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Business & Politics

S&P rates Domtar proposed notes ‘BBB-‘

Reuters
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today said it assigned its ‘BBB-‘ issue-level rating to Montreal-based Domtar Corp.’s  (BBB-/Stable/–) proposed US$250 million senior unsecured notes. The notes and the guarantees are senior unsecured obligations of Domtar, ranking equally with all of the company’s existing and future senior unsecured notes. We understand that proceeds from the proposed notes will be used to finance the purchase price of US$185 million of various senior unsecured notes that were recently tendered and for general corporate purposes. While this issuance will lead to a slight increase in leverage net of redemptions, the net increase results in immaterial changes to the company’s credit metrics. 

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Draft airshed plan points to potential action by City

The Kamloops Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Response to a survey on airshed management shows a high degree of public concern about air quality even if the City has little control over it, council heard Tuesday. Jen Fretz, environmental services manager, gave council an update on the city’s draft airshed management plan, which has been developed over the past year as an integral part of the City’s overall sustainability strategy… Local air quality is often criticized for its occasional pulp odour, but that problem is one of perception, not health, Fretz noted… Nonetheless, a public survey that brought 380 responses cited pulp odour as a priority amongst a broad range of concerns.

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AFPA members produce $2.2 billion in 2011

Values decrease 6.6% from 2010 
Alberta Forest Products press release
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton, March 7, 2012 – Values of lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association-member companies totaled approximately $2.2 billion for 2011….  “While we had hoped for a year-to-year increase, there is reason to believe that 2012 will be a better year than 2011,” said AFPA President and CEO Brady Whittaker. “Lumber prices in the last couple of months have been noticeably stronger. While the pulp and paper market has continued to soften, prices remain above historical averages. We are hopeful that a turnaround in the global economy will spur higher pulp and paper prices in the future.”

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Harmac won’t bow out of Nanaimo water talks

Snuneymuxw band plans court action
Nanaimo Daily News
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Harmac pulp mill will not bow out of water-sharing discussions with the City of Nanaimo, despite threats of an impending lawsuit. …Harmac president Levi Sampson said the uproar over the letter and resulting court action will not deter discussions about a water agreement. He also remains confident the company is “on strong footing” with its water licences. “We are still willing to enter into negotiations if this is something that makes sense for the region and will help take care of future water needs,” he said. “Right now we are still in the testing stages to see if this is feasible.”

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Domtar prices senior notes offering

MarketWatch (press release)
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corporation today announced that it has priced its offering of senior notes.$300 million aggregate principal amount of 4.40% senior notes due in 2022 was issued.

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Domtar CEO on the Paper Business (Video)

CNBC
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Fresh from the opening bell, john williams is the president and ceo of domtar corporation. over the five-year period, the stock is down about 10%. if you look at a three-year chart, shares of the company up more than — it says 1,000%. is that possible? about that. nicely done. we talked off-camera about paper business, north america heavily exposed, top line’s been difficult. yeah. we think there’s about a 3% to 4% decline in the paper business every year. so we can manage that. 

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Merkley, DeFazio Introduce Bill to Ensure Americans Get Hired for Forest Work

Salem-News.Com
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

(WASHINGTON DC) – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced The American Jobs in American Forests Act to tighten restrictions on a visa program that was used to hire foreign workers at the expense of Oregon forest workers.  Last year, a Department of Labor investigation found federal stimulus funds were awarded to contractors in Oregon who underbid competition by using foreign laborers under the H-2B visa program. After Merkley and DeFazio requested changes to the program last year, the Department of Labor agreed to certain reforms that will go into effect next month.

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Port sends out first log shipment since 2002

Shipment is first of kind since 2002 and helps keep jobs here
HeraldNet
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT — A cargo ship should be sailing for China today with a hold stuffed with timber culled from local land — including Snohomish County back yards. Although those logs will be milled overseas, the shipment is keeping a web of people employed in the local timber industry during a time when demand for their skills is nearly nil. That’s important, given the recent closure of regional mills, including Northwest Hardwoods in Arlington.

