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Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Log Driver’s Waltz

National Film Board Of Canada
May 31, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada

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Business & Politics

Top-ranking Fibrek executives, CEO, depart with more than $8.2M payments

Winnipeg Free Press
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Five top-ranking executives from Fibrek, the pulp producer recently acquired by Resolute Forest Products, have departed with more $8.2 million in compensation and retirement payouts. The bulk of the payments went to the former chief executive of Fibrek Inc., Pierre Gabriel Cote, who received $5.1 million in various payments, according to documents filed on SEDAR, the mandatory document filing and retrieval system for Canadian public companies.

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Search on for cause of Northwood boiler breakdown

Prince George Citizen
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recovery boiler at Canfor Pulp’s Northwood Pulpmill will be down for at least two weeks following a breakdown over the weekend. …An inspection of the boiler’s exterior was carried out and an interior search for the cause began Tuesday after the boiler had cooled down enough and scaffolding was erected inside.  “We know what’s damaged on the outside of the boiler,” Dufresne said. “We know that we have some cladding and some structure repair to do on the upper floor and we know we had some damage inside but it’s from what we’ve seen from outside.

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Clark has mishandled Catalyst Paper file

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was no denying the tension in the room this week when Premier Christy Clark sat down with CEO Kevin Clarke of Catalyst Paper, the troubled operator of paper mills in three coastal B.C. communities. The premier and her advisers knew very well that the company blamed the government for failing to act on its slow-motion slide toward bankruptcy. The Catalyst CEO had said as much in a letter sent directly to the premier. …But especially galling for Premier Clark and her advisers as they settled into the meeting with Catalyst on Tuesday, was the way the company’s accusations were on display in embarrassing detail on the front page of that day’s newspaper.

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Pole peeling plant modifications to begin

Campbell River Courier-Islander
May 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Modifications to a controversy-plagued Duncan Bay Road pole-peeling plant should begin this week, city officials said Friday. But the plant’s neighbors showed no signs of letting up on their protests. Their protest at the Strathcona Regional District offices brought a police response last Thursday. The city announced Friday it had approved plans to reduce noise at Northern Pressure Treated Wood, one day after long-awaited and reworked plans for noise-reduction modifications were received by the city. On Friday the city issued both a minor development permit and a building permit to accommodate the modifications to the plant.

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Road washouts force mill to lay off workers

TB\
May 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A local sawmill is the latest casualty of the flooding situation. The Resolute Forest Products lumber mill on the Fort William First Nation has been forced to shut down for at least two days because of road closures in their woodland areas. General manager Luke Drapeau said along with the highway washouts, they’ve also had flooding problems on their bush roads, making it harder to maintain enough inventory for the sawmill. About 75 employees are temporarily laid off, and Drapeau said they are re-evaluating the situation day-to-day.

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Nova Scotia judge extends NewPage creditor protection

Chronicle Herald
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

NewPage Corp. has another two months to work on the sale of its Point Tupper paper mill. Justice John Murphy extended the mill’s creditor protection Thursday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. But the judge expressed concern about possible delays getting a deal done by September. NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. has an agreement with Pacific West Corp., a Vancouver company, to take over the shuttered operation.

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Mill meeting postponed; Dunderdale, Kruger won’t meet until Monday

Western Star
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Wednesday’s much hyped meeting between the province’s premier and the man who controls the destiny of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is on hold. Premier Kathy Dunderdale was supposed to meet with Joseph Kruger, the chief executive officer of Kruger Inc., in St. John’s Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of the mill. However, according to the Office of the Premier, “transportation issues involving Mr. Kruger’s travel to St. John’s” forced a postponement of the meeting until Monday.

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Backup plan for NewPage revealed

May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eight months ago, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean sat down for lunch with the court-appointed monitor handling the sale of the local paper mill. The NewPage Port Hawkesburymill had just filed for creditor protection and monitor Mathew Harris of Ernst & Young in Halifax gave the mayor a primer on what to expect during the sale process. … “From Day 1, he said they would put together a contingency agreement to sell off the assets in case the sale fell through.” A new report by the monitor handling the sale of the Point Tupper mill to Pacific West Commercial Corp. of Vancouver outlines a backup plan to sell off the mill’s assets.

