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Daily Archives: May 15, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Maine Man Who Cared For Famed Old Tree Dies At 103

Associated Press
May 14, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Frank Knight’s decades-long battle to save New England’s tallest elm served as an inspiring tale of devotion, so it is fitting that he will be laid to rest in a coffin made from the tree he made famous. Knight, who died Monday at 103, had affectionately referred to the 217-year-old elm nicknamed Herbie as “an old friend.” The massive tree succumbed to Dutch elm disease and was cut down two years ago. Wood from the tree was made into a casket, a secret that was kept from Knight. “To have them together like that is a wonderful thing. I feel like Frank took good care of Herbie. Now Herbie will take good care of Frank,” said Deb Hopkins, a close friend who succeeded Knight as the town’s tree warden.

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Business & Politics

Forest Industry Unveils Vision2020: Charting an Exciting Roadmap for the Future

by The Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada News Wire press release
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) will unveil a new industry-led vision that will challenge companies, governments and other partners to find innovative ways to help the revitalized sector further transform itself by 2020. The Vision will lay out specific and ambitious goals in the area of products, performance and people.

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Fortress Paper Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire press release
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2012 first quarter EBITDA loss of $1.8 million. For the fourth quarter of 2011, EBITDA loss was $1.5 million and for the first quarter of 2011, EBITDA was $1.0 million. Fortress reported an adjusted net loss of $9.1 million, or diluted adjusted loss per share of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2012 on sales of $61.4 million. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $6.3 million or diluted adjusted loss per share of $0.44 on sales of $49.5 million and for the first quarter of 2011 adjusted net loss of $5.6 million or diluted loss per share of $0.42 on sales of $85.5 million.

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Possible ignition sources at BC sawmill fires found

CBC.ca
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC says the possible ignition source of two fires at B.C. sawmills this year appears to have been located at the conveyor level, where electrical or mechanical equipment was being operated in contained areas. In a statement released Monday, WorkSafeBC said the conveyor level is located in the basements or lower levels of the mills, so investigators are looking closely at those areas. WorkSafeBC says these are similarities observed during the investigations that may be coincidental but can’t be ignored. However, investigators stressed “no final conclusions have been reached with respect to cause and underlying factors.”

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Location of ignition sources identified for two sawmill blasts

Vancouver Sun
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC warned forest companies Monday the ignition sources for two fatal sawmill explosions took place in “contained areas” housing electrical and mechanical equipment in the basement or lower levels of the two mills. The regulatory agency has asked mill owners to pay attention to these areas after the similarities were found during ongoing investigations into the explosions that killed four workers and injured dozens more during the past three months in northern B.C. “[The similarities] may be coincidental but certainly can’t be ignored,” said Jeff Dolan, WorkSafeBC director of investigations.

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Mill blasts sparked by electrical and or mechanical equipment: WorkSafeBC

Globe and Mail
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“In both investigations, the ignition sources appear to have been located at the conveyor level, where electrical and or mechanical equipment was in operation in areas contained by walls and equipment. These areas are the basement or lower level of both the mills under investigation,” said Jeff Dolan, director of investigation for the workers’ compensation board. Mr. Dolan stressed these are observations and no conclusions have been reached when it comes to cause and underlying factor. “They may be coincidental, but they certainly cannot be ignored,” he said.

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Roundtable welcomes Arcand, appoints Negris as vice chair

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Press Release
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable welcomes MaryAnne Arcand to its board and announces Cybele Negris as the new vice chair. Arcand brings a wealth of diverse business experience and is currently executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association. …B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable is co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell and Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger. The roundtable seeks advice from the small business community on issues, strategies and potential actions to inform its annual report to government.

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Crofton mill owner moves restructuring meeting to May 23

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crofton pulp-and-paper mill’s owners announced Friday that meetings of its secured and unsecured creditors, to consider the plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, have again been rescheduled to May 23. Catalyst Paper’s restructuring huddles were previously set for May 18. “Our discussions are continuing toward the possibility of amending the current plan of arrangement which would better enable Catalyst to emerge from creditor protection on a stronger financial footing,” said Catalyst’s CEO, Kevin J. Clarke.

