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Froggy Foibles

World Tobacco Atlas rings alarm bells for India

Times of India
March 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

NEW DELHI: Expanse of tobacco cultivation in India is large enough to house over 4.81 lakh soccer fields. …Worryingly, 20,000 hectares of forests across the globe annually are being cleared to cure tobacco. …About half of the tobacco leaves produced in developing countries in Africa and Asia are cured (dried out for cigarette production) with wood. An average of 7.8 kg of wood is needed to cure 1 kg of tobacco. The Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal estimated that the historical use of fuel wood between 1962 and 2002, for tobacco curing and manufacture of cigarettes, has destroyed and degraded 680 sq km of scrub forests, or nearly 868 million tonnes of wood through successive extraction.

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Sawmills Find Chaplains a Blessing

Building-Products.com
March 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

As the lumber industry and overall economy continue to struggle to rebound, several hardwood companies have hired on-site chaplains to help guide their employees and family members through the stress. Marketplace Chaplains, Dallas, Tx., said companies find its services an excellent management resource and a beneficial tool to their bottom lines. 

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Business & Politics

Walkom: Japan free trade pact marks victory for hewers-of-wood economy

Toronto Star
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Two things of note stand out about the latest proposal for a Canada-Japan free trade treaty. First, it is real. Ottawa and Tokyo have danced around trade deals before but, for reasons that have more to do with Japan than Canada, this one appears likely. Second, this trade deal promises to mark the finale of a 133-year effort by successive federal governments to create a vibrant manufacturing economy in Canada… Similarly, attempts to persuade Japanese home builders to buy Canadian lumber have long been stymied by that country’s stubborn affection for a form of construction that does not use the two-by-four planks we produce. But that’s changing

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UNECE, FAO Release North American Forest Sector Outlook Study

UN Food and Agriculture Organization
March 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (NAFSOS), examining changes in the forest sectors of the US and Canada. The NAFSOS provides an overview of previous studies of the forest sector, and recent trends and projections to 2030 for the US and Canada.

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You’re in Canfor Country now

Forest company president visits East Kootenay as Canfor takes over Tembec assets
Cranbrook Daily Townsman
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new era has begun in the East Kootenay forest industry, with the completion of Canfor’s purchase of Tembec assets in the region. On Monday, March 26, Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne visited the area to oversee the launch of that new era. “We’re thrilled to be here now,” Kayne said, in an interview in what is now the Canfor office on Cranbrook Street. “We’ve made a big commitment to the East Kootenay. We have the Radium mill here, plus Elko and Canal Flats … overall in the south here we’ve a much bigger position than we’ve had in a long time.” …Kayne said the quality of the fibre, or the wood itself, in the East Kootenay is “second to none.”

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Japan offers limited trade opportunities for Alberta

Troy Media (blog)
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY, AB – When thinking about Asia and Canada’s global trade position, most people’s first thought is our exports to China, or maybe India. But an oft-forgotten giant economy in Asia could be the key to some trade diversity for both Canada and Alberta. Last weekend, Canada’s Prime Minister was in Japan, kick-starting talks to eventually liberate trade between the two countries. …Some of last year’s increase was due to the earthquake Japan suffered in March 2011. Lumber exports from Alberta more than doubled from 2009, reaching a record of $81 million last year.

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Fibre crisis hits Port Alberni mill

Future of Butch Taylor’s sawmill in jeopardy because he cannot get enough logs
Alberni Valley Times
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of an Alberni shingle-making business is struggling to keep his employees working and stay in business because he cannot get logs. And with a major customer for their hog fuel, Catalyst Paper, in financial distress, the future seems uncertain. Butch Taylor has been running Coleman Road Shingle, near the Port Alberni regional airport, for 30 years.  Butch Taylor, owner of Coleman Road Shingle, is struggling to provide work for his employees because he is struggle to get wood.

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Cape Breton paper mill up for sale gets another extension on creditor protection

Canadian Press
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A Cape Breton paper mill that has been shut down for six months has received another extension of its creditor protection as it tries to finalize a sale. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge granted NewPage Port Hawkesbury a 60-day extension on its creditor protection Thursday. It was set to expire Friday. Mathew Harris of the court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young said he was satisfied with the decision to grant the extra time, despite a request by the company for a 90-day extension.