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Authorities investigating fire bombs found at lumber company

The Republic
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Homemade fire bombs were discovered early Wednesday at a family-owned Columbus lumber company that sustained heavy damage from a fire about six years ago… The cause of the 2006 fire was undetermined. Authorities said at the time it was suspicious, but they never found proof that the fire was arson, said Matt Noblitt, spokesman for Columbus Fire Department.

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Pulp producers seek higher prices for March deliveries

EUWID Pulp and Paper
March 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Price increases are the dominant issue on the pulp market at the moment. Manufacturers are seeking a $30 price hike for all hardwood grades in March. Softwood pulp prices to be lifted by $20/metr.t. Mark-ups have been called for all pulp deliveries as of 1 March. Manufacturers will charge $30/metr.t more for hardwood grades and $20/metr.t for softwood grades.

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Pine log prices in Brazil close to all-time highs

IHB
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Eucalyptus log prices in Brazil reached a peak in the 3Q last year, but fell back almost eight percent in the 4Q/11 in US dollar terms because of the strengthening dollar. Current price levels are still among the highest since the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com) started tracking Brazilian wood prices in 1990. Prices for Eucalyptus pulpwood traded in the open market are high not only from a historical perspective, but also as compared to many other regions around the world. Only pulp mills in Europe and Australia had higher hardwood fiber costs than Brazil in late 2011, while North America, Chile, Russia and Indonesia all had lower hardwood log prices than the world’s largest market pulp exporter.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Home Depot, USGBC Launch leedhomedepot.com

woodworkingnetwork.com
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council and The Home Depot launched an online green home products database – leed.homedepot.com – that features products geared toward green home building, including items that could earn USGBC LEED for Homes points. USGBC says nearly 16,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system; another 67,000 homes are registered and awaiting certification. 

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Rosemont Public Washroom Natural Building Project

The Nelson Post
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The local Kootenay/Rockies branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council has designed a new public washroom building for the City of Nelson, to be constructed at the Art Gibbons Memorial Park in (Rosemont) Nelson, BC. The goal of this project is to construct a demonstration net-zero energy ‘natural building’ showcasing local, healthy, low-embodied-energy materials and alternative building methods. The building will be integrated into the landscape with curved walls constructed of natural clay and wood-chips, a vegetated green roof, and covered seating around the exterior of the building. Local construction services and materials will be used throughout the project including FSC-certified timber structure and roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels with a net-metering system to achieve a net-zero energy building.

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Nanaimo firm takes home design award

Nanaimo Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo’s Checkwitch Poiron Architects were among the big winners Monday night at the eighth annual Wood Works B.C. wood design awards Monday in Vancouver. The firm, which has offices in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Saltspring Island, received the award for commercial wood design for its design of the Nanaimo cruise ship terminal building.

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CR school building wins ‘green’ award

COURIER-ISLANDER
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island construction projects swept the annual Wood Works B.C. wood design awards on Monday showcasing residential to institutional developments. The green building award went to Craig Duffield of Vancouver’s McFarland Marceau Architects for his work on the Ecole Mer et Montagne Elementary School in Campbell River.

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SFI opposes new draft of LEED standards

Home Channel News
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

.SFI Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”  SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the LEED program, continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75% of North America’s forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). …In response, Ashley Katz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Green Building Council, said that the LEED rating system is designed “to choose materials that have verified green credentials. LEED references today’s best certifications and labels for all materials, including wood but retains the flexibility to allow recognition for new, emerging and substantially improved certifications that may appear between versions. 