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OSHA Fines Plant Rocked By Dust Collection System Fire And Explosion

May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Jaffrey, NH — OSHA fined the New England Wood Pellet, LLC a total of $147,000 over safety violations after a combustible dust fire and explosion rocked the company’s plant in Jaffrey, NH last week. The fines, which are some of the biggest yet this year, and the accompanying report on the incident that criticizes the company for failing to “effectively minimize and address clearly recognized hazards that could kill or disable workers in a catastrophic incident.” The company for its part has fired back, saying OSHA’s findings are “one-sided and unfairly dismissive of the company’s past and ongoing efforts to improve worker safety at its Jaffrey facility.” 

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Zhydachiv mill stops producing newsprint

Interfax
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Zhydachiv Pulp and Paper Plant, a monopoly producer of newsprint in Ukraine, has stopped producing this type of paper in connection with non-profitability of this product due to the constant growth of prices of wood and tariffs on cargo transportation. The situation at the mill is very tough now, a source in the industry has told Interfax-Ukraine. The mill’s personnel have been drastically reduced in connection with the closure of a woodpulp plant and a chemical and thermomechanical pulp plant, which are involved in the production of newsprint.

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Minister acknowledges Deniliquin wood shortage

(author unknown)
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The state’s Environment Minister says more areas of River Red Gum National Parks are being opened for firewood collection. The Mayor of Deniliquin claims some people could die this winter due to a lack of affordable firewood, high electricity costs and the unavailability of natural gas for home heating. The Environment Minister Robyn Parker’s acknowledged the problem in the Deniliquin area and says she would like to run a ‘Home Power Savings’ program locally. “We want to make sure that we can make some firewood available,” she said.

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Timber! Gunns lops off Heyfield mill for $28m

Herald Sun
May 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FORESTRY group Gunns has struck a deal to sell its hardwood sawn timber business for $28 million as it continues to develop its long-awaited capital-raising plan. The group said yesterday it was selling the Heyfield timber business, with the deal set to wrap up this month, completing Gunns’ move out of the native forest wood supply sector. Gunns stopped processing native forest woods in Tasmania last June and has sold its West Australian and Victorian operations.

Also carried by ABC News, Australia

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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Announces New Policies on High Conservation Value Forest

Financial Post
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced its new High Conservation Value Forest policies to evolve APP’s business, including the immediate suspension of natural forest clearance on its own pulpwood plantations in Indonesia. Over the past decade, APP has built and implemented a broad-ranging sustainability strategy to preserve critical aspects of Indonesia’s precious natural resources, high conservation areas and biodiversity.

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Austrian sawmilling industry continues to curtail production

EUWID Wood Products & Panels
May 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Although business activity on the sales markets relevant to the Austrian sawmilling industry had improved slightly by the beginning of May, lumber producers believe the minor increase in demand is not yet sufficient to match the level for the same time last year. The main reason for the hitherto somewhat slower pace of business activity is the sluggish start to the year on the Italian softwood lumber market, the characteristic features of which were noticeable restraint in purchasing by Italian buyers and stagnating, sometimes slightly decaying prices in the first four months. 

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Toxic gas kills 4 at China paper mill

Xinhua
May 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WUHAN — Four workers were suffocated to death Monday while cleaning a waste pulp sink at a paper mill in central China’s Hubei Province, local authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated they were poisoned by toxic gas, the city government of Xiantao said in a press release Tuesday. It said the accident happened at 9 a.m. at Shengda Paper Industrial Co. Ltd. in Zhanggou Township. Qiao Bencai, a temporary employee, was sent down the 2.8-meter deep sink at 8:30 a.m., but passed out while cleaning the waste pulp, the document said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Industry Careers, Partnerships Promoted at WoodLINKs

Woodworking Network
May 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood industry members, teachers, principals, and even students across the nation gathered to build industry/education partnerships, educate teachers, and promote the wood industry as a career of choice at local WoodLINKS USA teacher in-service events over the past few months. WoodLINKS USA sponsored nine local teacher in-service events in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ohio. Michigan and Illinois in-services will be held in the spring and one in Texas during the summer of 2012.