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Backup deal for mill not a major concern from The Cape Breton Post

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Anti-mill group to pay Gunns’ legal costs

ABC Online
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Launceston Magistrate has ordered a pulp mill protest group to pay the legal costs of Tasmanian timber company Gunns. Pulp the Mill had challenged Gunns’ right to build the $2 billion pulp mill, arguing it had not done enough work at the Tamar Valley site to meet the permit conditions. The group applied to have the action withdrawn after the Tasmania Conservation Trust took similar action in the Supreme Court. The application was rejected and Magistrate Tim Hill dismissed the case. In his findings, Magistrate Hill said Gunns was entitled to an order of costs because there was little, if any, evidence to support the case.

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Sawmill jobs ‘safe’ as sale finalised

ABC Local
May 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of the Heyfield sawmill has finally been secured after a contractual dispute was settled this week. Speculation about the sale of the sawmill had been circulating for about 18 months before Tasmanian timber company Gunns announced it had found a buyer. The deal was briefly delayed by a contractual dispute but the operation has now been successfully sold for $28 million to Melbourne-based consortium Australian Sustainable Hardwoods.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cutting edge

Ottawa Citizen
May 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Every new home built and renovation that’s happened in Canada over the last 40 years is made with lumber cut using carbide saw blades. They’re a universal part of the building scene, yet they’re also under-appreciated. This is part of the reason why almost no end users of carbide saw blades know anything about how these things are made. The other reason is intentional obscurity. Tool manufacturers usually keep their industrial processes secret, though not always.

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Vancouver architect and an advocate of wooden skyscrapers, Michael Green makes bid to speak at global conference

Vancouver Sun
May 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver architect with a passion for building wooden skyscrapers will make a bid to become one of the presenters at a major ideas conference in California next year. Michael Green is one of 23 people hoping to secure a place at the TED2013 conference in Long Beach as an official speaker. The TED series of conferences showcases ideas from the world’s most innovative and creative minds. Focused initially on technology, entertainment, and design — the source of the acronym TED — the annual event has since expanded to cover a broad spectrum of contemporary issues from the arts to theology.

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Fire causes $2M in damages to West Carleton banquet hall

Ottawa Sun
May 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The West Carleton banquet hall is a write-off after fire ripped through the main room and caused the roof to collapse early Sunday morning. …The sprawling business looked like it was made of poured concrete, but was actually a light-weight wood-frame construction — covered in foam insulation and spray-on stucco coating. The fire was a difficult one to fight because of the collapsing roof, which meant crews couldn’t get inside. “We took a defensive attack,” said Ottawa Fire spokesman Marc Messier. “It’s typical light frame construction, like most homes, which explains why the roof collapsed so early.”

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OCC Supports Bill 52, Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act

Ontario Chamber of Commerce
May 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) submitted a letter of support for Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli’s private member’s Bill 52, Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act. The OCC recently ratified a policy resolution urging the Government of Ontario to give its full support for the proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code regarding the use of wood in mid-rise construction and calling for the proposed changes to be incorporated in the revised edition of the Ontario Building Code.

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Modern Materials Render Homes Quicker to Burn

WLTX.com
May 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Synthetic carpet, wood veneer or plastic-fiber furniture and polyester drapes are common items in American homes — all materials that evolved from efforts for more environmentally friendly and cost-effective manufacturing. But they are more flammable than organic materials such as cotton and hard wood, which used to make up most contents of the average home. That means structure fires are different than they used to be, burning faster and hotter in most cases, and giving firefighters less time to respond.

