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Froggy Foibles

Five Paradigm Shifts to Enhance a City

[Tree Frog Editor Note: We put this story into foibles only because it didn’t really fit anywhere else!]
TheTyee.ca
April 4, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

What one paradigm shift would have the greatest positive effect on the future development of Vancouver? That’s the question asked by Shift, a recent panel held as part of the UBC School of Landscape and Architecture’s fall lecture series. Fifteen architects, artists and planners presented one worldview-shifting image, and discussed its significance and potential for the city. Here are some highlights…

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Frogs go peep in the night

Seacoast Online
April 4, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States, US West

A new report on current research into worldwide amphibian populations raises some disturbing questions about the uncertain future of our local frogs and salamanders… “Throughout the world, amphibians are in decline, and many species — perhaps 40 percent — face imminent extinction. The main message of the new research on amphibians is that there are additive threats from multiple forcers”… This little frog has survived because of adaptations that allow it to breed early and fast and to extend its range far north. It is believed to be one of the first amphibians to repopulate the northern parts of North America as the glaciers of the Pleistocene receded 11,000 years ago. That’s one hardy frog. Will it be hardy enough to survive our rapidly changing times?

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Business & Politics

Lawsuit against Sino-Forest frozen in its tracks

Globe and Mail
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A move by embattled Sino-Forest Corp. to head into bankruptcy protection and attempt to sell its subsidiaries could frustrate investors pursuing a potential multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the company. The case against Sino-Forest, which faces fraud allegations, could be the largest and most high-profile investor class-action suit in Canadian history. But as of last Friday, it was frozen in its tracks, after the company’s lawyers sought the shelter of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

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Domtar shares rise on Credit Suisse upgrade

BusinessWeek
April 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Shares of Canadian paper and packaging maker Domtar Corp. rose Tuesday after an analyst upgraded the company’s shares, saying that a new supply agreement and improving market for pulp paper should boost earnings. Credit Suisse analyst Albert Kabili upgraded Domtar to “Outperform” from “Neutral” and raised his target price on the stock to $115 per share from $97 per share. Kabili said in a note to clients Tuesday that he was encouraged by the February announcement that Domtar will supply Appleton, Wis.-based paper manufacturer Appleton Papers.

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Sino-Forest Bankruptcy Not My Fault: Carson Block

CNBC.com
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The congratulatory e-mails for Carson Block started to arrive on Friday afternoon, within hours of Toronto-listed Chinese forestry company Sino-Forest filing for bankruptcy protection and 10 months after his short-selling research firm, Muddy Waters, accused the company of exaggerating its assets. Then the e-mail from his cousin landed, asking him about the $4 billion in damages Sino-Forest said it was seeking against him, his firm and other unnamed parties in a lawsuit that neither he nor his lawyers have yet been served. Block, in an interview with Reuters on Monday, said that it is “absolutely not” his fault that Sino-Forest … is in such trouble.

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Cersosimo announces mulch plans to Vernon

Brattleboro Reformer
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON — The region’s largest lumber manufacturer is in the preliminary stages of constructing a new mulch processing facility in Vernon, expecting to begin operations sometime this summer. Cersosimo Lumber Company filed an Act 250 application on Monday to assemble a processing and packaging space to produce a variety of softwood blend and colored mulch as part of its new business venture… “We’re basically a recycling company, we’re taking waste and recycling it and making a value-added product,” Haselton said.

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NDP does forestry test run

Prince George Free Press
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MLAs from the provincial NDP were in town Friday talking to forestry companies and employees to test their forestry platform for next spring’s election. “What Adrian’s asked us to do is to go into forestry communities, test the ideas that we have, make sure that we have detail around them to make sure we can be effective immediately given the opportunity,” forestry critic and Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald said of provincial NDP leader Adrian Dix. Macdonald said they were focusing on three main issues: raw log exports, job protection and forest health.

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Fibrek and market integrity

Financial Post
April 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The issues involved where a small Quebec company has received a hostile bid from AbittibiBowater Inc. at $1 a share and a friendly offer at $1.30 a share from Mercer International. Both bids come with some controversy: on Abitibi’s three large shareholders have signed hard lock-ups; on Mercer’s, Fibrek agreed to issue 32.32 million special warrants to Mercer… The situation has already been before the regulators and the courts. The situation is great for lawyers. So far Abitibi’s bid has won the big decisions. Mr. Morrow has some clear personal views on the matter.

