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Daily Archives: April 13, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Reflecting on Change

Scene 360
April 12, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Although this alien-type figure would probably scare most people out of the woods. In reality, it represent a human form which is part of a series of art installations by sculptor Rob Mullholland. His main project “Vestige” represents people from the past, communities that once inhabited this location. They are mirrored because they “absorb” their environment and reflect landscape changes to the forest.

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Business & Politics

Powell River mill turns 100 amid Catalyst conundrum

HQ Cowichan Valley
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The timing perhaps couldn’t be more ironic: The Powell River Pulp and Paper mill celebrates its 100th birthday Apr. 12 less than two weeks before a vital vote could result in the demise of owner Catalyst Paper. The president of the CEP union local 76 in Powell River, Mike Verdiel, said it’s difficult to celebrate under the current restraints. “Both financially and, I mean, how does it look in a community if you’ve got suppliers and small businessmen that we are saying, ‘we can’t pay you’, but we are out having celebrations?” he pointed out. 

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Plan in place to help forest industry flourish

News Talk Sports AM 1150
April 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC government has unveiled it’s forest sector strategy to prop up the struggling forest industry.  It addresses six priorities including job creation and expanding it’s lumber market in the US and Asia.  Kelowna Mission MLA Steve Thomson says the aim is to increase softwood exports to China by 20 percent next year. “The growth in the Asia/Pacific, particularly China, but also opportunities in Korea and Japan – a long term trading partner – and even India we see significant opportunities as well.”  John Allan, president and CEO of Council of Forest Industries attended Thursday’s announcement at West Kelowna’s Gorman Brothers mill.  

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Marwood seeks environmental approval for wood manufacturing plant in Deer Lake Newfoundland

(author unknown)
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Marwood seeks environmental approval for wood manufacturing plant in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland and Labrador department of Environment and Conservation announced this week that Marwood Ltd. has registered a proposed pressure-treated lumber and wood manufacturing facility for an environmental assessment. If approved, the facility would be in Deer Lake, about 50 kilometres northeast of Corner Brook.

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Fibrek shares fall on fresh setback to Mercer bid

Montreal Gazette
April 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Shares of Fibrek Inc. fell as much as 10 per cent on Thursday, after the Quebec regulator blocked the adoption of a shareholders right plan that would have helped Mercer International Inc.’s friendly bid. Mercer and AbitibiBowater Inc. are engaged in a battle for Fibrek, which owns three mills with a production capacity of 760,000 tonnes. Abitibi already owns 46.8 per cent of Fibrek shares. A shareholder rights plan, also called a poison pill, allows companies to issue new shares if an investor acquires shares over a certain threshold.

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Construction Materials Prices Increase 1.4 Percent in March

The American Surveyor
April 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Construction materials prices rose 1.4 percent in March, the largest monthly increase since April 2011, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s April 12 producer price index (PPI) report. On a quarterly basis, construction materials prices increased 2.7 percent and are 3.8 percent higher than March 2011. Following a similar pattern, nonresidential construction materials prices moved up 1.6 percent for the month, 2.9 percent for the quarter and 4 percent year over year. Softwood lumber was one of the materials experiencing a price increase in March, jumping 2.4 percent to reach levels 1.7 percent higher for the quarter and 0.5 percent higher compared to one year ago.

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McKenzie forest plan is Robin Hood in reverse

By Craig Patterson, Guest Viewpoint
The Register-Guard
April 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

“Greatest good for the fewest number for the shortest time” characterizes the Goose Project, which the U.S. Forest Service is attempting to force upon the McKenzie Bridge community and all of Oregon without due process. The Forest Service seems to be returning to yesteryear, supporting a very short boom (for the timber companies) while perpetuating a long bust for our environment, economics and society. The project has been fast-tracked without adequate notification, as McKenzie District Ranger Terry Baker acknowledges in his March 31 guest viewpoint, and already the first of five projected timber sales has been sold.

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Hardwood Lumber Production to Increase 10%

Wood Working Network
April 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Conventional wisdom a decade ago was that low-grade, industrial lumber items were merely byproducts from grade lumber production. Few hardwood sawmills paid serious attention to marketing railroad ties, pallet cants, board road or crane mats. During the last several years, however, solid demand for these products has helped keep the hardwood industry afloat… We estimate that U.S. hardwood lumber production will increase by about 10% in 2012 over 2011. 