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Coming soon to baby’s bottom: 100% compostable diapers

Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

When Linda Naerheim gave birth to her first daughter, she wanted a high-performance diaper that was convenient to use and made from sustainable materials, but finding that combination was a challenge… This week, Naerheim’s company, Elements Naturals, is introducing a 100% compostable diaper at Expo West, the annual natural products extravaganza in Anaheim. The plant-based diaper is hypoallergenic and chlorine- and fragrance-free, Naerheim said. Its absorbent core is made from wood pulp encased in a waterproof outer layer made from a plant-derived starch known as Ingeo. The stretchy leg cuffs are also made from Ingeo. The repositionable tabs that secure the diaper in place are paper. Naerheim said the diaper can break down completely in 90 days. Composting is recommended only for diapers with urine.

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Paris’s Next Readymade: A Wood Pallet Facade

Architizer Blog
March 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception may have left many with stitched brows and confused looks, but entangled meta-reveries aside, few could forget the scenes of Paris dissolving, rebuilding, and folding in on itself. French architect Stephane Malka has imagined a similar vision of architectural flux, but one brought to life through the pragmatic re-appropriation of wooden shipping pallets.

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Concrete and steel proposed for Cathedral

Ireland
Longford Leader
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Planning permission has been submitted to Longford Town Council for the structural reconstruction of St Mel’s Cathedral, bringing the project one step closer to re-construction. Much of this part of the application process centres around the proposal to insert a flat-bed concrete slab floor and new steel trusses for the roof, despite much of the original floor and roof being supported by timber. As a protected structure under the Planning and Development Act 2000, the rebuild of St Mel’s Cathedral will have to adhere to strict rules to protect and respect the original building.

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Forestry

Snuneymuxw will sue over water

Chief claims Nanaimo mayor broke a promise and wants his band’s rights respected
Nanaimo Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Snuneymuxw First Nation will launch court action against the City of Nanaimo after Mayor John Ruttan announced the band would have no veto power over a new water-sharing agreement. Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White voiced concerns in early February that Harmac, owned by Nanaimo Forest Products, and the city would sign a water-sharing agreement without the consent or involvement of the band. 

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Advice from Mackenzie for the Village of Burns Lake

Burns Lake District News
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

District of Mackenzie municipal representatives dished up some advice to the Village of Burns Lake mayor and council during a special meeting of council recently. …District of Mackenzie municipal representatives dished up some advice to the Village of Burns Lake mayor and council during a special meeting of council recently. Mackenzie Mayor, Stephanie Killam, chief administrative officer, Mark Fercho, councillor Pat Crook and economic development officer Diane Smith arrived in Burns Lake to offer some suggestions on how their community coped with the temporary loss of a Canfor mill in June 2008.

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Legislation to limit liability on resource roads

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Amendments updating a number of resource-related acts were introduced today, including changes to the Occupiers Liability Act that will reduce liability concerns arising from the public use of resource roads.

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US Forest Service Hosts, Trains, and Engages Bhutanese Foresters

USDA Blog
USDA Forest Service
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

Bhutan is a small mountainous kingdom nestled in the Himalayas. Some people know it as the country that measures gross national happiness in addition to its gross domestic product… The staff of the U.S. Forest Service, on the other hand, is getting to know Bhutan and the Bhutanese people for a different reason: training and collaboration in remote sensing for improved management of forests and wildlife. Hosting and working with their Bhutanese colleagues, Forest Service employees are helping them develop geographic information system data from remote sensing imagery related to historical wildfires and current tree canopy cover in Bhutan.

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Free the American West

Get the federal government off public lands that are of no national importance.
Los Angeles Times – Op-ed
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Like much else in government, U.S. public land policy is a vestige of the past… Today our needs are much different and much greater. The United States can no longer afford to keep tens of millions of acres of “public” land locked up and out of service… Past mismanagement has turned many national forests into flammable tinderboxes where intense crown fires reaching to the top of the trees — once a rarity — consume entire forests.

