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Business & Politics

Domtar completes Attends Europe acquisition

by Domtar
MarketWatch (press release)
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

Domtar Corporation today announced the completion of the acquisition of privately-held Attends Healthcare Limited, manufacturer and supplier of adult incontinence care products in Europe, from Rutland Partners for EUR180 million, pursuant to a definitive agreement entered into on January 26, 2012.

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Catalyst Paper records near $1-billion loss after writedown of mill values

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper has written down the value of its four pulp and paper mills from over $1.2 billion in 2010 to $386 million, an $824 million drop that pushed its 2011 loss to almost $1 billion, the Richmond-based papermaker stated in its 2011 financial report. The $824 million writedown is the main factor in Catalysts 2011 loss of $974 million. Catalyst has been under court-ordered creditor protection since Jan. 31 and in its financial report, released earlier this week, company president Kevin Clarke laid out a grim list of troubles Catalyst was facing going into 2012 that led to the writedown and ultimately to the decision to seek protection under the federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

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Domtar ‘actively looking’ for buyer for Ottawa-Gatineau properties

Ottawa Citizen
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — Domtar, the Montreal-based paper manufacturing giant, says it is willing to sell its 38-acre island and waterfront property in Ottawa-Gatineau, but it can’t do so without a willing buyer. “With regard to our ongoing efforts to sell our legacy properties in Ottawa/Gatineau, we have said all along that we recognize the site’s importance at the heart of the National Capital Region and we continue to actively look for a willing buyer or buyers with this firmly in mind,” Domtar corporate communications manager Stuart Lister said in an email. “But it’s worth remembering that we need a willing dance partner here — we can’t force anybody to step up to the plate and buy our lands and buildings.”

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Global sawlog prices fell in late 2011, especially in lumber export-oriented countries such as Western Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia and New Zealand

Weakening lumber markets in Asia and Europe reduced demand for sawlogs in many countries late last year. As a result, log prices in a number of the major lumber-producing countries in the world fell during the second half of 2011, according to the market report the Wood Resource Quarterly. 
CisionWire (press release)
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Seattle, USA. Sawlog prices in the 4Q/11 were down both in US dollar terms and in local currencies in most of the 20 regions covered by the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) as compared to the previous quarter. The biggest declines occurred in Western Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia and New Zealand, all countries that have an export-oriented sawmilling sector. Despite the recent price declines, many markets still have close to record high price levels, and are higher than they were in the 4Q/10

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Denver Lumber honored by U.S. Senator

Home Channel News
March 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) commended Denver Lumber for stocking and selling beetle-killed lumber for construction — and called on home builders and other lumber distributors to do the same. “Denver Lumber is filling a much-needed niche in Colorado by supplying beetle-killed wood to home builders,” Udall said in a statement. “I applaud their leadership in putting beetle kill to use and supporting rural economies that depend on our forests.” 

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Documenting the disappearance of the Burnie Pulp Mill

University of Tasmania
(author unknown)
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

This year’s UTAS Cradle Coast Campus Artists in Residence are developing work in reference to the industrial and natural landscape of Burnie, focussing on the now-closed pulp mill. The project Shifting Infrastructure documents the demolition of the pulp mill, exploring the stories and functions of the mill and how the concept of “the mill” presents itself in other parts of the landscape. The pulp mill was closed last year after dominating the city and its foreshore since the 1940s, creating thousands of local jobs over many generations.

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Global Wood Product Prices Fall

www.breakbulk.com
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prices for many wood products fell during the last quarter of 2011, analysts from Wood Resources Quarterly reported. The Global Sawlog Price Index fell for the second straight quarter to US$87.28/m3 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with third quarter results. The biggest declines occurred in the Nordic countries and Oceania.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Be wary kids of getting sucked in by hype

The Province
March 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is the whole green-jobs movement just a load of hot air? Well, as we all know, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson wants the little lumber town that grew to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, beating out such eco-worthies as Copenhagen or Malmo, Sweden. As part of this highly politicized drive, BCIT today is hosting a high-profile, green-jobs symposium at its downtown campus. It’s a joint effort by the Vision Vancouver-led city, the Vancouver Economic Commission and Vancouver’s six public post-secondary institutions, including the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University.

