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Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Damaged white pine tree in Denvill is reincarnated as art

NorthJersey.com
April 20, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

When Steve and Celeste Grabowski’s beloved 95-foot white pine became a casualty of Hurricane Irene, the couple gave the tree a second life as a piece of art. The tree’s stump remains at the couple’s Cooper Road property, carved with bears climbing the body and an eagle perched on top. Celeste Grabowski said it was her way to “honor” the “beautiful” tree. She said it always had a lean and after the storm it was clear that the tree had to be taken down.

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Provides Update on Acquisition of Pulp Mill at Lebel-sur-Quevillon

Marketwire press release
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Fortress Paper Ltd.announces that the parties to the purchase agreement for the previously announced acquisition of the non-operating pulp mill located at Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Quebec from Domtar Inc. have agreed to an extension to the closing date. Fortress Paper continues to work diligently with the other parties to satisfy all the conditions precedent to closing, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the normal course as soon as practicable.

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Catalyst Paper obtains extension to its protection order under CCAA to June 30, 2012

Canada News Wire press release
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper announced today that it has obtained an order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia extending its protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to June 30, 2012. This extension will provide the company with additional time to pursue restructuring alternatives including the previously announced plan of compromise and arrangement which is to be considered at creditors’ meetings to be held on May 2, 2012.

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Investors sell off Fibrek stock as hostile takeover seen as likely result

By: Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fibrek investors signalled Thursday that a hostile bid for the pulp producer is nearing success by sending the embattled company’s shares to their lowest level in months. Industry observers say investors hoping to sell to a higher bid bailed out of the stock after the Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear an appeal of a ruling that barred a plan to block the hostile offer by Resolute Forest Products. The decision let stand a Quebec Court of Appeal decision that upheld a cease trade order for 32.3 million special warrants to purchase Fibrek shares by Mercer International, which has made a rival bid for the company.

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Workers locked out

Chilliwack TImes
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new sign for Chilliwack’s Gillwood Remanufacturing is tacked on top of the old Uneeda sign so that a logo remains underneath: “Our roots are in this community.” The sign is an insult to the few workers who remain employed at Gillwood and who are currently locked out by the Surrey-based owner of the company. The approximately two dozen employees remaining since new owner Gary Gill purchased the mill in July 2011 and then laid off workers say they have been offered wages that will essentially create a sweatshop.

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Conifex power agreement approved

Prince George Citizen
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumber producer Conifex Timber Inc.’s power production efforts have received a boost in both Mackenzie and in the board room. The company said Wednesday that the B.C. Utilities Commission has approved Conifex’s agreement to supply B.C. Hydro, with electricity from its bioenergy plant in Mackenzie, and that former B.C. Hydro president Michael Costello has joined its board of directors. The plant is expected to provide power to Hydro’s grid in third quarter 2013 and generate $20 million in revenue for Conifex.

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Conifex plugs into Mackenzie

Prince George Citizen
April 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumber producer Conifex Timber Inc.’s power production efforts will give a jolt to Mackenzie. The B.C. Utilities Commission has approved Conifex’s agreement to supply B.C. Hydro, with electricity from its bioenergy plant in Mackenzie. The facility will generate 80 jobs during the 15-month construction period and over 20 new jobs upon completion.

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Boat Harbour report under wraps

Nova Scotia government demands pulp company review its operation
Chronicle Herald
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Environment Department demanded a report from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia last year into how to clean up the Boat Harbour treatment site. And the department says the operator of the Abercrombie Point pulp plant delivered it on Dec. 25. But the province won’t release the report and is instead demanding that it be accessed through a freedom of information request. Although the province owns the treatment facility, Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau said Northern Pulp is responsible for the financial costs of cleaning it up. “I don’t have cost estimates,” said Belliveau. “I don’t have a time frame.”

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Low turnouts for mill workers’ pension meetings

Western Star
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK Brian Quigley is not sure what it means that not many current employees showed up for the first two information sessions with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper officials regarding the future of the unionized workers’ pension plan. The company is asking all existing unionized employees and all retired union workers or their beneficiaries to approve an extension to the time Corner Brook Pulp and Paper has to replenish the unfunded portion of their pension fund.

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Mill contract just one step: premier

Cape Breton Post
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — Nova Scotia’s premier says many more steps must be taken in order to get a Point Tupper pulp and paper mill up and running. Darrell Dexter said Thursday he’s pleased unionized workers strongly endorsed a new contract by proposed mill buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. Nearly 86 per cent of workers represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Local 972 voted in favour of the offer by Pacific West, despite unwelcomed changes in seniority rehiring and pension benefits.