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Fear of losing iconic Western culture spurs fight

Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislators in Utah and Arizona say they are finally drawing a line in the sand with bills aimed at forcing the federal government to hand over control of public territory, insisting local leaders could manage it better. “We’re putting them on notice for them to cede it to us. And if they don’t, we’ll start taxing it,” said Arizona state Sen. Al Melvin, who sponsored the legislation in his state… Lawmakers say the federal oversight is crippling industries like ranching, timber and mining, and overregulation has led to overgrown forests and massive wildfires.

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Time to plug a few loopholes

The Oregonian
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed last year that four Oregon forestry firms had hired foreign workers instead of local out-of-work loggers, anger spread as fast as fire. How could federal stimulus dollars, aimed at Oregon to jump-start employment in forest thinning projects, be so abused? …The DeFazio-Merkley bill would require that logging companies conspicuously advertise at local job fairs, on local radio, and at reputable Internet job-search sites. They should advertise in the local papers as well. Significantly, The Oregonian’s Charles Pope reports, Oregon workforce agencies would be required to verify that any forestry companies seeking H-2B visas for foreign workers be able to show that no local workers were available for the job. That gives real leverage to the state in ensuring nobody games the system. 

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Support for federal timber bill dims

Portland Tribune
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde returned from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning after a several-day meeting with lobbyists and legislators on county-based legislative priorities. The main push of Hyde’s visit, which tied in with the National Association of Counties’ annual legislative conference, had been advocating for a House bill that would restore logging revenue in rural counties and set aside sensitive lands for conservancy. Hyde left Tuesday with a sense the bill, in its current form, would be unlikely to survive congressional review.

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Council OKs $460000 to fight Emerald Ash Borer

Naperville Sun
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Naperville City Council this week unanimously approved spending $467,436 to contain the damage from the Emerald Ash Borer, but not without some serious reservations. “If we are going to treat a tree, I want to do it right,” Councilman Paul Hinterlong said after questioning the treatments for some of the city’s 16,300 parkway ash trees. Hinterlong indicated he had reservations about treating the trees with a medium level treatment and just hoping for the best.

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City spends $200K to move tree in street’s way

KPRC Houston
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LEAGUE CITY, Texas – Rather than knock down a tree in the way of a road-widening project, a Houston-area city will spend almost $200,000 to move it. League City’s council voted Tuesday to move the Ghirardi oak tree about a quarter of a mile for $197,500. That will allow the city to widen Louisiana Avenue on the city’s east side. “Compton Oaks are fairly rare,” engineer John Lothrop said. “When they get this size, they are rare.” The tree was planted by one of the earliest families to settle in League City more than 100 years ago. “I think it’s a beautiful tree stressed because of drought and construction, but it will thrive when we move it,” Lothrop said.

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Winona to chemically treat trees

Winona Daily News
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The city of Winona will spend $80,000 to chemically treat and inoculate up to 4,000 of the city’s ash trees against the emerald ash borer. Earlier this week public works staff presented findings and recommendations on Pointer and TREE-age, insecticides that have been found effective in inoculating ash trees against the destructive ash borer making its way toward Winona.

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Forestry Act Envisions Nation of Responsible Yeoman Stewards

Estonian Public Broadcasting
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry council formed by Environment Minister Keit Pentus and consisting of NGOs, experts and MPs met for the first time on March 7 and was briefed on the new draft Forestry Act. The Ministry described the draft Forestry Act as more environmentally friendly and in line with interests of smaller landowners. The aim is to bring the Forestry Act into conformity with a forestry development plan approved in 2011, which states that use of forests, which cover over half of the country, must not exceed the annual increment and that at least 10 percent must remain under strict protection. 

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Mexico organization partners with EDF to address deforestation, climate change and rural development

Environmental Defense Fund
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Take a trip through southern Mexico, and you’re bound to see immense forests with majestic trees like ceibas or ahuehuetes, hear the sounds of howler monkeys or scarlet macaws, make out some amazing archaeological sites, and meet the area’s generous peoples… But the country’s forests are under threat, and that’s not only bad for the forests and the people who live there, it’s bad for global efforts to reduce deforestation – a major contributor to global warming… A large contribution to this deforestation is agricultural expansion that results from the unsustainable management and low productivity of land that has already been cleared. As in many other tropical forest countries, rich forests are being converted to farmland and pasture for cattle ranching.

