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Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Good Question: What’s In Tree Sap?

CBS Minnesota
March 27, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Normally, this is the time of year that pancake lovers look forward to. Maple trees are usually oozing with sap, which is then turned into maple syrup. So, what’s in sap and don’t the trees need it? Good Question. Trees do indeed need it, but only for a little while… “It was rough this year, but a really good maple tree can produce for 100 years… One healthy tree can produce up to 15 gallons of sap a year.

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Jetlagged trees could hold climate truths

The Daily Telegraph
March 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

TREES have biological clocks and can be affected by jetlag in much the same way as humans, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) say jetlag could operate at an ecosystem level in plants and hold clues to how trees store carbon. The internal biological clock that’s disrupted when humans travel across time zones – causing jetlag – could regulate plant photosynthesis, says Dr Victor Resco de Dios, the lead author of the study Global Change Biology.

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Business & Politics

Moody’s maintains negative outlook on paper and forest industry

Financial Post
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The global paper and forest products industry remains a risk for investors as falling demand threatens profits at several companies in Canada and abroad, says a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. “Our negative outlook is based on our expectation that the industry’s overall operating income will decrease over the next 12 to 18 months as demand and pricing weaken for most grades of paper and forest products,” said Ed Sustar, a vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s in Toronto. “The weak economic environment in Europe and slow economic growth in North America, along with an ongoing secular decline in paper consumption in most developed markets, are driving down demand.”

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Resolute wins Quebec Court of Appeal decision in battle to acquire Fibrek

Canadian Press
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The Quebec Court of Appeal has sided with Resolute Forest Products by overturning a lower court ruling that had helped its rival in its attempt to acquire control of Fibrek Inc. The three-judge panel decided that the Court of Quebec erred in overturning a ruling by a provincial agency that had ceased trading of special warrants that Fibrek made available to Mercer International.

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Resolute Updates Status of its Offer for Fibrek

PR Newswire press release
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that the Québec Court of Appeal has reinstated the cease trade order on Fibrek Inc.’s private placement of 32,320,000 special warrants to Mercer International Inc., an order issued by the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec) on February 23. The Court of Appeal’s decision reverses the March 16 decision of the Court of Québec. The Bureau is the administrative tribunal with statutory jurisdiction in securities law and regulatory matters in Québec.

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Another hearing for Fibrek

Financial Post
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Another hearing in a matter that’s turning into one of the more interesting takeovers in recent times occurs Wednesday before the Ontario Securities Commission. Lawyers for Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. are set to argue that a private placement of 32.32 million shares to Mercer International Inc. by Fibrek Inc. — one of the two parties that’s trying to purchase Fibrek — should be set aside

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West Fraser continent’s top lumber producer

Prince George Citizen
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber retained its title as North America’s largest softwood lumber producer, according to a year-end report from a consulting firm. During 2011, the company’s 27 sawmills – 12 in Canada and 15 in the United States – generated 4.9 billion board feet, International Wood Markets Group said in the report. West Fraser was also the top producer in 2010 at 4.7 billion board feet.

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BCWLA Honors Joe Heath

BC Wholesale Lumber Association
Email release
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Wholesale Lumber Association announced its 32nd annual Lumberman of the Year Roast honoring Joe Heath. The event takes place June 14th at the Vancouver Club. Go to www.BCWLA.org for more information.

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Forestry groups welcome push for free trade deal with Japan

Business in Vancouver
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canada Wood Group (CWG) and the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), both Vancouver-based, are welcoming Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s March 25 announcement that Canada will enter into free trade negotiations with Japan. “Japan is a critical customer for the Canadian forest industry and the commercial relationships in place will only be strengthened and further solidified by the passage of a free trade deal,” said CWG president Paul Newman.

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Workers protest raw-log exports

Prior to town hall meeting, steelworkers take a stand on an issue they believe is hurting community
Alberni Valley Times
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of about 50 protesters from the Steelworkers local 185 marched to the Port Alberni Port Authority on Tuesday afternoon to show their displeasure regarding the exporting of raw logs. As local 185 president Dave Steinhauer explained, mill employees are becoming increasingly frustrated with the exportation of raw logs from the community and from the province, while the forest industry here continues to suffer. “We want to let people know we are unhappy, and we don’t want these logs exported,” Steinhauer said.

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Western Forest Products to review tax exemption

Alberni Valley Times
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Council will communicate its support of Western Forest Products in our community and staff will facilitate further meetings as required to review potential industrial revitalization tax exemption opportunities and discuss their new product, a sound abatement wall system.
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Is Celgar abusing its power?