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Expert Confirms the Criticism of IKEA’s Russian Logging

By Protect the Forest Sweden
Scoop Independent News
May 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The environmental organization Protect the Forest Sweden has sharply criticized IKEA’s logging in Russian Karelia, but IKEA has replied that it is the interested parties in Karelia that they will listen to. In an interview with Alexander Markovsky from the Karelian environmental organization SPOK, it becomes clear that IKEA is criticized in Russia, too. Protect the Forest has sent a cross-section of a 400-year-old tree from one of IKEA’s clear-cuts to IKEA’s head office in Sweden, along with a copy of the interview and a list of our demands. Alexander Markovsky has a Ph. D. in forest ecology and is the chairman of SPOK, and he confirms Protect the Forest’s statements that IKEA/Swedwood is logging Karelian forests with high conservation value. 

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Forestry

‘Great Bear’s Got Talent’ Contest Launches on Facebook

Winner Receives a Two-Person Trip to the Great Bear Rainforest valued at $6500
Marketwire (press release)
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A new talent contest called ‘Great Bear’s Got Talent’ just launched on Facebook, challenging applicants from British Columbia, Canada and around the world to create the most “artful and stirring homage” to the Great Bear Rainforest The tribute – be it in song, dance, painting, animation, or any other art form – that generates the most Facebook votes, and gets the seal of approval from a team of judges, wins a two-person trip …to Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. “To deliver a stirring tribute, we believe the applicants… will want to see the region safeguarded as much as we do,” said Jens Wieting, forest campaigner with Sierra Club BC

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Canadian Forest Fire Story Compilation

Canadian Newspapers
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Wildfire in Noble Creek area 80 per cent contained

Kamloops Daily News
A fire that sparked in the Noble Creek area near Westsyde Road this afternoon is now 80 per cent contained. Smoke was visible from Kamloops to Rayleigh as it rose above the Noble Creek Forest Service Road off Westsyde Road at around 1:30 p.m. Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to a call of flames in the wood and grass near Dairy Road across the North Thompson River from Rayleigh.


700-hectare Labrador fire has moved off CF base

CBC News
A forest fire continues to burn out of control near Happy Valley-Goose Bay today and has spread beyond the boundaries of the Canadian Forces base where it began, according to provincial firefighting officials.

Timmins residents evacuated from the EAST side of Kenogamissi can go home tomorrow

Timmins Times
Restrictions are easing again for evacuees from Timmins Forest Fire No. 9. The South Porcupine Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will re-open previously evacuated areas, specifically the east side of Kenogamissi Lake at 9:00 am, Thursday. 

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Vancouver should copy New York by turning a downtown viaduct into an elevated park

The Province
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver will lose an incredible opportunity for a world-class attraction if city hall goes ahead with a proposal to destroy the two downtown viaducts. City planners’ favoured plan (vancouver.ca/viaducts) for the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts would see the raised roadways torn down and a 10-hectare park created. But another idea for the viaducts came up repeatedly during the city’s call for ideas from the public — elevated parks similar to New York City’s acclaimed High Line Park.

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Aerial spraying begins against gypsy moths

CBC.ca
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An aerial attack on the European gypsy moth in Winnipeg has begun after a week of weather-related delays. Crews are using a low-flying aircraft to spray Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (BTK), an “organic, biological control product,” according to the city. The moths, which have established themselves in the St. Vital area, are an invasive species and can devastate trees.

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Prime Contractor Management Package – BC Forest Safety Council

BC Forest Safety Council
May 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Forest Safety Council is seeking input from industry as we start to develop a Prime Contractor Management resource package. The intent behind the package is to answer your questions about what your role and responsibilities are when accepting Prime Contractor status.

