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Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

Business & Politics

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. Announces First Quarter 2012 Results and Quarterly Dividend

MarketWatch (press release)
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. today announced its first quarter 2012 results. …For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $10.3 million or $0.13 per share and EBITDA of $28.8 million on sales of $220.0 million. Results were impacted by lower market pulp prices and a strengthening Canadian dollar. The decline in pulp prices was partially offset by lower unit manufacturing costs and strong shipments of the Company’s pulp and paper products.

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Sino-Forest analyst joins Allana Potash

National Post
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

It didn’t take Richard Kelertas long to land a new job. A few weeks after Dundee Capital Markets announced Mr. Kelertas was departing the company, Allana Potash Corp. hired the veteran analyst as head of corporate development. Mr. Kelertas was a highly regarded equity analyst for 25 years. But he really drew attention in the summer of 2011, when he came to the defence of Sino-Forest Corp. by calling Muddy Waters Research a “pile of crap.” That comment received plenty of scrutiny as the Sino saga unfolded and the Ontario Securities Commission cease traded the stock.

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Domtar Recognized For Sustainability Advocacy, Longstanding NGO Collaboration

Just Means
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corporation today announced that Lewis Fix, Vice-President Sustainable Business and Brand Management, was honored on April 17th in Washington, D.C. at the PR News CSR Awards 2012 in the CSR Professional of the Year category. Lewis’ decade of working at Domtar to advance Forest Stewardship Council® certification and specifically his collaborations with non-governmental groups such as Rainforest Alliance and World Wildlife Fund has helped pave the way for wider acceptance and adoption of sustainable forestry practices within the pulp and paper industry.

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Abitibi still unable to convince Fibrek minority shareholders to tender to their inferior bid

Canada News Wire press release
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The Fibrek Inc. Board of Directors continues to recommend that shareholders TENDER to the superior $1.40 offer made by Mercer International Inc. which will be open for acceptance until 11:59 on April 27, 2012. The increased consideration of the Mercer offer represents a 40% premium over the AbitibiBowater Inc. unsolicited insider bid. As of April 11, almost 25% of Fibrek shares had already been tendered to Mercer’s superior offer, representing approximately half of Fibrek’s minority shareholders.

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Fortress Paper Announces New Appointments

Marketwire press release
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Fortress Paper Ltd.announces the appointment of Andre Boucher as Chief Operating Officer of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., a wholly-owned operating subsidiary which produces dissolving pulp. Mr. Boucher has over 30 years of industry experience in the specialty cellulose sector including 24 years at Tembec Inc. where he was the General Manager of the Temiscaming dissolving pulp mill.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products Statement on Lakeland Mills Incident

By Sinclair Group Forest Products
MarketWatch (press release)
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. can confirm that a serious accident occurred last night at their Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C. …”We’re devastated by the news of this incident and our thoughts are with our employees and their families,” said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products. “We will not speculate on the cause of the incident at Lakeland Mills until the proper authorities have completed their investigation. All of our attention right now is focused on ensuring our employees and their families receive the care they need.”

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1 dead, 24 injured in Prince George sawmill explosion

Cause of explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills not yet clear
CBC News
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eighteen people are still in hospital after an explosion and fire tore through parts of the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, B.C. …The fire that followed has now been controlled but there are still hotspots and the fire isn’t expected to be fully extinguished for another 24 to 48 hours, officials said Tuesday.  “There’s nothing left standing as far as a recognizable physical structure. It was literally just a ball of flame,” said Cameron Stolz, a Prince George city councillor.

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Slocan mill vandalized

Nelson Star
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RCMP are seeking the public’s help following a break-in and vandalism at the idle Springer Creek Forest Products mill in Slocan. Police say it occurred sometime between April 9 and 12. “It appeared the perpetrators entered the building at several access doors and, in doing so, damaged the doors and doorjambs,” says Slocan Lake Const. Shaun Foley.

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One worker has died, 17 others injured after explosion destroys Prince George sawmill

Second B.C. sawmill explosion this year  By Gordon Hoekstra and Tara Carman
Vancouver Sun
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Twenty-one mill workers have been hospitalized after an explosion destroyed a sawmill in northern B.C. on Monday night. At a briefing with reporters in Prince George, fire chief John Lane said there were 25 people working at the Lakeland Mills sawmill Monday night. Twenty-one of those workers were transferred to the University of Northern B.C. hospital with injuries ranging from minor to severe burns, RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said in a news release early Tuesday morning. All have been accounted for. There were another 25 workers at the planer mill (which puts a smooth finish on rough boards) that were also not injured.

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Explosion at Prince George mill

The Province
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A large explosion has been reported at a Prince George sawmill Monday night, injuring nearly half the 50 people who were on shift at the time. The Prince George Fire Department was called out to the blast at Lakeland Mills on River Road at 9:38 p.m. Emergency crews found the sawmill engulfed in flames. Some 50 people were on site at the time of the explosion. Half of those were in the planer mill area away from the location of the blast and were uninjured.

