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Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Beaver couple put down roots at Point Pelee

Pair build lodge
Windsor Star
May 24, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

POINT PELEE, Ont. — Two beavers are making a lodge, and history, as the first pair to make Point Pelee National Park their home… “There’s never been a breeding record for the park.” Although beavers would have been in the area more than 100 years ago, by the time the park was established in 1918 it appears North America’s largest rodent had split.

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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper up for sale

Creditors vote down company’s restructuring plan, but still ‘business as usual’
Alberni Valley Times
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Creditors of Catalyst Paper have voted down the company’s restructuring plan by a slim margin. …Under the court-supervised process, the firm is now required to start a sale process under an established time line. Catalyst CEO Kevin Clarke told the Times Colonist it is business as usual at the firm’s three coastal mills in Port Alberni, Crofton and Powell River.

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FPInnovations’ CT Imaging Centre brings to light scientific discovery

Canada News Wire press release
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – A scientific discovery of a sensory organ in rorqual whales would not have been possible without the use of FPInnovations’ X-Ray Computerized Tomography scanner. Based at its Vancouver, British Columbia facilities, FPInnovations’ scanner, five metres in height, one-metre in width and capable of accommodating items up to two tonnes in weight, was the only machine in Canada large enough to accommodate the massive specimens.

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Catalyst Paper restructuring plan voted down

Vancouver Sun
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Creditors of Catalyst Paper have voted down the company’s restructuring plan by a slim margin. The plan to emerge from creditor protection got overwhelming support from individuals and firms who are owed by the company. But in the unsecured creditor class, it needed the approval of those representing two-thirds of the debt and it fell just short of that requirement… Under the court-supervised process, the firm is now required to start a sale process under an established time line.

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Boundary Sawmill Community Wins Development Award

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MIDWAY, BC – The community around Boundary Sawmill, retrieved from the bankruptcy of Pope & Talbot lumber operations, received an award from The Economic Development Association of British Columbia at the British Columbia Economic Summit Awards last week… The Midway mill, vacant for three years, was acquired by Midway, which leased it to Vaagen Brothers, which is running a small-diameter log mill similar to another mill it runs in Colville, WA. Today the mill employees over 50 people and makes up 40 percent of the local tax base. 

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Conifex Posts 1st Quarter Loss

HQPrinceGeorge.com
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was a disappointing first quarter for Conifex Timber. The Vancouver based, Northern B.C. Operated lumber company posted a net loss of $6.5 million over the first three months of the year compared to a $3.6 million during the same period in 2011. Conifex CEO Ken Shields says both production and earnings results have been less than desirable.

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Island jobs in jeopardy as Catalyst deal falters

Victoria Times Colonist
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The future just got a lot more complicated, uncertain and likely litigious for Catalyst Paper and the thousands of people on the coast who depend on the firm. …The hedge funds advanced hundreds of millions to Catalyst and they have every right to take whatever steps necessary to get that money back. Sources say the specific bet was something like this: Take about four cents on the dollar now, or reject it and take a number of chances on getting perhaps twice that by forcing the issue. It’s quite telling that on the key vote where the plan unravelled, the minority that held the upper hand was entirely foreign investors.

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West Fraser Timber CEO becomes chair of BC Business Council

Vancouver Sun
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hank Ketcham, chairman and CEO of West Fraser Timber, has been named the new chair of the Business Council of British Columbia. Ketcham stepped down as president of West Timber – a company started by his father and uncles in 1955 – in April after 26 years at the helm.

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Steam rises once again from International Paper mill

The Virginian-Pilot
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Steam is rising again from International Paper’s Franklin mill. The mill on Union Camp Drive recently resumed operations to get ready for a June startup of the renovated facility. In its new form, the mill will make fluff pulp that’s used in baby diapers, adult-incontinence products, feminine-hygiene products and medical wipes.

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GreenWorld Signs a Binding Agreement to Acquire a Wood Pellet North Carolina

Green World
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GreenWorld Development, the American-Irish “Waste 2 Energy” operator signed a binding framework agreement to acquire Natures Earth, a Wood Pellet Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina. The acquisition cost is $16.5M USD and the capacity of the facility is 120,000 MT of wood pellets, capable of generating in excess of $20M USD in annual revenues.

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China lifts Virginia log ban for 6 months

Staunton News Leader
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China will reopen its market to Virginia logs for a six-month trial, after banning imports last year. Hardwood and softwood logs from Virginia will be allowed into China beginning June 1, at specific ports and with enhanced pest treatment and testing protocols in the pilot program, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday. China had banned hardwood and softwood exports from Virginia and South Carolina in April 2011 after finding nematodes — tiny string-like worms — in a shipment. 