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SEC alleges stock manipulation by AutoChina

Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SHANGHAI — A complaint against a Chinese commercial vehicle dealer for alleged stock manipulation offers insights into practices being uncovered as U.S. market regulators tighten scrutiny of China-based companies that are traded on Wall Street… The SEC crackdown on market abuses and shady accounting practices is prompting some companies to withdraw from the U.S. market or refrain from share offerings, while others battle to contain the damage. Chinese timberland company Sino-Forest Corp., which is being investigated for fraud, filed last month for bankruptcy protection, putting itself up for sale.

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Hardwood Chips Headed to China Surpasses Japan Volume

woodworkingnetwork.com
April 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BRUSSELS – Chinese hardwood chip imports are set to double over the next five years, to 12.7 million BDMT (for Bone Dry Metric Tons) in 2016, placing it on course to be the world’s largest hardwood chip importer. According to a new study from forest products research group RISI, Japan will lose its status as top improter of hardwood chips, falling from 9.9 million BDMT to 8.6 million BDMT in the same period, the lowest volume of imports since 1993. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanotech greatly reduces leaching in pressure-treated lumber

By Ben Coxworth
Eco-Gizmo
April 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

When people are building things such as decks or fences, they often use lumber that has been pressure-treated with preservatives. While this does indeed help the wood last longer, the chemicals will gradually leach out into the ground, harming organisms within it. Now, however, researchers have found a way of using nanotechnology to keep the preservatives in the wood… The nanoparticle-encapsulated fungicide was then applied to wood samples, using regular pressure treating techniques. Tests showed that the wood was just as insect- and rot-resistant as wood treated with conventional fungicide, yet 90% less leaching occurred. 

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Wood first a priority of new forest strategy

Kelowna Capital News
April 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

What is today a North America-wide initiative, to consider the use of wood first wherever possible in construction, actually had its beginnings in West Kelowna. Yet, the District of West Kelowna is not among the 42 B.C. communities hailed for adopting a wood first policy by natural resource operations minister Steve Thomson at Thursday’s unveiling in West Kelowna, of the province’s new forest sector strategy for the province. A policy of maximizing the use of wood in all provincially-funded buildings in B.C. was adopted by the province in 2009, recalls Mary Tracey, who was responsible for the Wood-Works

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EcoBuild 2012 highlighted the importance for wood manufacturers

By Daryl Holmes
BC Wood
April 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over 1400 exhibitors were present at this year’s show, which continues to grow in size and attendance. This show is a one-stop shop for anything and everything related to the sustainable construction and green building industry. The timber zone was much larger than last year indicating that the profile of timber use in construction is becoming more and more prominent in this marketplace. Many countries local to this market boasted large pavilions showcasing their products. BC manufacturers were represented in collaboration with a combined Canadian Pavilion which featured companies from all across Canada.

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Simon Fraser University building gives back to the Earth

Vancouver Sun
April 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — The new childcare building at Simon Fraser University is designed to collect more water than it flushes and generate enough energy to sustain itself and have some left over for its neighbours. More than just sustainable, the UniverCity Childcare Centre is poised to be a net contributor, rather than a consumer of energy and precious resources. Plastics — banned from the structure as products of the petrochemical industry — are nowhere to be seen, replaced by natural wood structures and trim, reclaimed wood doors and sliding partitions and exquisite wooden toys.

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Local log home builder has solid foundation

Mail Tribune
April 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

While other Western wood-products operators have often wanted for raw materials in recent decades, Homestead Log Homes has had relatively little trouble. The U.S. Forest Service typically provides a plentiful supply of the builder’s bread-and-butter lodgepole pine when it thins timberland east of the Cascades in Klamath and Deschutes counties… The steady supply of lodgepole pine and demand from big-ticket customers has helped the company weather the lengthy residential building bust. While a beetle infestation threatens the stands, it often works in Homestead Log Homes’ favor.