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Worker describes gruesome scene at BC sawmill after massive explosion

Globe and Mail
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Workers on the evening shift at a Prince George sawmill were forced to run for their lives after an earth-shaking explosion and massive fire sent walls crumbling on top of them, critically injuring as many as eight. Colleagues at the Lakeland Sawmill scrambled to help each other, with one saying he used scissors to cut charred clothing off those whose burned skin was dripping. …“That thing came up so fast, so quick. I don’t know where it came
from, but it was almost like a cannon going off. It blew through there.
It ended just that quick,” he said.  He said the explosion knocked
the lunchroom’s plywood walls down on top of him, but there was a little
bit of space between him and the collapsed wall.

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Deltic Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Results

By Deltic Timber Corporation
MarketWatch (press release)
April 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

EL DORADO, Ark. — President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C. Dillon, of Deltic Timber Corporation announced today that preliminary net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $.1 million, $.01 a share, the same as reported for the first quarter a year ago. The Company’s Mills segment reported improved operating income due to an increase in sales volume, a higher average unit sales price, and a lower average cost per unit sold, when compared to the first quarter of 2011.

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Swedish Forest Industries Federation appoints new chairman

Pulp and Paper News
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Ulf Larsson, President of SCA Forest Products, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Swedish Forest Industries Federation, according to Papernet.se Ulf Larsson is head of SCA Forest Products, which is the business unit within SCA that manufactures printing paper, kraftliner, pulp, sawn timber and wood products, as well as renewable energy.

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Gunns rethinks pulp mill numbers

Stock and Land
April 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber company Gunns has told investors to ignore two previous detailed announcements about the pulp mill project financial estimates as it finalises its prospectus documents. Gunns said it would not be allowed to include EBITDA projections in the documents. It aims to raise $400 million and its shares remain suspended from trade while it finalises these details, The Australian Financial Review reports.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New generation of wood highrises set to take shape

Journal of Commerce
April 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new generation of highrise commercial and institutional wood buildings are planned for B.C. in the next couple of years. The buildings will feature engineered wood products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber and laminated strand lumber. The projects will ramp up the use of wood from the usual 2×4 wood frame construction, which is common in single family and multi-family residential projects. The B.C. Building Code was recently changed to allow for the six-storey wood frame structures, up from the previous four-storey limit.

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Forestry bill passes second reading

North Bay Nipissing
April 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

NIPISSING-Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is extremely pleased following Second Reading passage of his first Private Members’ Bill at the Ontario Legislature Thursday. “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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American Hardwood Export Council supports development of ‘green building codes’ in Bahrain

Zawya
April 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The American Hardwood Export Council, the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has expressed its support for the development of a ‘green building code’ in Bahrain. The announcement coincides with the opening of ‘gulfBID’, the leading annual exhibition for the construction industry in the Northern Gulf, which opened today at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre.

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Forestry

Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests

By Andrew Nikiforuk
Huffington Post Canada (blog)
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States
EVERY SUMMER, LOUISA Willcox, a prominent grizzly bear advocate and avid mountain climber, hikes to the summit of Packsaddle Peak in Tom Miner Basin, Montana, like a determined mother on a mission…  “It’s unbelievable,” said Willcox. “This tiny bug and climate change. It’s no match.”The mountain pine beetle’s assault on subalpine whitebark forests may seem at first a minor chapter in the great beetle Iliad. But the ancient whitebark anchors much of the West in ways few people appreciate.

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Link Timber Harvesting to Manufacturing: United Steelworkers

by United Steelworkers
Canada News Wire press release
April 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Government should restore the links between timber harvesting and wood-products manufacturing says the United Steelworkers union. Steelworkers were responding to a leaked B.C. Cabinet document, which indicates the provincial government is considering measures to increase timber supply in areas impacted by the mountain pine beetle infestation.

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Pine-beetle plan short on action

Editorial
Victoria Times Colonist
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some economic disasters, like a wildfire that destroys a community or the collapse of a major export market, naturally catch governments flatfooted. But the coming economic devastation from the pine-beetle disaster has been clear for at least 10 years, and the federal and provincial governments have failed families and communities. The disaster’s scale is enormous… The government has virtually given the timber away to forest companies to encourage haste. But in the next few years, the wood will be beyond salvage. The timber supply will be decades away from regrowth. And thousands of jobs will be lost for more than a generation.

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Bell Hails New Environmental Review Process

HQPrinceGeorge.com
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New environmental review regulations announced by the federal government are being hailed by B.C.’s Jobs Minister as crucial for the North. Pat Bell is embracing the so-called “One project, One process”, which allows provinces alone to run environmental reviews for natural resource projects. “We’ve been asking for this for some time and it will give investors the type of certainty they need to create these very, very large billion dollar plus projects,” said Bell.

