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Business & Politics

North American Panel & TFM Shipments Gain in January

Woodworking Network
March 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

LEESBURG, VA – North American shipments of both composite panels and thermally fused melamine (TFM) were up to start the new year, according to the Composite Panel Association (CPA). Composite panel shipments across all three categories in January were up 2.1% from the same period a year ago, rising from 444 MMSF (3/4” basis) to 454 MMSF.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. completes Canadian Forest Products Ltd. election to exchange interest in Partnership

Lesprom Network
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) has completed the previously announced exchange with Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (“CFP”), which has resulted in CFP now holding a 50.2% interest in CPPI and CPPI holding a 100% interest in each of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership (the “Partnership”) and its general partner, Canfor Pulp Holding Inc.

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Domtar gets warning from NCC

Ottawa Citizen
March 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The National Capital Commission has warned paperand-pulp giant Domtar not to raze any more of its buildings on federal land on the Chaudière islands, unless the company has cleared it with the federal agency. The warning follows the demolition last week of the century-old Groundwood Pulp Mill, which the Montreal-based company said was collapsing and needed to be torn down. “One thing I can tell you is that we have made it clear to Domtar that if (a building) is on federal land, any demolition needs to come to us,” chief executive Marie Lemay told the Citizen.

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Bowater’s green deal misleading

The Chronicle Herald
March 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bowater Mersey’s parent company recently signed a marketing deal with the World Wildlife Fund. In exchange for the panda-bear stamp of approval from the conservation group, the international paper and wood products company Resolute Forest Products Inc. must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and have 80 per cent of its forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council by 2015… But trace the Resolute-Bowater supply chain backwards and you’ll end up in the woods of western Nova Scotia, where private woodlot owners are being squeezed by the company. Is this a sustainable supply chain in any meaningful sense of the word? I don’t think so.

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Union says White Birch suspends talks over closed paper mill in Quebec City

680 News
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEBEC – White Birch Paper Co has suspended negotiations aimed at re-opening a paper mill in Quebec City, a union spokesman said Friday… White Birch announced in January that the already idled plant was being closed permanently after its 600 unionized workers rejected a company offer that would have slashed wages and pension benefits.

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Lumber, plywood and building panel prices have strengthened with improving U.S. housing industry

Montreal Gazette
March 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lumber, plywood and building panel prices have firmed slightly with improvement in the U.S. housing industry, analysts said Friday, and softwood pulp for papermaking has reacted from recent lows earlier than expected because of better global demand. But industry numbers for January indicate North American newsprint demand ran 8 per cent lower than a year earlier – the drop at U.S. dailies was 11 per cent year-over-year. 

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APP Statement on Greenpeace ‘Ramin’ Report

March 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has just received a copy of a new report from Greenpeace entitled ‘The Ramin Paper Trail’. The report makes a series of allegations concerning the treatment of protected tree species at our Indah Kiat mill in Perawang, Sumatra… A specialist APP team has been sent to the Indah Kiat mill to determine whether there is any substance to the claims. We will inform our stakeholders once this process is completed. APP maintains a strict zero tolerance policy for illegal wood entering the supply chain and has comprehensive chain of custody (CoC) systems to ensure that only legal wood enters its pulp mill operations.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pulp explained

March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

What’s the difference between kraft paper pulp and dissolving pulp?.. In making kraft paper pulp, the aim is to remove the lignin (which is the gluelike substance that holds the fibers in a tree together) and the other extractives while preserving as much of the cellulose and hemi-cellulose as possible. Wood chips are combined with caustic cooking chemicals in a digester, which is very much like a large pressure cooker, to dissolve away the lignin and extractives. The liberated fibers are then washed and bleached to make kraft paper pulp. But with dissolving pulp, the hemi-cellulose also must be removed to get as close as possible to pure cellulose (essentially chemically identical to cotton fibers) as the end product. 

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Green building goes mainstream in Nashville

LEED certification spans market, from high-rise condos to Habitat homes
The Tennessean
March 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Environmentally “green” homes used to be unusual in Nashville, but now, no matter which neighborhood you live in, the house, condominium or apartment next door might be built to the highest standards of sustainability… Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized standard for green design and construction…“It’s more structurally sound,” Herron says of LEED construction, which uses larger wooden beams in the walls to make room for extra insulation, as well as other top-quality materials… LEED construction adds $2,000 to $3,000 to the cost of building each of Habitat’s 1,200-square-foot houses. 

