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Froggy Foibles

Giant Tree Made of 80 Different Types of Fabric

My Modern Met
May 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Standing 18 meters (or 46 feet) tall, is an awesome new tree sculpture made of 80 different types of fabric. The Baobab Tree, created by Pirate Technics, was inspired by Africa’s baobab tree, which is the oldest living specimen in Africa and has long been a symbol for community. Rings about 16 feet wide were used to build the tree before it was wrapped with fabric. It sits outside the Southbank Centre in London, England.

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Trees stripped of bark to produce hallucinogencic drug

In my community
May 28, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

TREES in the York and Toodyay areas have been stripped of bark used for the suspected production of a powerful hallucinogenic drug known as DMT. WA Police recently warned the public of Dimethyltriptamine (DMT), which has recently become a more common recreational drug. The illegal drug has a fast onset with intense but short-lived hallucinations, and experts are still unsure of what long-term health effects the substance has.

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Business & Politics

In Sino-Forest case, the stakes couldn’t be higher

Globe and Mail
May 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

.. The Sino-Forest scandal cries out for justice. The OSC alleges the company was built on phantom profits and assets, and billions in stock market value is gone… If crimes took place, the Mounties owe it to investors to use all their resources to bring those responsible to justice. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The Sino-Forest scandal has been called “the worst black eye” for Canada’s capital markets since Bre-X Minerals Ltd. Wrong. Sino-Forest trumps Bre-X precisely because it happened after Bre-X.

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Catalyst restructuring rejected, seeks stalking-horse bid

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

…Catalyst CEO Kevin Clarke gave assurances that the sale of assets does not mean the pulp and paper mills it operates in Powell River, Port Alberni and Crofton will be close or sold off separately– only that their ownership will change. “The cluster of mills in B.C. together are much more valuable together than not together,” he said. “I think the fibre basket we have is excellent, the mills are operating well and we have a competitive labour agreement with our employees.” The digital age has taken its toll on pulp and paper makers like Catalyst due to falling demand for paper. Before filing for creditor protection, Catalyst was nearly $1 billion in debt.

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Lumber Exports Showing Growth

Opinion 250 News
May 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- There is good news on lumber exports for B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation , Pat Bell tells Opinion 250, “China is still looking very good. The first quarter figures show we are up. The last month ( March) was a little softer, we were only up 15% and the earlier months were stronger, but we are still, very, very solid.” Bell says there is good news on B.C.’s world wide lumber exports for the first quarter, up 14% over all.

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Evacuation at Northwood Pulpmill

Opinion 250 News
May 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A tube leak in a recovery boiler at Canfor’s Northwood Pulpmill this evening caused the evacuation of 60 employees from the mill. General Manager Robert Dufresne says the leak was discovered around 6:30 this evening, and normal procedure called for the boiler to be drained. “It was felt to be prudent to evacuate the mill during that process.” All workers were back on the job by 8:30 this evening.

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COMMENTARY: It’s time to judge forest policy by its result, not by its intent

The Register-Guard
May 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Failed federal policies implemented by unelected agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management during the past 30 to 40 years remind me of a quote from the late economist Milton Friedman: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” The Northwest Forest Plan enacted by President Clinton in 1994 may have had good intentions, but it has failed catastrophically. According to Forest Service records, the volume of timber harvested on Forest Service lands declined from a peak in 1987 of 12.7 billion board feet to 4.8 billion board feet in 1994. 

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China agrees to trial period for importing South Carolina logs

Charleston Post Courier
May 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A ban by China on imported South Carolina- and Virginia-grown logs is close to ending now that a small delegation of Chinese authorities has visited the two states.  The South Carolina Forestry Commission organized a recent meeting, partnering with ports officials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state forest industry. The result is a six-month trial period for South Carolina and Virginia logs, commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said.

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International Paper readies for reopening of mill in Franklin

Lynchburg News and Advance
May 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN — Steam is rising again from a converted International Paper pulp mill in Franklin in preparation for next month’s opening. International Paper closed the paper mill in 2010, idling more than 1,000 workers. The company announced in May 2011 that it would spend $83 million to convert part of the mill to produce fluff pulp. Fluff pulp is used in diapers and other absorbent materials. The new plant is expected to employ more than 200 workers.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete Walls Equal Canadian Success

Business Review Canada
May 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In the construction sector, one of the shining stars for responsible practices is a company that champions concrete to replace wood walls. Industry specialists tell us that this all-Canadian Nudura system of pre-assembled, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is a true win-win-win: homeowners get comfort and cost-reduction; builders get speed and efficiency on the job; and the environment gets to keep far more trees. Indeed, with so many advantages, many say that concrete should have been the standard wall-building method a long time ago.

