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Business & Politics

From pharmacare to fertilizer — everybody’s lobbying Harper on the budget

Montreal Gazette
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Corporate tax breaks, relief on golf fees, support for hydrogen and natural gas vehicles, streamlined pipeline approvals and revamped environmental policies — these are just a handful of the goodies requested of the Conservative government in the lead-up to the March 29 federal budget… Forestry giant Weyerhaeuser, who recently met Oliver, is asking for federal financial support for green energy programs, including wood-fibre based energy.

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Raw-log exports are hurting B.C.’s economy

Lack of investment in our lumber industry is hindering employment.
Victoria Times Colonist
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw, unprocessed logs leave British Columbia’s coast in ocean freighters bound for the far side of the world, a common refrain from some in our forest industry is that we have no choice. Because workers in mills in China are paid so little, log buyers there can afford to pay more for our logs than domestic buyers pay. The result, we’re told, is that we have no alternative but to sell our logs overseas. But there’s much to suggest that such a defeatist argument doesn’t hold water, and that the real problem is a lack of investment in mills here at home. Take the Ladysmith sawmill, for example. On a recent bright, winter morning I found myself driving from Victoria up the southeast coast of Vancouver Island to the mill, where I met Arnold Bercov, president of Local 8 of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada.

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Catalyst urges B.C. and feds to step in with aid

Alberni Valley Times
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

On the heels of Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser’s request that the province take steps to aid struggling Catalyst Paper, the company has sent its own official request for aid to Victoria and Ottawa. On Jan. 31, Catalyst applied for creditor protection, allowing the company, which owns the Port Alberni Catalyst Paper Mill and facilities in Powell River and North Cowichan, to continue operating while the company works towards restructuring its capital.

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Squamish Terminals moves Canada’s forestry supply chain

Founded in 1972 as Squamish Terminals Ltd., the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of North America’s leading forestry break- bulk logistics terminals.
Business Review Canada (press release)
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Founded in 1972 as Squamish Terminals Ltd., the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of North America’s leading forestry break-bulk logistics terminals. Fortunately for Squamish and CEO Ron Anderson, the company has much more to be celebrating, thanks to its dedicated employees and unique offering in Canada’s supply chain industry. “We’re pleased to have a terminal in the region that has deepwater access and the ability to specialize in highway and rail,” Anderson says. “We run a very efficient operation, and we’re proud of how far we’ve come as a company.

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MLA presses province over Catalyst

Alberni Valley News
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley went on the offensive in the legislature this week over Catalyst Paper and the company’s creditor protection status.  Both MLAs grilled Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, about whether the provincial government is trying to help the company.  “The government has steps they could take between doing nothing and stepping right into the situation,” Routley said. “The minister must step up and provide that leadership now.”

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Alberta’s forestry sector still facing challenges

Troy Media (blog)
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY, AB, Mar. 8, 2012, Troy Media/ – While forestry is one of Alberta’s oldest and traditionally strongest sectors in Alberta, it is sometimes overshadowed by the much larger energy sector. Local forest product producers have seen some difficult times over the past decade, and challenges remained in 2011. According to the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), the value of lumber, panelboard, and pulp and paper produced by its member companies totalled approximately $2.2 billion for 2011. That is lower by about 6.6 per cent from the previous year.

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Paper mill axes 187 jobs

Workers blame rising dollar and aging equipment
The Province
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Workers who lost their jobs Thursday at a New Westminster paper mill were told they could work for free and the company still wouldn’t make money. Chris May, a worker at Kruger Products paper company and union president, said that the elimination of 187 jobs has hit hard. “It’s a huge loss,” he said. “The human cost is the real thing. People are financially stuck with mortgages they can’t pay.”  

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Catalyst counting on deals with unions

HQ Cowichan Valley
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unions at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill are feeling the pressure to sign a new collective agreement with boss Catalyst Paper. Having unionized workers ratify collective agreements is one condition the company must meet by Apr. 30 to satisfy court orders under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA), according to Catalyst CEO and President Kevin. “It absolutely will require for a competitive labour deal, which is key to this.” Catalyst also needs an agreement with its creditors to make sure the money owed is ‘settled in advanced’ and a view that the company will be viable.

