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Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Right at Home: For a stylish soak, an Eastern tradition finds favour with bath designers

A Wooden bathtub that your whole family can use at one time!
Brandon Sun
May 9, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Some of us are shower people, and some are bathers But there’s a way to be both, as the Japanese discovered centuries ago when they developed the ofuro, or soaking tub. These tubs are often large enough that several family members can have a communal soak. … They’re available in acrylic, composite, wood, even stainless steel and copper. Bill Finlay owns Sea Otter Woodworks in Haynes, Alaska. [He] made his first ofuro at the request of a business associate, and that sparked an interest in perfecting the craft. …The material is an aromatic cypress native to Japan; the resin is bacteria- and rot-resistant and withstands humidity. The citrusy fragrance is a common aromatherapy component.

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Business & Politics

Cascades reports improved results for the first quarter of 2012

Canada News Wire press release
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC – Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012. Commenting on the first quarter results, Mr. Alain Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “We announce today financial results which are a significant improvement over the previous quarter and the same period last year. This performance is below our expectations due to a low level of productivity of our Containerboard manufacturing operations.

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Fibrek posts loss on lower pulp prices

Reuters
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Specialty pulp maker Fibrek Inc, which is being acquired by Resolute Forest Products, posted a second straight quarterly loss, as pulp prices continue to decline. …The market price of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) for pulp delivered in North America was lower by $100 per tonne, or 10 percent on average, during the quarter, Fibrek said in a statement.

Press Release from Fibrek Inc.

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Sino-Forest CDS payout determined, asset value still unknown

Globe and Mail
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Investors and speculators on the receiving end of Sino-Forest’s credit default swaps, which act as insurance on the company’s bonds, will be paid 71 cents on the dollar for their holdings. The payout ratio was determined Wednesday through an overseas auction triggered by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s ruling that Sino-Forest’s CCAA filing counted as a bankruptcy credit event.

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Canada’s bid to join Pacific trade pact faces long odds

Globe and Mail
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Trade Minister Ed Fast talks a good line about Canada’s chances of getting on board the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal. But some trade experts say the bid is looking increasingly like a long-shot. “It’s likely going no-where, even though Ed Fast has been going all around the Asia-Pacific region, touting Canadian participation,” said Lawrence Herman, a trade lawyer with Cassels Brock in Toronto. The main stumbling block for Canada is the tight year-end deadline set by the United States and the eight other current TPP members for completing negotiations.

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Linking Innovation and Skills – Forest Products Sector Council releases new report on apprenticeship and regulated occupations in the forest products sector

by Forest Products Sector Council
Canada News Wire press release
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER and OTTAWA – Apprenticeships and regulated occupations are vital to the continuing health and long-term success of the Canadian forest products sector says a new report from the Forest Products Sector Council released at the 25th PwC Annual Forest and Paper Industry Conference in Vancouver. The report, Linking Innovation with Skills: Apprenticeship, regulated occupations and workforce development in Canada’s forest products sector suggests current apprenticeship and training practices need to change to keep up with a coming skilled worker shortage.

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Resolute and Fibrek Cooperating for Smooth Transition

Canada News Wire press release
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL- AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, today announced that Fibrek Inc. and Resolute are cooperating on an orderly transition to Resolute’s effective control. The goal for both parties is to minimize any disruption to Fibrek’s key relationships, including its employees, customers, suppliers and other partners.

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PRT Growing Services Ltd. Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2012

Stockhouse
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – PRT Growing Services Ltd. today released its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Forest seedlings generally take from six months to a year or more to grow, with most being grown and harvested within the calendar year. PRT’s quarterly results generally reflect only a portion of the revenue that accrues over the full crop cycle, and, accordingly, the results are best considered in an annual context. Excerpts from the Company’s financial report are included as part of this release.

