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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

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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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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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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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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Sawmills will work together to improve safety

Nanaimo Daily News
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s major sawmill operators have decided to collaborate to improve safety in response to the devastating explosions that took four lives this year. Western Forest Products, which operates two sawmills in Nanaimo, is one of 12 B.C. forest companies that have agreed to work together to create a plan for improving safety at its operations. A total of four lives were lost due to explosions last month at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, and the Babine mill in Burns Lake in January.

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Evidence seized from Babine Forest products for lab testing

Burns Lake District News
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafe B.C. say it is examining several factors that could have lead to the Jan. 20, 2012 explosion and fire that decimated the Babine Forest Products sawmill. In its latest report WorkSafe B.C. say they are looking at sawdust accumulation, they are also investigating several other contributing factors that could be to blame including production levels at the sawmill, the type of wood being milled, the exhaust and ventilation systems and the effects of cold weather on water pipes and misters.  

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Western’s lumber sales hit 5-year high

Victoria Times Colonist
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Strong lumber and log sales kept Western Forest Products in the black during the first quarter of 2012, according to financial results released Wednesday. Western, the largest forest company on Vancouver Island, reported its highest quarterly lumber sales revenue since the second quarter of 2007 with $157.2 million in sales of 220 million board feet. Log sales were also improved, with shipments up 39 per cent over the first quarter of 2011.

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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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NS introduces bill to delay NewPage pension windup

Chronicle Herald
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The government is extending the life of pension plans of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury pulp and paper mill because workers and retirees hope the fund can regain past losses. The plans, which would normally wind up when a company goes bankrupt, can continue for up to 11 years under legislation Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More tabled Wednesday at Province House. Plan members are facing a 35 to 40 per cent loss in benefits. 

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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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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation : APA Names LP Safest Company in Building Products Industry

4-traders
May 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- APA – The Engineered Wood Association has named Louisiana-Pacific Corp. the 2011 Safest Company in the building products industry. This is the third time in four years that LP has received APA’s Safest Company award. The APA Safety and Health Awards Program is the premier safety award program for the engineered wood industry in North America. 

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North coast jobs go as woodchip market collapses

ABC News, Australia
May 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Japanese woodchip market collapse has led to job cuts at north coast timber mills. Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott lost a motion to have wood waste classified as a biofuel. Mr Oakeshott said that has contributed to the local industry woes. He said the Greens who voted against the plan should visit Kempsey’s Australian Solar Timbers which has shed 30 per cent of its workers.  

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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

Eco Building Products Receives Contract To Build Multi Story Project Named

The Paradigm Shift Towards Eco Red Shield Protected Lumber is Underway in Southern California
Digital Journal (press release)
May 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

VISTA, Calif. — Eco Building Products, Inc., announced today the company has secured a purchase order from Tricorp Hearn for Lumber, Labor, Trusses and EWP products coated with Eco Red Shield™ protection to build The Post Legion Hall and Apartments located at Imperial Beach, California. This contract represents in excess of $335,000.00 dollars in gross revenues to build a four story building with 30 apartments above. This project is scheduled to ship in the beginning of July, 2012.

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House panel considers Lacey Act changes

USA TODAY
May 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON – Critics took aim Tuesday at an effort by Tennessee lawmakers to change the Lacey Act, a century-old environmental law that came under fire after federal agents raided the facilities of Nashville-based Gibson Guitar last summer. The RELIEF Act, introduced by Tennessee Reps. Jim Cooper and Marsha Blackburn, would “move an entire global market back in time while adding greater ambiguity and uncertainty for importers,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee.

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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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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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Cross Laminated Timber is Ready for Prime TIme

Tree Hugger
May 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Thousands of houses were destroyed in the 2009 Italian earthquake. Instead of rebuilding the houses in block, over 4000 have been built in cross laminated timber, or CLT. It is a favorite material of mine; it is made of wood, which sequesters carbon dioxide for the life of the building; it is incredibly strong; we have shown buildings like Waugh Thistleton’s timber tower that is nine storeys high. It replaces concrete, which is responsible for as much as 5% of the world’s CO2 and the excavation of mountains worth of aggregate. … It is not the usual old material assembled in a factory instead of on site, but an entirely new way of building, using a new material that is perfectly adapted to computer controlled design and construction.  

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Forestry

Canadian environmental organizations to blackout website to protest Bill C-38

Victoria Times Colonist
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s leading environmental organizations will black out their websites for one day next month to protest what they consider attacks by the federal government — and they are asking businesses, social justice groups and individuals to join them. The Black Out Speak Out campaign, culminating in website blackouts June 4, is a symbolic act to focus attention on government actions, said Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation. “Over the past few months, the environmental laws that protect our nation’s extraordinary natural legacy have been gutted,” Robinson said.