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US Senate backs renewed timber payments

The Missoulian
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON — The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species. The Secure Rural Schools program has become a lifeline for rural communities, particularly in the West, that have suffered from a decline in timber harvests on federal lands. An amendment sponsored by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana would distribute $346 million nationwide over the next year. The money goes to about 700 counties in 41 states, with the largest share going to Oregon, California, Washington state and Idaho.
The amendment cleared the Senate Thursday on an 82-16 vote.

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Tamar Valley mill under cloud after Richard Chandler drops $150mn deal

The future of Gunns?s $2.3 billion Tasmanian pulp mill ? and of the company itself ? has been thrown into doubt by the withdrawal of a proposed cornerstone investor.
The Australian
March 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

.. Chandler’s decision to withdraw followed a due diligence process, which included meetings with opponents of the mill, such as the Tasmanian Greens and local groups in the Tamar Valley. Pulp the Mill spokeswoman Lucy Landon-Lane said locals opposed to the project were “cheering”, believing it was now in all likelihood “dead”. “We made it clear in our discussion with Richard Chandler Corporation consultants that there would never be a social licence for the pulp mill and why,” Ms Landon-Lane told The Australian. Tasmania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry blamed the Greens for sabotaging the Chandler deal. “Their performance in this is an absolute disgrace, disloyal and destructive, and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” said the chamber’s chairman, Troy Harper.

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Pulp mill deal falls through (Radio)

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A major investment that was hoped to save the Gunns pulp mill project has fallen through. It was announced early last month that New Zealand born billionaire Richard Chandler would take a 40 per cent stake in the company and help get the pulp mill built, but Gunns told the stock exchange this morning that the investment won’t be proceeding.

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Gunns investor pulls out

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Environmentalists are being blamed for the dumping of a deal to sink $150 million into Tasmanian timber company Gunns. Gunns has notified the stock exchange that potential investor, Richard Chandler Corporation, has pulled out of its bid to buy a 40 per cent stake in the company. Gunns CEO Greg L’Estrange says public statements from environmental movement leaders may have undermined the deal. “If you look at the type of public comments that’s been made by prominent figures over the last few weeks, it’s not a situation that is encourage investment in the state of Tasmania.”

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Regional forest offices’ industrial softwood volumes now largely under contract for 2012

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Following the tough industrial-softwood negotiations, Germany’s regional forest offices have meanwhile come to an agreement with the majority of recipients in the wood-based panel and pulp and paper industries on prices and volumes for deliveries in 2012. Contractual negotiations with buyers remain outstanding in only a few German states. Although a large proportion of the preliminary contracts still have a term of one year, the share accounted for by six-month contracts is higher than it has been in the past.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

USGBC Backs Down on FSC-100% Requirement

Hardwood Floors Magazine
March 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In its latest version of Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has dropped the requirement that a product bear the FSC-100% mark. Instead, USGBC outlined that any FSC-certified product—including FSC-Mixed products—could garner points under that credit. The change is noteworthy because Pilot Credit 53 is intended to replace MR Credit 7: Certified Wood in the next version of LEED, dubbed LEED 2012. The USGBC recently opened the third public comment period for LEED 2012 draft, and the comment period will close on March 20. The final version of LEED 2012 is expected to be ready for member balloting in June and be launched in November. 

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Plant Operation: One Solution to the Wood Waste Dilemma

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

For as long as there have been sawmills and wood processing facilities, operators have struggled with the issue of what to do with all of the sawdust and wood residues created during production runs. Years ago, solutions included dumping sawdust into nearby streams and rivers or allowing the waste to accumulate before burning it onsite. Fortunately, today’s wood processing industry is more mindful of environmental sustainability and is developing cleaner ways to dispose of its waste products. Wood processing mills throughout Europe, and increasingly in North America, are embracing briquetting as a viable alternative for wood waste disposition.

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Pau Marfim: Wood Is No Featherweight

woodworkingnetwork.com
March 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Pau marfim, or guatambu as it also is commonly known, grows primarily in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The pale creamy toned wood typically displays very little difference between the sapwood and heartwood, resulting in it sometimes being referred to as having a “featureless appearance.” It also is known for being a very tough and hard wood, which explains why it is frequently used for flooring.

