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Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Froggy Foibles

A Natural Gallery exploring the fundamental material of wood

London Royal Botanical Gardens
Culture24
June 12, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

London — Visitors searching for a theme prior to visiting this exhibition need look no further than its subtitle. A Natural Gallery points unambiguously to David Nash’s love of wood and other organic forms and his willingness to let nature dictate the direction of his work.  

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Updates Status of Dissolving Pulp Production

MarketWatch (press release)
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

VANCOUVER — Fortress Paper is pleased to announce that it has ramped up production of dissolving pulp at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill to an average of approximately 92% of final targeted capacity during the last 10 days and have averaged approximately 83% over the last 4 weeks. The mill commenced production of dissolving pulp at the end of 2011 and has been steadily improving its production efficiency and technical capabilities. 

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Analysis shows mill can be viable: Byrne

Everyone should be involved in problem solving: MP
Western Star
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — The city’s paper mill can be extremely viable and Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte MP Gerry Byrne has the numbers to prove it. Approximately 300 people showed up at the Pepsi Centre to hear Byrnes presentation on a viability report he commissioned from an American company on the state of the city’s paper mill.

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Hundreds at MP’s Corner Brook mill meeting

Premier criticizes MP for ‘wading into’ debate on future of Kruger-owned newsprint mill
CBC News
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hundreds of people were at a meeting in Corner Brook Sunday night to hear MP Gerry Byrne’s analysis of the viability of the city’s paper mill.  It came as talks to save the facility continue between Kruger and the unions representing its workers continue. “There is concern. There’s also hope,” said Byrne, discussing an analysis from a pulp and paper industry consulting company, Fisher International.

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Premier says Corner Brook Pulp and Paper not sustainable in present form

The Western Star
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S — Premier Kathy Dunderdale is questioning the value of a presentation made Sunday evening by Humber MP Gerry Byrne concerning the viability of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper. “I think the timing is not good,” said the premier. “We have been watching this plant in Corner Brook for over five years, and it hasn’t made money in a long time. Not only has it not made money in a long time, it’s lost tens of millions of dollars.”

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Bank of America Announces New $50 Billion Environmental Business Initiative

Company to Exceed Current $20 Billion Goal by End of 2012; Sets New Internal Environmental Goals
MarketWatch (press release)
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bank of America today announced a new 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal to help address climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon economic solutions. The company also introduced significant new goals to reduce the environmental impact of its own operations… Today, Bank of America also announced new operational goals it plans to achieve by 2015: 

— Paper sourced entirely from certified forests
— 20 percent LEEDcertification within its corporate workplace portfolio

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US House Committee OKs Bill to Amend Lacey Act

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, by a vote of 25-19 on Thursday, approved an amendment to the Lacey Act that would eliminate penalties for people who unknowingly possess illegal woods and lower penalties for first offenses. The bill, known as the RELIEF Act, now moves to the full House for consideration… Environmentalists and certain business groups—including the Hardwood Federation, of which the NWFA is a part—oppose the amendment, saying it would gut the Lacey Act. 

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McKenna releases list of Democratic endorsements

The Seattle Times
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

State Auditor Brian Sonntag tops the list of Democrats who announced their support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna Monday. Sonntag, who is leaving office at the end of his term, was joined by a dozen other Democrats, including state Sen. Tim Sheldon, of Potlach, former state Sen. Mark Doumit and former Metropolitan King County Council member Maggi Fimia. …Doumit is executive director of the Washington Forest Protection Association, which represents forest landowners and timber companies in the state.

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Canadian mill fire reaping Oregon rewards

Oregon Natural Resources Report
June 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Spring stud prices popped, and unsold home inventory is the lowest in 5 years. Construction Starts and Permits are remaining above 700,000. Four-year trends of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below… But the best news is the stud price, with a one-month gain of $63.00 per Thousand board feet. Several factors – including low retail inventories, low interest rates, continued stronger housing demand, and a major Canadian stud mill fire in April – all contributed. Local mills in Southern Oregon have responded cautiously, adding hours, but not shifts, in general.