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No hope of native logging ban, greens warn

The West Australian
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The new head of a powerful State Government environmental age-ncy has warned conservationists to temper their expectations about native timber logging, saying calls to end the practice are unrealistic. Brian Easton, who took over as chairman of the Conservation Commission in January, said green groups’ demands that logging in State forests be banned were impractical given the Government’s support of the industry.

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Brazil’s Rousseff urged to veto new forestry code

Associated Free Press
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BRASILIA — Environmentalists and small farmers marched outside the National Congress Wednesday to urge President Dilma Rousseff to veto changes to the country’s forestry code they fear will accelerate deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The bill, which is backed by the powerful agribusiness sector, would allow huge areas of the country to be farmed if they were illegally logged before July 2008, and would allow farming along environmentally sensitive riverbanks. It was initially intended as a bid to rein in unfettered logging, and increase protections of Brazil’s forested areas, which play a key role in reducing greenhouse gases.

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Illegal logging destroying indigenous habitat

Newsroom Panama
March 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Another group of indigenous people is raising its voice in protest over abuses to the environment, because of illegal logging. After a meeting lasting over two hours with Lucia Chandeck the general manager of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) a group of Wounnan decided to continue their day of protest, in an attempt to control the illegal logging of timber species in the province of Darien. Leonidas Quiros, legal adviser to the National People’s Congress Wounnan, said the Wounnan have also scheduled a vigil at either the premises of Anam or the National Authority of Land Management.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Washington state plan expands renewable energy law

Canadian Business
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday signed a bill that for the first time broadens the definition of renewable energy. The measure makes electricity produced from older biomass facilities, such as pulp mills, eligible for the state’s renewable energy mandate. Supporters say it will benefit rural communities and a struggling timber industry. Since voters approved Initiative 937 in 2006, there have been numerous attempts by lawmakers, utilities and industry to expand what qualifies as a renewable energy source.

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LePage says Millinocket leaders broke word on landfill deal, withholds $216K

Bangor Daily News
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The state will withhold about $216,000 in aid from Millinocket because town officials broke an agreement to share Dolby landfill operating costs, Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, announced that East Millinocket and Millinocket will each get about $504,000 in Sudden and Severe Impact funds for the significant loss of taxable value the towns suffered with the sale of the two Katahdin region paper mills to the new Great Northern Paper Co. last year.

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Norwegian Climate Policy:Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in developing countries

By Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala
press release
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

It is Norway´s view that the increase in global mean temperature has to be limited to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial level in order to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN Convention on Climate Change of preventing dangerous climate change. …In order to promote early action on REDD, Norway has launched a comprehensive Forest and Climate Initiative. In addition to achieving reduced emissions, the initiative will generate useful experiences to the negotiation process. The initiative was launched by Prime Minister Stoltenberg at the Bali summit in 2007, and has an annual budget of about 3 billion (more than 500 million USD).

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Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers

An approach for integrating climate change in forest programmes in support of sustainable forest managment (2011)
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
March 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Forestry Department of FAO and the National Forest Programme Facility have initiated a joint effort to assist countries address emerging policy issues related to forests and climate change through integrating climate change considerations into national forest programmes… This document is published as a key part of the effort by the Forestry Department of FAO and the National Forest Programme Facility to assist countries address emerging policy issues related to forests and climate change through integrating climate change considerations into national forest programmes.

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Fortum to invest 20 mln euros in bio-oil plant

Reuters
March 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

HELSINKI – Finnish utility Fortum Oyj will invest 20 million euros ($26.2 mln) in the construction of a bio-oil production plant in southeast Finland amid growing demand for renewable fuels. The new facility will be integrated into its existing Joensuu power plant, the company said on Wednesday.

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