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Stewardship Councils may face chopping block

The Kingston Whig-Standard
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Supporters of Ontario’s Stewardship Councils are circulating a petition calling on the provincial government to maintain funding to the 17-year-old program. In its budget, released last month, the Liberal government indicated the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) would be developing a “new model to support stewardship delivery and partnerships.” That has many of the province’s 46 councils worried about their future.

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Ten-Millionth Tree Planted Under UN Pledge

McGuinty Government Fighting Climate Change, Creating Greener Ontario
Ontario MNR Press Release
April 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario celebrated Earth Day by planting the ten-millionth tree under its 50 Million Tree Program, which is helping fight climate change and grow a greener province. The program represents a pledge the Province made in 2007 to plant 50 million trees as part of the United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign. 

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Webinar – Mountain pine beetle eastward spread: what’s the risk?

Canadian Institute of Forestry
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CIF National Electronic Lecture Series announces their upcoming webinar, Mountain pine beetle eastward spread: what’s the risk? Join in and listen to Dr. Barry Cooke Research Scientist – Spatial Dynamics of Insect Populations, on April 25, 2012.

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Huge Earth Day gathering sends strong green message

Montreal Gazette
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The largest environmental protest in Canadian history was born last December when Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government decided to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. …No one is sure exactly how many people took part in Sunday’s rally – organizers say it was as many as 300,000, but police sources say it was probably around 150,000 to 200,000. They weren’t all environmentalists. While there were many with green face paint, holding placards denouncing Quebec’s Plan Nord and shale-gas development, others opposed tuition hikes and corruption. While they may have been there for different reasons, environmental organizations said Monday the demonstrators had a common goal: change.

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Forester, at your service

North Platte Bulletin
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Can a community forester stay busy in a plains state like Nebraska? Absolutely, said Amy Seiler, who recently became the western community forestry specialist for the Nebraska Forest Service. Nebraska is the state where Arbor Day originated, and where residents consider trees important enough to plant several million every year. Seiler has been busy establishing contacts with communities throughout the western two-thirds of the state.

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Changes recommended to Colorado wildfire response

Associated Press
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

State officials are recommending organizational changes to the Colorado State Forest Service following a deadly wildfire that grew out of a prescribed burn the agency had set. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday announced a proposal to have the agency’s wildfire management functions and the state Division of Emergency Management report to the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The State Forest Service is currently part of Colorado State University and reports to academic officials, not state emergency officials. CSU President Tony Frank said forest research and management would stay under the umbrella of the university.

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What’s Going on in the Willamette National Forest?

By Christina Kempster
KLCC Public Radio
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three years ago the Federal Forest Service began work on the Goose Project on the Willamette National Forest. The agency says it wants to balance logging, wildfire prevention and habitat preservation. Craig Patterson is a resident of McKenzie Bridge, which he calls “ground zero” for the Goose Project. He believes that the project undermines the future ability to practice sustainable forestry. “It is much heavier than thinning, it’s on very steep slopes, up to 90 percent slopes which will exacerbate erosion and create problems with flooding.” Meg Mitchell the Willamette National Forest Supervisor says all of these concerns have been addressed.

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Ash trees under greater threat from beetles

Journal and Courier
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The invasive emerald ash borer is rearing its head and fluttering its wings earlier than ever thanks to Indiana’s mild winter. Warmer than normal weather has given the tiny Asian beetle extra time to lay larvae that burrow into ash trees and suck its tissue dry until death, a Purdue University entomologist says. “They will fly now and into the end of July,” professor Cliff Sadof explained. “The adults will feed on leaves for a couple weeks, mature, mate, and lay eggs. You can’t wait too long to put the insecticides in the soil or on the trees. It is a good idea to do it earlier than later.”

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Increasing forest biodiversity could inhibit pine beetle plague

Bits Of Science
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When pine beetles come as plagues they are not just bad for ecosystems and – by literally killing entire forests – Earth’s carbon balance, they can also present a significant financial loss to the forestry sector. …In order for the bark beetles in the US southern pine forests not to become plagues, also the non-climatological circumstances should be arranged in a way that makes the beetle rediscover its own natural place within the ecosystem.

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Forest Rangers welcome rainy weather

WCSH-TV
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OLD TOWN, Maine — Weeks of dry conditions and 300 fires later — Forest Rangers with the Maine Forest Service are finally lowering the fire danger level to “low.” A spring storm is a welcome sight for forest rangers and firefighters who have been busy battling fires across the state. With 300 fires this season, it’s triple the number the state had last year.  “This rainfall has given us a chance to catch our breath — us and local
fire crews,” said Lt. Jeffrey Currier with the Maine Forest Service.

