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Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Prince Charles and Camilla: Regina visit highlights include a wood block

The Province
May 23, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

REGINA — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla toured Regina Wednesday, where they met a royal canine, listened to rap music and presented medals — and a block of wood… Charles also joked as he handed over a block of oak, grown in the Duchy of Cornwall woodlands, to the speaker of the Saskatchewan legislature. The wood will be carved into a Black Rod — a ceremonial position to be re-established in the province.

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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

Sino-Forest says reviewing regulator’s allegations

Reuters
May 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sino-Forest Corp said on Wednesday it is reviewing fraud charges leveled against it by the Ontario Securities Commission and considering what steps, if any, it ought to take in response to the allegations. The embattled Chinese forestry company, whose stock imploded last year in the face of fraud allegations, said the regulator is seeking penalties of up to C$1 million for each alleged failure by the company to comply with Ontario securities law.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forestry

B.C. fire crews head to Quebec and Ontario

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

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch is sending 210 personnel to Quebec and Ontario to aid those provinces with the fire activity they are experiencing. Five 20-person unit crews, five division supervisors and three agency representatives will be leaving for Quebec, while four unit crews, three agency representatives and one incident management team will be heading to Ontario.

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Kamloops crews take off to battle forest fires in Quebec

Kamloops Daily News
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kamloops wildfire fighters are in high demand across Canada, and Thursday they take their skills to Quebec for a two-week deployment to hotspots in the southern part of that province. “They’re considered Type 1 resources,” said Kayla Pepper, Kamloops Wildfire Centre spokesperson. “They’re trained to the highest level, and that does make them valuable resources across the whole country.” There are currently 30 fires raging in Quebec, and it’s expected to get worse in the coming days with 30 to 50 more anticipated.

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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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Smoke around Timmins could irritate lung conditions

Stay indoors if you have a respiratory problem. The fire has grown by more than 2,000 hectares.
Timmins Times
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources issued new information Wednesday evening relating to the Timmins Forest Fire No. 9. The MNR has issued a smoke warning for South of Hydro Bay to north of LaMotte Lake Road (including east of Kenogamissi and Mattagami Lakes to the Hydro line). Be advised that due to variable winds and the risk of smoke in the area, the areas south of Hydro Bay to north of Lamotte Lake Road are currently being evacuated.

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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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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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Bark Beetle May Impact Air Quality, Climate

press release
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CARBONDALE, Ill. — If you’ve traveled to a forested national park out West in recent years, you may have noticed two things. First, a growing number of lodgepole pine trees are dying, victims of the bark beetle. And secondly, atmospheric haze, caused in part by tiny solid particles suspended in the air, is becoming a problem. A study by a researcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale shows these two phenomena may be related, tied together by chemistry and climate change factors. The study.. shows a large increase in the gases given off by the beetle infestations, which could enhance airborne particulate matter problems and haze in the area.

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EPA says it won’t require Clean Water Act permits for logging roads

OregonLive.com
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Environmental Protection Agency said today that it doesn’t want to require Clean Water Act permits for logging roads as it does for factories and other “point sources” of pollution, a victory for forest owners in the Northwest and nationwide. But Oregon’s forest owners may not be out of the regulatory woods. A lawsuit over logging road regulation filed by an Oregon environmental group is still active and may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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EPA proposes new rules for muddy logging roads

By Jeff Barnard
The Seattle Times
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Obama administration wants to change the rules applying to stormwater running off logging roads, blunting a landmark court ruling that found the muddy water running into salmon streams and drinking water reservoirs should be regulated like industrial pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed notice Wednesday in the Federal Register proposing to revise stormwater regulations to say hundreds of thousands of miles of logging roads on private and public lands nationwide don’t need the same kinds of permits that factories must get.

