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Business & Politics

FPInnovations and CNTA join forces to provide cutting-edge expertise in electric mobility

Canada News Wire press release
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – The Centre National du Transport Avancé and FPInnovations have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at developing Canadian know-how in sustainable ground transportation. Under the agreement, the CNTA and FPInnovations will pool their expertise and resources in order to provide a full range of research, engineering and training services with respect to electric and hybrid mass-transit, freight and personal vehicles.

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Fire at Tolko Mill

No injuries reported yet
Vancouver Sun
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire broke out at the Tolko Mill in Merritt, B.C. shortly before 9 p.m. Firefighters are still at the site, RCMP said.. Const. Brandon Buliziuk at the local detachment said that details were scarce, but safety personnel on-site told him no injuries had been reported. There were crews working when the fire began, just before 9 p.m. Buliziuk said the fire began in the compressor area of the mill, and it was contained to a few rooms in the building. “It’s still standing and there’s no visible damage from the exterior,” Buliziuk said.

Also Merritt mill fire from Castanet.net

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Quebec Sawmill Relaunches With Government Aid

Woodworking Network
June 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PETIT-SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – A Quebec sawmill will resume operations supported by over $1.6 million in loans and grants from local governments. Ten mill workers and 30 forest workers will be hired by Petit-Saguenay Sawmill. A cooperative, Group Valoribois, will use some of the funding for the acquisition of manufacturing equipment to re-launch operations at the Petit-Saguenay sawmill. For operations to resume at the Petit-Saguenay sawmill, which shut down over two years ago,

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Tricon Timber could close without contract compromise (with video)

KPAX-TV
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ST. REGIS- They’ve dropped one by one and now one of just a handful of remaining Montana sawmills is in danger of falling, too. Tricon Timber in Mineral County will have to close if the U.S. Forest Service won’t compromise on their contract. Tricon recognized it can’t afford to complete the helicopter logging it promised in 2003, realizing that it’s just too expensive in today’s economy. Tricon Timber owner Ken Verley said last August, a year before the contract was set to expire, Tricon asked the U.S. Forest Service to renegotiate, and let the company out of the helicopter logging.

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Officials investigating fire at Minn. Verso mill that killed 1 and injured 4

Bangor Daily News
June 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SARTELL, Minn. — At least four investigations continued Wednesday at the Verso Paper mill in the wake of the Memorial Day explosion and fire. While a state fire marshal tries to determine what led to the fire and the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration analyzes how one person was killed and four others were injured, officials from Verso and its insurance company are finally able to access most of the plant — even though some areas are without power. Those last two investigations will be most critical in answering questions about the mill’s future and efforts to put more than 250 people back to work.

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Central European sawmill industry increases production cutbacks

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Representatives of Central European sawmills anticipate that German and Austrian softwood lumber output will fall by an average of 15-20% in June and July compared with the average of years past in the wake of additional production cutbacks. These estimates indicate that this will result in about 0.9-1.0 million m³ of softwood lumber being removed from the market in both countries if the announced production cutbacks are consistently enforced. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fedeli forestry bill passed by committee

The North Bay Nugget
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUEEN’S PARK — Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is extremely pleased that Bill 52, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act, was passed by the Standing Committee of Regulations and Private Bills at the Legislature today. …The bill aims to amend the Ontario Building Code to allow mid-rise wood frame construction up to six storeys instead of the current four storeys. It could create a larger domestic market for wood products which would boost the forestry industry in Northern Ontario, while helping Southern Ontario meet targets for reducing urban sprawl.

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USGBC Delays Vote on Next LEED Rating System Until 2013

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Tuesday it will delay balloting “LEED 2012,” the next-generation rating system of the popular green building guidelines, until June 2013. As a result, USGBC has changed the name of the guidelines to “LEED v4.” 

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The Green Building Initiative Successfully Completes ANSI Audit

Procedures Approved for the Development and Maintenance of Green Building Standards
Green Building Initiative
June 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Portland, OR – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) recently received notification that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) had completed review and approval of the GBI’s revised process for development and maintenance of consensus standards for environmentally preferable design, construction and upkeep of buildings. The GBI is a nonprofit organization that became an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organization in 2005, breaking new ground for the industry by being the first green building organization to publish an ANSI-Accredited Standard for commercial green building.

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Wood Industry Sees Return of ‘Made in America’

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Manufacturing has been on the rise in the U.S., up 5.7 percent in the two years ended December 2011. The wood industry is no exception, with a steady news stream of furniture, cabinetry and other wood products gains, as factories initiate, expand or resume production. …But adding to the trend is a mix of marketing with a dash of patriotic fervor. Efforts like Made in America and Made in USA initiatives, and media attention such as ABC’s “American Made” series, are building consumers’ awareness, coaxing them to seek out domestically produced goods, even if they have to pay a bit more for them.