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Finland’s lumber output 2% lower than last year

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation attributes the slight reduction in the domestic sawmilling industry’s lumber output in the first quarter of 2012 of roughly 2% to 2.3m m³ to comparatively difficult sales conditions on the majority of softwood lumber markets and weather-related obstructions.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Federal LEED requirement under fire

Building Design + Construction
May 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The General Services Administration, which manages most of the federal government’s building projects, requires that all of new projects be LEED Gold-certified, but some lawmakers and industry groups want to change that… While LEED accepts only Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes system does not rely on any one certification. The government is reviewing how it will measure the sustainability of new buildings for the next five years, and issues such as PVC piping and domestic wood could spur the use of LEED alternatives on federal projects.

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Stora Enso to supply Finland’s biggest wooden roof

Timber Trades Journal
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Stora Enso is to supply one of the largest wooden roofs in Finland to cover what will be Europe’s largest car showroom. The 50,000m² roof for the Sunny Car Centre in Hämeenlinna will be produced at Stora Enso’s Pälkäne plant and features cross-laminated timber as the visible lower surface in the highest parts of the building.

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Built in Germany, Assembled in Eight Days

Jetson Green
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Here’s a time-lapse video of one of the first Huf Haus prefabs in the country. Offered through Cleveland-based DotGreen, these homes are precision built in Germany and shipped in containers to the project site. Then, with the help of the local architect, in this case Sage Designs NW, the general contractor, Schmoes Construction, and the structural engineer, Visser Engineering, the timber-frame prefab is assembled. This luxe prefab was assembled in about eight days in Issaquah, Washington. It’s on track for Built Green Five Star certification, and we’ll try to showcase more of the home soon.

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India can turn wood, paper as major export items: FAO official

UN’s Food and Agricultural Org ready to extend knowledge, technological assistance
Business Standard
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

ndia has potential to make forest produce like wood and paper as major foreign exchange earner and United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation is ready to extend knowledge and technological assistance for the same, a top FAO official said today. “India can turn wood and paper as its major export items by pursuing a sustainable forestry policy,” Eduardo Rojas Sriales, Assistant Director General, Forestry Department, FAO said.

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Forestry

More than a cedar tree is lost

Chilliwack Times
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

To blame funding cuts for the high-profile poaching of an 800year-old western red cedar this month is something of a stretch, but the incident nonetheless serves neatly as a metaphor for our government’s approach to the environment. Critics of the B.C. Liberals have said the three-metre-wide giant was stolen from Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park because the rangers who should have protected it were dismissed. The reality is that in a wilderness the size of British Columbia’s, no number of park staff could defend every tree from determined poachers…

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B.C. grants over $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC government press release
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The provincial government is providing over $1.7 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. The 28 grants are being given to local governments, Regional Weed Committees and the Invasive Species Council of BC to assist their activities and support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program.

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Shifting winds may rile northern Ontario fires

More evacuations ordered as forest fires across the northeast continue to blaze
CBC News
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A wildfire burning near Timmins is commanding more attention today — and more people are being asked to leave parts of the area. According to CBC News reporter Megan Thomas, Timmins MNR officials are expecting what they call “extreme fire behaviour,” due to shifting winds. The size of fire near Timmins is about 24 thousand hectares in total, dwarfing the fire that’s been threatening Kirkland Lake, which is about 2,700 hundred hectares in size. Thomas noted there’s still no risk to the city of Timmins, although more evacuation orders have been issued for properties on a lake that runs along Highway 144.

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Forest fire could force evacuation of Kirkland Lake, Ont.

CTV News Video
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. — Authorities are keeping a close watch on a forest fire near the northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake. People are being urged to pack enough clothing for three days, along with medications, cash, food and water in case an evacuation is ordered. The Ministry of Natural Resources says the Kirkland Lake 8 fire covers more than 2,750 hectares.

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McGuinty Liberals will hurt forest fire evacuation plans says MNR union

OPSEU says staff cuts will endanger Northerners
Timmins Times
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario won’t have the staff for smooth, quick evacuations during forest fires and other emergencies if the Ministry of Natural Resources goes ahead with plans to close offices and lay off workers, said the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), the labour organization that represents MNR workers. “MNR has been underfunded and under-resourced since cuts started in the 1990s,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas in an OPSEU news release.