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Big Foot Manufacturing and CNW Log Homes of America merge

The Gap Partnership
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Negotiation consultants could have had an important role in the tie-up between CNW Log Homes of America and Big Foot Manufacturing. The new enterprise will now trade under the name Big Foot Log and Tinder Homes and it will focus on Douglas Fir, rather than the Spruce Pine mix traditionally used. As the housing market is beginning to slowly recover, the companies believed this would be a good time to merge, creating a single group responsible for pricing and services.

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Pulp producers to hike NBSK prices on reports of good demand

EUWID Pulp and Paper
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Softwood and hardwood pulp prices increased in March. NBSK suppliers are aiming at another price hike of $20 per metr. t to be implemented for deliveries as of 1 April. Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK) prices rose in March and producers have been trying to push through another mark-up of $20 since 1 April. NBSK pulp manufacturers do not foresee any problems in raising prices in April as their books are reportedly well-filled with orders from Europe and Asia.

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Southern Pine Sawtimber Prices Fall 40% from 2007-2011

DigitalJournal.com
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Charlotte, NC – Pine sawtimber prices decreased by 40% from 2007 to 2011, according to recent analysis of Forest2Market’s Delivered Raw Material Price Benchmark. Stumpage price decreased 41.8%, and delivered price fell 38.8%. According to Daniel Stuber, Director of Operations at Forest2Market, most of the decline has been in the price of larger classes of sawtimber. For instance, small sawtimber prices between 2007 and 2011 fell $5/ton (both stumpage and delivered). Large sawtimber stumpage prices during this same period fell $17/ton; large sawtimber delivered prices fell $14/ton.

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Paper Workers’ Union demands examination of Stora Enso’s activities in China

Helsingin Sanomat
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Finnish Paper Workers’ Union is demanding that the contracts between the Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso and Chinese landowners be brought to light. The Finnish Paper Workers’ Union says that it is concerned about the global reputation of the Finnish forest industry. “Minister Heidi Hautala, who is responsible for state ownership steering, needs to look into how the land deals were conducted. The reputation of the Finnish forest industry must not be allowed to be tarnished”, says Petri Vanhala, the President of the Finnish Paperworkers’ Union.

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Deloitte 2012 Global Forest, Paper, and Packaging Sector Outlook: Industry Will Continue to Operate at a Regional Level

By Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
PR Newswire
April 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW YORK — … According to the report, China is expected to lead the sector in growth for 2012 due to increasing demand in the Asia Pacific region. However, Chinese companies are confronted with profitability challenges because of raw material cost and producer fragmentation. Europe is facing a potential economic recession due to declining demand and overcapacity for paper products. Meanwhile, growth in South America is slowing, with only an incremental increase in pulp and paper demand expected for 2012. Modest growth is anticipated in North America overall, but several subsectors will still face difficulties ahead.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Beautiful New Wood Bikes From ‘Locally’ Sourced Wood

Tree Hugger
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Yet as we’ve discussed previously, using wood or bamboo bike does not necessarily a ‘sustainable’ bike make. The manufacture and shipping of bicycles creates about a 530 pound carbon dioxide lifecycle load according to estimates by MIT graduate student Shreya Dave. Making that bike from wood instead of steel or aluminum does shave a bit of the CO2 burden away, but there is still the coatings, components, energy use in manufacturing and shipping load to worry about.

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Ontario Wood Works! publishes construction reference guide

Daily Commercial News
April 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a move designed to facilitate increased use of wood-frame construction in low-rise educational buildings in the province, Ontario Wood Works! has published a 64-page reference guide. …“The purpose is to make it easier for architects and others to use more wood in schools,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of Ontario Wood Works! “The guide is also intended to help school boards in decision-making.” …Berube, whose organization was set up 12 years ago to promote use of wood in nonresidential construction, said one of the hurdles when it comes to school projects has been navigating code requirements.