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Electricity rate hike likely in 2015

Increase tied to troubled pulp and paper industry
Chronicle Herald
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Electricity customers can expect another rate hike in 2015 because of the province’s troubled pulp and paper industry. Nova Scotia Power officials said Wednesday proposed rate hikes in 2013 and 2014 include a plan to deal with the fact the utility’s two largest industrial customers are contributing little or nothing these days to the cost of running the system. …The Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn, Queens County, is expected to pay about $1 million this year toward system costs, Nova Scotia Power said. 

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Clearwater Paper stockholder speaks up

The Idaho Statesman
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A hedge fund acquired a significant portion of Clearwater Paper and has taken the unusual step of offering the company’s top executive some public advice. Clearwater Paper’s shares are potentially worth 37 percent to 112 percent more than what its stock price was as of May 1, according to a letter from SAC Capital Advisors. “We believe there may be significant strategic interest in some or all of the company’s assets that could provide additional value for shareholders beyond the stand alone analysis,” according to a letter sent to Gordon Jones, Clearwater Paper’s chairman and chief executive officer.

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Another increase in Sweden’s exports in February 2012

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Swedish exports of softwood lumber and planed products in February 2012 were almost 27% higher than a year earlier at a total of 1.06m m³. Data from Statistics Sweden shows that after an increase of almost 14% in January, exports in the first two months of this year were roughly 21% higher than in the same period of last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Globes Tops LEED in Federal Review But Barely

Building Green
May 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After almost a decade of requiring LEED certification for all federal building projects, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is suggesting in a new report that the Green Globes rating system aligns slightly better than LEED with federal requirements for new construction, while LEED remains the most compatible green building rating system for existing buildings. The differences identified between the two systems are not marked, and the report acknowledges that apples-to-apples comparisons are difficult. The reviewers also claim the report “does not recommend a certification system,” but repercussions remain to be seen; a similar report from 2006 was used to justify GSA’s continued use of LEED.

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Reclaimed Lumber: A Hot Commodity?

Company Blog
Altruwood
May 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The word is out–reclaimed lumber is a hot commodity. Suddenly, if you’ve got an old structure on your property, you find yourself eyeing that toolshed and wondering how much it might be worth if it were torn down and sold as lumber. Who cares about keeping their lawnmower out of the rain if they’re frolicking on the beach on the vacation they paid for with the thousands of dollars they made in the reclaimed lumber market?

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Sound testing for Boyne City’s new wood pellet factory to take place this month

Petoskey News-Review
May 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BOYNE CITY — Sound testing for Boyne City’s new wood pellet factory will be later this month. Scott McPherson, city planning and zoning director, on Tuesday provided city commissioners with an update about the ongoing noise, odor and emissions concerns with Kirtland Products, the forest products company that started production last year in the city’s industrial park. He said hired consultants will be in town for the sound testing the week of May 21.

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With Soaring Energy Use, Lighter Structural Materials Hold Key to Transportation Efficiencies

MarketWatch (press release)
May 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BOSTON — While carbon fiber and nanomaterials tend to gain all the hype, other advanced structural materials such as magnesium and advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) will have a greater impact on efficient energy use, according to a Lux Research report… While AHSS remains the leader, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics can offer greater benefits, and aluminum alloys occupy the middle ground. Magnesium is the lightest structural metal, though it is hobbled by concerns about availability, and titanium’s cost continues to inhibit adoption outside of a few high-end applications, according to the report.

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Forestry

Environment Canada’s scientific expertise at risk, report says

The Province
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Environment Canada is at risk of losing the scientific expertise it needs to counter ecological threats and protect the country’s ecosystems because of federal budget cuts, warns a new report signed by the department’s minister. “Due to transition alignment challenges, the department risks being unable to stay current with advances in science and technology,” said the report on Environment Canada’s plans and priorities for 2012-13 tabled in Parliament this week by Peter Kent.