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Timber frame firm’s owner sees glimmers of hope for construction industry

New Hampshire Business Review
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States
As the owner of Brooks Post and Beam in Lyndeborough — one of the oldest timber framing companies in the country — the niche of timber framing has helped Freeman and his company make it through a brutal recession battered, but relatively unharmed… ‘I have seen before in downturns, timber frame picks up before stick frame construction, so I’m optimistic,’ says Paul Freeman, owner of Brooks Post and Beam in Lyndeborough, one of oldest firms of its kind in the country.

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Clarion Plans Tippin and Becht Renovations, New Natatorium

Gant Daily
March 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

CLARION – Three major building projects are on the agenda for Clarion University in 2012… Clarion will be replacing the building’s wood frame with a steel frame, which will support its new functions and is not as susceptible to fire. Even though Becht is currently fully fitted with a sprinkler system, Becht ceased to be used as a residence hall because of the fire risk from its previous wooden structure and supports.

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Forestry

New ‘Lorax’ speaks, speaks, speaks, speaks for the trees

UW Badger Herald
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

…There’s nothing wrong with environmental activism — in fact, it’s a very important issue that should have wider discussion — but “The Lorax” attempts to graft Greenpeace-esque morals with spontaneous musical numbers, with the end result being a somewhat sloppy work that is never quite sure what it’s supposed to be doing. “The Lorax” comes off as merely another PSA about the dangers of materialism and resource exploitation, and in the process loses much of the uniqueness that made the original work a nuanced bastion of sustainable living.

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George Benwell tells tales from the Forest Service

March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the Columbia Forest District office last Monday, about 50 former and current forestry workers gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Forest Service. They enjoyed snacks and cake and exchanged stories. Jim Doyle, the former NDP MLA for the area and Minister of Forests in 2000, was on hand to speak. So was George Benwell, who has spent nearly 60 years in the forestry sector, including nearly 25 years working for the service from 1955 to 1979. While I was unable to make it to the celebration, I sat down with Benwell on Friday morning so he could share some of the stories he told at the celebration earlier in the week.

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Auditors report indicates possible forestry job loss: MLA

Merritt Herald
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recently released auditor general report on the future of timber revenue in B.C. indicates the possible reduction in the number of jobs at mills in the Nicola Valley, said Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali. Trees aren’t being replanted fast enough to maintain the forest industry, the report states. …But according to Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson, 500,000 of those hectares are to be replanted by the private sector. “There is a lot of debate over the numbers,” he said, noting his ministry has identified 733,000 hectares of land needing restock. “Plans are in place to make sure the rest is reforested because we do invest in reforestation.” The government has dedicated $236 million since 2005 in the ‘Forest for Tomorrow’ program.

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Raw-log exports are hurting B.C.’s economy

Lack of investment in our lumber industry is hindering employment – By Ben Parfitt
Victoria Times Colonist
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw, unprocessed logs leave British Columbia’s coast in ocean freighters bound for the far side of the world, a common refrain from some in our forest industry is that we have no choice. Because workers in mills in China are paid so little, log buyers there can afford to pay more for our logs than domestic buyers pay. The result, we’re told, is that we have no alternative but to sell our logs overseas. But there’s much to suggest that such a defeatist argument doesn’t hold water, and that the real problem is a lack of investment in mills here at home.

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Tourism has greater potential than logging

Letter by Marilyn Olthuis
Coast Reporter
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Editor: Harsh words were spoken by Mike Bowering and Ken Sneddon regarding the general opinion of the “real” community (Coast Reporter letters, Feb. 24). The claims that there are only a “select vocal few” that wish to cease logging on Mount Elphinstone is incorrect. There will be many different views of how the land is to be managed. The proposed logging will have a negative impact on a large portion of the population. The request is that certain areas be preserved and that harvesting is done where it will not disturb the land that is used recreationally so near to our homes.

Previous letters on this topic:

Letter 2 March 2, 2011

Letter 1 Feb 24, 2012

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Focus on Forestry: We can’t look forward without a nod to the past

Daily Business Buzz
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In January, the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS) held its annual meeting in Halifax. As you may imagine, in an industry that has been through the turmoil the forest industry has seen last few years, the agenda was full. Aside from the talk of who is closing their doors, who is expanding, and who is new to the industry in Nova Scotia, perhaps the most anticipated session of the annual meeting was simply titled “State of the Forests”, involving a panel of three speakers.