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The wonders of bamboo

March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

IT was in 2005 when Ed Manda, then head of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, went to visit China to look at the bamboo forest in Anji City in Zheijang province and brought back home what could be the answer to many of the pressing issues ailing the country… Zheijang was an agricultural province with a languishing economy. Bamboo has changed all that and farmers who were turning despondent now enjoy a lucrative life from the livelihood opportunities derived from bamboo, from roots to the poles… Manda said that with modern processing techniques, many of which are still quite new, bamboo can be transformed into many products that compete directly with wood products in price and performance. Bamboo often surpasses wood in the diversity of products produced.

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Machine takes wood into glazed window market

Stuff.co.nz
March 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Wairarapa company is looking to “revolutionise” the joinery market after buying a machine capable of producing double and triple- glazed wooden windows and doors. Renall Doors in Carterton started testing its $1.5 million machine last week after shipping it from Germany along with the five German engineers needed to assemble it. The Weinig Conturex will produce intricate double and triple glazed wooden joinery, allowing the firm to continue producing exterior and interior doors as well as moving into the sizeable New Zealand window market. …”But the advantage that wood has over aluminium is that it achieves a high degree of insulation, as opposed to aluminium, which is a good conductor of heat and cold.”

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The trees that shape our lives

Irish Times
March 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THEY PROVIDE US with clean air, shelter, fuel and food, as well as medicinal resources, building materials and pulpwood for paper. They also play a vital role in promoting and conserving biodiversity, combating noise and soil pollution, and preventing soil erosion. But, their more practical uses aside, trees have long been a source of inspiration, ornamentation and celebration, beautifying the wilder landscape as well as our gardens and our cities, while deeply enriching all of our lives in the process.

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Forestry

Committee urges District of Clearwater to establish forestry working group

Clearwater Times
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

District of Clearwater council should give serious consideration of establishing a forestry working group as proposed in the town’s community economic development plan. That was the recommendation from the local Healthy Forests/Healthy Communities committee to council on Feb. 21. The committee also endorses formal communication with the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources on re-establishing a Forest District office in Clearwater, spokesperson Bas Delaney told council.

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New facility to aid wildfire management in Valemount

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Wildfire management initial attack crews based in the Robson Valley will soon be stationed in a new operations centre, thanks to capital funding announced in the 2012-13 provincial budget. The construction project will include a new fire zone office and initial attack base in Valemount. The structure will replace an existing trailer complex and will be built on property leased from the Village of Valemount. The larger office will be better equipped to accommodate wildfire response operations during the fire season and support wildfire management priorities, including fuel management projects.

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Respect is the key resource

C3’s Dan Jepsen helps energy, mining and forestry firms work together with First Nations
The Province
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jepsen shakes his head with dismay when he hears about battles between bands and resource firms that could have been averted… C3 works with companies, First Nations and governments focused on mining, power-generation and forestry projects. Its clients range from the Yukon and B.C. to Ontario and beyond Canada’s borders. About 70 per cent of C3’s current clients are companies and 30 per cent First Nations, he says. Jepsen is former president of the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C., and aboriginal affairs and environment manager with Western Forest Products.

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Weighing Jobs Against Clear Cuts In Burns Lake

Opinion 250 News (blog)
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Two former officials in the B.C. Forests Ministry are taking a look at securing a timber supply for Hampton Associates in Burns Lake. The Portland-based company has said securing a long-lasting timber supply is crucial in determining whether to rebuild its Babine Forest Products sawmill that was destroyed by an explosion and fire in January. Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell… are working on the file, doing anything they can to increase the timber supply in the region. Over the last 20 years a number of constraints were established, one of them being “visual quality objectives.” Bell says what that basically means is that when you drive down the highway you don’t see clear cuts.

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Officials: Baltimore Is Losing Trees At Alarming Rate

CBS News
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BALTIMORE — It appears most areas are losing trees and Baltimore is no exception. Annually, major cities are reporting nearly four million trees lost. Tim Williams explains what factors have hit our region the hardest. Trees are losing ground to pavement in many American cities and Baltimore is among them. “It does indicate a decrease in the total tree canopy for Baltimore, as well as a number of other US cities,” said Baltimore City forester Erik Dihle.