Trail Daily Times
March 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The subscribers to your paper should all be backing the Fortis position that Celgar must be required to use the free on site electrical power they produce at no extra cost from grant money provided them by the federal government. The federal government provided Celgar with a $95 million grant as a result of the wood industry pleading for financial help for the inefficient mills in Canada. If Celgar produces 1600 tons of pulp a day at today’s internet price of $860 per ton that makes daily production worth about $1.5 million dollars.

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Success in the lumber industry : North Idaho Business Journal

atangen
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CATALDO — Neither rain nor snow nor a rotten economy — heck, not even a disastrous fire — could keep a good lumber business down. The saga of Whiteman Lumber Co., stretching back four generations and countless changes in the industry, marches forward as a success story in the North Idaho business world with few peers. Never mind that the timber industry, once a stalwart with mining atop Idaho’s economic hierarchy, has fallen on hard times that have engraved RIP on the headstones of many of its businesses and suppliers.

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Forest business expansion would add 35 jobs over next three years

Lynchburg News and Advance
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Forest custom-truck assembly business that has grown during the economic downturn is not finished yet and plans to hire 35 new workers in the next three years, Bedford County has announced. Forestry Equipment of Virginia this year will construct a 42,000-square-foot weld shop at is 23-acre site off U.S. 460. The company’s total investment in the expansion project is $3.5 million, said Traci Blido, the county’s director of economic development.

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Brazil’s Klabin plans to build a new pulp mill in Paraná

EUWID Pulp and Paper
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Only a few days after Braxcel announced its plans to build a new pulp mill in Brazil, paper and board manufacturer Klabin Papel e Celulose met with the governor of the federal state of Paraná to put its new pulp mill in concrete terms. Brazilian paper and board manufacturer Klabin is planning a new pulp mill for softwood and hardwood pulp in the federal state of Paraná.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

British Columbia’s best wood projects earn awards

Journal of Commerce
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Innovative wood projects in British Columbia were celebrated at a gala in Vancouver.
Wood Works! BC recently unveiled their 2012 WOOD DESIGN AWARDS at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Projects, firms, engineers and architects took home awards in 12 different categories. “We are proud to congratulate the winners and nominees of the 2012 Wood Design Awards, who have all explored the potential of wood and showcased its outstanding qualities such as strength, beauty, versatility and cost-effectiveness,” said Wood WORKS! BC executive director Mary Tracey.

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Upper peninsula Final Four floor makers courting perfection

Detroit Free Press
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The teams in the Final Four have survived an arduous whittling-down process that saw them challenged and judged every step of the way. The same will be true of every maple plank in the basketball court they’ll be playing on.The portable … court at New Orleans’ Superdome is one of 21 produced for … NCAA tournament sites by Connor Sports Flooring. Its plant is tucked away in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…  The court was made by hand, by a workforce that inspects each plank with scrutiny any fine-eyed referee would appreciate. …Only the highest quality wood, Grade 1 maple, is used for the NCAA courts. To meet that standard, the planks must be white and free of even the most miniscule knots and cracks.

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Forestry

Voting begins across Canada to choose one of ten schools to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom

By Majesta, Tree Canada and Focus on Forests
Press Release CNW
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Ten finalists remain in the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge competition and it’s now up to Canadians to get online and vote to determine which school will receive a $20,000 customized outdoor classroom. Schools from across the country submitted detailed applications to the competition and a panel of expert judges, including representatives from MAJESTA, the soft and green choice for household paper products, Tree Canada and Focus on Forests, narrowed the submissions down to a list of ten finalists. From these finalists, the winning school will be decided by a public vote at www.majesta.com, running from March 28 to May 11, 2012. As an incentive for Canadians to participate in selecting a winning school, every person who votes also has the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize from MAJESTA.

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Community forest promotes sustainability

Burns Lake District News
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While managing the Burns Lake Community Forest remains a challenge, local residents can rest assured that their community-owned forest corporation has clearly defined objectives, strong reforestation policies and a sustainable harvesting plan. That’s the word from Dawn Stronstad, manager of BLComfor, the company responsible for managing the 92,326 hectare community forest.

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Ten reasons why you should consider purchasing the 2012 BC Mountain Pine Beetle Report

International WOOD MARKETS Group
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle in BC will continue to have a massive effect on North America wood products supply and demand throughout this decade. This is expected to create new dynamics and change in the BC Interior and allow for related opportunities for the BC Coast industry where a combination of old-growth and more second-growth timber will offer some excellent fits in global markets. The team of International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc., MDT Management Decision and Technology Ltd., and Murray Hall Consulting bring an in-depth knowledge of BC forests, the global timber and wood products industries and a proprietary BC fibre model. Here are 10+ reasons why you should consider purchasing the 2012 BC Mountain Pine Beetle report …

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Province seeks caribou revival

Clearwater Times
March 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The North Thompson/Wells Gray herd remains threatened, as do mountain caribou throughout their range,” says Brennan Clarke, spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Clarke was responding to questions raised in a letter to the editor from Yellowhead Ecological Association that ran in our Feb. 27 issue. The letter, under the head “Caribou population threatened with decline,” charged that regulations put in place to protect mountain caribou in B.C. were inadequate and not being enforced.