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West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“WFT”): West Fraser Senior Executive

MarketWatch press release
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, US West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — West Fraser CA:WFT -2.71% today announced the appointment of Edward (“Ted”) R. Seraphim as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Seraphim joined the Company in 1997 and has held the positions of Vice-President, Pulp & Paper Sales, Vice-President, Pulp & Paper and was most recently Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

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Gunns loses bid for upfront legal costs

ABC News, Australia
April 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber company Gunns has lost its court bid to have the Tasmanian Conservation Trust pay upfront legal costs in its challenge against the Tamar Valley pulp mill. The Trust is arguing that the permit for the mill lapsed before substantial work had commenced.

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Södra Cell receiving environmental aid for Tofte pulp mill

EUWID Pulp and Paper
April 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After having restarted operations at its Tofte pulp mill at the end of March, Södra Cell Tofte now plans to invest in renewable energy production. The company is receiving environmental funds to eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels. The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today adopted a decision approving environmental aid to Södra Cell Tofte under the Norwegian Energy Fund Scheme. The Authority said Södra Cell Tofte would receive NOK100m (approximately €12.8m) to replace the use of fossil fuels with self produced bio energy.

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Asia Pulp and Paper investigated by Indonesian Ministry of Forestry

Pulp and paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is awaiting an Indonesian Ministry of Forestry report following accusations of illegal logging by Greenpeace.
Print Week
April 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Greenpeace recently published the results of a year-long investigation, which uncovered traces of endangered ramin trees that had allegedly been sent to APP’s main Indonesidan pulp mill, Indah Kiat Perawang. …APP is awaiting the result of the Ministry of Forestry’s investigation into the alleged discovery of ramin at its pulp mill before it responds to the accusations and has issued the following statement in the interim:  “APP is committed to ensure that its operations, control systems and chain of custody process are in accordance with Indonesian law.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Second reading for Fedeli’s private member’s bill

The North Bay Nugget
April 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is extremely pleased following Second Reading passage of his first Private Members’ Bill at the Ontario Legislature today. “I’m very happy that Liberal and NDP members, especially those in Northern Ontario, decided to back this legislation aimed at aiding the many forest-dependent communities in the North,” Fedeli said. Bill 52, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act, would have
amended the Ontario Building Code to allow wood frame construction in
mid-rise buildings up to six storeys, instead of the current four
storeys.

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Forestry

A regulatory burden lifted but opposition remains

Globe and Mail
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Governing is so much more fun with a majority, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper reminds us every day. Opposition parties can yell and scream all they want, but the Conservatives don’t have to listen. They can kill the long-gun registry and bring in an omnibus crime bill and simply plug their ears when Liberals and New Democrats get up in the House of Commons to complain.

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Region ignored in wake of pine beetle devastation, critic says

Kamloops Daily News
April 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the Kamloops region is outside ground zero of mountain pine beetle devastation, it will be impacted by the same job loss outlined in a leaked government report, MLA Bob Simpson said Wednesday. …Consulting forester Chris Ortner agreed that detailed analysis and planning for the future here is long overdue.  “I’m wondering why we’re not included. Our annual allowable cut was pushed up to take advantage of beetle opportunity. It’s going to need to go down by 40 per cent.”

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Forestry minister responds to leaked pine beetle report

CBC Radio – Daybreak South
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It says this province is running out of healthy timber in the wake of the pine beetle infestation. The report examined the Prince George, Burns Lake, Williams Lake and Quesnel regions. It suggests up to 12,000 jobs could be lost within five years, if no action is taken. The report makes several suggestions to save those jobs, including cutting trees in protected areas, visual corridors and areas set aside for wildlife, or even cutting younger trees. Steve Thomson is the minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, he spoke about the report with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Fraser stumped by forests amendment

Alberni Valley Times
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An amendment to the Forests Act currently being debated in the legislative assembly has left one MLA scratching his head. Bill 26 states that private forestry companies must ensure that logging inventory information “is complete and accurate” when submitted to the government. “What was it before, inaccurate and not true?” said the NDP’s Scott Fraser, Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA. “How much have we lost [in revenue] by having untrue and inaccurate information?”

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Bragg Creek residents fuming over logging proposal

CTV.ca
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many residents of Bragg Creek are still up in arms about a proposed provincial forest management plan. The plan calls for logging a series of firebreaks west of the community which opponents say will destroy trails and make profits for a local sawmill. The group, called “Sustain Kananaskis”, held a public meeting on Wednesday night that featured its own panel of experts.