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Cross Laminated Timber Comes To America And The New York Times Is On It

Tree Hugger
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Architect Alex De Rijk has said ‘If the nineteenth century was the century of steel, and the twentieth the century of concrete, then the twenty-first century is about engineered timber.’ In Europe, they are squeezing out Cross-Laminated Timber like toothpaste; there are five plants in northern Italy alone, building thousands of earthquake-resistant houses. Now Henry Fountain writes about it in the New York Times, noting both the virtues and the problems.

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A Highrise…Made of Eco Timber?

EarthTechling
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In addition to their prowess with rainwater harvesting (and, of course, that whole permaculture thing), Aussies will soon be able to lay claim to another green distinction: the tallest building in the world constructed with using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The high-rise apartment building, slated for Victoria Harbour, Melbourne, will also be shooting for 5 Green Star As Built certification, the Land Down Under’s equivalent of LEED Platinum for New Construction.

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Taylor Guitars buys ebony mill, pitches sustainable wood

The endangered wood is preferred for guitar fingerboards
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Ebony and other exotic woods coveted for building musical instruments are also among the world’s most endangered and protected, a fact highlighted when federal agents raided Gibson Guitar Corp. factories in search of illegally imported materials. Southern California guitar impresario Bob Taylor thinks he has a solution: Buy an ebony mill. “We are living in a time when almost all of the wood species we use in guitars are stressed beyond belief,” said Taylor, who co-founded Taylor Guitars in 1974. 

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Forestry

Senator to Harper Government: Stop ‘Slandering’ Charities

Saskatchewan’s Sen. Bob Peterson sticks up for advocacy by Suzuki Foundation, and the Fraser Institute, too.
The Tyee
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Over the last few weeks the government has been intent on slandering charities and their foreign funders. Ministers have even publicly labelled foreign donors as “radicals,” and the Canadian charities that receive their donations, “money launderers.” As directors of charitable organizations hold their ground, and as the Conservative hit list continues to grow, one has to ask the question that no one seems willing to ask — what about the Fraser Institute? Further, why does the government seem intent on labelling one section of foreign donors as radicals but not another?

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Government must coach forest-industry recovery

Letter to the Editor by Phil Harrison, Comox BC
Victoria Times Colonist
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Re: “Inaction hurts lumber towns,” June 5.
The editorial describes the situation of B.C.’s forest industries very well, as I’m sure many British Columbians will agree. Once world leaders in forest products, some B.C. companies are sinking. The governments of B.C. (NDP and Liberals) have been sitting in the audience, rather than the coach’s box. Catalyst management deserve no bonuses for the huge debt that has failed the company, but employees and communities deserve an innovative solution, not a bailout that guarantees executive compensation, but fair treatment for all in the forestry business.

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Tree planters rebuild land, add fuel to economy

Merritt Herald
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Logging companies now have to hire contractors to replant the forests they harvest, and this is where tree planters lend their hands, backs and joints to help rebuild the landscape now barren after being stripped of its livelihood. Tree planters have lived in Merritt while working nearby since the 1980s, adding fuel to an economy that perhaps needs it now more than ever. But they weren’t always welcomed. …Tree planting is a science to those in the office, but it’s a way of life to the men and women who spend April to June each year living cramped in a Merritt motel for $22 a night, a subsidized price.

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Spruce budworm treatment planned for Cariboo region

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC government press release
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WILLIAMS LAKE — The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat up to 46,000 hectares of forest in the Cariboo to reduce populations of western spruce budworm. The proposed treatment locations are in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and 100 Mile districts, covering approximately 30 sites within a 30-kilometre radius of Williams Lake. …The biological agent Foray 48B will be applied by fixed-wing aircraft on or about the period from June 20 to July 4, 2012, weather permitting.

Also Western Spruce Budworm treatment in Cascades District from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations

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As trees fell in the woods, this B.C. MLA was there to hear it

Globe and Mail
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson was dubbed “Chicken Little” when he raised
concerns about the future of the timber supply in his northern riding
because of the mountain pine beetle….In recent months, the B.C. Liberal government has discovered the sky is indeed falling because of the pine-beetle infestation in British Columbia. Politicians and bureaucrats are now scrambling to find a way to feed mills in the Interior and the north.   …Yet Mr. Simpson isn’t endorsing the government’s attempts to free up more timber to keep those mills open – he says it simply isn’t sustainable.  “Instead of trying to maintain the status quo, the committee should acknowledge the industry is going to downsize,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “It should be going out there asking communities, ‘How can we help?’ ”

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SLS denied Forest Stewardship certification

Cochrane Eagle
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Spray Lake Sawmills’ (SLS) bid to become certified under the seal of the Rainforest Alliance has fallen short…so far. Citing four ‘major’ non-conformance reports (NCR) in SLS’s assessment, … the Rainforest Alliance, indicated that these citations had prevented the logging company from receiving FSC certification ‘at this time.’