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American Hardwood Goes Mobile

Wood Working Network
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Usually this space shows wood turned into something. Now wood turns to an app developed by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association. The Pittsburgh-based trade group created iPhone and Android apps promoting 22 North American wood species, with grain and coloration swatches. The app dovetails nicely with a campaign launched to promote demand for U.S. hardwoods last summer by a consortium of hardwood lumber, panel and component producers and sellers.

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Pella, Armstrong Join Disney Epcot Green House Project

Wood Working Network
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ORLANDO – Green Builder Media’s Vision House, opening Earth Day, April 22, 2012 at Disney’s Epcot Innoventions Center in Orlando, will feature Pella Windows and Armstrong Industries wood flooring and cabinetry… “The home will look like a modern home of the 21st century,” says Armstrong Industries social media manager Kim Lefever. “It is designed with green products and intelligent systems that demonstrate how homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint.”

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Oregon home to meet trifecta of green rating systems

Daily Journal of Commerce
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Holst Architecture and Hammer and Hand designed a house that will serve as a case study for sustainable design certifications… However, Menergie-P-ECO and Passive House differ in that Passive House is based purely on energy criteria and, therefore, does not take into account building materials. Both Menergie-P-ECO and LEED at the platinum level require that certain materials be used for finishes, floors, glue and paint. Consequently, the house will use primarily renewable materials, such as wood.

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Grain Surfboards Launches Hand-Built Skateboards

Transworld Business
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Grain Surfboards is putting its scraps to good use with a new line of hand-built skateboards as part of “The Offcuts Initiative.” Here’s more from Grain: It lies around the shop in piles, buckets and bins, just waiting for a life of its own. Most people would see it as “waste”, but a very special corner of Grain Surfboard’s catalogue is made exclusively from it – wood scraps. These bits of wood, coupled with Grain’s passion for “closing the loop” have inspired their latest effort, which they call “The Offcuts Initiative”.

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New Wooden Span to Link Bald Head Isle

Construction Equipment Guide
April 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…Although no bridge connects [Bald Head Island] to the mainland, a new bridge will soon span portions of the island itself. York Bridge Concepts Inc., (YBC) the nation’s largest on-site timber vehicular bridge builder, based in Lutz, Fla., is expected to complete construction of a 520-ft. (158 m) timber bridge in early March 2012. …A properly maintained timber bridge can last more than 50 years. In addition to durability, this bridge will offer aesthetic appeal that correlates with the ambiance of the quiet, picturesque island that once played a role in two American wars and now serves as a vacation getaway where the only traffic is electric cart, bicycle or foot.

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News Weird News By Rob Leigh Comments 3 Apr 2012 13:14 Going, going… but it’ll never go: Wooden 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing classic car sells for £5,000 on eBay

UK Mirror
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Five thousand quid is a lot to throw at any eBay auction – especially if the item on sale doesn’t actually function. But car super fans willing to shell out nearly 6,000 Euros – as one punter has done – may think that a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL at that price, whatever its condition, is worth it. Easily recognisable by the distinct gullwing doors, this motor may be a non-runner, but it may also be more suited to be kept in a huge display case, rather than a garage. Hand-carved from wood and listed as being on sale in the German city of Duisberg, the 1:1 scale replica comes with front wheels that actually steer.

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Forestry

Rate of logging could be devastating

Letter: Wendy Webb, a very concerned resident of Anahim Lake, B.C.
Williams Lake Tribune
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Major forestry corporations — West Fraser, Tolko and government-owned B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) — have extended operations into areas previously considered beyond their reach. Having over cut their own operating areas, they have now marched into the last green forests of the B.C. Interior. Every day more reports come in from locals of thousands of ribbons encircling trees as the forestry companies compete to claim vast tracts of pristine green forest in the West Chilcotin, with no formal application to government and no consultation with local First Nations and other residents.

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Forest minister highlights local pine beetle status

100 Mile Free Press
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a recent visit to 100 Mile House, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson talked about the status of pine-beetle harvesting in the South Cariboo. In commenting on the current activities his ministry has underway, he focused briefly on the beetle infestation. “Some of the key issues we are addressing, obviously of significant concern to the communities in this area, [include] continuing to work with all interests in the forest sector, looking towards addressing the continuing impacts of mountain pine beetle. [We are] looking at how we can continue to address timber supply security for the timber companies and the interests that are operating on the land base.”