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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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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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Forest firefighters train for summer season

Kamloops Daily News
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pam Macgregor, 23, signed up to fight forest fires for the summer because she wants to help save both trees and people’s homes. Macgregor was learning how to pump water from the river at Pioneer Park on Thursday with nine other budding forest firefighters, as part of a nine-day training program with H I S Wildfire. H I S Wildfire is a private company that qualifies students to fight forest fires in B.C. and Alberta. After the program, Macgregor and her co-workers will have contract work with Parks Canada and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

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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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Let claims in Wolf Lake lapse, group asks

The Sudbury Star
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An environmental group wants to know why the government is giving contradictory information about protecting the Wolf Lake Forest Reserve. In a release issued last week by Viki Mather, a member of the Wolf Lake Coalition who lives in the area, she questions why mining claims where no exploration work has ever been done continue to be renewed. In order for a mining claim to be renewed, a certain amount of exploration work has to take place each year. “(Natural Resources) Minister (Michael) Gravelle assured the public that … once the current claims lapsed, the area would become part of the Chiniguchi Waterway Park,” Mather wrote in the release.

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NS doubles licence length for cutting on Crown land

Chronicle Herald
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is doubling the length of licences for harvesting trees on Crown land and ending a special long-term licence agreement. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said Wednesday that forestry operators will be able to get a 20-year licence, instead of 10. There will also be options for more than one 10-year renewal. Currently, there’s a provision for a one-time 10-year renewal. Parker tabled the changes to the Crown Lands Act on Wednesday. Parker also moved to repeal the Stora Forest Industries Limited Agreement Act that gave one-time pulp mill owner Stora Enso a 50-year licence on Crown land.

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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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Forest service timber sale halted

KOTA TV
May 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The effort to thin heavily forested areas and avert the fire danger in the Black Hills takes a hit. The head of Neiman enterprises, the largest Black Hills forest products company, says the company will not be able to purchase all the pine offered for sale by the forest service. The federal agency planned to sell 50-million board feet of ponderosa pine, half of what the agency puts up for sale annually, in an effort to thin overgrown forests and deplete wildfire danger. But the low value of the pine and the high cost of transportation have halted the deal. Of the four million dead and dying trees in the black hills, the timber industry can only handle 9%.
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Southern Ore. man, 26, killed in logging accident; hit in head by log

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

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman says a 26-year-old man has died in an accident at a logging site about 16 miles east of Sutherlin in southern Oregon. Sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said Keone Peiper of Sutherlin was attaching a cable to a log Wednesday morning when he was hit in the head by a log. Fire department medics found him dead at the scene. END

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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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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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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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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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Protecting Killer Frogs From Killer Humans

New York Times (blog)
May 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some names turn heads. Ivan the Terrible or his acolytes may have seen the need for a name that evoked shock and awe in the 16th century. Now, the Rana (Spanish for frog) Terribilis Amphibian Reserve has opened for business in Colombia, thanks to the good offices of several biodiversity organizations. The frog in question, more commonly known as the golden poison frog, has earned his Latin name. …the frog’s bright orange skin is covered by a secretion of deadly alkaloid poison. The poison prevents the transmission of nerve impulses, it said, meaning that the muscles of any animal that comes into contact with it stay contracted, the heart included. “Death comes within minutes,” the conservancy said.

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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

Canada ‘unlikely’ to meet targets: audit

Environmental watchdog warns against rewriting laws, shifting responsibilities to the provinces
Postmedia News
May 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is in the dark about the economic costs of its climate change policies and needs to carefully weigh the risks of scaling back federal oversight of industrial development, Parliament’s environmental watch-dog said on Tuesday. Scott Vaughan, federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, made the comments after tabling an audit in Parliament that concluded Canada was “unlikely” to meet Harper’s own climate change goals while it faced a $7.7-billion liability over sites that were mostly contaminated decades earlier during an age of weak environ-mental oversight. 

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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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Europeans put trees through stress tests

Deutsche Welle
May 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

From furniture to fuel and paper to toys, wood products are everywhere. But as climate change alters growing environments, a new European project discovers which trees could provide the timber of the future. Scientists in Europe are working to determine which types of trees are likely to thrive in the region as climate change alters growing conditions. As part of a 4-billion-euro ($5.2 billion) project called Reinforce, scientists planted 30 different species of trees from around the world at 37 sites along Europe’s Atlantic coast to see where different types of trees thrive.

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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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