[Did you know that WoodLINKS started in British Columbia in 1997 as an FRBC funded program?]

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2012 Standard Grading Rules for Northeastern Lumber Available ONLINE

Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
May 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

NELMA is pleased to announce that the 2012 edition of the Association’s Standard Grading Rules for Northeastern Lumber has been approved by the ALSC Board of Review and is now available online under the Reference tab of the NELMA website. These revised rules become effective June 1, 2012 and replace the 2006 version.

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Black Locusts Ready for Pussy’s Pond

Patch.com
May 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Preparation for the new pier at Pussy’s Pond is progressing nicely. Ray Hartjen, a special project coordinator for the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, said everything is happening so fast that construction may begin by late June. …The posts and walkway will be built using black locust trees from the area and Hartjen has been scouting out stands of black locust all over the East End. “By the way, they are not indigenous to the area and are considered in some way as unwanted,” he said. “Among other things they have a very poor shallow root system and are easily blown over.”

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Eastern red cedars: moneymakers

North Platte Bulletin
May 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Contrary to what many believe, eastern red cedar trees can have substantial value for wood products. From chips for fuel, to poles, posts and lumber, the often discarded trees can be an income-producing asset for landowners. Although eastern red cedar are expanding in the rangeland in ever increasing numbers, southwest district forester Rachel Allison with the Nebraska Forest Service points out that there are areas where the cedar has been growing for many years and actually has survived some of the early century fires

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Forestry

Forest reserve an impressive resource

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What North Cowichan has accomplished with its 5,000 acres of privately held forest land is impressive. Harvested areas are promptly planted and young trees are spaced, brushed, and pruned to increase their value in the future. Invasive alien plants are controlled, and areas at high risk for wildfire receive fuel treatment. In addition to good planning and record keeping, the forestry staff pursues partnerships and funding for a variety of projects with the objective to manage to Crown land standards. The forest reserve — including parcels at Mt. Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, Mt. Richards, Mt. Prevost and Mt. Sicker — provide more than trees. Logging roads traverse these areas and are valuable and require upkeep.

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Thomson: Expect more Slave Lakes as the climate warms

Edmonton Journal
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – On the one year anniversary of the Slave Lake fire, here is a troubling thought. There is a good chance, an ever increasing chance as a matter of fact, that it will happen again. Perhaps not to Slave Lake, but to another community or communities nestled in the national tinder box that is the great boreal forest stretching from British Columbia to Labrador. A disaster is waiting to happen because we love to build our homes straddling the forest and because over the years we have been so good at suppressing wildfires that those forests have been accumulating fuel, an arsenal of dead wood just waiting to explode, and because of human-induced climate change that is bringing warmer, drier and windier weather.

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Increased logging activity for Brown Creek residents

The Boundary Sentinel
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is an effort to drive out to the rural community of Brown Creek located at the north end of North Fork Road. The winding rural road takes about 30 minutes to drive in the summer and much longer in the winter. But the trade off is why there’s a community out there at all — the serene solitude of rural living. There’s old homesteads, a colourful collection of locals who hold a common thread of love for the land, the environment and the ability to enjoy those in peace and quiet. Their fear is that their peace, quiet and clean air will all come to an end with more Crown Land cut blocks being opened up for auction over the next two years by BC Timber Sales (BCTS).

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Alberta government issues fire ban for forested areas in province

Edmonton Journal
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The provincial government issued a fire ban Monday for all forested provincial lands as three wildfires continued to burn out of control in northern Alberta near the hamlets of Grassland and Lodgepole, as well as northwest of Bonnyville. The ban was issued Monday evening and is in effect for forested areas from Waterton Lakes National Park to north of Manning and the Fort McMurray area. The ban is in effect until further notice. The ban prohibits people from lighting outdoor fires, fireworks or campfires, even if a fire permit was issued. “It is very important that everyone take precautions to avoid starting fires — it is so dry and windy in many places that fires can start and spread very quickly,” Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, said in a news release.

