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Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Froggy Foibles

In Search of the World’s Oldest Trees

(author unknown)
May 17, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

… One of the more remarkable specimens in the group is the Dragon Blood Tree, Dracaena Cinnabari, named for it’s crimson sap… Roman Gladiators sought it to cure wounds, and purportedly smeared their bodies with it to reduce bleeding. 18th century Italian violin makers used the resin for violin varnish, and it continues to be used for that purpose. The red sap was used in medieval alchemy and magic, and remains in use today in folk magic ritual. Practical uses of red sap today include; dye, a glue and even lipstick. The locals of the island use it for healing wounds, diarrhea, ulcers and reducing fever.

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Business & Politics

Vision 2020 – Charting a bold and innovative future for Canada’s forest products industry

by Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada News Wire press release
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is today unveiling a new industry-led vision that outlines where the forest industry sees itself by the year 2020. Through its accompanying goals, the vision will challenge companies, governments and other partners to find innovative ways to further transform the sector to reach its potential. Under the brand of “Canada’s Natural Advantage”, the FPAC vision states that “by 2020, the Canadian forest products industry will power Canada’s new economy by being green, innovative and open to the world. It is a place to grow and prosper.”

Related Press Release: FPInnovations see great potential in FPAC’s 2020 Vision – a true inspiration

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Charting a new course for forestry

BY CATHERINE COBDEN
Vancouver Sun
May 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…The Canadian forest products industry has been emerging from a difficult downturn by transforming itself. It has been changing its business model by improving productivity and competitiveness, diversifying products and markets, building world-class environmental credentials and looking to ways to produce new innovative products from wood fibre. It’s a budding success story and the industry now intends to build on the existing momentum. That’s why the Forest Products Association of Canada is launching Vision 2020, a challenge to the sector as well as governments and other partners to drive the industry forward in the area of products, performance and people.

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Resolute Increases Ownership of Fibrek to 74.56% and Closes Offer

Canada News Wire press release
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products today announced that it has taken up and accepted for payment 4,762,192 additional shares of Fibrek Inc. deposited to its offer as of the close of business today. Together with the shares the Company acquired up to and including May 14, Resolute holds approximately 74.56% of the currently outstanding Fibrek shares.

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Battered forestry industry sets goal for 60000 additional jobs by 2020

Canadian Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s forestry industry says it is ready for a comeback and expects to add 60,000 new jobs by 2020. Industry executives unveiled a strategy for growth Thursday to generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity in the next eight years through expanded exports to emerging markets and a recovery in the United States. As well, they have set a target of reducing their firms’ environmental footprint by 35 per cent in such areas as water usage, waste and air contaminants.

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Smell of mill a step back in time

Letter by Stacy Bennett
Kamloops Daily News
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing to enquire if any spokesperson from Domtar can explain why the pulp mill smell is getting back to the level it used to be at in the ‘90s? It seems now that you can get a whiff of the mill from some area of town every day depending which direction the wind is blowing. Whenever the news reports on the Domtar smell we’re always told the same thing — “It’s the unusual winds.” Now I will agree that depending which direction the wind blows will carry the smell just like it would carry dust or leaves.

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No emergency services contract renewal with Tembec

Energetic city.ca
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After being without a contract since January, the City of Fort St. John has decided to no longer provide emergency services to the Tembec Industries pulp mill in Chetwynd. The original agreement was signed in 2004, but development in Fort St. John has grown significantly since then, leading to greater pressures on fire department operations… However… should an incident arise, it will provide assistance, subject to Council approval and available resources. 

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Universal Forest Buys MSR’s Assets

Zacks.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Leading building products manufacturer and supplier Universal Forest Products recently completed purchasing the assets of MSR Forest Products, LLC, an Alabama-based manufactured housing product distributor. However, the terms of the deal remain undisclosed for the time being.Following the agreement, the company’s Alabama based services will be merged with the business of MSR to augment Universal Forest’s productivity and future growth.

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Brown would clear thicket of timber rules

Editorial
Redding.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

.. Gov. Jerry Brown’s release this week of his revised budget proposal held nothing but bad news when it comes to spending, but there was one small hint that the governor gets the need to streamline bureaucracy. And he wants to do it, believe it or not, for the timber industry, starting with a yearlong test in Redding. Without undoing any actual environmental laws, the governor proposes speeding and streamlining the processing of new timber harvest plans, the detailed reviews of potential water, fish and wildlife effects required before loggers can cut a tree.