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Former mill worker reflects on closure after three years

The Telegram
March 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Other towns and cities around the world have seen factories and plants shut down, often for financial reasons. But when AbitibiBowater ann-ounced in December 2008 it was shutting down its operations in Grand Falls-Windsor, it initially heralded a period of grief for residents. No more would the mill whistle blow, loggers harvest wood for the company, the paper machines run, or the ocean-going paper boats visit the port of Botwood to take on massive spools of newsprint to ship around the world.

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Balance Sheets That Always Keep Growing

Financial Advisor Magazine
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

..There are four publicly traded timber REITs: Plum Creek Timber, Weyerhaeuser, Potlatch and Rayonier. Rather than representing direct ownership of hard assets, these securities are a claim on the earnings of timber-growing and selling businesses. Together, they account for 20% of the privately-held U.S. timberland versus 37% owned by 27 U.S.-based TIMOs, according to Forisk Consulting. As of March 27, the market caps of these REITs ranged from $1.3 billion for Potlatch to $11.8 billion for Weyerhaeuser. 

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$3.5 Million Award for RICO Conspiracy

Courthouse News Service
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

An importer of Chinese industrial machinery must pay $3.5 million for bribing the manager of a Virginia-based flooring company to buy equipment at more than 500 percent markup, a federal judge ruled. …Boyd told Burke and Nicewonder that VFI would need to buy “finishing line” machinery to finish the wood into hardwood flooring. A finishing line consists of sanding machines, roll coaters for applying lacquer, ultraviolet curing ovens and conveyors. Boyd said they could get one from Taiwan for nearly $1 million. In fact, a finishing line only costs about $250,000, Jones wrote. Boyd later persuaded the business partners to purchase a second finishing line.

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Specialty REITs For The Housing Recovery With Inflation Protection

Seeking Alpha
March 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

With positive signs that the housing market is starting to recover and the possibility of higher inflation in the coming years, income investors should take a look at REITs specializing in timber. Demand for timber is directly related to the underlying demand for pulp and paper products, lumber, panels, and other wood products. As a REIT, these companies are required to payout 90% of earnings as dividends. The increase in demand for timber will lead to increased profits and dividend payouts in the coming years. I believe the next few years will be very bullish for lumber and timber prices. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UNIBOARD® helps kitchens dance to RIO’s beat!

Company launches two new leading thermofused melamine surface textures
Uniboard Press Release
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Laval (Québec) UNIBOARD®, a North American leader in engineered wood products, last night unleashed the glitzy spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival at local Montreal restaurant Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie. The private cocktail event celebrated the launch of Uniboard’s RIOTM and Hi-Gloss thermofused melamine surface textures. …The event formed a unique showcase for Uniboard’s new and unique finishes of thermofused melamine panels: RIO and Hi-Gloss. It also featured a fresh colour palette dedicated to kitchen design, themed around the bright, sun-drenched hues of Brazil.

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Masonite Announces Acquisition of Baillargeon Doors, Inc.

Victoria Times Colonist
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Masonite International Corporation today announced that on March 26, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Baillargeon Doors, headquartered in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada. Baillargeon is a well-respected Canadian manufacturer of wood flush doors for architectural applications founded in 1985. Baillargeon employs approximately 120 people at a single facility. The company’s 2011 revenues were approximatley $20 million.

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Headwaters awards $750,000 for lumber marketing project; Forest Product Initiative seeks to promote redwood for decks

Times-Standard
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Headwaters Fund board approved a grant for a project aimed at convincing California residents to choose redwood over wood-plastic composite lumber when building decks.
”The goal is to increase the volume of redwood sales and thereby stop the loss of jobs in lumber manufacturing,” Debets said, adding that several manufacturers of redwood lumber have said rebuilding the value of redwood is the most important thing that could be done for the industry. “We’re all marketing redwood for one of the highest and best uses, which is for decking… The marketing will be done primarily via 30-second television commercials.