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Ancient all-natural Amazonian fertilizer could increase maple tree growth

UoT Faculty of Forestry blog
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

An ancient amazonian fertilization technique is being rediscovered by researchers at the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry as a potential aid to carbon sequestration and tree growth in sugar maple forests. Biochar is plant matter (wood chips, sawdust, stems, etc.) that has been thermally decomposed in a very low-oxygen environment to form black charcoal, which is a stable and usable form of carbon. Amerindian peoples in the Amazon basin spread a version of biochar (smouldering wood left-over from clearing agricultural lands) on their fields to reinvigorate highly weathered and depleted soils and increase their crop yields.

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Emergency Preparedness Week: Begin fireproofing now

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC government press release
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – While freshet flooding is the current focus in some parts of the province, increasing temperatures are making wildfires an emerging threat in other regions. During Emergency Preparedness Week, British Columbians are reminded to begin planning now for the summer wildfire season British Columbians who live in or near a forest are reminded that they can help reduce the risk of forest fires that may threaten their homes by taking simple steps to clear their yards and homes of combustible materials and vegetation. Suggestions and tips can be found in the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual available from local fire departments or online at: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/firecom/pdf/homeowner-firesmart.pdf

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Redford creates single environment and sustainable resource development department

Edmonton Journal
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Premier Alison Redford is combining the environment and sustainable resource development departments, joining the ministry responsible for environmental monitoring and protection with the one that manages land use, wildlife, hunting and fishing licenses, and forestry. “I believe very much that our future economic development is around ensuring environmental sustainability and economic development,” Redford said Tuesday, describing the separation of the two ministries in 2001 as “artificial.”… The move was applauded by a handful of environmental and industry groups, but criticized by political opponents.

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Forestry Law Changes Meet Strategy Goal

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is meeting another goal in its natural resources strategy by repealing the Stora Forest Industries Limited Agreement Act and amending the Crown Lands Act. The changes will provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Nova Scotians by revising the way forests on Crown land can be managed. “Nova Scotians want government to change the way their natural resources are managed to ensure that they are used sustainably and these legislative changes will bring the long-term stability needed in good forestry management,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are helping to protect forestry jobs while managing our forests in a sustainable way.”

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Bear unwise?

TB Newswatch
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bear relocation has not been effective, which is why the province is scrapping it from the Bear Wise program, says Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle. …Hamr said the MNR’s decision is obviously a cost-saving measure. “You require a lot of manpower – a minimum of two people per crew – vehicles, gasoline, a trailer and traps and constant equipment maintenance. You also need a communication person almost on a 24-hour basis to respond to public complaints and record the co-ordinates of bear incidents,” Hamr said. The down side is that more bears will likely be needlessly shot if removal is left to the OPP or local police forces.

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NS: New agreements for companies on Crown land under consideration

Canadian Press
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[HALIFAX, NS] — Forestry companies would have the opportunity to enter into longer licensing agreements with the province under proposed amendments to Nova Scotia’s Crown Lands Act. …Parker said the longer agreements would allow companies to develop sustainable management plans.  He said the legislation would provide options for agreement renewals and allow the province to withdraw when companies aren’t in compliance with sustainable development goals.

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AF&PA president testifies in favor of strong illegal logging safeguards

Pulp and Paper News
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman testified recently on Capitol Hill on the implementation and enforcement of the 2008 Lacey Act amendments. The hearing was held by the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and featured witnesses from across the business, legislative, regulatory and music entertainment spectrum, many of whom testified to the important role Lacey plays in protecting the environment and the U.S. economy by safeguarding against foreign illegal logging activities.

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Supervisors, forest reps seek common ground

The Trinity Journal
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California – Deputy Forest Supervisors Alan Olson and Merv George attended a meeting last week in Weaverville at the request of the Trinity County Board of Supervisors… Topics for the day’s discussions included an update of the county’s general plan safety element to address hazardous fuel loading in the forest and community protection from wildfires; initial and extended response to emergency situations involving federal lands; travel management routes and regulations; and the county’s desired formation of a collaborative working group involving stakeholders to accomplish projects without appeals and litigation.