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Taylor Biomass Energy Receives Approval for Waste-to-Energy Plant

Construction & Demolition Recycling
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Taylor Biomass Energy, based in Montgomery, N.Y., has received the final, local “green light” by the town board of Montgomery, N.Y., to move ahead with plans to build a waste-to-energy facility in the city… Once completed, the Taylor Biomass-Montgomery gasification system will generate 24 megawatts of electricity. The project will also generate $384.4 million in economic impact, as well as 82 permanent jobs and 318 temporary construction jobs over the next 18 months

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Wood production and trade figures published

UK Forestry Commission
May 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade (provisional figures) produced by the Forestry Commission were released today, 17 May 2012, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. These statistics include data on production, imports and exports of roundwood (logs) and wood products for the UK for the calendar years 2007 to 2011.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New hardwood research institute

May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Prime Minister made the comment May 11 when announcing the creation of the Northern Hardwood Research Institute at the Université de Moncton’s Edmundston campus.  Over the next five years the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will invest $1.5 million in the $4.2 million institute… Premier David Alward said value added wood was one of the six sectors the province will focus support on to build its economic strength.

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Adapting to Changes

Construction & Demolition Recycling
May 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In just a few months, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be launching LEED 2012. First introduced in the fall of 2011, the update to the program has undergone three comment periods and revisions… This continuous improvement is the outcome of thousands of technical volunteers working to develop the program and the adaptability of the program to technological and market changes.”Kuhre said that there is more of emphasis in construction on recycling waste gypsum and waste wood. The change is intended to encourage the recycling of these types of materials. 

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Efficient green

Santa Rosa Press Democrat
May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The tower and guest house were the first structures in the state to be built out of the energy-saving panels, which deliver an R-25 insulation rating, better than the R-13 of a typical wood-framed wall. …These super-insulated panels are a variation on the SIPs — structural insulated panels — that were first developed in the 1930s and which have been slowly gaining in popularity as the building and design industry seeks out ever greater energy efficiency. …But instead of foam, a petroleum product, Agriboard uses a core of wheat and rice straw, agricultural waste that would otherwise be burned or ploughed under.

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Can Australia build the world’s tallest timber building?

Architecture and Design
May 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A contingent of leading Australian architects, engineers and property developers are spending this week touring some of the world’s most innovative timber projects as part of a UK field tour with Wood Solutions. BPN editor David Wheeldon joined the tour. The Wood Solutions tour is all about showcasing the latest in timber design, engineering and construction, and inspiring our own building industry to make use of the advances which have been pioneered in Europe.

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Forestry

Forest Diversity From Canada to the Sub-Tropics Influenced by Family Proximity

Newswise (press release)
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — How species diversity is maintained is a fundamental question in biology. In a new study, a team of Indiana University biologists has shown for the first time that diversity is influenced on a spatial scale of unparalleled scope, in part, by how well tree seedlings survive under their own parents.

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Poachers steal giant 800-year-old Carmanah red cedar

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tree poachers have stolen one of the largest red cedars in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park in what is believed to have been a two-part operation over the past year. “If poachers can run around roughshod in the parks, it’s a terrible thing for B.C.,” said Torrance Coste, a Vancouver Island campaigner with the environmental group Wilderness Committee. He reported the theft to B.C. Parks and RCMP, but was told there was little chance of finding the thieves. Coste, who measured rings on the stump, said the cedar, which is valuable for roof shakes, was probably about 800 years old and measured 2.75 metres across.

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Timber supply review launched by BC government

Review follows leaked report on pine beetle losses
Canadian Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Independent MLA Bob Simpson, who raised the timber supply issue in the legislature, said the formation of the committee may be too little too late.  He said the report warned his hometown of Quesnel could lose up to 1,600 forest industry jobs as available timber supplies run out, possibly in as little as 18 months.  “It’s good that they are finally going to go out and consult with the communities, unfortunately I do think it’s the 11th hour,” said
Simpson.

Also in the Prince George Citizen MLAs named to timber supply committee

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Winnipeg targets gypsy moths with aerial spraying

CBC.ca
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Winnipeg will launch an aerial attack on the European gypsy moth next week, when it plans to spray in the St. Vital area. Crews will use low-flying aircraft to spray Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, an “organic, biological control product,” starting on the morning of May 22, officials said. The invasive moths have established themselves in the St. Vital area, including in St. Vital Park, where there is a large native oak tree population.

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B.C. committee rejects pesticide ban

BC Local News
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal majority on a legislative committee has recommended against a province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticide use, after a year of hearing from farmers, foresters, environmental organizations and interested citizens. Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett chaired the committee whose four B.C. Liberal members outvoted three NDP members calling for a province-wide ban on common household herbicides, insecticides and fungicides used for visual effect.