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Pallet standards changing

US wants south-bound wood containers to be heat-treated
Canadian Manufacturing
May 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

What is potentially the next US-Canada trade dispute has nothing to do with the goods being transported across the border. Instead, its focus is the pallets used to ship the goods. According to Bill Eggertson, the executive director of the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association, Canadian companies had better start preparing now for a change in regulations, even if the US agency involved in setting the rules is behind schedule in releasing its findings. In order to prevent the spread of insects, international regulations state that wood pallets need to be treated, either by kiln drying or by fumigation, before they can cross international borders.

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A craftsman builds bigger – and builds a brand

Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Christian Woo is more than a furniture designer with a cool name that’s become a brand.  While he’s a recognized name among high-end furniture design, the woodworker has recently taken his career to the next level, designing and building entire kitchens, built-ins, and millwork for homes, top to bottom. ….Mr. Woo discovered that to get the best cuts of wood, he’d have to import directly from the eastern United States. He also discovered that cutting boards are an efficient way to utilize off-cuts, and they make a nice gift for clients who’ve commissioned big projects.

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12×12 Designers Transform Reclaimed NYC Lumber Into Fresh Modern Furnishings

Inhabitat
May 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

At this year’s Wanted Design show during New York Design Week 12 contemporary designers unveiled 12 fresh new designs made entirely of lumber reclaimed from blighted New York City buildings! Dubbed 12 x 12, the exhibition features a chair made from a Park Avenue water tank, a desk made of wood salvaged from the Brooklyn Bridge, a coffee table made from Coney Island boardwalk planks, and a bar cart made of old wood casks from a distillery in Flushing.

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‘Unzipped’ carbon nanotubes could help energize fuel cells and batteries

Nanowerk LLC
May 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes riddled with defects and impurities on the outside could replace some of the expensive platinum catalysts used in fuel cells and metal-air batteries, according to scientists at Stanford University. Their findings are published in the May 27 online edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology (“An oxygen reduction electrocatalyst based on carbon nanotube–graphene complexes”). “Platinum is very expensive and thus impractical for large-scale commercialization,” said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford and co-author of the study. “Developing a low-cost alternative has been a major research goal for several decades.”

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Back Wood First, trade urged

Timber Trades Journal
May 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood for Good’s Wood First campaign needs grass roots backing to broaden its impact and help achieve its aim of persuading government and business to give preference to timber over other construction materials. That was the message of Wood for Good head of external affairs David Hopkins, speaking to the Hants and Dorset Timber Trade Association annual dinner in Bournemouth.

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Plastic pallets have green advantages – ExtruWood

Bizcommunity.com
May 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Many solutions have been explored over the years to find environmentally sound ways of producing industrial pallets. …A number of factors come into play when comparing plastic to wooden pallets. Plastic pallets are 100% recyclable. In theory, plastic pallets need never end up in the landfill that it originated from as plastic bottle caps and other high-density polyethylene containers. Conversely, wooden pallets have a much shorter life span, damage and warp easily, and the production puts immense pressure on our country’s wood reserves.

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Saving Paper With “Unprinting” Technology

ThomasNet Industrial News Room
May 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Now, engineers at the University of Cambridge’s Low Carbon Materials Processing Group may be finally on to something significant. The group has developed an “unprinting” process that literally lifts the ink off printed paper, rendering it back to nearly the same condition it was in prior to printing. Though the Cambridge group isn’t the first to tinker with the “unprinting” process, they are the first to find a way to do so without damaging or discoloring the paper during the process. Moreover, their technology doesn’t require specially formulated toner or paper. The study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society this month.

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Forestry

Aboriginal Forestry Award Up for Grabs

HQPrinceGeorge.com
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations are offering a new skills award for Aboriginal youth. The $2500 award is designed to encourage young Aboriginals to enter the forestry sector. Forest Products Association Chief Biologist Andrew Devries says the award is open for First Nations Youth 18-25 years old who are already enrolled in an apprenticeship program.

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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Globe and Mail
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In Japan, they call it shinrin-yoku – literally, “forest bathing.” Here, we might just call it a walk in the park… The question is: Why? Scientists have advanced a wide range of theories about the specific physical and mental benefits nature can provide, ranging from clean air and lack of noise pollution to the apparent immune-boosting effects of a fine mist of “wood essential oils.” But the most powerful benefits, a new study suggests, may result from the way trees and birds and sunsets gently tug – but never grab – at our attention.

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Alberta sends teams of firefighters to help Quebec battle raging wildfires

Calgary Herald
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta will assign more than 40 forest firefighters to Quebec to help battle raging wildfires burning out of control. The announcement from the province of Alberta Friday follows a similar move in British Columbia, where the government said it will send another 192 wildfire specialists to help contain fire damage, on top of B.C.’s previously announced commitment of 210 firefighters. 