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Defense Department Dumps LEED For Home-Brew Certification

Tree Hugger
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Ever since President Bush ordered it, the Defense Department has been a leader in green building, going for LEED certification in over 49 projects. But today’s Republicans don’t like most things green, and particularly LEED as a result of the War in the Woods between SFI and FSC. Now the LEED-bashers have their biggest victory ever, as Chris Cheatham reports in Green Building Law Update:…

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Californians Recognized by Wood Products Council for Exceptional …

AIACC
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

EHDD Architects of San Francisco and Tipping Mar of Berkeley won in the Green Building category for Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, the first net zero-energy classroom building in North America, for the design team’s use of wood to provide a contemporary feel that blends in with the school’s natural surroundings.

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Timber building knowledge is increasing the use of wood by Australian architects, engineers and designers

For a whole range of reasons timber and wood products are becoming increasingly popular material choices for building construction and interior decor.
PRWEB press release
March 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Building timber information is increasing the use of wood by Australian architects, engineers and designers. For a whole range of reasons timber and wood products are becoming increasingly popular material choices for building construction and interior decor. Wood, one of the world’s oldest and most familiar building products is finding new favour in Australian residential and commercial buildings and larger developments. One of the main drivers of this change in material preferences is a growing awareness of the environmental impacts of buildings.

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Barking up the right tree? See which councils use legal, sustainable wood

WWF-UK
March 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

More than half of UK local authorities still don’t have a legal and sustainable timber procurement policy – and only 16 are implementing their policy effectively – despite upcoming legislation to halt the import of illegally sourced wood products. That’s the findings of our new report, ‘Barking up the right tree?’. The UK is currently the third biggest importer of products made from illegal timber in Europe, after Germany and Italy.  The public sector, which includes local authorities, is thought to account for as much as 40% of all wood products entering the UK market and it’s estimated that up to 10% of wood products entering the UK from outside Europe comes from illegal sources.

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Forestry

North American lumber production up for second successive year in 2011

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

With a plus of 4% to roughly 115.7m m³, North American lumber production increased in 2011 for the second year in succession, although the upward trend weakened in comparison to that seen in 2010, which had shown a year-on-year rise of 12% to 110.9m m³. Improvements in the last two years came on the heels of a sharp fall in production volume from 2005 until 2009. In 2005, North American lumber producers had reached a total production volume of 176.6m m³. In 2007, softwood-lumber production was still at 170.6m m³, followed in 2007 and 2008 by sharp declines to 153.6m m³ and 124.7m m³ respectively.
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Community forest board considers carbon credit option in UBC study

Pique Newsmagazine
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cheakamus Community Forest could soon be earning money for its own protection through sales of carbon credits. The CCF board is now in discussions with the B.C. government to be allowed to mix current logging of the forest with selling the credits, a scheme of making carbon producers pay money to support ecological projects that remove it from the atmosphere. “The province has agreed to let us go ahead but we still need to agree on percentages (of land used in each case),” CCF chair Peter Ackhurst said.

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Elm Tree Pruning Ban in effect April 1

SWBooster
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatchewan’s Dutch Elm Pruning Ban takes effect on April 1, an annual initiative intended to reduce the risk of spreading Dutch elm disease. The ban is in effect from April 1 to August 31, coinciding with the period that elm bark beetles are most active. Fresh cuts from pruning can attract the beetles that spread the disease, increasing the chance of an infection.

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Medical problems tied to political ones

Editorial
Victoria Times Colonist
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What on earth is going on in Port Alberni?.. How could a health-care system that produces first-class results across our province come up short in Alberni?… the culprit is a collection of public policies, economic and social, that have devastated the community… Too many of the logs harvested in B.C. are exported raw, with little of their potential value being captured… It must also be said that environmental groups have played a part with their campaign against logging in old-growth forests. Clayoquot Sound, which is part of the Alberni region, was front and centre in those protests… The failure in Port Alberni is political, not medical.