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Rangers need to protect our treasured forests

Letter by Dorothy Drubek
Victoria Times Colonist
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Poachers steal giant red cedar,” May 17.  I read with dismay of the old-growth tree stolen from all of us in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.  Our Environment Ministry’s statement that illegal tree removal is not a “large problem” shows clearly how out of touch our provincial government is. An 800-year-old tree being harvested for cedar shakes is a large problem. It ultimately reflects the commodification of our world – we value our resources in terms of dollars, which, like the equity in our homes, can only be realized when converted to those dollars.

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Forest Fires continue to burn across Northeastern Ontario. Fire ban in effect across Northeast

Timmins Times
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timmins forest fire No. 7, burning south of Gogama is still not under control and has been increasing in size. That fire is now more than 400 hectares. That fire was roughly 200 hectares on Tuesday. Timmins forest fire No. 5, that began on Highway 101 West on Sunday, is still listed at eight hectares in size and that fire is under control.

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NB Forest Sector Supports Voluntary Moratorium on Spruce Log Imports from NS’s BSLB Containment Area

New Brunswick Forest Products Association
May 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In response to a decision taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on March 14th, 2012, the New Brunswick Forest Products Association unanimously supports a voluntary moratorium that provides for the prohibition and/or restriction of movement of the BSLB and associated host spruce materials including: trees, logs, wood with bark attached, wood chips or bark chips and conveyances out of infested places as described in the Nova Scotia Containment Area map set by the federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) under the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Infested Places Order.

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Evacuees from town north of Sudbury can go home

Homes in Westree threatened by forest fire
CBC.ca
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Residents of the small community of Westree, Ont. about halfway between Sudbury and Timmins, have been told they can go home again because the threat to their homes by a forest fire has eased. Their town of about 80 permanent residents was evacuated earlier this week because of a forest fire in the area. 

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Misleading Labels and Greenwashing What’s A Consumer to Do

State Impact NPR
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

.. ForestEthics says that “out of 543 audits of SFI-certified companies since 2004, not one acknowledges any major issues—such as soil erosion, clearcutting, water quality, or chemical usage—that are known to be problems with large-scale timber operations.”… Between March and September of last year, several major companies — including Aetna, Allstate, AT&T, Office Depot, State Farm, and Sprint — publicly announced their intention to remove the SFI label from their products and/or to avoid the use of SFI-labeled products in the future.

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Southern pine beetle impacts on forest ecosystems

Phys.Org
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Research by USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station scientists shows that the impacts of recent outbreaks of southern pine beetle further degraded shortleaf pine-hardwood forest ecosystems in the southern Appalachian region. The authors suggest that cutting and burning these sites reduces heavy fuel loads, improves soil nutrient status, and opens the canopy for restoration of these shortleaf pine communities.

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Large-scale thinning on horizon

The Coconino National Forest is thinning a few thousand acres annually to make the landscape healthier
Arizona Daily Sun
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

August 2009 saw a wildfire burn nearly six square miles at the southern end of remote Woody Mountain Road, near lands reaching into the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness known for abundant wildlife and striking red cliffs… Now, Coconino National Forest officials are slated to consider thinning some 17,800 acres out there — a chunk of land bigger than what burned in 2010’s Schultz fire.

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Area officials worried about lack of rain, fire danger

Helena Independent Record
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although rain is in the forecast, Jefferson County’s fire warden Pat McKelvey closed open burning t here Thursday and the Helena National Forest said the fire danger ranges between “high” and “very high.” The lack of precipitation during what usually is one of the wettest times of year prompted McKelvey to close burning, but he expects to re-evaluate that decision Friday. “Everybody is watching the temperatures, humidity and wind speeds,” McKelvey said.

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Western wildfires: Evacuations in Colorado, challenges in Arizona

Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado officials on Thursday ordered a mandatory evacuation of about 65 homes in Larimer County as a precaution against the spread of a wildfire that has been burning since Monday… Authorities say the fire was caused by humans and that it’s under investigation. In Arizona, officials were still battling four wildfires but seemed to be holding their own despite less than favorable weather, including low humidity and winds gusting to as much as 40 miles an hour.

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DNR agreement to buy northern Wisconsin forest land largest conservation purchase

Appleton Post Crescent
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has agreed to spend $17.3 million to protect more than 100 square miles of forest land in the northwest corner of the state, marking what will be the largest land-conservation deal in state history. The agency will receive a conservation easement on 67,347 acres owned by Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover, N.H., protecting the land from future development. 

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Opinion: Logging in NJ forests would grow deer population

The Times of Trenton
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The controversial Forest Harvest Bill, recently rechristened the Forest Stewardship Bill, allows commercial thinning, or logging, in our state forests. The measure raises questions of transparency, coherent policy and the public trust… Vague claims of “stewardship” and “science” too often serve commercial agendas. Logging supporters do not disclose the fact that the bill will increase the number of white-tailed deer. Logging and prescribed burns are classic game management methods that stimulate deer breeding for hunting purposes.