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Cypress Has Commercial Buildings Covered

Building-Producs.com
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Demand for cypresss remains stable, even as the lumber industry as a whole continues to struggle. Part of this demand can be credited to the increased use of cypress siding in institutional and commercial projects. “Building professionals are looking for resource- and energy-efficient materials,” says Ernie Pyle, Ontario Hardwoods, Keysville, Va., and president-elect of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “However, they also are looking for locally sourced and competitively priced materials, and cypress addresses all their needs.”

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FSC and Beyond: LEED 2012 Buries the “Wood Wars” Hatchet

After months of controversy, the third public comment draft of LEED 2012 strengthens commitments to both FSC and local wood–while not budging on the importance of life-cycle assessment.
BuildingGreen.com
March 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

For years, certified wood has ignited tempers and dominated discussions of building materials in the LEED rating systems. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is clearly ready to expand the scope of that discussion. In the LEED 2012 drafts, this readiness has been reflected in a gut renovation of the Materials & Resources section, which offers a variety of credits having to do with product transparency by rewarding life-cycle assessment and disclosure of chemicals of concern.

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Kyunghyang Housing Fair Showcases Lumber

Canada Wood Today – The Canada Wood Group Blog
March 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

CWK in collaboration with Alberta Forest Products Association(AFPA) and Alberta Province Office participated in the 27th Kyunghyang Housing Fair – the largest building products trade show in Korea – at KINTEX, Ilsan from February 22 to 26.

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Forestry

‘Lorax’ pits tree-huggers vs. clear-cutters

Kansas.com
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

From the day it was published, Dr. Seuss’ environmental parable “The Lorax” has courted controversy. A screed about consumerism, greed and its cost to the environment, this anti-clear-cutting tale prompted protests in lumber-country school districts and just last week inspired an attention-starved Fox Business News anchor to attack its “indoctrination.” That’s what you get when you write a character who says, “I speak for the trees” — Lou Dobbs speaking up for the clear-cutters.

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Helping regrow the forest across BC

ABCFP Forestry Tour
You Tube VIDEO by Shaw TV South Vancouver Island
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Saanich Seed Orchard help with preserving and replanting tree species across the province.

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Williams Lake resident elected to the 65th council of the ABCFP

Williams Lake Tribune
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sue Price of Williams Lake has been elected to the 65th council of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP). The council officially took office Feb. 23 at The Art of Forestry — the ABCFP’s annual forestry conference and AGM in Victoria, B.C. This year’s president is Steve Lorimer, a registered professional forester (RPF), from Ladysmith.

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Okanagan timber allowance chopped

Vernon Morning Star
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Less timber will be harvested in the Okanagan. The new allowable annual cut for the Okanagan timber supply area will decrease from 3.375 million cubic metres to 3.1 million cubic metres. “The Okanagan timber supply area has many diverse ecosystems, and the increase in areas managed for biodiversity and backcountry road networks means I needed to decrease the allowable annual cut to ensure long-term sustainability,” said Jim Snetsinger, B.C.’s chief forester.

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Provincial help request re. contentious logging plans on Cortes Island

By Ancient Forest Allaince
Pacific Free Press
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Across the coast, activists concerned about Island Timberland’s potential logging on Cortes Island (led by Wildstands) and at McLaughlin Ridge (led by the Friends of McLaughlin Ridge), the Cathedral Grove Canyon and Cameron Valley Firebreak (led by the Wilderness Committee mid-Island chapter) near Port Alberni will also be standing in solidarity calling for Island Timberlands to hold off and for the BC government to fund the protection of these contentious private forest lands.  

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National forest fees work

The U.S. Forest Service should work to change the law regarding fees in national forests to reflect the realities of modern recreational use.
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Does a hiker go to the bathroom in the woods? It might matter, under a recent federal court ruling. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled correctly last month that parking fees were being wrongly levied in many areas of America’s national forests. A 2004 law is quite specific that it is impermissible to charge fees for parking or for “general use” of the forests. But while the court’s ruling was perfectly in line with the law, the real problem is with the law itself. Under its provisions, if you use the bathroom while hiking in the forest, you can be charged, but not if you use nature itself as the bathroom.