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Collaboration on forest restoration projects key to sustainability

Agency Chief testifies before House Committee on Agriculture
USDA Forest Service Press Release
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON —In testimony on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell emphasized the importance of collaboration in developing restoration projects on national forests and grasslands. “The aim of these efforts is to move beyond the conflicts which have characterized forest policy in the past and toward a shared vision that allows environmentalists, forest industry, local communities, and other stakeholders to work collaboratively toward healthier forests and watersheds, safer communities and more vibrant local economies,” Tidwell said. Tidwell emphasized that such collaboration not only results in better projects, but will also create jobs.

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Forestry Board’s new face, Kitzhaber protester (and more)

Forest Policy Briefs by the Associated Oregon Loggers
Oregon Natural Resources Report
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New Forestry Board Members: In February, the Oregon Senate approved three new members to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The board oversees the State Forester and Oregon Dept. of Forestry operations, including private forest regulation, state forest management, and fire protection of half Oregon’s forests. Two new eastside members are Tom Insko, inland regional manager for Boise Cascade in La Grande; and Nils Christoffersen, executive director of Wallowa Resources in Enterprise.

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Sacramento Bee Uncovers Forest Service’s Cover-Up Of Moonlight Fire Lookout’s Alleged Marijuana Use

Eastern District of California
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Moonlight fire was the U.S. Forest Service’s worst nightmare. …But there is an additional troubling dimension to this catastrophe, one that, like the fire itself, still haunts the Forest Service. From the start, there was a recognition of potential legal complications if it became known that a Forest Service patrol officer claimed another agency employee may have been smoking marijuana while he manned the lookout tower closest to the site where the fire started. That fear has now been realized. A timber company being sued for causing the fire has filed documents in court that reveal the government tried to cover up the claim, causing dissension within the Forest Service.

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Pro/Con – Jacob Lake forest project controversy: Cutting old growth doesn’t restore

Arizona Daily Sun
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Jacob Ryan timber sale will log ancient ponderosa pine trees from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Forest Service calls this “forest restoration,” but in fact it’s old-growth logging. This is the fifth time the Service has tried to push through the Jacob Ryan timber sale since 2003. Each version of the sale has targeted ancient trees that date back to the early 1800s or before. The Forest Service’s previous plans violated the agency’s own rules and therefore crumbled under internal review prompted by appeals by the Center for Biological Diversity and partners.

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Molloy halts Custer National Forest logging, burning plan

The Missoulian
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS — A federal judge has blocked federal officials from proceeding with a commercial logging and prescribed burn plan on public lands near Ashland. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Monday that the U.S. Forest Service had not adequately considered the environmental consequences of the Beaver Creek Landscape Management Project… The Forest Service plan would allow logging on about 1,500 acres and prescribed burning on more than 8,000 acres of the Custer National Forest.

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With wildfire season approaching, Wyden demands outside review of Forest Service aerial tanker fleet

The Oregonian
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — Angered by what he sees as the Forest Service’s indifference and alarmed by the potential for catastrophic wildfires this year, Sen. Ron Wyden formally asked Tuesday for an outside review of the government’s plan for modernizing its aging fleet of aircraft for fighting fires. The Oregon Democrat said he decided to ask for the General Accountability Office study after being convinced the Forest Service and Interior Department were not moving fast enough to develop a plan for replacing the fleet. The aerial tankers, which are crucial in fighting big fires, average 50 years old.

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Colo. wildfire could be linked to controlled burn

Associated Press
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine whether a controlled burn designed to minimize wildfire risk reignited and became a stubborn mountain wildfire that forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes and may have caused the deaths of two people. Federal agencies dispatched two large air tankers to tackle the 7-square-mile blaze that damaged or destroyed 28 structures and resulted in mandatory evacuations of 900 homes south of the commuter town of Conifer, about 8,200 feet up in the Rockies foothills and 25 miles southwest of downtown Denver.

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Healthy forests lead to clean air

North Idaho Business Journal
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in the last 400,000 years.
“That’s not in dispute,” says Dr. Jay O’Laughlin. “What is in dispute is the role of carbon dioxide emissions in affecting global warming.” …Dr. Jay O’Laughlin is a professor of forestry and policy sciences, and since 1989, he’s been director of the Policy Analysis Group in the College of Natural Resources for the University of Idaho.