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DeVito Speaks For The Trees In ‘The Lorax’

Danny DeVito interview
NPR
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Danny DeVito’s a short and funny guy with a long and winding career in movies, TV, on-stage and online. His latest project transports him to the land of Truffula trees and singing fish. Host Scott Simon speaks to DeVito about voicing the title character in the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s book, The Lorax.

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Lorax cast speaks for the trees in their lives

(author unknown)
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Much like the effect that the 1971 book by Dr. Seuss has had, the animated-feature version of The Lorax will touch anyone who has felt a connection to the outdoors — especially trees. That includes the star-filled voice cast who, along with a bonus participant, leaf through the memorable trees in their lives with USA TODAY… Zac Efron is Ted, the 12-year-old who wants to bring trees back to Thneedville. Efron inherited his love of trees:”We have a tradition in my family. We go to San Francisco to visit the redwood forest.

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Logging in North Central Washington: A future uncertain

The Wenatchee World Online
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEAVENWORTH — Looking at numbers, it’s easy to take a pessimistic view of the future of logging in North Central Washington. The total number of timber processing operations dropped from 228 in 2000 to 125 in 2010. And that’s way down from the industry’s heyday in the late-1970s, when more than 760 mill and export operations were in business in Washington.

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Forest researcher sets record straight

William Baker, University of Wyoming
Arizona Daily Sun
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To the Editor – Thank you for covering our new scientific research in the story “Academic tiff over wildfires rekindled” published in the Feb. 21 paper. We would like to make two corrections. First, the research shows that about two-thirds of the Mogollon Plateau from Williams to Eager did not have open, low-density ponderosa pine forests (i.e., less than 40 trees/acre), but only about 15-17 percent of this forest area was historically dense (i.e., greater than 80 trees/acre). Second, our study did not estimate the size of fires, only their severity. The study showed that fires as severe as the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski occurred historically.

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Owl vs Owl

As one encroaches more and more on the habitat of the other, scientists and federal officials consider multiple alternatives
Mail Tribune
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildlife biologist Paul Henson acknowledges the prospect of killing even one barred owl doesn’t sit well with him. “I’m a bird person — to be put in a position to have to shoot one charismatic and beautiful bird to save another charismatic and beautiful bird is very difficult,” said Henson, who heads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s northern spotted owl recovery program in Oregon… The nearly 400-page draft owl recovery plan also considers nearly doubling critical habitat to 10 million acres for the threatened northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Logging also would be allowed for the first time in the designated critical habitat, using the restoration forestry approach being spearheaded by professors Jerry Franklin and Norm Johnson in three pilot projects under way in southwestern Oregon.

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Grizzly bears beginning to stir in Yellowstone National Park

The Missoulian
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WAPITI, Wyo. – Reports of grizzly bear sightings at lower elevations east of Yellowstone National Park have begun to trickle in to wildlife officials, and food storage regulations on several national forests went into effect on Thursday. Temperatures next week are expected to climb into the 50s and higher. “I’ve had a few reports of grizzlies from both the South Fork and North Fork over the past couple weeks,” said Andy Pills, a wildlife biologist with the Shoshone National Forest. “It’s probably a good time to start paying attention. Our food storage regulations went into effect on March 1.”

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Forest conducts extensive slash pile burns

Helena Independent Record
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dozens of slash piles on the Helena National Forest are being burned this spring as part of ongoing hazard tree removal projects, and prescribed burns also will be taking place.
In recent years, the Forest Service authorized the removal of hundreds of dead and dying trees along roads throughout the mountains surrounding Helena, and is trying to burn off the debris that wasn’t marketable. The dead trees are due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has killed mainly lodgepole pines on two-thirds of the 976,000-acre Helena National Forest. 