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Low-level asbestos delays local logging efforts

The Western News
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Despite the discovery of Libby Amphibole Asbestos in bark and duff in the Upper Flower Creek timber set aside by the Department of Natural Resources to be logged, the local DNRC official is confident the operation will proceed. “There has been extremely low traces of asbestos discovered in the timber,” DNRC Unit Manager Mark Peck told Lincoln County Commissioners last week. “The discovery has kind of thrown us a curveball,” Peck said after the agency spent nearly $25,000 on the study.

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Activists revolted by use of Lorax to sell cars

BikePortland.org
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The auto industry will go to any length to sell their products … But this time, for a growing list of activists, they’ve gone to too far. …The product marketing buffet accompanying the new Lorax movie …  includes a tie-in with Mazda. …In addition to a national ad campaign, Mazda is taking the Lorax himself, along with their graphics-wrapped SUVs, into elementary schools: “The Lorax — that squat orange creature Dr. Seuss created to speak for the trees — is now hawking SUVs at elementary schools across the land… It was a hybrid event: a celebration of reading, a fundraiser for public-school libraries, and an opportunity to market Mazdas to the pint-size set. While they don’t buy many cars themselves, they have direct access to parents who do.”

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Rival birds could be killed under spotted owl rescue plan

Reuters
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Obama administration is going forward with a plan to protect the endangered northern spotted owl that includes removing or killing rival barred owls. In its latest attempt to save the imperiled owl, the Department of the Interior plan would designate habitat considered critical in Washington, Oregon and California. It would allow logging in the areas to reduce the risk of forest fires and to create jobs.

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B.C. Forest Service celebrates 100 years of excellence

You Tube Video video taken in the Rotunda of the BC Legislature featuring Steve Thomson and Larry Pedersen.
You Tube
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, US West, Canada West

British Columbia celebrates a truly significant milestone: the centennial birthday of the BC Forest Service. One hundred years ago today, the Province created the first government agency to preserve B.C.’s forests through forest fire prevention, use of timber management areas, tree planting and the diversification of tree-growing.

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When Environmentalists Collaborate

CounterPunch
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Spring is in the air in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Crocus and daffodil add a splash of late winter color. Trees are budding. Days grow longer, the sun makes a cameo appearance…and, like swallows to Capistrano, the usual suspects cadre of eco-wonks/lawyers return to Eugene and the University of Oregon for the 30th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. …The buzz this year among the professionals is “Collaboration” with the Agencies and industries in the business of cutting trees for profit under the rubric of “forest health.”

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Additional Federal Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Designation on Private Working Forests Works Against Owls and People

by Washington Forest Protection Association
PR Newswire press release
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its proposed critical habitat designation for the Northern Spotted Owl, doubling the amount of land from 6.9 million acres to nearly 14 million acres across three states (Oregon, Washington and California), and for the first time includes nearly 2 million acres of state and private working forests. …There is no need for an additional federal overlay on lands that already have conservation designations such as parks, wilderness areas, Habitat Conservation Plans, Safe Harbor Agreements, and State Forest Practices Rules. We strongly encourage the Service to finalize critical habitat by excluding all private lands, all state lands, and all Congressionally reserved natural areas, which is one of the options on their proposal.

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Man dies in logging accident in Hamilton County

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AKE PLEASANT – An Edinburg man was killed Tuesday morning when he was run over by his logging truck. Jay L. Edwards, 72, was working on a site on South Shore Road around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday when his 1999 Peterbilt truck began to roll, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams. Edwards, who had been walking toward the back of the truck’s trailer, tried to get back into the cab but slipped.

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Sarawak denies NGO’s rapid deforestation claim

New Straits Times
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KUCHING: State Assistant Minister for Environment Datuk Len Talif questioned a Dutch non-governmental organisation’s “satellite imagery study” that showed that Malaysia was destroying forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined and Sarawak was stripping its carbon-rich peat soils “even faster”. “If we are clearing our forested areas at the rate of two per cent a year as claimed, by the year 2020, we would have no forests left.