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Warmer, drier temperatures increase forest fire hazard

Sault Star
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire hazard is expected to pick up again across Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources reports. The fire danger was significantly reduced last week with cooler temperatures and precipitation across the province, giving MNR firefighters an opportunity to attack large blazes in the Timmins and Kirkland Lake areas. MNR reports the shifting fire hazard became evident Tuesday with four new fire starts in the northwest region.

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Rough start to the forest fire season will be expensive for Ontario

Timmins Times
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Les Carpenter, a contract fire ranger with Outland Reforestation, spears his shovel deep into the blackened mulch that is all that is left of the forest floor. Soot, ash and charred branches are all around. “Oh it’s not over yet,” said Carpenter, referring to Timmins Forest Fire No. 9.  …According to figures provided by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), the fire season in Ontario got off to a roaring start. As of Tuesday evening, there were more than 420 forest fire starts in Ontario compared with less than 200 at this time last year.

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NS adds two big protected wilderness areas

Raven Head and Kelly River bought for $9M
CBC News
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia is setting aside thousands of acres of wilderness to preserve for future generations. The Raven Head and Kelly River wilderness areas, both in Cumberland County, are some of the province’s last great wildernesses. Kelly River contains 50,000 acres and most of the Chignecto Game Sanctuary and Raven Head has 36 kilometres of pristine coastline. Peter Labor of Nova Scotia’s Department of Protected Areas said it was a great deal for the province. …The province paid Wagner Forest Company $9 million for the land. The small logging operations underway will end this fall.

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U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Protection Association And Ad Council Launch National PSA Campaign Encouraging Americans To Adapt And Prepare For Wildland Fires

DigitalJournal.com
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In the midst of wildfire season throughout much of the country, the U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Protection Association and the Ad Council announce the launch of a new public service advertising (PSAs) campaign, Fire Adapted Communities, which aims to help individuals prepare their homes and communities for the threat of wildfire. Created pro bono by advertising agency Draftfcb, this campaign addresses the issue of proactively mitigating wildfire damage in fire-prone communities.

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Sprint Pushes the Envelope to Reduce Paper and Its Environmental Footprint

New Two-in-One Envelope Helps Sprint and Its Customers Preserve the Environment — One Bill at a Time
MarketWatch (press release)
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SAN DIEGO — Today at the Sustainable Brands Conference, Sprint Nextel, named No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, unveiled how it will help change the face of customer invoicing and direct mail with an inventive two-in-one reusable envelope. The new ecoEnvelope(TM) allows customers to receive and remit payment using the same envelope — making bill payment easier, minimizing mail costs, reducing paper use, and lowering environmental impact.

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Forest Service chief outlines tanker crash probe

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALT LAKE CITY — An air tanker that crashed and killed two pilots fighting a wildfire in southern Utah was reduced to fragments that shed few clues about the accident’s cause, federal investigators said Wednesday. “It’s heavily fragmented obviously,” Eckrote said Wednesday. “There was a lot of burn damage to the wreckage.”

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Forest Service Moves to Shore Up Tanker Fleet

KTVZ
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday it is taking actions to maintain its aerial firefighting capability after a series of events that have significantly reduced the number of air tankers available for wildfire suppression over the last year, including an accident last Sunday that tragically resulted in the deaths of two Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. pilots.

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More firefighters on way to Wyoming wildfire

Casper Star-Tribune Online
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday called on more experienced fire managers and crews to fight a wildfire in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast Wyoming. Forest Service spokesman Larry Sandoval said the new fire managers were brought in because the “complexity” of the 3,500-acre fire had increased. The move was “based on staffing capacity with those teams, as well as experience and expertise in dealing with these large fires,” Sandoval said.

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Man hurt in accident at Oroville logging company

Enterprise-Record
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OROVILLE — An unnamed man was rushed by helicopter to a local hospital Tuesday after being pinned by equipment at a small logging company in Oroville. The incident happened around noon Tuesday at Bamford Timber on Commercial Way off Ophir Road. Cal Fire-Butte County spokeswoman MaryAnne Aldrich confirmed the incident today. Aldrich said the fire department received a call at Bamford Timber that an employee was doing maintenance on large equipment when the equipment fell and pinned him.