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Timbercity: Innovative Multi-story Wood Architecture

Meeting of the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee
Seattle Channel
April 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West
The TimberCity piece is at the end of this video – slide the fast forward to minute 122.47 of the video – the presentation is about 30 minutes. The presenters are speaking about wood building innovation and Cross Laminated Timber use in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
To see the slides on their own, click here

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UK Contractors Send Strong Signal on Timber Choice

Specification Online
April 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has agreed a new statement on timber procurement and given a major boost to sustainable timber sourcing and supply for the UK construction industry. All timber products purchased for either temporary or permanent use on UKCG member sites will be certified as legally and sustainably sourced, as defined by the UK Government’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET). CPET currently approves two certification schemes as providing evidence of legal and sustainable sourcing – FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). 

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Architectural Student Design Competition winners announced

Isover has revealed the three UK winners 
Specification Online
April 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Trent Quay – 1st Prize. Designed by Dan Shanahan and Emmett McNamara from The University of Edinburgh, the concept utilises existing buildings on the site, rejuvenating the area with a brewery and riverside bar and restaurant, as well as a fresh food market for local produce. All new buildings on the site are constructed using the Brettstapel solid timber construction system, which uses no glue or nails. Material is fabricated from softwood timber posts connected with hardwood dowels, using timber which would otherwise be unsuitable for construction to form load-bearing floors, walls and roof panels.

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Engineers looking at Christchurch quake’s lessons

3News NZ
April 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Earthquake engineering experts are in Christchurch this weekend for a conference.
It’s called Implementing Lessons Learned and is bringing together some of the country’s and the world’s leading experts to look at what went wrong when the earthquakes hit Christchurch, but also what went right. …Mr Wood says some of Christchurch’s older unsecured masonry buildings caused lives to be lost, and changes are likely to be made to legislation as a result.

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Forestry

Explore history of logging

Victoria Times Colonist
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber Hogs and Forest Kings is a new permanent exhibit at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, a collection of chainsaws and falling equipment that illustrates the evolution of the equipment. “The evolution of the chainsaw has played a huge role in the forest industry since the late 1930s,” said Vern Wellburn, curator of the exhibit. The official opening is scheduled for Saturday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with a twist. Visitors will be treated to chainsaw carving, dragsaw demonstrations and a firewood auction outdoors.

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What about our future?

By BoB Simpson MLA
Williams Lake Tribune
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s been a lot of attention paid to Burns Lake since its mill burned down in January this year… I give full credit to Minister Pat Bell and MLA John Rustad for the immediacy of the government’s response… Recent work by government and the major licensees suggests that under the current land-use plans we’ll run out of commercially viable timber in the central interior faster than we expected. Yet, after at least 10 years of knowing this day of reckoning was coming, we still don’t have a game plan for the mill closures that are now on the near horizon.

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Forestry sprouts growth in Asia

Photo:(Grant Scott) MLA Ben Stewart, Gorman’s Nick Arkle, and John Allan, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries with Minister of Forests Steve Thomson.
Castanet
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gorman Bros. Lumber mill in Westbank was the backdrop for the provincial government’s announcement of the implementation of the latest segment of its BC Jobs Plan. MLA Ben Stewart, Gorman’s Nick Arkle, and John Allan, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries (R), watch as Minister of Forests Steve Thomson announces the government’s forest sector strategy… The strategy will build on, and grow, six priorities identified by the Working Roundtable on Forestry, which convened in 2009, to chart a path to sustainable growth in the industry.

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Strong pulp mill smell blamed on stagnant air

Kamloops Daily News
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Stagnant air hanging above Kamloops and a light westerly wind have probably contributed to the telltale smell of the Domtar pulp mill being more noticeable in the last few days. Domtar spokeswoman Bonnie Skene said the mill operation hasn’t had any changes in the last while, so there’s nothing different from that side. “Nothing out of the ordinary with respect to the mill. It was operating as usual, no upsets or anything like that,” she said Thursday. But the company did receive one complaint about the smell that morning, she said.

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Logging in forest reserves contrary to public consultation results

By Bill Bourgeois RPF
The Boundary Sentinel
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I would like to bring to your attention the discrepancies between government statements, data and views of communities as they relate to the option of logging in forest reserves within the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic area… The option of harvesting in forest reserves to provide additional timber for mills is misplaced and does not contribute to these two community needs or the protection of biodiversity, cultural heritage, fish/riparian habitat, forage and associated plant communities, recreation, resource features, soils, visual quality, water and wildlife.