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Environmentalists Denounce Logging In State Parks

WMFD.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Logging, and oil and natural gas drilling, could be coming to Malabar Farm and Mohican state parks. And, two local environmental activists are launching a public awareness campaign in an effort to stop it… McKee and Miller are part of the statewide Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks, a partnership between Mohican Advocates, the Sierra Club, and Buckeye Forest Council.

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Environmental Protests Score Few Victories

The Moscow Times
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MOSCOW — They wrote protest letters and research papers, appealed to higher authorities and fought with police — all to protect a beloved pine forest slated for destruction to make way for a road. But despite the effort of local environmental activists and citizens, the powerful Kremlin-connected corporations behind the plan have won out. Earlier this week, local authorities disbanded a camp set up by activists protesting the construction of the road through the forest that will connect the city to a free economic zone at a nearby air field.

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Asia Pulp & Paper to temporarily suspend rainforest clearing in Indonesia

Mongabay.com
May 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), a forestry giant that has been heavily criticized for destroying rainforests and peatlands in Indonesia, will temporarily suspend clearing of natural forest areas until conservation assessments have been conducted. In a statement issued Tuesday, APP said the moratorium on forest clearing will take effect June 1 for concessions owned outright by its subsidiaries. APP said its “independently owned” pulpwood suppliers will be expected to come into compliance by December 31, 2014.

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Forest industry returns to peace talks

ABC News, Australia
May 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Forest Industries Association (FIAT) has stressed that its return to peace talks does not mean its given in to anti-logging activists. FIAT pulled out of talks earlier this year, accusing some environmental groups of waging campaigns overseas against timber companies and products. The association’s Terry Edwards says its environmental signatories have shown leadership over the minority groups.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Warming too easy to blame

By Jeff Reimer
Edmonton Journal
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Living near forests carries increasing risk; Climate change means Slave Lake disaster not a one-off,” by Graham Thomson, the Journal, May 15. The entire article until the last couple of paragraphs left the impression that global warming is fully responsible for all nasty forest fires. The forest fires of Australia in 2009 and Russia in 2010 were given as examples, but what about the California fires of 1991 or the Yellowstone fire in 1988? The latter two fires were not due to climate change but are often considered, along with the previous two, the worst of our time.

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The Second Generation of Biofuels

Energy Digital
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

As the price of oil has become increasingly volatile in today’s market, Americans are pursuing alternatives from electric cars to natural gas powered vehicles and biofuels… A second generation biofuel is on the rise… Using non-food crops such as herbaceous, woody biomass pellets or even miscanthus, Primus’ process has a conversion efficiency of 25 percent—twice that of its closest competitor. Using one ton of biomass feedstock, or even natural gas, 90 gallons of renewable gasoline can be produced, making the process remarkably economical.

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US military looking at wood-based biofuels (wth video)

Western Farm Press
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. military is very interested in alternative fuels — in particular, the wood-based biofuels being researched and produced at the University of Maine. Three methods, or pathways, to producing biofuel for use in military jets are being explored by UMaine chemical and biological engineers affiliated with the university’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI). The pathways all aim to produce what are known as drop-in fuels — those that can be used easily in a number of fuel tanks and pipelines.

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Is New Green Law Creating More Green for Logging Companies?

NBC Bay Area Investigates California’s new Cap and Trade Law
NBC Bay Area
May 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California’s new Cap and Trade program has been hailed as the gold standard in environmental law for the entire world. …”I think of it as gaming the system,” say Bruce Castle, an activist with the environmental group Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. Castle, along with Ebbets Pass Forest Watch members Susan Robinson and Ron Szymanski, have been documenting the timber logging in the Sierra in Tuolomme and Calaveras Counties. “Logging companies should not be allowed to be subsidized for this kind of practice,” Robinson said. “Especially when all they do is dump all this carbon into the atmosphere (by harvesting acres of trees,” Szymanski said.

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Carbon sink alarm

Gisborne Herald
May 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

CHANGES to the Emissions Trading Scheme could have a disastrous effect for this district, leaving it as a carbon sink for other districts, Gisborne District Council’s environment and policy committee was warned yesterday. The committee has endorsed a staff submission made on the changes. It was told by environmental services manager Trevor Freeman that the Government had called for submissions on proposed updates for the scheme. One of these was a proposal to allow the offsetting of carbon credits for pre-1990 forests, which would transfer liabilities from one area where forest was cleared to one where forest was planted.

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