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U.S. House members question delay in resolving forestry funding issue

Gadsden Times
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A majority of Alabama’s U.S. House delegation has asked U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack why it’s taking so long to resolve a funding issue that is affecting the Alabama Forestry Commission. Five of seven members of Congress wrote Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell on May 29 asking about the status of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General audit submitted to the Alabama Forestry Commission in November.

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The global sawlog price index in the 1Q/12 was down almost nine percent from early 2011

CisionWire (press release)
June 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Prices for sawlogs fell in virtually all twenty countries covered by the Wood Resource Quarterly, both in local currencies as well as in US dollars. This resulted in the third consecutive quarterly decline of the Global Sawlog Price Index to US$85.90/m3. Lower demand for lumber in many markets in Europe and reduced log imports to China were two major factors that pushed softwood log prices downward in the first quarter. In US dollar terms, prices fell the most in the Nordic countries, Coastal British Columbia, Poland, Germany and Austria.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Recyclable Material Usable in Home

Green Building Elements
June 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The past decade has seen a significant rise in the amount of people practicinWood is the most popular use of recycled material usable in home… Most often this comes in the form of salvaged lumber, which is reclaimed during demolitions… Recycled lumber means that fewer trees have to be cut down for new home construction. Furthermore, by using lumber we’ve already harnessed and crafted, less work has to be done and less energy is expended… Recycled paper also has its role to play as a green material in the home.

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Subbing out poles to begin Monday

The 90-mile-long BPA power line is only three years younger than the Bonneville Dam itself
The Register-Guard
June 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A power line dating back to 1940 will get a $15.9 million rebuild beginning Monday with the start of a two-year project to replace wooden utility poles between Junction City and Albany. The Bonneville Power Administration will upgrade the 90-mile section with about 700 new wooden poles, and clear more than 6,300 trees that officials say could pose a danger to the transmission line.

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Fire burns in 4 Worcester buildings, 1 collapses

WHDH-TV
June 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WORCESTER, Mass — A massive fire burned in four Worcester homes Tuesday morning, tearing one of them to the ground and sending residents fleeing for their lives. “I couldn’t believe it,” one resident said. “The flame was way beyond, like above the trees.”The fire broke out in a vacant building at 26 Merrick Street just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. The wood frame building was being renovated and collapsed as a result of the blaze.

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Forestry

Old-growth protection in place, but faces challenges

BC Forest Practices Board press release
June 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An investigation into the state of old-growth forest retention in the province has concluded that, while old growth retention objectives are being implemented, government needs to track retention areas, and evaluate whether or not they are actually effective in protecting biodiversity. The report, released today, notes that government and the forest industry have invested significant resources into identifying old-growth forest for retention since the mid-1990s. Over 55,000 old-growth management areas have been identified, covering nearly four million hectares of forest.

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Board to audit forestry operations in Central Cariboo District

BC Forest Practices Board press release
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Amabilis Contracting Ltd., a part of the Pioneer Family Timber Partnership, on Forest Licence A79575, starting June 18, 2012. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. Harvesting is aimed at salvaging mountain pine beetle-infested timber. Communities near the audit areas include the Village of Horsefly and the City of Williams Lake.

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Forest fire hazard remains high in Sault area and elsewhere

Forest fire situation update
SooToday.com
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Over the course of the past weekend, crews in the Northeast responded to four new fires, as well as continued efforts on existing fires. The new fires occurred in the areas of Cochrane, Hearst, Kirkland Lake and Sudbury… Suppression efforts continue on existing fires. Timmins 9 continues to be scanned using an infrared unit.

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Grassy Narrows needs justice

Mercury contamination is a human-rights issue, write Alex Neve, Maude Barlow and Angus Toulouse.
Canadian Press
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. Between 1962 and 1970, a pulp and paper mill in Dryden, Ont., released more than nine metric tons of untreated inorganic mercury into the English and Wabigoon rivers in northwestern Ontario. The poisoning of the rivers had a devastating impact on the First Nations who lived off these rivers and lakes. Fifty years after it began, these same communities are still paying the price.