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Inventory of forest underway

Selangor Times
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SUBANG JAYA: The Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia is expected to complete its national forest inventory by this year. “Our officers have been going to the ground to verify our forest cover since last year,” said the department’s deputy director-general Datuk Nik Mohd Shah Nik Mustafa. The national inventory is carried out every 10 years. Nik Mohd Shah added that Peninsular Malaysia was estimated to have 44 per cent forest cover, including rubber plantations located within forest reserves.

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Greenpeace investigation shows that APP is pulping tiger habitat

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REDD Monitor
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A year-long investigation by Greenpeace reveals that Asia Pulp and Paper is pulping ramin trees to produce paper. In 2001, Indonesia banned the logging of ramin trees. Ramin is listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and cannot be exported without special permits. Greenpeace filmed undercover in APP’s Indah Kiat pulp mill in Perawang, Sumatra where they found hundreds of thousands of rainforest logs, including ramin logs, waiting to be pulped.

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EUR 250 million loan for forestry projects

The FINANCIAL
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The FINANCIAL — The European Investment Bank has granted a EUR 250 million loan to the People’s Republic of China for forestry projects that contribute to climate change mitigation through carbon sinking and avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. The China Forestry Framework Loan was signed by Mrs Magdalena Álvarez Arza, Vice-President of the EIB, and Mr Li Yong, Minister of Finance.

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How the wonders of the camel nostril inspired audacious Sahara Forest plan to plant man-made oasis in the desert

UK Daily Mail
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists inspired by a camel’s nostrils are set to achieve the impossible and grow a man-made forest in the desert. The £3.3 million giant open-air greenhouse in Qatar will bring plantlife to one of the most inhospitable spots on earth and it is all thanks to the humped mammal’s nose. Using a trick of nature the Sahara Forest Project will use surface water and cold water pumped up from 200 metres below the sand to feed trees, vegetables and algae.

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Extinct ‘tree lobster’ found alive clinging to side of Pacific rock

UK Daily Mail
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Scientists have discovered 24 of the [thought to be extinct] creatures living 500ft above the South Pacific Ocean around the single plant that had survived on the rock. …The ‘tree lobster’ insect, which is as large as a human hand, had somehow made its camp despite the lack of food and the harsh conditions. Nobody could say how they got there in the first place – but four have now been taken off and have bred thousands more to ensure their species survives. …The six legged ‘tree lobster’ or, Dryococelus australis, was actually presumed extinct since none had been seen on Lord Howe Island since 1920. They are 12cm long and are the heaviest flightless stick insect in the world.

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Minister ‘out of line’, Aborigines demand apology

ABC News Australia
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Cassy O’Connor has apologised to Aborigines for comments claiming Forestry Tasmania was exploiting a vulnerable community. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre demanded the public apology saying the comments were patronising and condescending. The centre wants to control more than 500,000 hectares of native forest in a partnership with Forestry Tasmania. It has been in talks with the state-owned company about transferring land protected from logging under the forest peace deal to the Indigenous community.

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Greenpeace accuses paper giant of illegal logging

Jakarta Post
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental organization Greenpeace Indonesia has accused Sinar Mas Group-owned industry giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) of illegally exploiting protected trees. A year-long investigation carried out by Greenpeace’s activists on APP’s Indah Kiat Perawang mill in Riau province has identified that least 46 of 56 sample logs were allegedly from ramin trees (Gonystylus).  The logs, which were up to one meter in diameter, were found mixed in with other timber from rainforest trees at the mill last year, Greenpeace alleged.

