester heads Association of BC Forest Professionals council

Ladysmith Chronicle
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forester from Ladysmith will head the council of the Association of BC Forest Professionals. The 65th council of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) officially took office today at The Art of Forestry, the ABCFP’s annual forestry conference and AGM in Victoria, and this year’s president is Steve Lorimer, a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) from Ladysmith. Lorimer worked his way through university with summer jobs including forest fire fighting, work at a plywood mill and timber cruising in various coastal B.C. locations, according to his biography.

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Not planning is planning to fail, forest critic says in Alberni

By Susan Quinn
Alberni Valley News
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lack of planning is going to kill B.C.’s forestry industry, contends NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald. Macdonald and the New Democrat caucus’ forestry committee met with more than a dozen stakeholders on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast last week, including Port Alberni, on the first leg of a province-wide tour.

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Opponents of Jordan River land sales voice fears

Victoria Times Colonist
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several people voiced concerns Thursday night about the sale of West Coast land owned by the Capital Regional District in Jordan River. Their remarks came at the second meeting this week aimed at gathering public input on what should make up the future Jordan River Regional park and what should be sold off as surplus to recoup costs. Sid Jorna, president of the Juan de Fuca Trails Society, said the word “surplus” raises red flags. “The community has an interest in all that land,” Jorna said. He pointed to the example of the B.C. government selling off surplus properties as a concerning example of dwindling public land.

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Castle logging protesters avoid charges

Calgary Herald
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has reached a deal not to charge four protesters with failing to vacate the site of a Spray Lake Sawmills logging project earlier this month. The agreement comes on the eve concluding arguments were set to be heard in a Calgary courtroom. As a result, further action is not expected to be taken against the four anti-logging protesters. “We’re pleased to have come to an agreement that will resolve the outstanding issues surrounding the logging arrests and the Court Order,” said Gordon Petersen in a release, one of those named in the Court Order.

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B.C. Liberal advertising is stingy with the truth

Naniamo Daily News
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The huge B.C. government ad stating, “B.C. has doubled lumber exports to China in one year,” makes me laugh in disbelief. According to a Province, Feb. 20 article, B.C. raw-log exports to China have gone up 160%, causing more than 70 mills in this province to close in the past 12 years. That is thousands of jobs lost that supported thousands of B.C. families.

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Study: Nation’s urban forests losing ground

New Orleans, Albuquerque, Houston losing trees
USDA Press Release
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2012 —National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover or bare soil.

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Bill would let forest group keep workers

Coos Bay World
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM – A bill to allow the state of Oregon to continue ‘Fire and Ice” contracts with local forest protective associations was unanimously approved by the Oregon House Friday. House Bill 4072 would allow the associations, including the Coos Forest Protective Association, to contract with some workers, who work with the Oregon Department of Forestry and provide fire suppression during the summer, to do snow removal with the Oregon Department of Transpor-tation in the off season. The bill was carried to the floor by Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford.

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Appeal Challenges Old-growth Logging Near Grand Canyon

Zombie Timber Sale Rises From Dead, Meets Third Appeal in One Decade
Center for Biological Diversity press release
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— For the third time in a decade, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today administratively appealed a 25,000-acre timber sale that is slated to log old-growth trees and forests on the Kaibab National Forest near Grand Canyon’s north rim. Approved in January, this is the Forest Service’s fifth iteration of the Jacob Ryan timber sale since 2003, each plan seeking to log old-growth trees and forests. The Center and Sierra Club blocked two earlier iterations of the sale; the Forest Service voluntarily withdrew two others.

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Kitzhaber supports job package, but opposes state logging bill

By Mitch Lies
Capital Press
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he supports a jobs package circulating in the Legislature that includes bills to better utilize the state’s natural resources. But asked at a Feb. 23 press conference about a Republican-backed proposal to increase logging on state forests, Kitzhaber, a Democrat, said: “I do not support that bill.” House Bill 4098 would increase logging on state lands from the current level of 50 to 60 percent of annual growth to 85 percent. Bill backers say it will add 2,000 jobs to the state, increase private sector revenue by $441 million and add $33 million in state taxes.

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Forest Bill Up For Vote Next Week

My Mother Lode
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sonora, CA — Congressman Jeff Denham says a bill that could increase timber production on federal forest land will go before the House of Representatives next week. The Federal Forest County Revenue, Schools and Jobs Act of 2012 passed out of the Natural Resources Committee on February 16. “This should be a bi-partisan effort, and we just need to move it forward,” says Denham. “It will immediately create jobs in our community.”

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Conservation groups challenge USFS logging plan that could take down old …

Conservation groups have blocked similar logging plans twice before
Summit County Citizens Voice
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — For all the talk of restoration and ecoystem protection, the U.S. Forest Service sometimes still seems intent on logging old-growth timber. Sparking the latest showdown, the agency in January approved a 25,000-acre timber sale in the Kaibab National Forest, near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Conservation groups challenging the project say it could harm rare, threatened species like northern goshawks. A source population of goshawks lives on the Kaibab Plateau. According to a Forest Service report, goshawks are “vulnerable to extirpation or extinction in Arizona.”

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USFS officials expect improved efficiency, legal defense will speed forest work

The Missoulian
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Speeding up the pace of work on national forests should mean more wood for Montana sawmills – but it won’t mean more money for the agency, U.S. Forest Service officials said on Thursday. That’s going to happen through a combination of more efficient project planning and better legal defenses, according to Agriculture Department Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service. It won’t involve a lot more federal money.