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Caterpillar infestation the worst seen in decades

Nanaimo Daily News
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo trees are under attack by one of the worst tent caterpillar infestations in recent memory. The evidence is especially noticeable downtown, where the City of Nanaimo sprayed flowering cherry trees over the weekend to protect the trees’ leaves from the ravenous insects in larval form. …The city uses a commercial form of Bacillus thuringiensis, a biological insecticide derived from a soil-dwelling organism, which slowly kills moths after they eat it, but is harmless to other creatures. …A faster acting product contains pyrethrin, a toxin isolated from Chrysanthemums. “The beauty of it is it’s a contact kill, you spray the caterpillars and they fall out of the tree. It’s extremely rewarding,” said Tim Cribdon

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Forestry Professor Mohini Sain part of AUTO21 research group recieving 3.3 million

UoT Faculty of Forestry blog
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO, ON – With the support of new grants, auto research at the University of Toronto is being put in the fast lane. The funds will support a broad range of research, from building cars out of trees and plants to a new training programs that will help drivers learn how to limit their gas consumption. …Forestry Professor Mohini Sain, working with Professor Amar Mohanty at the University of Guelph, is developing hybrid biocomposite materials for use in car manufacturing. Biocomposites use natural fibres, like those derived from trees or plants, to reinforce plastic.

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Southeast History: Alaska’s first wood pulp mill

Editor’s note: This is part one of a series of stories on pulp mills in Alaska.
Capital City Weekly
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wood pulp mills no longer exist in Alaska after the closures of the Alaska Pulp Company in Sitka and Ketchikan Pulp Company, both in the 1990s. However, before these mills were built, a short-lived pulp mill operated in Snettisham Bay south of Juneau. This mill, to make pulp for newsprint, operated for only a few years in the early 1920s. What prompted men to start a company to make paper? During and after World War I, a paper shortage, mostly news print, took place in the United States… That year, a tariff was suggested by Congress that caused newspaper owners to fear prices would continue upward.

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Alaska residents warned about aggressive cow moose

The Seattle Times
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Alaska wildlife biologists are warning about the dangers of moose calving season after several people were injured in the past week by protective cows, including a 6-year-old girl who was stomped by one in her backyard until her father scared it off with a log and a baseball bat.

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Spotted owl proposal needs to face extinction itself

The Trinity Journal
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking to more than double critical habitat designations for the northern spotted owl throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Trinity County, that will mean more than 1.2 million acres set aside for the threatened species. If approved, what will be threatened are rural counties throughout the region. The proposal aims to preserve remaining old growth forest, the owl’s preferred habitat, but claims to allow for more active management, including logging, in some of the protected areas to produce more tree stands. Pardon our skepticism, but doubling the size of critical habitat doesn’t seem to be the recipe for increased resource use…

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Forest wildfire becomes largest in NM history

Charlotte Observer
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday. The erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres, surpassing a blaze last year that burned 156,593 acres in Los Conchas and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear facility.

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Bitterroot pine beetle spraying underway

KPAX-TV
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE- Now that the weather is improving a bit, crews are making up for lost time spraying to prevent pine beetle damage on the Bitterroot National Forest. This is the second year the Forest Service has used selected spraying of a pesticide known as Carbaryl to treat trees and keep them from being infested with mountain pine beetles. Because the process is so expensive it can’t be applied over broad areas of the forest. 

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Local loggers win national award

Branford News
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Live Oak — A Branford logging company that has been in business for more than 80 years, and three generations, was named the 2012 National Outstanding Logger by Forest Resources Association. “We are humbled and honored to be selected for this award,” Benita Byrd said. T.W. Byrd’s Sons Inc. is run by Byrd’s sons, Paul, JW, Earl and Jack, and one daughter, Benita.

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USDA Forest Service Extends Cave and Mine Closures To Protect Bats In Southern Region

LEX18 Lexington KY News
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In response to the continued spread of white-nose syndrome affecting bat species, the USDA Forest Service has renewed an order that closes all caves and abandoned mines on national forest lands in the Southern Region.  Effective May 21, all caves and abandoned mines on national forest lands in 13 southern states, including Kentucky, will remain closed unless posted open. Only rescue efforts and other authorized activities are permitted.

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Can Planting More Trees Reduce Urban Crime Rates?

Care2.com (blog)
May 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Environmental advocates often wax poetic about the power of trees to create a better world, but the effects of a thick tree cover are usually intangible at best. According to a new study published in the June issue of the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, however, there may be a direct correlation between the number of trees in your neighborhood, and how safe you feel there… Although we may have a perception that “bad guys” like to hide behind trees and bushes, waiting to jump out and attack us, the study showed just the opposite.