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Thousands of acres of forest to be cleaned up

WDRB
April 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BARTLE KNOBS, IN. – The beautiful hills of Bartle Knobs in southern Indiana are bald and stripped of trees. The EF-4 tornado that ripped through in March left a mess behind. One logging crew has a system down. One man does the clearing, another worker does the cutting, and a third comes behind and hauls logs away. The man that owns the property that the crew is working on lost his home, which sits on 85 acres. “He is paying us for getting them out for him, but he’s selling them to people like Worley Lumber Company, mills like that,” said Jon Arnold, a logger.

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Forest fire in western Mexico burns over 8000 acres

Channel 6 News Online
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO (BNO NEWS) — Fast-moving wildfires in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco have burned over 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) in less than three days, officials said on early Tuesday. There have been no reports of casualties. …The wildfire is believed to have broken out after an illegal garbage dump was burned near the Arenales Tapatios neighborhood. …Roughly 58 hours after the fire broke out, authorities said some 8,154 acres (3,300 hectares) of protected forestland has been burned. 

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Anti-burn protest hots up

ABC News, Australia
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry activists have set off emergency flares outside Parliament House in Hobart to highlight how forest regeneration burns affect air quality. Members of the Huon Valley Environment Centre set off 25 flares causing thick smoke to blanket the lawns and surrounding building. The group says it notified the Fire Service of the protest. Spokeswoman Jenny Weber is calling for a total ban on forest regeneration burns.

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Brazil lawmakers set to vote on overhaul of forest law strongly fought by environmentalists

Washington Post
April 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Activists are warning that a proposed revamping of Brazil’s tough environmental law could roll back recent historic gains in the fight against Amazon deforestation by opening parts of the rainforest to farming and increasing impunity for violators. Brazil’s agricultural lobby, which has maintained a decade-long fight for changes to the country’s Forest Code, contends the bill would make pragmatic changes to an overly strict law that is unfair to farmers and ranchers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Scrap Carbon Trust to save public money

Vancouver Sun
April 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

If there was any lingering doubt that the Pacific Carbon Trust is a waste of tax dollars, it has been swept away by an investigation by The Vancouver Sun that found it is violating its own rules in awarding contracts. Sun reporter Gordon Hoekstra found that 22 out of 25 projects were already underway when they were awarded millions of dollars by the Trust as an incentive to reduce carbon emissions. The contracts appear to violate one of the underpinnings of the whole notion that underlies the operation of the PCT, a Crown corporation set up by the Liberal government under then-premier Gordon Campbell to buy and sell carbon offsets.

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Carbon offsets are working

By Joe Nemeth, Jonathan Rhone and Boyd Cohen, Darcy Mooney, Michael Gerbis, Ron Dizy, Robert Falls, Svend Andersen, James Tansey, Keith Driver and John Mitchell
Vancouver Sun
April 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia accepted the challenge of climate change leadership five years ago when it committed to supporting the growth of a low-car-bon economy. Since then, the offset market established by Pacific Carbon Trust has opened the door for B.C. companies to pursue innovative low-carbon business practices that are driving investment and jobs while helping us increase efficiency and competitiveness. We represent B.C. companies that employ 1,400 workers at facilities throughout the province. We are proud of our contribution to the growth of B.C.’s low-carbon economy and to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Superior hospital set to unveil biomass project

KPAX-TV
April 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SUPERIOR- Mineral Community Hospital will officially unveil their new Biomass Energy System on Wednesday. Hospital officials say the new biomass system uses a combustion boiler that burns 180 tons of pellets per year and replaces the facility’s 1975 fuel-oil burning system. It will create fewer emissions and lower heating and cooling costs by over $48,000 annually according to a news release. MCH and Clark Valley Hospital in Plains are the first two hospitals in Montana to use woody biomass heating systems and hope to serve as models for other private and public institutions that are considering this fuel source throughout the region.

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Sri Lanka lacks forest data for REDD+ funds

SciDev.Net
April 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

[COLOMBO] Lack of reliable data on forest resources could prevent Sri Lanka from immediately accessing UN funds pledged to help the island nation reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, a new study said. Sri Lanka was last month (25 March) promised initial funding worth US$ 4 million from the UN-managed, multi-partner trust fund to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

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General

Ash trees under greater threat from beetles

Journal and Courier
April 24, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The invasive emerald ash borer is rearing its head and fluttering its wings earlier than ever thanks to Indiana’s mild winter. Warmer than normal weather has given the tiny Asian beetle extra time to lay larvae that burrow into ash trees and suck its tissue dry until death, a Purdue University entomologist says. “They will fly now and into the end of July,” professor Cliff Sadof explained. “The adults will feed on leaves for a couple weeks, mature, mate, and lay eggs. You can’t wait too long to put the insecticides in the soil or on the trees. It is a good idea to do it earlier than later.”

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