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Colorado nonprofit to launch tree-cutting operation for Pine Ridge

Rapid City Journal
March 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Colorado man has a plan to ax three big problems — the pine beetle infestation, Shannon County unemployment and the housing shortage on the Pine Ridge Reservation — in one fell swoop starting Monday. Dave Ventimiglia, executive director of the Colorado nonprofit SolTribe, has a contract with the state Game, Fish & Parks Department to cut down 20,000 beetle-infested trees from Custer State Park. He plans to hire 15 Pine Ridge reservation residents to cut the trees, strip them of bark and drive the logs to the reservation, where workers will mill the trees and build houses from the lumber.

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Key lawmakers confident of renewed timber payments

Seattle Post Intelligencer
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key federal lawmakers say they’re confident that Congress will renew a program this year that has become a lifeline for rural communities suffering from a decline in timber harvests on federal lands, but they can’t say when or how. The uncertainty over the Secure Rural Schools program is making some local officials nervous. They would have a hard time making up the financial loss and many would have to resort to layoffs. The program compensates counties for a decline in federal timber payments resulting from environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species.

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Calif. Forestry Officials Start Prescribed Burns

Firehouse
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

March 02–WEST POINT — Residents of West Point and surrounding communities should expect to see and smell smoke in coming months as a variety of agencies team up to burn brush piles and forest undergrowth. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may begin as soon as this week to burn brush, grass and other low growth near Winton, Schaads Reservoir, and the Lily Valley area east of West Point. Staff from the private logging firm Sierra Pacific Industries will assist.

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Insect Outbreaks Kill Forests and Release Carbon

Live Science
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Insects are essential to a healthy forest environment, but bad bugs are bad news for forests. Throughout North America and the world, forests are experiencing some of the worst outbreaks of insects and diseases in recorded history. As for the forests’ future, researcher Jeffrey Hicke quips: “I’d rather be a beetle than a tree.” There are a cast of characters causing unprecedented levels of mortality to trees across millions of acres of North American forests, from the New Jersey Pine Barrens to the deserts of the Southwest.

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Forestry gives out trees at the premiere of Lorax.

Video and print
WALB – TV
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, GA – The Georgia Forestry Commission is using the movie The Lorax to educate children about the importance of trees… The movie tells the story of a land without any trees. So forest rangers are giving seedlings to those who buy tickets to the movie. Greg Findlay of the Georgia Forestry Commission said, “sustainability, that’s what we’re all about is we want to have trees for today and all the products like paper and lumber for building houses. But we also want to have products for the future.” Georgia has 24 million acres of forest and that the state actually has more trees now than it did 100 years ago, despite rapid growth in cities such as Atlanta.

Five interpretations of The Lorax – BBC News Magazine

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Real-Life Lorax Has a Few Words From (and About) Trees

National Geographic
March 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The movie version of the Dr. Seuss’s classic conservation story The Lorax tells the story of Ted, a boy who wanders beyond the walls of Thneedville, a superficial, plastic-loving city, in search of a real tree to impress the artistic Audrey. By the ruins of the once beautiful Truffula-tree forest, he meets the Once-ler, who tells Ted of the tree-loving Lorax, who used to say, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” It turns out National Geographic has its own Lorax: Meg Lowman, an NG grantee and director of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She is currently working to conserve forests in Ethiopia.

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Forest department to get more funds to tackle fires

Times of India
March 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AMRAVATI: Forest fires are a raging concern in Melghat region. Recently a fire broke out in Gugamal national park which took the number of such incidents to 29 in the 1459-hectare Melghat region. Despite the spurt in such cases in just two months conservationists feel that the new government resolution released in October last year will help curb the menace. According to the GR, 25% of the total fund will be diverted to forest fires – to create mechanisms to help prevent such incidents. From this year joint forest management committees (JFMC) and eco development committees (EDC) would get funds for developing preventive mechanisms in the village. They will spend the fund for various activities of forest development.

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Call to drop forest minister from Cabinet

Deccan Herald
March 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A delegation of State Congress leaders on?Sunday met Governor H?R?Bhardwaj and requested him to direct the chief minister to drop Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara from the Cabinet. KPCC?President G?Parameshwara told reporters after the meeting that Yogeeshwara had no right to continue in office following the Serious Fraud Investigation Office of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs filing seven separate charge sheets against the minister for alleged fraud by his Megacity Developers and Builders Ltd.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Voluntary Carbon Offset Programs Gathering Steam

Environmental Leader
March 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

With the future of an international climate agreement still in flux, governments worldwide are turning to voluntary carbon offsetting markets to engage private sector climate actors – and to provide the tools that could shape tomorrow’s regulated carbon markets, according to a study by Ecosystem Marketplace, a project of nonprofit Forest Trends… A report released in January predicts the amount of carbon trading in North America to double this year. The volume of permits and credits traded could reach 179 million tons, valued at $782 million, according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.