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McGuinty calls on Ottawa to help him open up the North

Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is pledging to work closely with the federal government on its controversial overhaul of environmental assessments as he calls on Ottawa to play an active role in exploiting the untapped potential of the Ring of Fire. …“Mining and forestry have been the bedrocks of the Northern Ontario economy for more than a century,” Mr. Oliver said in an e-mail response to The Globe. “Our government recognizes the importance of the mining industry and the significant role it plays in providing good jobs for Canadians.”

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Crews still fighting central Labrador fire

CBC News
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire crews and water bombers have been working all night trying to bring a forest fire near Happy Valley-Goose Bay under control. …“The winds have died down considerably. Yesterday we still had high winds and even last night the winds were still high but I think the biggest part was that the temperature dropped considerably,” he said Sunday. …The fire flared up around midnight Friday and then again early Saturday morning but continued to move away from residential areas all day Saturday.

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State of emergency declared in Timmins as forest fire rages

Canadian Press
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Officials in Timmins in northern Ontario have declared a state of emergency as a wildfire that has been burning for days continues to grow. Billowing smoke and ash have the city of 43,000 on high alert and have prompted evacuations in the communities of Hydro Bay, Kamiskotia Highway and Cooks Lake. That’s in addition to an evacuation order for the nearby Mattagami First Nation that saw 118 residents relocate to Kapuskasing on Wednesday.

From the Timmins Times
Timmins Fire No.9 ‘one of the worst’ says veteran fire boss
From the Timmins Times
Helicopters play urgent role in fighting Timmins Fire No. 9
From the Tyee – May 26
Change in weather bolsters efforts to douse massive forest fire in Timmins

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Ohio prepares for new wave of tree-killing beetle

Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CINCINNATI — State agriculture officials are preparing for a new wave of tree-killing beetles that have infested southwest Ohio and other areas of the country to re-emerge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service predicts that Asian longhorned beetles, which have been feeding for much of the past year under the bark of trees, are about to emerge again in Clermont County east of Cincinnati. State agriculture officials say they are taking added precautions, including requiring trucks to be covered with tarps when hauling infested trees.

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Colorado: More logging along forest roads this summer

Summit County Citizens Voice
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY —The early snowmelt in Colorado means timber crews are already hard at work trying to minimize the threat of falling trees along trails and roads. According to the U.S. Forest Service, this means that hikers, cyclists and motorists can expect occasional delays while trees are felled across roads and trails. …There are no plans to close these affected trails or roads to public use, however delays should be expected until the work is complete.

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Bark beetles take bite out of air quality, study says

Grand Junction Sentinel
May 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It appears that bark beetles are attacking more than just the trees. Research conducted outside Steamboat Springs has found that the beetles that have decimated pine and spruce forests throughout the western United States have also inadvertently contributed to the air quality problems that plague much of the region. Lodgepole pines infested with bark beetles can release 5 to 20 times the amount of gases that can contribute to haze and airborne particulate matter than non-infested trees, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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New Mexico wildfire spreads smoke across state

Helena Independent Record
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are battling a massive wildfire in southwestern New Mexico that has destroyed a dozen cabins and spread smoke across the state, prompting holiday weekend air-quality warnings. …More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that resulted from the merger earlier this week of two lightning-sparked fires. Fire officials say nearly all of the growth has come in recent days due to relentless winds.

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US Forest Service approves jet retardant bomber

Billings Gazette
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Neptune Aviation has had to retire one of its older planes, but won permission to put its newest firefighting jet into service this season. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Jennifer Jones said Neptune’s BAe-146 jet tanker received a contract to fly starting Saturday through Oct. 5. Neptune has spent several years preparing the jet as its next-generation aircraft for dropping retardant on forest fires. The BAe Tanker 40 received an interim contract for active duty last fall.

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Winds in NM fire force evacuation of ghost town

OregonLive.com
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents near a privately owned New Mexico ghost town were ordered Saturday to evacuate as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically, as Colorado crews took to fighting a new fire along the Utah-Colorado border.

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Logging trucks coming soon in Ashland

Watershed project starts in June; 4-5 trucks to exit through the city each day
Ashland Daily Tidings
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Log trucks will begin hauling timber from the Ashland Watershed’s Horn Gap area and exiting the city through downtown starting in mid-June. Four to five trucks will drive the route each day for about a month supporting a commercial thinning project west of Forest Service Road 2060, said Chris Chambers, Ashland Fire & Rescue’s forest resource specialist. The project was set to be awarded late Friday or early next week, said Chambers.

