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Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Vancouver golf courses turn to bats to beat the bugs

Vancouver Sun
April 5, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Dogs are man’s best friend, but bats? Well, it might sound a bit batty, but they could prove to be a golfer’s greatest pal. At least that’s what Howard Normann, head of golf course operations for the City of Vancouver, is hoping. On Thursday, crews will erect six specially built bat houses — two in each of the city’s three golf courses — in the hopes of attracting 1,800 bats to roost in them. Why bats? Well, if there’s one thing the creatures like to eat, it’s mosquitoes…

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Jack Lumber – Teaser for Video Game

YouTube
April 5, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

 Tree Frog Editors: We don’t know much about this teaser, except to say that something is being released this summer, and we don’t care much for the lumberjack stereotyping in it! 


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My dog ate my MASTERS… No, really!

For all you golfing fans – The Masters starts today.
HLN TV
April 4, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

AUGUSTA GA — His Swiss Mountain dog Sierra had eaten his tickets — es, ALL four of them!.. But here’s why we really like Berkman: Instead of cancelling his trip, he devised a plan to get those tickets back (and no, it didn’t involve waiting for them to come out the other end!). He fed Sierra hydrogen peroxide and waited for her to barf the tickets back up. And sure enough, she did! “It came out pretty well. We got about 70% of all four tickets put together,” he says… He called up officials in Augusta who apparently saw the humor in the whole thing and decided to issue him a new set of passes. 

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Business & Politics

Erickson Air-Crane cuts price target for pending IPO by nearly half

Oregon Live
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Erickson Air-Crane cut the share price of its pending stock offering today, downsizing by nearly half the amount the Portland helicopter manufacturer expects to raise from an initial public offering. Erickson wants to sell stock so it can start paying down $130.6 million in debt. It’s been preparing an IPO for two years but has repeatedly delayed the offering amid uneven financial results. Firefighters, construction companies and timber harvesters use Erickson’s helicopters for heavy-lift jobs. 

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Research and Markets: 2012 Report on the $10 Billion US Timber Operations Industry that Features Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek Timber, Rayonier and Potlatch

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

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Timber Operations” report to their offering. The US timber operations industry includes about 10,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $10 billion. Major companies include Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek Timber, Rayonier, and Potlatch. The industry is highly fragmented. The global forest products industry, which includes timber operations, generates more than $450 billion in annual revenue. Top sources for timber include the Brazil, Canada, China, India, and the US. Leading companies include Svenska Cellulosa (Sweden), Stora Enso Oyj (Finland), and AbitibiBowater (Canada).

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Mill work boosts economy

Tidewater News
April 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN—Converting the International Paper mill to produce fluff pulp is bringing life back to Franklin’s economy. With up to 800 contractors and 225 mill employees preparing for the June startup, restaurants, hotels, the airport and the housing market are seeing a boost. “It’s good to see some activity again,” said Airport Manager Jimmy Gray, who began to see an increase in corporate traffic and fuel sales in September. “It’s been a steady increase. We’ve seen several aircraft a week due to the mill.”

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Biomass generator plant approved in Brattleboro area

Howard Weiss-Tisman
Bennington Banner
April 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BRATTLEBORO, VT — 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. When the system is operating at its peak, Cersosimo will produce enough electricity to power about 750 homes annually.

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New Zealand log exports fall as with oversupply in China

IHB
April 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Falling demand from China and the high value of the New Zealand dollar have led to a drop in the value of New Zealand log exports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced Friday. An oversupply of logs was developing in China, the ministry said in a statement on it forestry production and trade figures for the December quarter last year.