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TD Bank Group Announces New Support for North American Forests

Poll: North Americans rank forests as natural areas most in need of protection Supports paper usage reduction of 20% by 2015
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – With more than 90 per cent of North Americans identifying forests as natural areas in need of protection, TD Bank Group, an environmental leader in the North American banking sector, today announced a major forest conservation initiative – TD Forests. TD Forests will bring together the bank’s longstanding community programs relating to forest conservation and education under one canopy. The initiative will also include a major conservation program to protect critical forest habitat across North America. This will be linked to TD’s commitment to reduce its paper usage by at least 20% by 2015.

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The Angeles National Forest’s stubborn rebirth

Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From the start, there were indications that the U.S. Forest Service didn’t respond aggressively enough during the 2009 Station fire in the Angeles National Forest. Now there are signs that it moved too aggressively to plant a million seedlings in an attempt at post-fire reforestation. As Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports, only about a fourth of the pine and fir seedlings have survived so far, less than a third of the hoped-for number. Dry conditions this year would have made things difficult in any event, but many mistakes were surprisingly avoidable.

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Western states prepare for dangerous fire season

Charlotte Observer
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER – The West’s 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor, day and night, to tame the blaze – and other states throughout the West took notice. Fire experts say this year’s drought, low snowpack and record-high temperatures in much of the West portend a dangerous installment of what has become a year-round wildfire threat.

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Sen. Thune, Rep. Noem filing pine beetle bill

The Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem say they’re introducing a bill that would allow the U.S. Forest Service to move faster when planning and carrying out programs to fight the mountain pine beetle infestation in the western South Dakota’s Black Hills. The two Republicans say the measure would require the U.S. agriculture secretary to respond to fire hazards caused by beetle infestations, disease and drought in national forests.

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Loggers employ conservation to boost unique Oregon tree

KVAL
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WALTERVILLE, Ore. – A pine tree is a pine tree…right? Not so; there’s a species only found in the wet, Willamette Valley. There’s important conservation work happening in Lane County, from people you might not expect. It’s conservation and science now, to build a tree crop for the future. That’s what’s taking root for the Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine. “That’s probably deer, I’m guessing”, says private timberland owner, Chuck Volz. He spotted horn-rubbing damage on the trees, by deer. One of the few blemishes on this experiment near Walterville. Loggers are helping a unique Oregon ponderosa pine, get a better foothold.

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Colorado: Sen. Udall says Forest Service may not have enough air tankers to fight large or multiple wildfires

Forest Service acknowledges need to upgrade air tanker fleet
Summit County Citizens Voice
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — The potential for a long and dangerous fire season this week prompted Sen. Mark Udall (D—Colo.) to express concerns about the U.S. Forest Service’s capability to fight fires from the air. In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Udall said he’s not sure the agency’s air tanker fleet is is capable of keeping Coloradans safe in a timely and effective manner. He stressed the importance of having a reliable fleet to adequately address wildfire threats across the state and country.

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Forest pesticide analysis delayed

Companies plan not to spray the chemicals being studied in the Triangle Lake area
The Register-Guard
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TRIANGLE LAKE — A key part of an ongoing state investigation into chemical exposure among rural residents in the Triangle Lake area has been postponed. State and federal agencies teamed up last year to figure out whether two herbicides commonly used on commercial forestlands could be drifting onto private property. Some residents have complained for years that they’d been sickened by spray drift along the Highway 36 corridor.

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Tree-top vigil highlights destruction of Tasmanian forest

The Guardian (blog)
April 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Miranda Gibson hopes to bring international attention to the unprotected status of the ancient forests that are threatened by logging… In a dramatic bid to save the trees and its wildlife from the chop, Gibson has created the Observer Tree, a global media centre bristling with the latest digital technology to bear witness to the encroaching bulldozers and loggers. “My aim has been to bring the images of the forests and the truth about the ongoing logging of these areas to the international community and beam my forest protection message across the world,” says Gibson.