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Forest fire burning northwest of Johnson Siding

Rapid City Journal
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews contained a potentially explosive fire about 3 miles northwest of Johnson Siding on Tuesday evening, with help from cooling temperatures and subsiding winds. Initially, the Bogus Jim Fire, which was spotted about 3 p.m. Tuesday, was estimated at 10 acres. By the time it was contained late Tuesday evening the estimate was 8.5 acres. Black Hills National Forest fire manager Todd Pechota said federal, state, county and volunteer crews and officials responded quickly to the fire and were effective in work to control it, Pechota said.

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Deadhead logging bill fails in the House

Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The House voted down a bill Tuesday that would have allowed logs that sunk to the bottom of Georgia’s rivers to be raised and sold. Lawmakers have long debated “deadhead” logging, with supporters arguing Senate Bill 362 would create jobs and raise money for the state. They said the logs were meant to be sold when they were harvested from forests more than 100 years ago. Environmentalists and some lawmakers opposed the bill, warning it could have a negative environmental impact.

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Independent Review Hails State Forest Management

PR Newswire press release
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today applauded results of an independent review team’s study of state forestlands, noting its findings affirm the state’s efforts to conserve these resources and ensure their long-term health through sound management. “This continued certification of our state forests is a reaffirmation of the pride we take in managing our state forest system for many values and uses, while maintaining its long-term health and viability,” said Allan.

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Conditions for forestry future in SA

Stock Journal
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CONDITIONS recommended by South-East industry and community leaders to protect the long-term future of the region’s forestry industry will be incorporated in the contract of the forward sale of the forest rotations of the Green Triangle. In Mount Gambier, Treasurer Jack Snelling said he had taken advice from the South East Forestry Industry Roundtable and released the conditions for the forward sale that will now be included in an Information Memorandum sent to interested bidders.

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Opposition rejects harvest contracts call

ABC News, Australia
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has urged the Opposition not to honour any contract for sale of timber harvest rights if it wins government in South Australia. Senator Xenophon argues once future harvest rights have been sold, a buyer could get out of conditions which the SA Government says it will impose. He wants the Opposition to say it would not honour any contract and would reverse any sale of timber harvest rights.

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EU urged to expedite laws on resource extraction reporting

IPPmedia
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country have urged the European Union (EU) to show global leadership in natural resources extraction and logging by speeding up legislation of its proposed mandatory reporting requirements. The CSOs said that over two-thirds of the world’s poorest people lived in resource-rich developing countries, stressing that lack of transparency in the management of Africa’s booming extractive and logging industries denied people information on how much revenue was generated from extraction of their resources by multinational corporations and how their governments spent such revenues for their well-being.

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Exotic beetle pest of trees found in Kent

UK Forestry Commission
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), an exotic beetle pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in Kent, the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) confirmed today. This is the first time an outbreak of this pest has been found in the UK, and it is being treated extremely seriously. Fera and the Forestry Commission are taking urgent steps to try to eradicate the outbreak before it has the chance to spread further afield.

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Forestry Commission Fights Illegal Operations

Daily Guide
March 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAMUEL AFARI Dartey, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission has stated that profiting on the country’s forests without due regard for their sustainability, could make Ghana a net importer of wood in the next 20 years. He indicated that his outfit was therefore poised to fight the menace of illegal forest operations such as chainsaw operation, forest degradation, illegal farming and mining also called “galamsey”.

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Peace deal report slams Forestry Tasmania

ABC News, Australia
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s logging practices have been heavily criticised in an independent review kept secret by the State Government. …It says Forestry Tasmania has been harvesting native forests at double the sustainable yield and continues to do so.  He says the industry needs to make the transition to plantations but environmental groups must also stop their protests and allow some forests with conservation values to be logged.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

RESPONSE: The flawed arguments behind biomass

The Ecologist
March 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Is biomass really a low-carbon, sustainable energy source? Industry group Back Biomass say yes while watchdog group Biofuelwatch says no The Back Biomass campaign wants to portray bio-electricity as ‘sustainable’, ‘proven’ and ‘low carbon’. They accused Biofuelwatch of promoting myths and misunderstandings about biomass in a recent Ecologist article. Back Biomass say the process of converting wood to energy is considered low carbon by governments, etc. What does ‘low carbon’ mean? Is the biomass industry manipulating the numbers to show that bioenergy is lower carbon than it really is?

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A Clearer Picture of Tropical Carbon

New York Times
March 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tropical forests, alongside boreal forests and wetlands, are prime ecosystems for storing carbon. Now, researchers have created a new high-resolution map of carbon storage in tropical forests that could play an important role in effective forest management. Shades of russet, yellow and deep green between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn circle the globe, providing the clearest picture yet of the world’s above-ground tropical biomass – essentially, plants and trees. The data are mapped at a resolution four times greater than any other previous measurements.

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