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Gunns dominance is pulp fiction

Business Spectator
April 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian timber company Gunns’ proposed $2.3 billion Bell Bay Pulp Mill – still reeling from the withdrawal of a key financier – could be facing an uncertain future at the hands of throat-cutting global competitors. As Gunns intensifies its ailing bid to raise $400 million in fresh equity, sessions of 7th China Pulp & Recycled Fiber Conference – held two weeks ago in Shanghai but not reported in the Australian media – detailed how massive new global pulp mill projects, including Eldorado and Suzano Maranhao in Brazil, Oji in China and Montes del Plata in Uruguay, would lead to a potential glut in the “bleached hardwood Kraft” pulp market by the end of next year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Vandusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre

Vancouver Sun
April 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fast + Epp was the structural engineering firm for an iconic 19,000 sq. ft. visitors’ centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. …Perhaps its most innovative feature is the dramatic freeform, organically-shaped roof structure…The design team pioneered a wood solution for the new visitor centre in the interests of economy, sustainability, innovation, and to meet tight time constraints. …this is believed to be the first example of wood use for such a complex form. Seventy-one unique panels consisting of glue-laminated wood and standard dimensional lumber components were designed by Fast + Epp and subsequently prefabricated and created by StructureCraft Builders Inc. (a company owned by the principals of Fast + Epp).

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Bill Mauro MPP – Ontario’s Wood First Act provides us with an opportunity

Net Newsledger
April 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan, will be tabling ‘Ontario’s Wood First Act’ in the Ontario Legislature. The Private Member’s Bill would promote the use of wood as the primary building material in publically-funded buildings… Ontario’s Wood First Act has a precedent: British Columbia passed legislation in 2009 promoting the use of wood as the primary building material in publically-funded buildings. British Columbia has also amended their building code to allow wood framed buildings up to six storeys. Ontario’s Wood First Act will be debated in the Ontario Legislature on April 19th.

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Construction Worker Killed in Brooklyn Collapse

New York Times
April 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A construction worker died on Tuesday in Brooklyn when part of a house collapsed, the authorities said. …He was climbing a ladder along the side of the building to begin the roofing work for the structure when the second-story addition slipped from its foundation and crashed into the neighboring home, a spokeswoman for the department, Ryan FitzGibbon, said ….A preliminary investigation showed that the wood in the building had deteriorated over time and that the upper addition had not been properly secured, both of which led to the accident.

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Virginia company uses poultry feathers in plastic

Plastics News
April 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ORLANDO, FLA.  — Virginia compounder Eastern Bioplastics LLC has found a new, untapped raw material source — poultry feathers. [They will] mix plastics with some of the three billion pounds of leftover chicken and other poultry feathers in the United States to make what it says will be a cheaper, lower carbon footprint material for a range of applications. …The new material will mix up to 50 percent feathers by weight… Unlike some wood fibers, the feathers bind well to plastic because they are a keratin protein, …and can potentially produce a stronger and lighter material, the company said. …the material can be used in automotive parts, office furniture and simpler products like plastic buckets.

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NRCAN signs MOU with China MOHURD

The Canada Wood Group Blog
April 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

MOU between the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada Concerning Cooperation in the Technology of Development of Eco-Cities (Haiyan Zhang). This MOU signing was the highlight of Canada’s participation in this year’s Green Building Show. 

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Forestry

Harper government drops green pretences with majority budget

Conservatives have identified their constituency and it does not include the Greenpeace brigade or supporters of the Council of Canadians
Vancouver Sun
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Measures announced in last week’s budget suggest the Harper government has decided to drop any and all pretence of being green. The document’s lack of environmental conscience has Green party leader Elizabeth May seeing red. The MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands declares on her party’s website that the budget is “the worst in the history of Canada. “This is devastating,” May stated. “This is a war on the environment. It cannot go unchallenged.”

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The Forest Industry – Sun Rises on one of BC’s Most Storied Industries

Posted on COFI’s website
Vancouver Sun Insert
April 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

 

8 page insert.

A change in attitude 
means a change in fortune
Exploring BC’s sunrise industry

Nurturing our forests, 
housing the world
Benefiting from a culture of wood
The new bio-economy and employment
[and more…]



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Land users voice concerns to NDP

100 Mile Free Press
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC NDP agriculture critic Lana Popham got an earful when she visited 100 Mile House recently to hear the concerns of area land users. At a meeting set up by Cariboo-Chilcotin NDP candidate Charlie Wyse, more than a dozen … land-user group representatives shared their concerns about government policies affecting the people, wildlife and habitat in the community. …”The other problem is under professional reliance. An industry self-policing is never, in my mind, a good thing.”… West Fraser Timber was “fantastic” to send out a forester for four days in January to help her identify and map some new trails for her planned tenure amendment, she says, and Tolko has helped her with related satellite mapping issues.