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Tembec remembers two employee foresters at 300th million tree planting in Northern Ontario Gordon Cosens Forest

Canada NewsWire
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec today planted the 300th million tree in the Northern Ontario Gordon Cosens Forest located near Kapuskasing. Planting on the Gordon Cosens Forest has been going on for more than 70 years and is still going strong; 4.5 million trees will be planted this spring. …During the ceremony, Mr. Lopez solemnly stated: “This important milestone is dedicated to two local foresters, Dan Simis and Chad McQuade, who were tragically taken from us on November 2, 2011, while carrying out reforestation work. Ensuring a forest for future generations was their passion. Their legacy will be everlasting.”

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Still a future for our forestry

Chronicle Journal
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For many years — perhaps since the earliest days of the fur trade — our region has been a supplier of raw materials. Our pathways and waterways have been crowded with vessels carrying away our natural resources, ferrying them to distant places where finished goods eventually emerge. …The City of Dryden is investigating a way to breathe new life into the region’s lumber industry. With its consultants, Crupi Consulting Group, Dryden says there is an opportunity to build a lumber drying and planing facility. There are customers who desire and will pay for planed, dried wood cut to their specifications. Northwestern Ontario has sawmills that can provide green lumber that not many want.

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Researchers to collect grizzly bear hair in Cabinet-Yaak study

The Missoulian
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEFISH – An alluring elixir of fish guts and fermented cow blood will help scientists better understand a population of grizzly bears inhabiting the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem this summer. Using barbed-wire corrals that have been doused in the putrid mash – 2,000 gallons of the scent lure has been maturing in barrels for the past year – researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey will snag as much grizzly bear fur as possible over a three-year period for a DNA study in northwest Montana’s Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem, which comprises one of six recovery zones established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

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Forest fires merge into growing monster

Firefighters focus on protecting buildings
KASA
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – Two fires in the Gila National Forest merged Wednesday threatening more than 50 cabins and creating a single smoking giant impossible to fight. The lightning-caused fires named Whitewater and Baldy for the places where they began were miles apart. But they exploded with the violent winds of the last two days. The Whitewater Fire in the Gila Wilderness east of Glenwood had loped along since it was first reported a week ago. Then the weather changed.

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Five trails closed during logging

Rapid City Journal
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Five trails in the Mystic Ranger District will be closed temporarily while crews remove trees infested with mountain pine beetles… The trails are on the northwest portion of the district west of S.D. Highway 385 and south of Rochford Road.

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US Forest Service workers fell day’s worth of trees in a second with blasts

The Missoulian
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELLISTON – A day’s worth of logging took place in less than a second on a hillside above Hahn Creek. “This is the most enjoyable part of the job,” Helena National Forest lead blaster Don Senn said as he inspected the parallel lines of toppled trees. “The day goes quickly when you’re concentrating on what you’re doing.” Concentration was evident in the care Senn’s crew applied to distributing about 100 pounds of explosive sticks among 37 dead pine trees that threatened a stretch of the Hahn Creek Road.

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Presidential award for US lumber exporter

Timber Trades Journal
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Florida-based Gulf South Products has been awarded the highest recognition for a US exporter at a White House ceremony. The Presidential E Award for Exports was presented by US Department of Commerce secretary John Bryson. Fort Lauderdale-based Gulf South operates from a 153,000ft² storage/shipping facility in Alabama, exporting lumber, plywood and poles to 23 countries, with annual volumes in excess of 103 million board feet.

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Activists scale Yum Headquarters, place giant banner on building

This story has a good video worth watching.
WLKY Louisville
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has been targeted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for the way it slaughters chickens, is now in the cross hairs of Greenpeace. Wednesday morning, the environmental watchdog hung a giant banner on the front of Yum headquarters. Greenpeace said it came to Louisville to expose the secret recipe that the fast food giant is using: rain forests to make its packaging.

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Brazilian president likely to veto parts of new forest bill

Reuters
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is likely to veto some controversial aspects of a forest bill passed by the Congress last month as pressure mounts against the text days before the country hosts a large UN conference on sustainable development. The bill, a revision of Brazil’s Forest Code, grants partial amnesty to landowners who had illegally cleared some of their forests until as recently as 2008, relaxing the legal requirements for reforestation of these areas.

World holds its breath as Brazil faces Amazon threat

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Forestry’s impact undeniable

Gisborne Herald
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE forestry industry has enjoyed its latest self-congratulatory bash, which it is entitled to. Forestry, logging and wood processing has created a lot of jobs and much-needed economic activity in the region. But to disparage those who would raise questions about logging practices does it no credit and demonstrates an unwillingness to accept the realities of collateral damage and forestry’s wider environmental responsibilities. Over 40 years living in Morere I have watched the evolution of the forestry industry. During the planting and growing of the Wharerata forests, we saw a drop in peak flood levels and a cleaner river.