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Injury Management Webinar – BC Forest Safety Council

BC Forest Safety Council
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

These free sessions cover strategies for managing slips, trips and falls injuries. Material covered includes the mechanics of gait; effective pre-season preparation; ergonomic considerations; simple field-based observations and coaching techniques for reducing front-line worker slips, trips and falls. These webinars are designed for crew bosses, supervisors, safety coordinators, joint OH&S committee members and company managers. This webinar is presented by BC Forest Safety Council staff, along with Rob Fontaine of Ergorisk Management Group.

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Forest-destroying avalanches on the rise due to clear-cut logging

NRC Research press release
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ottawa, Ontario – Scientists with the UBC Avalanche Research Group have been studying the impact of clear-cut logging on avalanche terrain in British Columbia. Understanding avalanche behavior and its destructive potential is an important factor in assessing risk of clear-cut logging of mature forest timber. An article just published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal presents data collected from locations where avalanches have been released due to clear-cut logging; these data demonstrate the adverse effects of poor logging practices.

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Forest Service apologizes for Colorado wildfire blamed on ‘controlled’ burn

CNN International
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Colorado Forest Service apologized Wednesday for a wildfire attributed to a “controlled” burn that got out of control, killing at least two people, and the governor announced a suspension of such burns. “This is heartbreaking and we’re sorry,” State Forester Joe Duda told reporters about the Lower North Fork Fire, which has scorched thousands of acres in Jefferson County, destroying or damaging 27 houses and leaving a woman missing in addition to the two fatalities.

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Colo. gov stops prescribed burns after wildfire

OregonLive.com
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONIFER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday suspended the use of state prescribed burns like the one that may have caused a deadly wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near Denver. The Colorado State Forest Service says the 6-square-mile fire started after a controlled burn last week that was meant to reduce vegetation. Instead, high wind gusts Monday blew embers across a containment line and into unburned forest, sparking the blaze. “This is heartbreaking, and we are sorry,” Deputy State Forester Joe Duda said in a written statement.

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Museum seeks new home for century-old turbine

The Idaho Statesman
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO — A century-old turbine engine could be headed to the scrapheap if the director of the Museum of North Idaho doesn’t find a new home for it soon. The massive engine, which used to power the Northwest Timber Co., has been on display outside the Fort Sherman Museum at North Idaho College since the 1980s. A remodel of the Fort Sherman site set to be completed by June doesn’t include plans for the 10-ton turbine. Museum director Dorothy Dahlgren said she hasn’t been able to find a new place for the engine after nearly two years of searching, and she is “at wit’s end.”

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Crews race to contain CO fire before winds return

Associated Press
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CONIFER, Colo. — Authorities were racing Thursday to contain a destructive wildfire in the mountains outside of Denver before the return of hot and windy weather this weekend. More than 500 firefighters were at the blaze, which has blackened about 6 square miles in the mostly rural area southwest of the city’s populated suburbs. Since the fire began Monday, 27 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and an elderly couple was found dead at one of the homes. No cause of death has been released.

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US Senators want review of air tanker strategy

Associated Press
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A group of Western senators says the U.S. Forest Service may not be moving quickly enough to build up and replace the fleet of aging planes that drop fire retardant on wildfires. The senators asked the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday to evaluate whether the Forest Service has done a good job of analyzing the types and numbers of aircraft needed, the cheapest way to get them, new technologies, and where the planes will be based.

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Support for Forestry

This is Gloucestershire
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FORESTRY has been given a national boost after the Government announced it will implement a host of new recommendations. Many of the sector’s own ideas to aid sustainable forestry and the green economy are set to be adopted in Parliament’s response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force. The Task Force identified more than 40 ways to make it easier for those who want to create, and sustainably manage, woods and forests in England. The Government has endorsed the Task Force’s view on forestry’s value and the opportunity to realise more of its potential.

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Forests becoming ‘human’s garden’, experts worried whether any truly wild places left

CIFOR
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LONDON, UK – Scientists at the Planet under Pressure conference in London have warned of humankind’s entrance into a new epoch of civilisation – the anthropocene or “a man-made world” – partly brought about by a dogged determination to artificialise vast forest landscapes with domesticated commercial gardens that threaten plant and animal biodiversity.