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Mid-Term Timber Supply Project

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to concerns expressed by local communities, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations staff have been analyzing potential opportunities to increase timber supply. A draft summary of detailed technical analyses for the Lakes, Prince George, Quesnel and Williams Lake timber supply areas has been prepared. This draft report is just one piece of information that government will be examining. A fulsome public dialogue will commence shortly to consider how best to mitigate the economic impacts of the mountain pine beetle.

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Preserving Our Green Canopy: A New Plan for Managing Nelson’s Trees

The Nelson Daily
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There are about 30,000 trees in parks and on public property in Nelson—that amounts to three for every resident of the city. On April 16, the city’s Public Works Supervisor Karen Macdonald brought a draft Tree Management Plan to council. They reacted appreciatively, saying that such a plan has been needed for years. Tree issues in Nelson include aging trees, removal, pruning, planting, conservation, safety, selection of species, interface with new construction and with public utilities, and public involvement. The draft plan proposes a shift from “reactive to proactive management”.

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Timber fall down old news for COFI president

Prince George Citizen
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…”My board last year identified future timber supply as the number one issue for the industry,” Allan said Thursday. “I mean, there is no secret the annual allowable cuts are going to have to be adjusted downwards in the coming years to account for the impact of the mountain pine beetle.”

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Timber supply shortages revealed

Quesnel Cariboo Observer
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Independent MLA Bob Simpson went head-to-head with Minister of Jobs Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell over public consultation and timber supply shortages. During question period in the house Tuesday, Simpson questioned the minister on a report titled Mid-term supply project. The “confidential draft” was mistakenly made public on the Internet and immediately pulled after Simpson brought up its content.

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Getting to “No”?

by Bob Simpson
Williams Lake Tribune
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About a year ago, I caught wind of a government initiative examining what incremental timber supply might be made available if land-use restrictions in mountain pine beetle impacted timber supply areas were relaxed or lifted. The only sector the government was engaging in this assessment was the major licence holders; in effect, the companies that would seem to have the most to gain from any increase in timber availability.

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Anti-logging protesters file lawsuit to stop Castle Wilderness project

Calgary Herald
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Where protests and petitions have all but failed, an anti-logging group for the Castle Wilderness of southwestern Alberta is hoping that a legal challenge could finally prevent a Spray Lake Sawmills project from going forward. Court documents were filed Wednesday for a lawsuit over logging in the Castle region, green-lit by the province. Cochrane-based Spray Lake Sawmills has a licence from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development to harvest a percentage of timber within one-third of the Castle Wilderness.

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Province considers “option” of over-ruling chief forester to secure timber supply for industry

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A leaked Ministry of Forests document reveals a proposal that the B.C. government override the top official charged with managing the province’s forests to find a timber supply for Burns Lake. The forestry-dependent town west of Prince George lost its main employer in a December fire that destroyed its sawmill and killed two workers. The April 7 document addressed to the cabinet under the name of Forests Minister Steve Thomson has come to light at a time when the government is under increasing pressure to reveal plans it has so far kept confidential to address the pending collapse of the Interior timber supply.

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Let’s keep Plan Nord in perspective

Montreal Gazette
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Can Montreal become a “resource” city like Denver, Oslo, or Sydney, Australia? That’s the goal set out in a report this week by the Board of Trade, which envisions Montreal becoming the regional business centre for Quebec’s fast-growing natural-resource sector. As the provincial government pushes its $80-billion development strategy for mining, petroleum and forest industries, known as Plan Nord, there will be plenty of economic spinoffs for Montreal, the Board of Trade argues.

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Ore. Forestry Sees New Sisters Office Benefits

Says New Location Will Ease Wildfire-Response Bottlenecks
KTVZ
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SISTERS, Ore. — Location, location, location: The familiar Realtor’s slogan also applies to Department of Forestry field offices. Back in 1939, when the Sisters sub-unit office was built, it lay outside the urban growth area, enabling firefighters to make quick runs on reports of fire. But the town eventually grew around it, slowing down fire engines as they negotiated residential and business areas. “In a typical fire season, we respond to more than 100 wildfire incidents out of this location,” said Assistant District Forestry Kristin Cotugno.

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Forest Service approves plan for Clearwater National Forest

Associated Press
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON — The U.S. Forest Service has signed off on a new travel plan for the Clearwater National Forest that shuts down trails to motorized vehicles and has drawn criticism from recreation and conservation groups alike. The new plan was affirmed after administrative appeals week by Jane Cottrell, deputy regional forester in Missoula, Mont., and a former supervisor of the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho. The plan, which closes about 200 miles of trails and about 1 million acres to motorized travel across the forest, follows existing rules and regulations and adheres to the agency’s mission, Cottrell said.