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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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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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Climbing a rickety stair to the top of the forest

Boing Boing
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

.. The Hemlock Eddy Flux Tower is one of four research towers in the Harvard Forest. Since 2001, data collection systems on the top of this tower have measured carbon dioxide, water vapor, and wind currents. These measurements are made five times every second. Thanks to this system, we now know that even a relatively old forest like this can still capture and store a decent amount of carbon dioxide… Previously, scientists thought only young forests, where the trees were still growing rapidly, did that job very well. Sites like the Hemlock Tower have shown a different story.

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China to Lift Ban on Virginia Logs

Pilot project will allow exports to resume after yearlong ban
The Journal of Commerce Online
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

China will begin to lift its ban on imports of Virginia’s hardwood and softwood logs under a six-month pilot project, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday. Although technical details are being finalized, Virginia logs will be allowed to re-enter China beginning on June 1 in certain designated ports and with enhanced pest treatment and testing protocols under the terms of the pilot project. China banned log exports from Virginia and South Carolina in April 2011, citing pest interceptions on logs exported from the U.S.

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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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Peace talk resume in Tas forest dispute

ABC News, Australia
May 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Forestry Industries Association says its ‘giving peace a chance’ by returning to the negotiating table. The old enemies from the environmental movement and timber industry have just weeks left to broker a final agreement and make a $276 million State and Federal government Tasmanian forest peace deal work.

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Google Mapping Tool Shows Impacts of Deforestation on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Washington – A powerful new mapping tool from Indonesian NGO coalition Eyes on the Forest and World Wildlife Fund allows the public to visualize Sumatra’s forests and wildlife such as rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutan, providing vital information in the race to protect forests, save some of the world’s most important biodiversity and help local communities. The mapping project is one of the first to be awarded a grant by the Google Earth Outreach team to use Google Maps Engine, a platform for hosting, storing and managing map data.

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Sniffer dogs successfully detect sick trees

Focus Taiwan News Channel
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Taipei – Sniffer dogs trained by a university in southern Taiwan successfully sniffed out brown root rot disease in trees Wednesday, a feat that the trainer described as unprecedented anywhere else in the world. Brown root rot disease, caused by phellinus noxius, was reported to be affecting

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Liberal MP ejected after forestry suicide accusations

ABC News Australia
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Shadow Treasurer was ejected from Parliament today after he accused the Deputy Premier of driving the state’s forest workers to suicide. The accusation was thrown across the chamber after the Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, sidestepped a question about whether he stands by a peace deal review of Tasmanian forests, which Forestry Tasmania claims is flawed.Peter Gutwein shouted at Bryan Green: “Mate, you’re driving forest workers to suicide.”

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Bigger tugboat will better manoeuvre large ships

Marlborough Express
May 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand – Pilot risk assessments prompted Port Marlborough to buy a better tugboat to work with log ships. The Picton-based port company purchased the Maungatea, a 29-metre, 250-tonne tugboat, from Port Napier at the start of May to replace the Kokiri. The Maungatea has 32 tonnes of pulling power compared to the 35-year-old Kokiri’s 20 tonnes of power. Port Marlborough operations manager Carmen Gimpl said the purchase of a more powerful tug boat was based on a risk assessment from ship pilots.

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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Blanket Is CO2 Absorber, Fertilizer and Kiln

Discovery News
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Since [slash] piles contain stumps and other woody chunks, sawmills and paper mills have little use for them. Hauling the material offsite to be processed into fuel would be cost-prohibitive. Usually the slash piles that are especially common in the Pacific Northwest are either left to rot or subject to controlled burning in order to prevent forest fires. Can you say “excess CO2 emissions?” To prevent that, University of Washington chemical engineering professor Daniel Schwartz …came up with what they’re calling a “pyrolysis blanket” that wraps around the pile, causing the waste to smolder into a charcoal-like substance.

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Hospital diagnoses biomass to sooth energy problems

New CHP plant burning wood-chip and clinical waste should halve emissions and energy consumption over 25 years
Business Green
May 23, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new, highly efficient wood-chip burning combined heat and power plant looks set to help two Cambridge hospitals cut their carbon emissions and energy consumption in half. The new plant is part of a renovation to an energy centre that has been supplying Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals with sustainable energy for the last 20 years.

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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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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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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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