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New national forest rule to focus on restoration of damaged ecosystems

Denver Post
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Obama administration officials are emphasizing restoration of degraded ecosystems as they roll out a final new rule for managing the nation’s 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.
Thirty years in the making, the rule to be officially issued this month will direct regional foresters to use science and more monitoring to improve conditions, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in an interview Thursday. “If we don’t restore our forests and grasslands, we’re going to continue to see more loss of the benefits,” Tidwell said. “More loss of the clean water that is produced on healthy forests. More loss of wildlife habitat. More soil erosion.”  The congressionally required rule sets a framework for regional plans that govern all activities on national forests — from tree-cutting to oil-and-gas drilling to hiking on trails.

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Senate backs renewed timber payments

Associated Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species. …The Secure Rural Schools program has become a lifeline for rural communities, particularly in the West, that have suffered from a decline in timber harvests on federal lands.

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Appalachian Hardwood Sustainability Improves

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The growth of the Appalachian Hardwood forest is outpacing removals by 2.45, an increase of five percent in the past five years. The hardwood resource in the 12 eastern U.S. states is banking more trees for the future, according to updated analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The greater inventory is the result of modern forest management, wise utilization and a decline in the world economy.

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Wildfire contained on Tenn., Ga. Line

Associated Press
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A wildfire burning on both sides of the Tennessee-Georgia state line west of Chattanooga has kept firefighters busy. …A forestry official said the blaze appeared to have been intentionally set, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  Firefighters on the Tennessee end of the fire saved four structures and a church while Georgia crews dropped water from a helicopter to keep flames away from ridgetop homes. Stiff winds were driving the flames, making it a fast-moving fire on Tuesday.

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Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of National Forest

Ashland Current
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A case involving the Habitat Education Center, Inc. (HEC), the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was recently decided in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. HEC, a citizens’ organization, two of its officers, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center had sued the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest out of concern for the red-shouldered hawk, the goshawk, and the American pine marten, according to federal court documents. In particular, the groups questioned whether the forest service had complied with the National Environmental Policy Act

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Officials say ash trees on Arch grounds can go

STLtoday.com
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. LOUIS • The 900 ash trees that line the walkways of the Gateway Arch grounds formally became targets for the chain saws on Thursday. The National Park Service has long known that Rosehill ash trees on the riverfront park are imperiled by the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle that kills ash trees and is migrating toward St. Louis. Arch administrators held hearings and sought permission to deal with the trouble, and received approval Thursday from Washington to remove the ash trees.

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Questions raised over mountain roads

Bega District News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WITH Brown Moun-tain closed to traffic for at least a month, there have been questions raised over heavy vehicles’ use of alternative routes.  Last week’s heavy rain caused a landslide on Brown Mountain, west of Bemboka, and a large section of the Snowy Mountains Hwy was extensively damaged. …Cr Hughes said that log trucks were responsible for enormous damage to roads and do not pay their way.  “Logging on the escarpment and the tablelands causes dozens of log trucks every day to deliver loads of logs to the Eden chip mill,” he said.  “A log truck does hundreds of times more damage to a road than a small passenger motor vehicle, depending on the load, but their registration fees are non-commensurate with the damage they do to roads.

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Industry bodies emphasise sustainability of SA forestry sector

Creamer Media’s Engineering News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise. Pamsa executive director Jane Molony points out that public misperception, not just in South Africa but globally, is one of the biggest challenges facing the forestry and the pulp and paper sectors.