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MTH is in Everyday Life; Asia Pulp & Paper Response to the Greenpeace KFC Campaign

APP News Release
National Post
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In its latest report Junking the Jungle, Greenpeace has yet again misled the public regarding the facts about Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH). The truth is the presence of MTH fiber says nothing about whether the product is sustainable or not. It is perfectly possible for MTH fiber to come from legal and sustainable sources. In fact, independent testing done by Covey Consulting in Australia last year showed that MTH fiber was present in many products that were approved by the Forest Stewardship Council under its ‘Mixed Source’ Certification.

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Forestry future faces axe

The Mercury
May 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE State Government has done a political deal with the Greens to wind up Forestry Tasmania, Liberal Treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein claimed yesterday. Mr Gutwein’s comment came after Forestry chief Bob Gordon said he could not foresee the state-owned business needing $110 million in bailout funds provided in the Budget. “There’s absolutely no doubt the Government is planning to shut down the commercial arm of Forestry Tasmania,” Mr Gutwein said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass A Mile High

Biomass Power and Thermal
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Department of Defense has many needs, but electricity tops them all, according to Dan Nolan, a 26-year U.S. Army veteran and current CEO of energy and military consulting firm Sabot 6. He authors the DoD energy blog and captivated his audience as the keynote speaker of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, held April 16-19 in Denver, Colo.

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Biomass facility leads to powerhouse closure

Aiken Standard
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

With the recent startup of the Biomass Cogeneration Facility to provide clean energy to the Savannah River Site, a coal-burning facility that powered the site for 60 years is now preparing for deactivation. SRS’ D-Area powerhouse, which was once capable of generating 75 million watts of power that could have provided electricity to the entire City of Aiken, will begin the shut down process and be completely closed in about two years, officials said this week.

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Entergy Project Restores Nearly 3,000 Acres of Bottomland Hardwood Forests

press release
Entergy Services
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

New Orleans – Entergy Corporation announced completion of the registration of a reforestation project in Arkansas and Louisiana that will remove an estimated 460,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years. The project, which involved restoring 2,942 acres of marginal agricultural land to native bottomland hardwood forests, is registered with the widely respected American Carbon Registry and is one of only a few U.S.-based reforestation projects registered anywhere. 

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Biomass plant to produce green energy for NOVA from wood waste

Examiner
May 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new biomass plant being built in Halifax County, on the southern border of Virginia, will burn wood waste from the local timber industry to provide electricity to Northern Virginia residents. NOVEC’s new South Boston Plant will be located in the “wood basket” of Virginia, an area where logging and wood products manufacturing are a large part of the local economy… The fuel for the new plant will be wood chips made from the wasted wood, or “slash,” left over after logging, milling and manufacturing.

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World Leaders Tackle Climate Change, and Nearly Everyone Missed It

May 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

.. “The catch is that it has nothing to do with carbon dioxide. Instead, it focuses on ‘short-lived climate pollutants’ — all those other pesky carbon-based greenhouse gases, like methane, soot, and ozone.”… “More important still,” notes Lean, “the measures would save some 2.4 million lives a year, mainly by cutting the inhalation of soot, chiefly emitted by vehicle diesel engines and by the inefficient wood and dung burning cookstoves used by most of the world’s poorest people – and increase grain harvests, at present hit by pollution, by 52 million tons a year.”

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Bioenergy From Cleared Forests A Climate Killer

The energy collective
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

What are the climate-change ramifications of clearing away forests? In a finding that could influence how climatologists forecast the pace of global warming – and that strike a blow against some forms of bioenergy – UC Davis researchers say it all depends on what’s done with the wood taken out of the forests. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Davis scientists say that if the wood from cleared forests is used to produce bioenergy or pulp for paper, all the carbon is released immediately. 

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World Leaders Tackle Climate Change, and Nearly Everyone Missed It

May 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

.. “The catch is that it has nothing to do with carbon dioxide. Instead, it focuses on ‘short-lived climate pollutants’ — all those other pesky carbon-based greenhouse gases, like methane, soot, and ozone.”… “More important still,” notes Lean, “the measures would save some 2.4 million lives a year, mainly by cutting the inhalation of soot, chiefly emitted by vehicle diesel engines and by the inefficient wood and dung burning cookstoves used by most of the world’s poorest people – and increase grain harvests, at present hit by pollution, by 52 million tons a year.”

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