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Top Dem defends Elliot State Forest logging

Coos Bay World
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BANDON — Oregon’s Secretary of State is defending a decision to increase logging on the Elliot State Forest, despite continued cries by environmentalists that endangered species will lose valuable habitat. Kate Brown, speaking after a political fundraiser Saturday night, said she made the decision knowing that it would provide more revenue for Oregon and more local forestry jobs. ‘I knew from every million board feet we harvested from the Elliot, we put 20 to 30 people back to work in Coos and Douglas County,” Brown said.

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Common ground

The Spokesman Review
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For four decades, truckloads of logs rolling out of the woods were Bob Boeh’s primary interest in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. No surprise since his employer, Idaho Forest Group, depends on federal timber sales to help keep five sawmills churning out 2-by-4s. But Boeh also finds himself pondering old-growth habitat for owls and woodpeckers these days, along with wilderness areas and scenic river designations.

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Blanchard Forest Advisory Group supports DNR concept

WDNR Ear to the Ground blog
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Blanchard Forest Advisory Committee met recently to look over recommendations about Blanchard Forest and, more specifically, about how the upper portion of the mountain will be managed… DNR had been evaluating whether to transfer about 1,600 acres the upper
‘core’ of the forest out of State Trust lands status and into a Natural
Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), its ecosystems to be protected and
limited to hiking, nature observation and research.

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N.J. can harvest forests on state-owned lands in responsible, sustainable way

Guest Editorial by Ron Sheay
NJ.com
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

“To harvest or not to harvest?” is the question… Fortunately, trees are renewable, unlike some other natural resources, such as oil and gas. And with our knowledge of forestry science, trees can be harvested sustainably. Forty-nine accredited colleges and universities grant forestry degrees in the U.S. All forestry schools have forests that are used for research purposes. Many times, the university will conduct research studies with the U.S. Forest Service. 

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French Creek forest slowly recovering a month after wildfire

The Mercury
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Pottstown, PA – Following the most expensive and longest operational forest fire fight in Pennsylvania history, the forests of French Creek State Park are recovering, but face a bevy of litmus tests in the near future. “By August, we should have a pretty good idea of what we have left,” Eric Brown, manager of French Creek, said Monday while standing in the firebreak workers managed during the harrowing first and second nights of the fire… Fire damage was visible everywhere across the fire break, though definite signs of life and a lush canopy overhead proved the area’s resilience. 

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Report outlines beetle treatment options

Cincinnati.com
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bill Skvarla saw an option he liked and one he hated Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Agriculture released an environmental assessment of alternatives for eliminating Asian longhorned beetle from Clermont County. The option Skvarla likes calls for removing infested trees and chemically treating nearby high-risk host trees – those that can harbor the tree-killing invasive pest. That would save many healthy trees, he said. The option he hates, called “full-host removal,” would mean cutting down infested trees as well as high-risk host trees up to a half-mile from infestations.

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New Plan May Save Trees In Fight Against Nuisance Insect

WKRC TV Cincinnati
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The plan to get rid of the Asian Longhorned Beetle may not take as many healthy trees as they first thought. Today, the USDA released a report that lays out four alternative plans for wiping out the pest that is killing trees in Tate Township.  Local 12’s Joe Webb was there last fall when officials laid out two alternatives for fighting the beetle….do nothing, or cut down most the trees within a quarter mile of any tree where they found the bug. That would have clear cut large areas of the township and wiped out more than 100,000 trees.  Residents organized, pushed back, and forced them to take a second look. Today the USDA came back with some alternatives.

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McDonnell signs ag, forest economic incentive legislation

Staunton News Leader
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WEYERS CAVE — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell stopped at Cave View Farm today to sign legislation that establishes a grant and loan program to provide development incentives for agriculture and forest operations. The stop was part of a six-day tour of the state McDonnell has been on this week at what his office called job-creating projects throughout Virginia.