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The serious business of tree hugging

Creamer Media’s Engineering News
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Back in 2001, infamous tough politician from Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, admitted that he liked hugging trees. At the time, he noted: “Hugging trees has a calming affect on me. I’m talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone.” This week, I was amusingly accused of being a tree hugger after I circulated a petition to save a forest in Northern Ireland known as the Prehen woodland. By global standards, this forest is minuscule. …But this small forest is also unique. It is an ancient woodland with trees dating back to the 1600s and is one of the few ancient woodlands left on the island of Ireland. One of the last colonies of indigenous red squirrels lives in the forest and it offers local people a green area on the edge of the city

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Govt suspends timber harvesting

The Observer
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In a move to reduce the alarming rate of deforestation, government has suspended timber harvesting in all forests throughout the country with immediate effect. “With effect from today, nobody is allowed to harvest timber, whether in a Central Forest Reserve (CFR) or in a private forest throughout the country”, said Water and Environment minister Maria Mutagamba, announcing the suspension at the Uganda Media Center, Tuesday. Mutagamba, accompanied by officials from the police’s Environment Protection Unit and the National Forestry Authority, said the suspension will last three months, as the government reviews the forest sector. Anybody found harvesting timber will be arrested and prosecuted. 

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Tropical forests less able to absorb nitrogen

The Daily Princetonian
March 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Earth’s tropical forests play a key role in absorbing man-made carbon dioxide, and scientists have traditionally believed that tropical forests could absorb nitrogen-based pollutants as well. However, research published by a team including ecology and evolutionary biology professor Lars Hedin and geosciences professor Daniel Sigman suggests that tropical forests may be less able to absorb polluting nitrogen than previously thought.

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Logging bill ‘won’t’ hit Jakarta relations

Ninemsn
March 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plans to stamp out the importation of illegally-logged timber will not damage Australia’s relationship with Indonesia, the federal government says. Draft legislation aims to slap fines and or imprisonment on importers who source illegally-logged timber. Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan reportedly has blasted the government over its lack of consultation and is frustrated by Canberra’s “dysfunction”.

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Green groups oppose Oakeshott’s forest waste plan

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Online activist group GetUp has joined a growing chorus of voices opposing the classification of native forest waste as renewable energy. GetUp is one of 47 advocacy groups to be signatories to a letter to Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott. It’s asking him to withdraw his support for a motion that would see forest waste eligible for carbon credits.
Other signatories include Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon Emissions and Global Warming…What’s the connection?

A lighter look at the world of wood and renewable energy – by Chuck Ray
Go Wood
March 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

..He was making the case to me that regardless of how we measure it, carbon emissions at any level are detrimental to the earth’s atmosphere, and specifically cause global warming. Of course, I encouraged him to express his views, but gently cautioned him that there is historical statistical evidence that average temperature changes precede changes in CO2 levels, not the other way around…The video gives, I think, a nicely balanced view of the issue…and in doing so, advances the idea that while man-made emissions do in fact contribute to climate variations, they may be a relatively minor impact compared to natural variations in solar radiation, of which this week’s solar flare was a noticeable demonstration.

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Green groups oppose Oakeshott’s forest waste plan

ABC News, Australia
March 9, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Online activist group GetUp has joined a growing chorus of voices opposing the classification of native forest waste as renewable energy. GetUp is one of 47 advocacy groups to be signatories to a letter to Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott. It’s asking him to withdraw his support for a motion that would see forest waste eligible for carbon credits.
Other signatories include Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace

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General

Groups urge Congress to increase federal conservation funding

March 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

REDDING, CONNECTICUT—Eighty-five organizations across the region today urged lawmakers to help meet New England’s economic challenges by investing in the region’s forests, outlining seven critical federal funding opportunities to conserve this vital resource and the green infrastructure it provides. The organizations submitted to congressional leaders A Policy Agenda for Conserving New England’s Forests at a time when forest cover is declining in all six New England states, according to the major science-based report, Wildlands and Woodlands: a Vision for the New England Landscape. According to the 85 groups, federal conservation funding is a vital strategy to retain the many economic and environmental benefits of the region’s forests.

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Groups urge Congress to increase federal conservation funding

March 9, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

REDDING, CONNECTICUT—Eighty-five organizations across the region today urged lawmakers to help meet New England’s economic challenges by investing in the region’s forests, outlining seven critical federal funding opportunities to conserve this vital resource and the green infrastructure it provides. The organizations submitted to congressional leaders A Policy Agenda for Conserving New England’s Forests at a time when forest cover is declining in all six New England states, according to the major science-based report, Wildlands and Woodlands: a Vision for the New England Landscape. According to the 85 groups, federal conservation funding is a vital strategy to retain the many economic and environmental benefits of the region’s forests.

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