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Juneau’s coastal rainforest center hosts symposium

Juneau Empire
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It takes a community to understand a rainforest.  This is the new mantra on collaboration between scientists, resource development corporations, environmentalists, Alaska Natives, and local, state and federal resource managers. Those disparate groups met for three days to find ways to work together, build on each other’s understanding and shape the study of temperate rainforests. Their goal is to do so in ways which avoid and discourage litigation. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center hosted the Coastal Temperate Rainforest Symposium at Centennial Hall, April 17-19.

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DNR employee named forester of the year

WANE
April 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — Janet Eger, a district forester with the DNR Division of Forestry, has been named “Northeastern Area Outstanding CFM Forester of the Year 2012” by the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters. CFM stands for Cooperative Forest Management. Eger serves District 7, which consists of Lawrence and Orange counties in southern Indiana.

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New Tool Now Available to Virginians to Better Evaluate How Forest Cover Impacts Water and Air Quality

Virginia Dept of Forestry
April 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A new tool is available for free to anyone with a computer and Internet access who is interested in learning about the effects of changing land use on a particular tract of forest or farm land in Virginia. The free software program, called InFOREST, was developed by the Virginia Department of Forestry in partnership with Virginia Tech and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with funding from Dominion Virginia Power and a U.S. Forest Service grant. “InFOREST will enable city and county planners, landowners or anyone interested in understanding how land-cover changes impact nutrient and sediment loading to our streams and rivers,” said Buck Kline, director of forestland conservation at the Virginia Department of Forestry.

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Mexican villagers hold 15 police in fight against loggers

The Hindu
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The inhabitants of a western Mexican village detained 15 police officers and a state official as part of their struggle against illegal logging. Members of the Purepecha indigenous ethnic group in Cheran in Michoacan state want federal authorities to protect them from criminal groups, the newspaper La Jornada reported Thursday. Two forest rangers from the village were reportedly shot dead Tuesday by loggers from a neighbouring village. The burned bodies of six inhabitants from the neighbouring village were found later in a vehicle. The violence was the latest incidents in a long struggle to protect the forests by the Purepecha group.

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Forestry peace deal talks resume ABC News

ABC News, Australia
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Wilderness Society is confident that a forest peace deal deadline can be met, despite one of the parties withdrawing from the talks. Signatories met in Hobart yesterday for the first time since the release of Professor Jonathon West’s report into the forest industry. The Forest Industries Association was not at the meeting and is refusing to return to the negotiating table until environmentalists stop their overseas campaigns.  But Vica Bayley from the Wilderness Society is confident the parties
will be ready in time for the State Government’s June 30 deadline to
draw up legislation for the deal.

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Exotic beetle pest eradication in Kent makes progress

UK Forestry Commission
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As efforts to eradicate an outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) get under way near Paddock Wood in Kent, a public meeting is to be held locally to inform and update residents and landowners in the area about the outbreak and what is being done about it. The Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) announced today that the meeting will be held at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, Kent on Wednesday 25 April, from 7pm. Fera and Forestry Commission staff will attend to outline the action they are taking and how the public can help. Initial survey work to date has confirmed that 22 trees in the area are infested with the larvae (grubs) of the beetle, with a further five trees highly likely to be infested

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Go Wood: Forest Bioenergy Sustainability…What is the right level?

Go Wood Blog
April 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

This was the title of the article that came across the news wire today: “Analysis raises atmospheric, ecologic and economic doubts about forest bioenergy” That sounds pretty dire, and I’m sure will be used by anti-wooders to their advantage. The article, as is usually the case, was too brief to understand precisely, so I clicked over and read the full paper, published in the journal Global Change Biology: Bioenergy. The paper as published was an invited editorial entitled “Large-scale bioenergy from additional harvest of forest biomass is neither sustainable nor greenhouse gas neutral”.

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Campaigners dress as trees to protest against public subsidies for biomass

The protest took place outside Holyrood on Thursday with participants dressed as tress and carrying banners.
stv.tv
April 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Politicians have joined campaigners dressed as trees to protest against public subsidies for wood-burning power plants. Edinburgh Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm and Green MSP Alison Johnstone addressed a demonstration by organisations Biofuelwatch, No Leith Biomass Campaign, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Grangemouth Community Council against Scottish Government subsidies for biomass power plants.

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Carbon: the case for tree change

The Australian
April 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

FOR the past 12 years, Andrew Grant has known that planting trees can be good business. An early entrant into the complex world of carbon pricing, Grant says he is “rapidly becoming the grey old man of Australian emissions trading”. Having been the lead adviser on the NSW government’s ground-breaking Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, which from 2003 required energy generators to reduce carbon emissions, Grant left his environmental advisory work at Ernst & Young to head a start-up company in 2005.

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