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3 wildfires burn out of control in Alberta

CBC.ca
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As firefighters work around the clock on three forest fires burning out of control in northern Alberta, officials issued a fire ban on Monday for most forested areas in the province. “The wildfire situation in most of Alberta is serious,” said Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen in a news release. “Unfortunately, most of the wildfires we are fighting right now appear to be human-caused and therefore were 100 per cent preventable. It is very important that everyone take precautions to avoid starting fires — it is so dry and windy in many places that fires can start and spread very quickly.”

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NS Silviculture Fund

CBC Radio News
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

RADIO STORY – Find out why the province is offering more than a million and a half dollars for silviculture work across Nova Scotia. The NS Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association and the Federation of NS Woodland Owners will co-ordinate the funds. Andrew Fedora, the Executive director of the Federation, explains. (runs 5:23)

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Groups fight caribou protection in Idaho

Standard Examiner
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho’s caribou are the mammals most likely to go extinct in the United States, but some state residents say the large creatures don’t need the security of the Endangered Species Act. Biologists counted fewer than 30 caribou this winter in the Selkirk Mountains, which reach south from British Columbia into the northernmost parts of Idaho and Washington. But Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association filed a petition this month to remove the caribou from the endangered list. Reindeer and caribou around the world are the same species, argues Brandon Middleton, the Pacific Legal Foundation attorney who filed the petition.

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BLM seeks comment on forest management

Suggestions will be taken through July 5 as the agency formulates management plans for Western Oregon forestlands
Mail Tribune
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents will have the chance to weigh in during two public meetings this week as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management continues carving out new management plans for its Western Oregon forestlands. The agency is seeking comment on issues it needs to address in new resource management plans being developed for the Medford District as well as for the other five districts and the Klamath Falls Resource Area.

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Ariz. gov. vetoes bill that demanded federal land

Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Monday that would have had the state join Utah in demanding that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land. Supporters of the Arizona legislation argued that the states would be better managers of resources such as timber and minerals on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Forest of fossils faces threats from coal mines

China Daily
May 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Had it not been for coal mining, Wang Jun may never have made his most important discovery: a forest buried by a volcanic eruption almost 300 million years ago. To be able to excavate the site, just west of Wuda district in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, he needed both the mining industry and the authorities on board in 2007. “We wouldn’t have got access to the large areas of exposed tuff (rock made of consolidated ash) if the mine workers hadn’t helped,” the paleobotanist said. Yet, today, in order for his precious find to survive, Wang says the diggers must fall silent in parts of Wuda coal mine.

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Romania loses more than 280000 hectares of forest in 10 years

Romania-Insider.com
May 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Romania’s forest’s are being chopped down at the alarming rate of three hectares per hour, according to environmental pressure group Greenpeace. The group’s study, published today shows that between 2000 and 2011 over 280,000 hectares of forest in Romania were lost or degraded and Greenpeace Romania is asking the Minister of Environment and Forestry to “take urgent measures to protect forests.” Around 29 percent of Romania is forested, lower than the EU average, but the country has some of Europe’s largest areas of virgin forest – over 218,000 hectares. Worryingly, even though protected by law, Romania’s virgin forest has been damaged, due to the frequency of illegal logging.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation commits $8.4 million to manage greenhouse gas emissions from biological sources

MarketWatch (press release)
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation will invest $8.4 million over the next three years in projects aimed at discovering, developing and deploying solutions for biological greenhouse gas emissions in the province. Biological emissions include those from industries vital to the health and economic well-being of Albertans such as crop and livestock production, the forest industry and municipal waste handling.

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Biomass system revives Canadian sawmill

Biomass Power and Thermal
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. will use biomass energy to revitalize a shuttered sawmill in British Columbia. In 2009, the Radium sawmill was shut down, but with the help of a $40 million investment plan, it is set to reopen. According to Christine Kennedy, company spokesperson, the Radium mill site will now include a reciprocating grate system that will burn bark and hog fuel to generate heat. The system will utilize hot oil fed through fin pipe to dry lumber. “The exclusive use of the energy at this point is to heat lumber dry kilns,” she said. “Using wood residuals in this way replaces the use of propane and thereby reduces costs.”  