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Colonie: Logging possible at reservoir

Town Board OKs request for proposals, but Clifton Park claims it has a say
Albany Times Union
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLONIE — The town is seeking proposals from firms interested in logging on the Colonie-owned Stony Creek Reservoir property in Clifton Park. But the town of Clifton Park, which has declined its neighbor’s efforts to sell it the reservoir, said it would need to grant permits for any harvesting from the site. Colonie estimates it could make more than $100,000 a year by allowing logging on the 1,012-acre property, but it has not yet set any parameters on which trees could be logged, what equipment could be used or other aspects of the work.

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Anti-oilsands grant briefs changed

Toronto Sun
May 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

OTTAWA – Federal ministers are shying away from commenting on watered down anti-oilsands grant descriptions by a foreign charity that funds Canadian environmental groups. The Oak Foundation changed the descriptions of grants it handed to four Canadian green groups soon after the feds announced a crackdown on charity rules. …Researcher and blogger Vivian Krause uncovered after-the-fact changes in Oak Foundation grant descriptions for the anti-oilsands campaigns of Tides Canada, Forest Ethics, the West Coast Environmental Law Foundation and Greenpeace Canada.

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A Papermaker’s Perspective on Sustainable Forestry

Environmental Leader
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is not a single matter related to papermaking that touches each of us as personally and emotionally as forestry. Simply put, people love trees. Some people envision responsible paper manufacturer as engaging in deforestation but, in fact, our suppliers are harvesting sustainability with a keen vigilance about promoting the regeneration that keeps forests thriving. Forest management not only helps create habitats for animals that call woodlands home, but also ensures clean air, protected soil, better water quality and the promotion of biodiversity. Explaining the benefits and values of a working forest is often a conversation that pits emotion against science.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

California takes step toward linking CO2 market to Quebec

Reuters
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

California on Wednesday released an updated draft of its cap-and-trade regulations that for the first time includes language that would link its carbon market to a similar scheme in the Canadian province of Quebec. The draft language called for the mutual acceptance of compliance instruments like allowances and offset credits between the two jurisdictions. It also called for a common allowance registry and auction, and included provisions for tracking allowances which are designed to enhance market security.

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Richard Sandor: Carbon trading, holy cows and sacred groves

Redd Monitor
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Richard Sandor has a new book out. He’ll tell you that markets are the solution before he hears the problem. Pollution? Climate change? Water shortages? Species extinction? Just create a new market and the problem will go away. Or not. One of the markets that Sandor helped create is the carbon market. He set up the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which started trading in October 2003. Trading stopped at the end of 2010. Carbon emissions continue to increase, just as they had while CCX was trading.

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Rep. Cravaack: Cut climate change education funds

Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is leading a Republican effort in the House to block funding for a climate change initiative that provides money to education programs around the nation, including at Carleton College in Northfield and the Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. Cravaack’s proposal, offered as an amendment to an annual spending bill, made the first-term Minnesota member of Congress the focus of a legislative duel Wednesday over climate change, with Democrats and environmentalists rallying against the GOP measure.

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Extension on forest carbon study

Tasmanian Government Media Releases (press release)
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O’Connor, today announced an extension of the Forest Carbon study looking into carbon storage in Tasmania’s forests. Ms O’Connor said that consultants CO2 had made good progress with the study, but had asked for more time to gather more data on rainforest carbon storage. “With emerging carbon markets opening up domestically and internationally, Tasmania’s native forests have huge potential value not just for their biodiversity, but for their capacity to generate carbon credits,” she said.

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Amazon tree deaths may be ‘climate tipping point’

Scientists fear 2010 drought could see the vast forest turn from a carbon sink to a carbon source.
David Twomey
May 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Billions of trees died in the record drought that struck the Amazon in 2010, raising fears that the vast forest is on the verge of a tipping point, where it will stop absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and instead increase them. The dense forests of the Amazon soak up more than one-quarter of the world’s atmospheric carbon, making it a critically important buffer against global warming… “Put starkly, current emissions pathways risk playing Russian roulette with the world’s largest forest,” said tropical forest expert Dr Simon Lewis, at the University of Leeds, and who led the research published in the journal Science.

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