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New joint Haida-BC government council cuts Haida Gwaii logging by nearly half

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new joint council established to govern forest management on Haida Gwaii has made its first decision on how much logging should be allowed within the islands’ major forest licence by reducing the level by almost half. The council, which has membership from the Haida First Nation and the provincial government, has set an annual allowable harvest (AAC) of 929,000 cubic metres, a reduction of 48 per cent compared with logging previously allowed when the annual cut was set by the Ministry of Forests’ chief forester.

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Biologist worries about impact of proposed MNR cuts

Thunder Bay News Watch
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cuts to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has biologist Rob Foster worried. Ontario’s 2012 budget, revealed last week, contains numerous planned cuts for the ministry. The Liberal government also proposed a number of unspecified changes to the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and other pieces of legislation. In order to balance the budget, the MNR announced some regional offices would close.

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Colorado sheriff notes problems with fire warnings

Helena Independent Record
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Colorado State Forest Service conducted a 50-acre prescribed burn on March 22, part of a normal plan to consume fuel in the rugged, pine-filled foothills southwest of Denver… Once the fire was out, crews patrolled the perimeter daily to make sure it stayed that way. And it was on one such patrol the hot afternoon of Monday, March 26, that they spotted an ember blown across the perimeter and lighting grass. What they hadn’t done in all their methodical planning was ask for real-time weather forecasts that would have predicted vicious, swirling winds. From there, a deadly cascade of missteps combined with the vagaries of wind and fire to produce another tragedy in the Rocky Mountains, new documents obtained this week show.

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Groups praise planned Wyoming whitebark pine effort

Billings Gazette
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON, Wyo. — Environmentalists are praising a proposed experiment to try to regenerate whitebark pine trees in a portion of Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. The U.S. Forest Service plan calls for more than 600 acres of commercial logging, thinning and prescribed burns to remove trees that compete with whitebark. Disease-resistant seedlings would be planted in the area. Rampant pine beetles and fungus have devastated whitebark pine.

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South Dakota, Wyoming intervene in lawsuit over forest management

Billings Gazette
April 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, S.D. — A judge in Wyoming has granted requests by South Dakota and Wyoming to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving management of the Black Hills National Forest.
Four environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service last October, saying the agency was allowing “extreme levels” of logging that were damaging plants and wildlife habitat. The lawsuit seeks a halt to certain timber sales and grazing projects… The lawsuit was filed by that group, the Western Watersheds Project, the Native Ecosystems Council and the Prairie Hills Audubon Society.

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Outrage won’t die down over Wallowa-Whitman forest road closure plan

Oregon Live
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ENTERPRISE — Public outrage continues to mount over a final plan to close nearly 4,000 miles of roads in the state’s biggest national forest, with one congressman saying the government needs to “go back and get it right” and local leaders promising to file an appeal or a lawsuit if necessary. “Our people have grown up recreating out in the woods, and now they are closing it down,” said Union County Commissioner Mark Davidson. “That tears at the fabric that makes up our culture.” 

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Groups praise US Forest Service plan for whitebark pine regeneration experiment in NW Wyo.

The Republic
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON, Wyo. — Environmentalists are praising a proposed experiment to try to regenerate whitebark pine trees in a portion of Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. The U.S. Forest Service plan calls for more than 600 acres of commercial logging, thinning and prescribed burns to remove trees that compete with whitebark. Disease-resistant seedlings would be planted in the area.