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Hundreds of GM trees destroyed

New Zealand
Stuff.co.nz
April 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Intruders have dug under electrified security fencing to destroy genetically modified pine trees in a field trial being carried out by Crown Research Institute Scion in Rotorua. Scion chief executive Dr Warren Parker said the blatant act of vandalism during the Easter break was designed to end the company’s genetic modification research programme. The field trial site contained 375 radiata pines trees planted last year following approval from ERMA. Most of the trees were less than a metre high, and were part of two experiments due to run for two to three years.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Porter Airlines to operate Canada’s first biofuel-powered revenue flights

by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Canada NewsWire
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Porter Airlines has scheduled Canada’s first biofuel-powered revenue flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa International Airport utilizing a 50/50 blend of biofuel with Jet A1 fuel. The fuel has been certified to the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D7566/D1655 standard, and the biofuel portion is derived from the oilseed crop Camelina sativa*. This is the final step of a two-year project whose other key members are Targeted Growth, Bombardier Aerospace and Pratt and Whitney Canada. The project was partially funded through the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN).

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Canadian professor lobbies for roofing changes to fight climate change

BY POSTMEDIA NEWS AND AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, POSTMEDIA NEWS
Canada.com
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

One Canadian expert believes a significant piece of the global-warming puzzle is perched on the roof over our heads. The colour of urban roofs could go a long way to combat global warming and save homeowners energy costs in the process, says Hashem Akbari, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Montreal’s Concordia University. Akbari said installing a white roof – or cool roof – that would not absorb as much heat as a standard roof is a key element to fighting global warming.

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Cap-and-Price-Fix

Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

When the European Union launched its Emissions Trading System seven years ago, it was sold as a market-based solution to the supposed problem of climate change. The EU would set a cap on the total emissions of CO2 permitted in Europe, and businesses that emitted carbon would buy and sell these permits, thereby setting their price… Over time, the cap would be lowered, raising the cost of carbon and making alternatives such as wind and solar power more attractive. But a funny thing happened on Europe’s way to a low-carbon future. Instead of going up, up, up, as its designers plainly hoped, the price of carbon permits on the ETS has cratered. 

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Cheakamus Community Forest to sell carbon credits

Pique Newsmagazine
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Managers of Whistler’s Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) will find out shortly if the B.C. government will allow them to earn money by selling carbon credits. Peter Ackhurst, chairman of the CCF, said the forest could partly earn its keep as a carbon sink, a natural reservoir that collects and neutralizes carbons released by human activity and industry, as soon as September. “We’re optimistic,” he said… He believed the potential precedence set, since CCF is the first forest to seek this in British Columbia, could have implications for other community forests

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The Rocky Mountain Forest Restoration & Bioenergy Summit Set to Begin Next Week in Denver

By BBI International
MarketWatch (press release)
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

DENVER, CO — The Rocky Mountain Forest Restoration & Bioenergy Summit will take place April 16 in Denver, Colo. At this one-day, content-rich event, experts in forestry, bioenergy and public policy will outline the current condition of Rocky Mountain forests and detail how the health of these forests can be improved through collaborative efforts with bioenergy producers. Attendees will leave the summit with a better understanding of the current policies, identify new opportunities and begin developing strategies to capitalize on the current conditions.

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How Climate Change Makes Trees Sick

By Molly Samuel
Climate Watch
April 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Climate change is likely to wreak havoc on California’s forests. Extreme weather, wildfires and insect outbreaks will all take a toll. Add to those another looming threat: disease. Forest diseases like Sudden Oak Death, which has infected trees in 14 counties in the state, stand to benefit from the effects of climate change, to the detriment, obviously, of the trees.

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Indigenous Tribe Earns Validation for Landmark Forest Carbon Project

MarketWatch (press release)
April 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WASHINGTON — A small tribe of indigenous people unknown to the outside world a half-century ago and once on the brink of extinction has harnessed an innovative forest carbon project to shield their territory from illegal logging and preserve their chosen way of life. As a result, the 1300-strong Paiter-Surui last week became the first indigenous tribe in the Amazon and globally to earn carbon credits under internationally recognized standards for capturing carbon in trees — setting the stage for scores of similar projects that can unleash needed funding for indigenous people who preserve endangered tropical rainforest across the Amazon.

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