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Without a plan, forest industry cutting into own future

The Chronicle Herald
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

As a Nova Scotia woodlot owner and operator for the last 38 years, I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs in the forest industry. Right now, the day-to-day outlook is pretty bleak, with the next three to four years supposedly forecast to show some improvement. …On Friday, March 30, I attended, with other woodlot owners, a second meeting with Peter Woodbridge, the consultant hired by the government to advise on the implementation of a new forest harvesting policy. He presented a rosier outlook for the industry in the above-mentioned three to four years. It was he who recommended that the fate of the forest industry lies in getting access to the wood supply held by the province’s 30,000 small woodlot owners who collectively own 50 per cent of the province’s woodland. 

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Calls show residents panicked over Colo. wildfire

Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Emergency officials told confused residents not to worry after they reported a fire on the outskirts of Denver, including at least two residents who later were found dead in their burning home, 911 calls released by officials Tuesday showed. Residents began calling to express concern about the fire and high winds around 2 p.m., and at first dispatchers assured them the heavy smoke and flames were part of a controlled burn that wasn’t a threat. Later they acknowledged that there was some trouble with a prescribed burn but told callers that firefighters were at the scene. 

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Climate change likely to transform Rim forests

Payson Roundup
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Don’t get too attached to any of the ponderosa pines in town. Odds are, they’ll fall victim to a rapid transformation of the forests throughout northern Arizona in coming decades. That’s the conclusion emerging from a number of studies that have concluded rising average temperatures and deepening drought have already triggered a huge “migration” of tree species across the West.

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Terry Sharik Appointed Dean of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Terry Sharik has been appointed dean of Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences. He will take the reins on July 1, 2012, after Peg Gale, SFRES dean since March 2004, retires. It’s a homecoming for Sharik, who taught in the School of Forestry and Wood Products from 1986 to 1993. While at Michigan Tech, he was president of the University Senate and associate director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. Since 1993, he has been a professor of forest ecology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

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DCR maps lay out new logging rules

Berkshire Eagle
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PITTSFIELD — The Department of Conservation and Recreation this week approved new maps that represent a dramatic change in logging practices on state-owned land. In conjunction with the new maps, a three-year-old moratorium on commercial logging on state-owned land will be partially lifted if the DCR Stewardship Council approves management plans for three new landscape designations on Friday. …The maps lay out three types of forestry designations that altogether would restrict commercial logging to less than 40 percent of state forests and parks.

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Gas prices affect sawmill, loggers Hurt told

Lynchburg News and Advance
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lumber demand, which is the highest it’s been in the past five years, is not the problem for the Gregory Lumber Inc. sawmill, explained co-owner John Gregory. The problem is the increased cost of production when lumber prices remain low. “If we don’t get a handle on this cost of petroleum, there’s not going to be any recovery. We can’t stand anymore,” Gregory told U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, who toured the sawmill, a logging site and the VanDerHyde Dairy’s energy-generating digester on Tuesday. …Hurt pointed to his support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would ship crude oil from Canada and northern states to Texas, as a way of helping do that.

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Forest Service: Early spring sparks early wildfires

Kennebec Journal
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Unseasonably warm weather last month gave Maine an early spring, and an early fire season. “We’ve had some very peculiar weather patterns,” said Lt. Jeffrey Currier, a ranger with the Maine Forest Service. “It’s not unheard of to have fires in March, but we had to be ready a little earlier this year.” Since the first week of March, firefighters across the state have battled nearly 50 wildfires. 

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Program aims to provide rural employment

Greenville Daily Reflector
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Employee downsizing at North Carolina logging operations tied to the depressed housing market should see a reversal based on emerging markets, the impetus for a new job training partnership between Pitt Community College and a logging association, officials said. The 16-week continuing education forestry equipment operator course is a pilot project that could be expanded to other community colleges. “The hope is if we can get it off the ground here that it will be taken to other community colleges in North Carolina,” Ashley Sierant, PCC’s occupation extension coordinator, said. Students will train in a mobile classroom and receive hands-on training on-site at smaller logging operations in the area. 