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Editorial: To save owls, biologists may need a chain saw

Record-Searchlight
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do northern spotted owls, whose legal protection under the Endangered Species Act helped fell the north state’s traditional timber industry in the 1990s, need a little more logging to survive and thrive over the long haul? In the right place and done the right way, the answer is yes, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Collaborating toward forest health, harvest

June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Since last year, representatives from county governments, American Indian tribes, the wood products industry, environmental and conservation groups, and other entities have been meeting to work out differences that might otherwise hold up work on timber projects on the Umatilla National Forest. And, a similar group is taking shape to study issues on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. …“This is the first time a forest collaborative has been formed in Northeast Oregon,” Davidson said.

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Forester John P. “Jack” Sweeley honored

Ukiah Daily Journal
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On May 17 a group of foresters, loggers, two sheriff deputies and other resource professionals gathered along Miller Ridge at 12-mile along the Masonite logging road to honor Jack Sweeley, 85, a long-time advocate of the working forests in Mendocino County. Jack Sweeley has worked as a forester and after retirement in forest security as a reserve officer, he has roamed the forests for 62 years and remembers with clarity locations, place names and landmarks like no other person still alive today

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Lighter winds help in fight against NM wildfire

Helena Independent Record
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Residents and business owners will be allowed to return to the small privately run ghost town of Mogollon on Monday as fire crews battling the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history continued to make progress. The town was evacuated on May 26 as extreme wind fueled the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, now at 377 square miles.

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Govt to table forest peace legislation

ABC Online
June 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Legislation to allow the creation of reserves in Tasmania will be tabled in Parliament even if the forestry peace deal has not been finalised. The Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, has told Budget Estimates the legislation will be introduced before the end of next month.

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UN report warns environment at tipping point

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RIO DE JANEIRO — The earth’s environmental systems “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits,” beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the agency paints a grim picture: The melting of the polar ice caps, desertification in Africa, deforestation of tropical jungles, spiraling use of chemicals and the emptying out of the world’s seas are just some of myriad environmental catastrophes posing a threat to life as we know it.

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Russia firefighters killed in Siberia wildfire in Tuva

BBC News
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At least eight Russian firefighters have died during a wildfire in southern Siberia, forestry officials have said. The eight were part of a team of firefighting parachutists flown in to tackle the fire, the Russian forestry service told Interfax news agency. The blaze took hold in the remote Russian republic of Tuva, which borders Mongolia, and destroyed a total of 500 hectares (1.2m acres). Authorities said they had opened a criminal negligence investigation.

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Log threat on Northland highways

Northern Advocate
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Only two days after logs fell from the trailer of a logging truck on State Highway 1 a motorist saw a log perilously close to breaking free from another trailer just a few kilometres away. The Mangapai resident, who didn’t want to be named, said he was stopped at Oakleigh Service Station when he spotted a truckie looking rather concerned about a log which had nearly worked its way out of a bundle on a rear trailer. The motorist believes it won’t be long before someone is killed by an insecure log.

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Scottish timber harvesting at record high

BBC News
June 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber harvesting in Scotland has reached its highest level on record, according to official figures. Forestry Commission Scotland said 7.5 million cubic metres were harvested in 2011, which was half a million more than the previous year. At the same time, Scotland’s sawmillers produced 7% more sawn timber, with much of it being sent to markets in England. The forestry sector is estimated to contribute £670m a year to the Scottish economy and support about 31,000 jobs. Forestry Commission Scotland said timber prices overall were 2% higher in real terms, and favourable exchange rates were helping businesses boost the home market as imports reduced.

Also Scottish timber industry enjoying boom time in Farming UK

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

All-party climate caucus seeks to ‘educate’ MPs

Ottawa Citizen
June 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Members of an all-party committee of federal politicians believes that “education” is one of their main goals Thursday as they sit through a full day of briefings from 20 different groups on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming and potential solutions to the problem. “We live in a democracy so there’s always going to be a diversity of views around the table and I respect people’s views who differ from mine, but I believe that the evidence is clear, and I think the evidence is mounting,” said Conservative Michael Chong, an Ontario MP who sits on the non-partisan “climate” caucus.

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Gasification may convert mesquite and juniper wood to a usable bioenergy

Eureka! Science News
June 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting at least 10 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist in Vernon. A study using an adiabatic bed gasifier to convert mesquite and redberry juniper species foundin the Southern Great Plains into usable bioenergy gases was conducted.

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General

Va forest advocate wins environmental award

Associated Press
June 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia organizer for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition is being recognized for his leadership in environmental conflict. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia is set to present its 2012 Gerald P. McCarthy Award to Mark Miller on Thursday.

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