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Learning the ancient logging skill

BBC News
March 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Steffi Schaffler came to England from Germany – via Scotland – and is still rarely home between jobs, which can last for several weeks. She is one of the first three apprentices with the British Horse Loggers Trust and has been practising her new craft at Chapel House Wood in Allendale, Northumberland. She and her 12-year-old Ardennes horse – bred for heavy pulling and farm labour – have been carefully removing five tonnes of timber from the overgrown, centuries-old woods.

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Isle of Mull in international research to discover forest trees for future climate

For Argyll
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest Research, a part of the Forestry Commission in the UK, is taking part in international research to identify alternative tree species that could be planted in the future climate. Funded by the European Union, Project REINFFORCE is to carry out research trials of 30 tree species at 37 locations on the west Atlantic that range from the Azores in Portugal to the Isle of Mull in Argyll and the Isles. There are three trial sites in western Britain: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in England; The Isle of Mull in Scotland; and Crychan (near Llandovery) in Wales.

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Libs flag fresh start on forests

ABC News, Australia
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, says he would commission a fresh review of state forests under the party’s alternative forest policy.  It follows the release of the latest comprehensive review of the forests.  Will Hodgman says he does not trust the findings of Prof. Jonathon West who has warned that if there is no agreement to end most native forest logging the industry will collapse, along with the opportunity to protect forests with conservation value.

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Forest industry warning (Broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The man who led a review of Tasmania’s forest industry has warned that both sides of the debate face catastrophic losses if a compromise is not reached.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Community forest board considers carbon credit option in UBC study

Pique Newsmagazine
March 29, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cheakamus Community Forest could soon be earning money for its own protection through sales of carbon credits. The CCF board is now in discussions with the B.C. government to be allowed to mix current logging of the forest with selling the credits, a scheme of making carbon producers pay money to support ecological projects that remove it from the atmosphere. “The province has agreed to let us go ahead but we still need to agree on percentages (of land used in each case),” CCF chair Peter Ackhurst said.

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Climate scientists and smear campaigns

By Michael E. Mann, a member of the Pennsylvania State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. 
CNN International
March 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Imagine you are sitting in your office simply doing your job and a nasty e-mail pops into your inbox accusing you of being a fraud. You go online and find that some bloggers have written virulent posts about you. That night, you’re at home with your family watching the news and a talking head is lambasting you by name. Later, a powerful politician demands all your e-mails from your former employer. It sounds surreal. But it all happened to me. What was my offense? I worked on climate change research that indicated the world is a lot warmer today than it was in the past. 

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Carbon farming – forestry

Today we meet our second case study in the Bush Telegraph carbon challenge.
ABC News, Australia (Radio)
March 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peter Downie is a central Tasmanian farmer who has a forest on his property that he hopes will earn him carbon credits – dollars in the bank paid to him by corporations wanting to offset their carbon pollution.

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‘Abriculture’ Using Forests to Feed Indigenous Peoples and Fight Climate Change

National Geographic
March 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forests can not only suck climate-heating carbon out of the atmosphere, they are also an important source of food for many Indigenous peoples. “Western food is making our people sick. Our bodies are adapted to eating bush foods,” said Seith Fourmile of the Gimuy-Walubarra Yidinji Nation of Cairns… The world’s forests “offer a cornucopia of 80,000 species of plants as foods” writes botanist and medical biochemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger in her book The Global Forest. Western foods rely on just eight species while the oral knowledge of the other 79,992 species is rapidly being lost according to Beresford-Kroger.

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The New Beast in the Forest Brings Hope and Threats to Indigenous Peoples

National Geographic
March 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

“REDD is the new beast in the forest,” said Patrick Anderson of the Forest Peoples Programme in Indonesia here at Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous peoples workshop in Cairns, Australia. Deforestation gobbles up an area the size of Greece (13 million hectares) every year. As if that loss wasn’t bad enough, it also produces huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions — a whopping 15 to 20 percent of all global emissions… In attempt to reverse this countries in the United Nations have agreed to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests in a program called REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

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