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Greenpeace blows whistle on APP to Indonesian authorities

eco-business.com
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Greenpeace launched the report in Jakarta to a roomful of journalists by showing video footage of ramin logs and a film that documents how it collected evidence by gathering wood samples for laboratory testing. It said it has handed its findings to the Indonesian Forestry Ministry and asked them to revoke the company’s operation permit. They are also calling on all companies who source pulp and paper from APP to sever their contracts. The ministry said it plans to use the evidence for further investigation. But Greenpeace worries that if they don’t act quickly enough, APP may try to engineer a cover-up. “We hope they can start today, because it’s very easy for APP to remove the ramin from the mill,” Mr Zulfahmi told Eco-Business. The forest campaigner for Greenpeace said he had met with ministry officials on Thursday to discuss the organisation’s findings.

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Trees felled in desperate bid to halt disease

This is Cornwall
March 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A massive tree-felling operation is under way to prevent the spread of a devastating disease which has wiped out swathes of woodland across the Westcountry over the last three years. Thousands of acres of Japanese larch has had to be felled in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to combat the spread of the fatal disease Phytophthora ramorum. Landowner Clinton Devon Estates is now racing to harvest a further 25 acres of healthy Japanese larch at Otterton Hill, near Bicton – one of East Devon’s iconic hilltop plantations – to halt its progress and save a 50-year-old crop of timber.

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Land deal will derail forestry peace, says Premier

ABC News, Australia
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Premier is dismissing as a distraction the push by the Tasmanian Aborigines for ownership of proposed forest reserves. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre wants to manage the forests to be protected from logging under the forest peace deal and the $8 million in funding that comes with it. It has initiated talks with state-owned Forestry Tasmania to help manage the new reserves. The centre’s Michael Mansell has urged the State Government to have an open mind.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Is UBC’s new biomass power plant a looming biomess?

March 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

ON OCTOBER 9, 2011, South Carolina’s largest newspaper published a lengthy exposé on an alternative energy power plant at the University of South Carolina (USC). The plant, which used biomass gasification technology, had been racked by explosions and malfunctions… UBC is about to open a $27 million biomass power plant in partnership with Nexterra Systems Corp., the same company that supplied the technology to the USC power plant… Nexterra is a Vancouver-based company that has been lauded in the Canadian media as an international pioneer in alternative energy solutions—but no Canadian media outlet has reported on the USC disaster.

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Korea to Plant Trees in Indonesia for Carbon Emission Credits

The Chosunilbo
March 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Korea plans to receive 100 million tons of carbon emission credits over the next decade in return for planting trees on a 200,000-hectare plot of land in Indonesia. That amount of credits would normally cost W2.2 trillion (US$1=W1,116), or $20 per ton, but Korea will save more than W1 trillion through the tree-planting deal.  Park Jong-ho, an official at the Korea Forest Service, said, “Our government signed an MOU with the Indonesian government on Jan. 26 aimed at preventing deforestation.”

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General

Is UBC’s new biomass power plant a looming biomess?

March 2, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

ON OCTOBER 9, 2011, South Carolina’s largest newspaper published a lengthy exposé on an alternative energy power plant at the University of South Carolina (USC). The plant, which used biomass gasification technology, had been racked by explosions and malfunctions… UBC is about to open a $27 million biomass power plant in partnership with Nexterra Systems Corp., the same company that supplied the technology to the USC power plant… Nexterra is a Vancouver-based company that has been lauded in the Canadian media as an international pioneer in alternative energy solutions—but no Canadian media outlet has reported on the USC disaster.

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Environmental Impacts of Deforestation Discusses on a New Website

Empowered News (press release)
March 2, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

A new website was launched to provide current information regarding the effects of deforestation. Loss of trees is a worldwide problem, and environmental conservation efforts are already in the works to mitigate the effects of such rainforest depletion. Mircea Giurca explains the effects of loss of trees to the ecological balance of the Amazon basin and to the global climate. The effects of forest depletion are extensive, ranging from loss of ecological diversity to climate change.

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Regulators idle as Fibrek shareholders fume

Financial Post
March 2, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

‘The AMF and the OSC should be outraged by what has taken place.” That comment by a minority shareholder at Fibrek Inc. shows the frustration that’s built up at the lack of action by the regulators over what the shareholders claim has been some questionable capital markets behaviour. Of course, ensuring the integrity of the capital markets is a key role of the regulator.

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