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Yoghurt for forests! Danone drops Asia Pulp and Paper, plans zero deforestation policy

International Business Times
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Danone has released a statement confirming plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The statement, which you can read here also confirms that the company intends to develop a zero deforestation policy, which will cover all of the commodities it buys that could be linked to deforestation. Danone joins the likes of Nestle, Kraft, Unilever, Adidas and many more who have already dropped APP.

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Pollen can protect mahogany from extinction

Eureka! Science News
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New research from the University of Adelaide could help protect one of the world’s most globally threatened tree species — the big leaf mahogany — from extinction. Big leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is the most prized mahogany timber around the world. It is at risk of extinction in its native habitats because of the timber trade, particularly in Central and South America. To better understand how such a threatened species can be brought back from the brink of extinction, scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute have studied the important role played by the trees’ pollen in the health and re-growth of mahogany forests.

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Brazil forges forward on path to sustainable forest development

Center for International Forestry Research
Forest blog
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LIMA, Peru – Brazil is forging forward towards its sustainable forest development goal, with many ministers and scientists hailing programs tackling deforestation that have played a critical role in getting the developing country back on the sustainable development path in the last 20 years. “In Rio in 1992, I think my country was very brave to host the Earth Summit, as (at that time) Brazil’s development path was completely unsustainable,” said Carlos Nobre from the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, in his closing address at the Planet under Pressure conference held in London last week.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Address climate change by using more wood not less

Featuring Patrick Moore
Print Republic Blog
April 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

So here’s a thought you may not have had before. In fact, the vast majority of people would probably not have thought this way before, but when I tell you who made this statement, it will probably get you thinking…. “To address climate change, we must use more wood not less. Using wood sends signals to the marketplace to grow more trees!

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Earth to Elizabeth May: There’s no stopping climate change

Toronto Sun
April 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

As its only MP, Elizabeth May controls 100% of the Green Party vote in Parliament. On Huffington Post Canada, in connection with the recent federal budget, she warns readers of what she sees as the greatest threat — climate change… To quote her: “The most serious threat to our future is the climate crisis. A responsible government would be working to reduce fossil fuel dependence and maximize jobs in energy efficiency retrofits, conservation and investments in renewable energy. This budget does not even mention climate change.”

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Green Leaf Inn Announces the First Net Zero Energy Green Building Challenge for Energy Management Controls

Hotel News Resource
April 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The Challenge asks for participants to design an Energy Management Control System; providing a strategy and product selection to control, manage and gather data on an integrated renewable energy system for the Green Leaf Inn (GLI), opening Spring 2013 as the first Net Zero Energy Hotel in North America… This challenge is a first of its kind – requiring the integration of three different solar thermal systems; a cogen system, geothermal system, and a wood-fired boiler, to be combined with a 1,250 gallon thermal storage system insulated to R-80, providing heat and cooling for this historic first Net Zero Energy Hotel.  

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Climate Change: Its effects on the Oregon Coast

Allen Soloman, forest ecologist
Lincoln County News
April 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Global ecologist Allen Solomon will describe the current state of climate science and discuss how climate change may affect the Oregon coast in a free public lecture planned for Lincoln City April 15th, 2:30pm at the Driftwood Public Library at City Hall. Soloman is a life-long forest ecologist who specialized in climate change for much of his career with the U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and in other agency and university posts, 

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Cersosimo Industries gets permit for a new biomass generator

Brattleboro Reformer
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BRATTLEBORO — Among Cersosimo Industries’ many endeavors — which include lumber, real estate, gravel and landscape planning — you will soon be able to add power generation.
Cersosimo Lumber Company last month received a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board to operate a 750-kilowatt biomass electric generating facility at its kiln drying plant near the Vernon town line.

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General

Steele promises to work with ‘all Nova Scotians in forestry’

Undertaking includes $5 million
TheChronicleHerald.ca
April 3, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The provincial government and forestry stakeholders continue to discuss ways to prop up the struggling industry. During his unveiling of the provincial budget to the House of Assembly Tuesday, Finance Minister Graham Steele said in the coming year the government will “work with all Nova Scotians in the forestry sector — from sawmillers, to foresters and harvesters” to move the industry forward. Duff Montgomerie, deputy minister of natural resources, said that includes $3.2 million to work with key stakeholders, engage private woodlot owners and determine new industry practices, and $1.8 million to help create a surveillance system that was budgeted last year.

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