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Colorado’s snow-starved winter raises specter of worst wildfire season in 10 years

The Colorado Independent
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The prescribed burn that roared out of control, claiming the lives of three nearby residents and scaring hundreds of others is just the beginning of what could be a frighteningly long fire season in Colorado. About 98 percent of the state is experiencing varying levels of drought, Colorado State University climatologists confirmed this week, noting the Arkansas and Rio Grande river basins are especially dry, as are areas in the central and northwestern mountains due to an unusually lean snowpack.

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Activists protest clearcutting, corruption at Forestry Board meeting

Bay Area Indymedia
April 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SHASTA COUNTY, CA … It’s now 14 years later and Haggards’ comments on clearcutting in California still hold true, as evidenced by a protest held by forest activists in Sacramento today, April 4… Occupy Sacramento, Occupy Davis, and a coalition of community groups and activists concerned about destructive logging practices staged the demonstration to demand an end to the clearcutting of California’s forests and greater protection for the watersheds that supply 75% of California’s water and provide habitat for imperiled salmon and steelhead and other native species… Shasta County’s 11-year-old Ci Yin Oliveira, who traveled to Sacramento with ten other youth, questioned the Board of Forestry directly at their monthly meeting.

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Colorado: Forest Service experts named to fire review team

Summit County Citizens Voice
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with William Bass, supervisor of the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, a team set to review the prescribed Colorado State Forest Service fire that may have sparked the deadly Lower North Fork wildfire will include some of the country’s top wildfire experts. The team includes Francisco (Frankie) Romero, an applied fire ecologist who overseas the Forest Service’s prescribed fire program. Romero will serve as the fire behavior analyst. In his Forest Service position Romero is responsible for policy updates, agency-wide workforce planning and training; monitoring program accomplishments and performance including escaped prescribed fires agency-wide. Romero’s review experience includes the Salt Fire Shelter Deployment Review, and the Breaks One Escape Prescribed Fire.

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Forest Service sets fire to protect Monarch from fire

Great Falls Tribune
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A tricky prescribed fire near the town of Monarch and U.S. Highway 89 was successfully started Wednesday but was later stopped due to high winds. Although the fire was smaller than intended, Erin Fryer, a spokeswoman with Lewis and Clark National Forest, still described the operation as a success. …The main purpose of burning the fuels is to lower the risk of wildfire breaking out because of the heavy fuel load and threatening structures in the Monarch-Neihart corridor, Fryer said. A secondary benefit of the fire is that it will rejuvenate soils so they sprout more types of plants and shrubs, which is good for wildlife such as elk and birds.

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Forestry presentation at Oregon State University examines impact of logging on watersheds, then and now

Oregon Live
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the Oregon Coast Range, a study that began in 1959 provided the first analysis of clearcut logging on water quality, habitat health and fish population… The logging practices of the day left the creek looking like a “moonscape,” said Mike Cloughesy, forestry director with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a publicly-funded information group in Portland. The findings led to the adoption of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act, which governs how logging is done. Now, 50 years later, researchers have returned to Needle Branch Creek…  The original and “Alsea Revisited” watershed studies are the focus of a presentation Thursday at Oregon State University in Corvallis. 

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Taking legal action against illegal logging

Australia’s e-journal
On Line opinion
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Illegal logging is an international problem that has serious implications for environmental management and for the economies of developing countries in particular. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development reports that in some developing countries up to 70 per cent of timber is illegally logged, with a loss in revenue and capital of more than $20 billion per year. The destruction of tropical rainforests in particular from illegal logging is a cause of global concern with large quantities reported to have been stripped from environmentally sensitive areas in the Amazon river basin, Madagascar and many other nations either side of the Equator.

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Forest peace deal advertising blitz

ABC News Australia
April 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has launched a new advertising campaign to help sell the forest peace deal. Television, print and online advertisements have started running to explain the steps being taken to achieve a compromise between environmentalists and the forest industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Critics question carbon tax grants for greenhouse sector

TheTyee.ca
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia government announced today it will give greenhouse businesses back what it collects from the sector in carbon tax, a move critics say will have other industries wanting the same treatment. Agriculture Minister Don McRae said today there will be $7.6 million in grants available through the B.C. Greenhouse Growers’ Association and the United Flower Growers Cooperative Association. The amount matches what the industry, which uses a lot of natural gas, was expected to pay in carbon tax.