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Beetle-killed trees blamed in BC mill explosions

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The mountain pine beetle epidemic worrying Montana’s timber industry has literally turned explosive in Canada. Extra-dry sawdust from milling beetle-killed logs is the prime suspect in two fatal British Columbia sawmill explosions this year. Mills there now face whopping insurance rate increases, prompting at least one closure last month. And that’s on top of B.C. governmental predictions that beetle-killed timber may soon become unharvestable, eliminating upward of 14,000 jobs in the next five years. It makes the epidemic in Colorado and Wyoming pale in comparison,” said Bob Gray, a fire ecologist and consultant in Chilliwack, B.C.

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Healthy-forest efforts will uplift Arizona

Arizona Republic
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

One of the major problems facing Arizona is the degraded condition of the forests that leads to catastrophic fires like those burning throughout the state today. Conditions in southwestern forests have turned deadly — overgrown and overdry. And every year about this time, we wait nervously for the first signs of fire and only hope we don’t witness another Rodeo-Chediski or Wallow conflagration. These concerns are tied to even larger issues beyond Arizona. As a nation, we face the dual challenges of a struggling economy and a rising demand for viable alternative-energy sources.

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Enso creates new Greenpeace campaign

Design Week
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Consultancy ENSO has designed the Greenpeace KFC: No Good for Rainforests! Campaign. The campaign is targeted against the brand’s alleged use of packaging made using stock from Asia Pulp and Paper, a packaging supplier that Greenpeace says has been exposed as using illegal timber and wood from Indonesia’s rainforests, home to the endangered Sumatran tiger.

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Fast-moving wildfire in Mich. burns 17000 acres

Associated Press
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A fast-moving wildfire fed by dry conditions in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula continued to burn Friday, consuming 17,000 acres and prompting evacuations of homes and sections of a state park, officials said. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the blaze it’s calling the Duck Lake Fire was in an area of Luce County north of Newberry that includes Lake Superior State Forest land. It was detected Wednesday after a lightning strike and intensified Thursday, scorching the tops of jack pine trees as flames hurtled northward.

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Beetles will re-emerge soon

Cincinnati.com
May 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TATE TWP. — They’ve been feeding under the bark of untold numbers of trees for much of the past year. Now, a new wave of Asian longhorned beetles is about to emerge. So says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which bases its prediction on accumulated “degree days,” a measurement tied to daily temperatures. Insects, like plants, develop faster in warm years. “We expect that the population levels should be drastically reduced from last year because we have removed over 7,000 (infested) trees,” said Christine Markham, national director of the USDA’s Asian longhorned beetle program.

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Brazil’s leader vetoes portions of new forest law

Associated Press
May 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a line-item veto Friday to send back parts of a congressional bill that loosened the nation’s benchmark law protecting the Amazon rainforest – a veto the government said would prevent increased deforestation. Environmentalists were not satisfied because they had called for a veto of the entire bill, known as the Forest Code, saying any weakening of the law would put the world’s largest rainforest at risk. …Rousseff long indicated she wanted a bill that was less rigorous for smaller, poor farmers and ranchers in the Amazon and elsewhere.

Also carried by
Brazil President Rousseff vetoes parts of forest law” at BBC News
Brazil’s Rousseff vetoes key clauses of land laws at Reuters
Brazil’s president vetoes parts of polarizing Forest Code at CNN News

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Lashing Out at Greenpeace, APP Defends Its Logging

Jakarta Globe
May 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the world’s largest paper companies, accused Greenpeace on Thursday of misleading the public about mixed tropical hardwood. APP was responding to the latest report by Greenpeace entitled “Junking the Jungle,” which found that samples of the fast-food chain KFC’s food containers contained mixed tropical hardwood as their main hardwood component. …Responding to this, APP said in a statement sent to the Jakarta Globe on Thursday: “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.”

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Minister rules out ‘big redundancy’ payout for Forestry

ABC Online
May 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It has been revealed Tasmanian taxpayers may have to buy out forestry contracts that were only renewed last year. Greens MP Kim Booth told a budget estimates hearing that there was only one 15-year eucalypt sawlog contracts in place in June last year. He asked Resources Minister Bryan Green to explain why there were another 12 15-year contracts by the end of the year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuel Steam Locomotive Tomorrow’s Cleaner Mass Transit?

EarthTechling
May 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Can an old, restored steam locomotive be the harbinger for a new era in cleaner train travel? That’s what a Minnesota based collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI) are betting on, unveiling plans via their new Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) for a biofuel powered, carbon-neutral locomotive.

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New RASLRES BioEnergy Tool launched

Leitrim Observer
May 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last Friday, May 18 members of Leitrim County Council were part of the launch of the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool, by the Minister for the Environment, Mr. Phil Hogan… It is an online service which has been developed to stimulate key bioenergy markets, initially in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden… The Tool has been designed as a user-friendly way for local people and businesses – be they farmers, foresters, policy makers, users of bioenergy or the general public – to access information about bioenergy use, supply and policy in their region.

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