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Brazil’s Controversial Forest Bill on Hold

Epoch Times
May 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Just weeks ahead of hosting a world forum on sustainable development, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff partially vetoed a controversial forest bill that would loosen environmental responsibility in the Amazon. The bill will now be returned to legislators in a move that local and global environmental groups are greeting with a cold to lukewarm response. “For the last decade, Brazil has been on a path of economic and environmental progress. President Rousseff’s statement … creates an uncertain future for Brazilian forests, considering the Congress could still cut forest protections even further,” said Jim Leape, WWF International director general in a statement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Global carbon market value hits record $176 billion US

Montreal Gazette
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

COLOGNE, Germany — Carbon market trading reached a record value of $176 billion in 2011, rising 11 per cent spurred by secondary trading volumes which offset lower prices and slowing economies, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Companies and governments — including the Province of Quebec — are turning to emissions trading as a tool for fighting climate change, with the European Union by far the most active since its cap-and-trade scheme began in 2005.

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Canadian government steps up work to boost forest biomass returns

Renewable Energy Magazine (press release)
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Government of Canada has announced the awarding of funding to support the development of a network for forest biomass expertise and conversion in Quebec. “By lending its financial support to this network, the Government of Canada is showing proof of its firm commitment to promoting economic growth grounded in innovation,” said Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière.

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Canadian biomass network to boost struggling forestry region

Biomass Power and Thermal
May 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Canadian organization tasked with spurring economic growth in a struggling forestry region in Quebec by promoting biomass-to-energy development has received a financial boost from the Economic Development Agency of Canada. Through a non-repayable funding award of roughly $200,000, the Network of Expertise and Recovery in Forest Biomass will use the money to continue developing an industrial cluster aimed at creating biomass-to-energy startup companies, products or experienced individuals capable of helping the economy…

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Forest Service Releases Common Sense Climate Change Guide

AccuWeather
May 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

To help simplify the complexity of climate change adaptation, the U.S. Forest Service has published a series of questions for land managers working to manage land on a changing landscape. The 21-page report is the first effort by a land management agency to assess climate projections in a way that is accessible for land managers and agency partner organizations. For years, forest managers have relied on existing climate models to make planning decisions. But heavier rainfall, more intense droughts and greater vulnerability to pest attacks mean foresters will need to change their behavior. 

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California’s climate change fight could increase drought risk

Responding to Climate Change
May 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California could intensify its water scarcity problems if it does not address the demand that energy production places on its water resources, according to a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the business leaders initiative 3C (Combat Climate Change). The world’s fifth largest economy and 12th biggest greenhouse gas emitter has an aggressive renewables target of 33% by 2020. However, new research has shown that unless water use is factored into that plan, it could lead to greater water consumption than a high-carbon, business as usual scenario.

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Studies show land rights reform key to saving forests, fighting climate change

Washington Post
May 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SHANGHAI — Ensuring that forest dwellers have rights over their land is vital for slowing the deforestation that may be causing up to a fifth of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a report released Wednesday. The report by the Washington-based NGO Rights and Resources Initiative is aimed at encouraging next month’s U.N. summit in Rio de Janeiro to tackle the politically contentious issue of land reforms.

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Forest industry voices concerns over EU’s views on clear-felling

EU believes clear-felling should be avoided for climate change reasons
Helsingin Sanomat
May 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Industry interest groups as well as the forest owners themselves have expressed their concern over the European Commission’s proposal for the regulation of keeping accounts and operating plans for the use of land and forests. The interest groups fear that at some stage a ban on clearcutting or clear-felling will be added to the regulations. With the regulations, a framework will be created for the measuring of forests’ carbon sinks and leaks. The groups suspect that on the grounds of environmental matters a uniform forest policy will be introduced in the EU. At present, the decisions related to the use of forests are made at national level.

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