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Hudson Bay polar bear population defying predictions, stable: govt survey

TheTyee.ca
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut says a new survey shows Canada’s polar bear population hasn’t significantly declined in the last seven years as predicted and that the iconic mammal has not been hurt by climate change.

Polar bear population healthier than feared, Nunavut survey shows

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Journal article explores hybridized life cycle analysis method

Ethanol Producer Magazine
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A recently published article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Royal Society Interface suggests that in order for life cycle analyses (LCA) of biomass-based products such as biofuels to be most accurately calculated, modelers should develop a hybridized methodology that considers both direct and indirect effects, to measure the carbon intensity of production. Further, the authors of the paper stressed the need for policymakers worldwide to develop methodologies that are compatible and comparable, rather than continue forward with the patchwork of individualized policies specific to country or region.

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The Next Biomass Hotbed

Biomass Power and Thermal
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Southeast Alaska is the Saudi Arabia of biomass, according to Nathan Soboleff, renewable energy coordinator for Sealaska. The region is not only in the middle of a 17-million-acre forest with rich biomass resources, but it also has huge potential that has been historically underutilized and untapped, according to Soboleff. But after the Alaska Energy Authority, which oversees statewide energy policy, issued the Southeast Alaska Integrated Resource Plan, he might be happily mistaken about the region’s resources going unused.

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Transport Truths

Biomass Power and Thermal
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When Mark Standley Jr. and his crew at Biomass Harvesting LLC began hauling woody biomass off Northwest Oregon job sites in 2007, they could handle roughly three or four loads every day. They were professional loggers, employed by Bighorn Logging out of Banks, Ore. Today, Standley’s team hauls 10 to 15 loads per day, and has a $2.5 million capital investment in a Peterson 5710C horizontal grinder, a 210 Kobelco excavator and log loader, a Z200F Hitachi log loader, a TF820 Timberpro slash forwarder, six Kenworth tractors and another six 48-foot Western chip trailers.

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Energy for the Next 20 Years

The New York Academy of Sciences
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

According to the International Energy Agency, global energy use is expected to increase by 50% over the next 2 decades, in part because of the expanding global population. In conjunction with this substantial surge in demand, global temperatures are increasing because of elevated greenhouse gas emissions produced by inexpensive methods of energy production, such as the burning of coal… As the first installment of a four-part series exploring the relationship between conservation and our increasingly urban existence, the New York Academy of Sciences hosted Energy for the Next 20 years: Protecting the Environment and Meeting Our Demands on Thursday, January 12, 2012. 

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SITA to supply UK’s largest waste wood burning plant

letsrecycle.com
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SITA has signed a landmark deal to supply waste wood to the largest waste wood-powered biomass plant in the UK. The company announced today (April 4) that it has been awarded a contract to supply feedstock required by the £200 million biomass combined heat and power plant being developed by RWE npower renewables at Markinch in Fife, Scotland.

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The fate of bio-carbon in FCC co-processing products

Green Chemistry Blog
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

French scientists have investigated the mechanisms involved in producing mixed bio/fossil fuels and the fate of the bio-carbon during the process. In order to meet the regulation constraints for transportation fuels set by the European Commission, a promising solution is to produce mixed bio/fossil fuels by co-processing biomass pyrolysis oil with crude oil fractions (obtained from distillation in a standard oil refinery).  

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At Rio+20 Earth Summit, Governments Must “Show Us the Money”

Huffington Post (blog)
April 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Many scientists agree that to save the environment of our life-sustaining home planet, we are running out of time. It’s clear we are at, or near, a tipping point beyond which irreversible environmental degradation will occur. It is time we-the-people stand up and demand bold, urgent action to secure an environmentally sustainable future. A good time to do such would be as world leaders gather this June in Rio de Janeiro for the “Rio+20 Earth Summit.” At this gathering, there will be two, and only two, possible outcomes:…

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