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Disturbing developments

Arizona Daily Sun
March 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Companies sometimes promise customers that they’ll invest in renewable energy, or plant trees to combat climate change, when selling products. The renewable energy offsets other sources of energy that produce more carbon dioxide, and the trees store the greenhouse gases… Now two Northern Arizona University researchers say science also has to go further in weighing more of the physical changes to a landscape humans can make to speed or slow climate change — like the impact of massive logging or wildfires — because these physical changes can shift how much heat the ground absorbs or reflects outward.

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Well, is bioenergy carbon neutral or not?

John Bonitz
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
March 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

I regularly receive jabs from my left and right sides from people who insist, “it’s simple – biomass is always carbon neutral!” OR “burning biomass will never be climate friendly.” I really wish it were that simple, friends. Decades of science show us that biopower from forestry residuals has been helpful to reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions. However, equally clear in recent studies is the fact that all energy sources have costs, and some take longer to repay these costs: Not all biomass energy is ‘climate friendly’ in the short term. Fortunately, my impatience is a little relieved. Recently, there have been four noteworthy efforts to grapple with similar questions surrounding biomass.

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Voluntary carbon offsetting using forests on the rise despite climate risks

Energy and Environmental Management (EAEM) Magazine
March 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Voluntary carbon offset schemes using forest plantations are being increasingly used by governments and states despite an increase in drought and disease affecting forests that raises concerns about their reliability. A new survey of 15 national and sub-national government agencies around the world that have incorporated voluntary climate change offsetting into their strategies shows that their use is on the increase. Many of these schemes use the planting of woodland or forests to claim an amount of carbon dioxide sequestration equivalent to that emitted elsewhere.

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Make the most of woodfuel potential

Farmers Weekly
February 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

There has been a sharp increase in demand for biomass fuels such as wood chip, pellet and traditional logs over recent months. This has been driven by the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive last November, which pays eligible installation owners for the heat generated from sources such as biomass, combined with a steady rise in energy costs; per unit of heat, biomass is significantly cheaper than oil.

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Death threats, intimidation and abuse: climate change scientist Michael E. Mann counts the cost of honesty

Research by Michael E. Mann confirmed the reality of global warming. Little did he know that it would also expose him to a vicious hate campaign
The Guardian
March 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The scientist who has borne the full brunt of attacks by climate change deniers, including death threats and accusations of misappropriating funds, is set to hit back. Michael E. Mann, creator of the “hockey stick” graph that illustrates recent rapid rises in global temperatures, is to publish a book next month detailing the “disingenuous and cynical” methods used by those who have tried to disprove his findings. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars is a startling depiction of a scientist persecuted for trying to tell the truth.

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General

Teacher’s musical hides green message in tale of local heroism

Interview with writer
Wicked Local
March 3, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Region: US East, United States

Clemsford, MA – “Chicken Man” is set in the Brazilian rain forest and portrays a village torn apart when a lumber company moves in. Byam Elementary School reading specialist Jane Blumberg wrote the musical 20 years ago, but is resurrecting it for another run… I first wrote it 20 years ago, which was when it was first performed. Unfortunately it’s still a very current message: the rainforest is still being destroyed at an alarming rate.

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APP Statement on Greenpeace ‘Ramin’ Report

March 5, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has just received a copy of a new report from Greenpeace entitled ‘The Ramin Paper Trail’. The report makes a series of allegations concerning the treatment of protected tree species at our Indah Kiat mill in Perawang, Sumatra… A specialist APP team has been sent to the Indah Kiat mill to determine whether there is any substance to the claims. We will inform our stakeholders once this process is completed. APP maintains a strict zero tolerance policy for illegal wood entering the supply chain and has comprehensive chain of custody (CoC) systems to ensure that only legal wood enters its pulp mill operations.

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