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Forest restoration aimed at restoring wildlife habitat

Whidbey Examiner
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Views along the trails and roads at the 654-acre Trillium Community Forest north of Freeland can be misleading. There, native understory plants such as salal and huckleberry thrive in the sunlight and often screen from view the conditions of the forest floor beyond. But step just a few feet past the lush, green boundary and in many places you’re in a world of permanent twilight. That’s where the interlacing branches of thickly growing Douglas firs have long ago died back in the semi-darkness and created a virtual wasteland of desiccated needles and a fire hazard of dry wood.

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Asian Longhorned Beetle not expected in Brown County

Ledger Independent
February 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BETHEL, Ohio | Government officials are still determining if trees should be destroyed within a five-mile radius of the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Bethel, according to the Ohio Forestry Service reports. The beetle is a serious threat to hardwood trees including maple, elm, willow, birch, ash, poplars, hackle-berry, mountain ash, mimosa, boxelder and horse-chestnut, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. ALB was first discovered in Bethel in June 2011.

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Lawmakers make some progress on LURC reform bill

Bangor Daily News
February 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of a legislative committee began vetting a list of proposed reforms to the Land Use Regulation Commission on Thursday but opted to delay until next week debate on the most contentious issue surrounding the agency. A bill pending before lawmakers would restructure LURC in order to address criticisms leveled against an agency that oversees planning, zoning and permitting on more than 10 million acres in Maine. Lawmakers on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee largely appeared comfortable with recommendations to increase the size of the commission from seven to nine members and to change the way commission members are chosen.

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Green agenda on forestry peace ‘shafted’, says Milne

ABC News, Australia
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Greens are fuming about the Federal Government’s latest change to the forest peace deal. The first $20 million in regional development funding under the deal is no longer conditional on the success of legislation to create new forest reserves. Greens Senator Christine Milne says it is a massive breach of faith. “The loggers get their money, the regional development money flows and the conservation agenda is shafted.”

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Game plan for forestry recruiting

The Daily Post
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A game-like million-dollar harvesting simulator at Waiariki Institute of Technology is being used to entice young people into the forestry industry. The simulator, which John Deere loaned to Waiariki last year, was brought to Rotorua to promote the real machines used in the forestry industry. It’s the only simulator of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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Asian customers committed, says Libs leader

ABC News Australia
February 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian opposition leader has returned home from an Asian trade mission arguing against locking up the state’s forests. Will Hodgman joined the Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, on a trade mission to Singapore, Japan and China to drum up business for the state’s struggling forest industry. Mr Hodgman says Japanese and Chinese customers remain committed to buying timber products sourced from state forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Strive for facts on climate path

Editorial
Victoria Times Colonist
February 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Global-warming skeptics will likely be all over Andrew Weaver’s research that shows burning all the oil in Alberta’s oilsands would have a negligible effect on climate change. But they should hear the whole story before they leap to erroneous conclusions…So those tree-hugging environmentalists have been wrong all along? No, one of them just got caught up in rhetoric and Weaver set out to bring facts, not emotion, to the argument. He doesn’t support a fossil-fuel-based economy and he’s not in favour of oilsands development. His research, he says, “doesn’t give the tarsands industries a get-out-of-jail-free card. All the criticisms still stand. It’s massive in terms of Canadian emissions.”

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US woody biomass prices have dropped

Relatively low fossil fuel prices have reduced the demand
Pulp and Paper News
February 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Prices for woody biomass in the US, whether sawmill byproducts, forest residues or urban wood waste, have been sliding for most of the past three years but were still higher in the 4Q/11 in most regions than they were five years ago, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The price drop seen in 2010 and 1H/2011 was mainly the result of lower prices for fossil fuels, particularly that of natural gas, and reduced demand for energy. This declining price trend has reduced the interest by both commercial and residential energy consumers in switching to more expensive green energy.

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Boilers Pose Environmental Problem In Virginia

WAMU
February 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

An environmental group says the industrial boilers that power some corporations in Virginia are emitting harmful toxins… Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency set new standards for boilers as part of the Clean Air Act. But some groups oppose the new rules. Donna Harman is president of the American Forest and Paper Association, which represents manufacturers in Virginia and nationwide. She says many companies rely on renewable biomass, not coal. But she says the new boiler rules pose a problem.

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Texas A&M Student Researcher Examines Soil For Clues To Climate Change

KBTX
February 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Looking for answers to the problem of climate change and what might cause it, a Texas A&M University student researcher believes some clues might be found in soil. Justin Whisenant, a senior from College Station with a double major in forest management and spatial science, believes specific soil experiments could reveal answers about the causes of climate change…Whisenant says carbon dioxide is generally accepted as the cause of rising global temperatures and will likely be a contributor in the years to come. Carbon on Earth is not static. It cycles between the atmosphere, plants, the ocean and the soil,” he contends.

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A search for Chinese transparency

Climate Spectator
February 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

China’s environmental data has created many international headlines in recent months, particularly its controversial air-quality measurements. While Deng Xiaoping urged the Chinese citizenry to ‘seek truth from facts’, China is still a long way from providing the environmental data and information that allows for just that…In total, we looked at 32 indicators in 12 environmental policy categories (among them air pollution, water quality, climate change, biodiversity, agriculture and forestry). 

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