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Climate action remains top concern for B.C. Liberals

Letter by Terry Lake B.C. Environment Minister
Vancouver Sun
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Politicians tune out climate change after paying lip service, Column, May 10
Craig McInnes’ column suggests climate action has “slipped” as a priority for our government. However, our focus on jobs and the economy does not mean we are abandoning our leadership on climate action. The B.C. Jobs Plan is built on the fact that we are, “and will remain, a climate change leader.”

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Forest-sourced biofuel is bad for the environment, new study warns

Click Green
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that the volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees will be used and in which part of the world the trees are grown. When trees are felled to create solid wood products, such as lumber for housing, that wood retains much of its carbon for decades, the researchers found. In contrast, when wood is used for bioenergy or turned into pulp for paper, nearly all of its carbon is released into the atmosphere. Carbon is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

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Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

EurekAlert (press release)
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9 percent of the Western Hemisphere’s mammals, and as much as 40 percent in certain regions, because the animals just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace climate change. For the past decade scientists have outlined new areas suitable for mammals likely to be displaced as climate change first makes their current habitat inhospitable, then unlivable. For the first time a new study considers whether mammals will actually be able to move to those new areas before they are overrun by climate change.

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Study Shows Trees Absorb Less Carbon than Earlier Thought; Leaf Activity Drops During Summer

Colorado State University News
Press Release
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

…Correctly accounting for the impact of photoperiod on tree leaf activity adjusts global estimates of carbon sequestration downward by more than 3 percent, according to the study, titled “Photoperiodic regulation of the seasonal pattern of photosynthetic capacity and the implications for carbon cycling.” The result: Net primary production – the amount of carbon dioxide the Earth’s vegetation absorbs during photosynthesis, minus that released in plant respiration – drops from 58.7 petagrams of carbon per year to 56.7 petagrams of carbon per year, according to the study in PNAS. That’s a downward correction of 3.4 percent (1 petagram equals 1 billion metric tons).

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Vega Biofuels Waste Wood to Bio-Coal Facility Under Construction

Waste Management World
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Vega Biofuels is to develop a 90,000 square foot (8360 square metre) bio-coal manufacturing facility in Cordele, Georgia that will also be the company’s new headquarters. The company said that its bio-coal fuel is made from a process called torrefaction, which is a partial carbonisation process that takes place at temperatures between 475 – 575 degrees F (200 – 400 degrees C) which makes the physical and energetic properties of the biomass much more comparable to traditional coal.  The biomass is then compressed into briquettes to be sold to the end user. 

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Good wood: temperate countries sequester carbon in their lumber

In the tropics, carbon from cleared forests goes straight to the atmosphere.
Ars Technica
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Although the burning of fossil fuels has been responsible for the majority of humanity’s carbon emissions, land use changes are thought to have been responsible for nearly 20 percent of the CO2 that we’ve put in the atmosphere. Most of this has involved the clearing of forests and grasslands for agriculture, and many efforts to sequester carbon involve blocking or reversing these processes through the preservation of forests or planting of new trees. But the fate of the material cleared during deforestation isn’t a simple one. …A new study has looked at the fate of cleared woodlands on a country-by-country basis and found that the rates of sequestration can range from 62 percent down to essentially nothing.

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Emissions from deforestation vary depending on fate of cleared trees

Mongabay.com
May 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon emissions from deforestation vary greatly depending on whether timber stocks are turned into finished wood products, converted into bioenergy feedstocks, or burned outright, reports a new study published in Nature Climate Change. The research looked at forest use in 169 countries. It found that foresters in temperate countries typically convert forests into timber products that store carbon for generations, whereas developers in the tropics are more likely to clear forests for energy or paper production, short-lived products which release carbon more immediately. Further a significant proportion of tropical forests are burned for agricultural use.

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Potential for further ‘sink’ forests

Stuff.co.nz
May 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Marlborough is likely to have more forests become carbon sinks because of the depth of forestry industry skills and experience, NZ Carbon Farming managing director Matt Walsh says. Climate Change Minister Tim Groser and his associate, Simon Bridges, joined NZ Carbon Farming representatives and other partners to officially open the company’s newest carbon sink, a forest at Kiernan Creek in the Wairau Valley, at the forest on Friday. The forest, a former plantation pine forest-turned carbon sink, is NZ Carbon Farming’s first investment in Marlborough.

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