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Forest science student wins national lumberjack championship

Penn State Live
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A senior forest science major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences won the STIHL Collegiate Timbersports Championship, held June 1-3 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year marked the third consecutive year that Tim Benedict, of Pittsfield, Pa., competed in the national finals against five other regional qualifiers in four events: the chainsaw competition, the single buck event, the underhand chop and the standing block chop.

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As the Earth warms, forest floors add greenhouse gases to the air

Washington Post
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Huge amounts of carbon trapped in the soils of U.S. forests will be released into the air as the planet heats up, contributing to a “vicious cycle” that could accelerate climate change, a new study concluded. “As the Earth warms, there will be more carbon released from soils, and that will make the Earth warm even faster,” said Eric Davidson, who studies soil carbon at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts but was not involved in the new study.

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Retention forestry now sparing trees and benefitting biodiversity worldwide

EurekAlert (press release)
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A worldwide assessment finds that sparing some trees during harvesting is reducing conflicts between conservation and production in all major terrestrial biomes… The study, by an international group of researchers headed by Lena Gustafsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, concludes that the practice can complement reserve-based conservation in landscapes with widely varying histories, by preserving the complexity associated with natural forests. This contrasts with the ecological simplification that usually results from traditional industrial forest management.

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Forest Service hires more air tankers for fires

The Associated Press
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLVUE, Colo. — Massive wildfires in drought-parched Colorado and New Mexico tested the resources of state and federal crews Monday and underscored the need to replenish an aging U.S. aerial firefighting fleet needed to combat a year-round fire season. Wyoming diverted personnel and aircraft from two fires there to help with a 64-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado. Canada also lent two aerial bombers to fight the Colorado blaze following the recent crash of a U.S. tanker in Utah. 

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Progress on forests comes through cooperation

by BRIAN SYBERT
The Missoulian
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the Missoulian, on May 30, Michael Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies compared several local timber companies to Nazis and compared Montanans who partner with them to Nazi collaborators. As extreme as his views may be, he’s done a public service by clarifying how he truly feels about Montanans who are working together to better manage our forests. Some of his scorn was heaped on the Montana Wilderness Association, the Wilderness Society and other mainstream conservation organizations. And no wonder: We take an entirely different approach. We don’t see Montana as a place where good and evil fight each other for dominance.

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Study: Prescribed Fires Pose Little Danger to Forest Ecology

FireEngineering.com
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fighting fire with fire has been given the green light by a new study of techniques used to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. And with a rise in wildfires predicted in many parts of the country, researchers say controlled burns and other treatments to manage this risk should be stepped up. The paper… synthesizes 20 years of research throughout the country on the ecological impact of reducing forest wildfire risk through controlled burns and tree thinning. It comes as California braces for a potentially bad fire season.

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Arctic tundra transforming into forest much quicker than expected

Alaska Dispatch
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rising summer temperatures have triggered an arboreal facelift across a vast swath of Eurasian tundra, transforming patches of Arctic prairie into forest much faster than scientists ever thought possible. Instead of trees slowly invading from the south over the course of centuries, stands of existing dwarf willows and alders have responded to the changing climate on their own — growing up and branching out into groves of small trees during mere decades, according to a new detailed analysis published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Colorado, New Mexico fires out of control as Forest Service adds air tankers to fight blazes

Associated Press
June 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLVUE, Colo. – Massive wildfires in drought-parched Colorado and New Mexico tested the resources of state and federal crews Monday and underscored the need to replenish an aging U.S. aerial firefighting fleet needed to combat a year-round fire season. … Two more air tankers were being activated in California. The announcement came after Colorado’s U.S. House delegation demanded that the agency deploy more resources to the fire, which was totally uncontained and has forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes.

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Climate change-resilient landscapes identified in Va., W.Va.

WSLS
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Vast national forest areas and scattered pockets of undeveloped lands in in West Virginia and Virginia are among the regions that would be resilient to drought, rising temperatures and other threats associated with climate change, according to a study released today by The Nature Conservancy. The study identifies “strongholds” that could provide habitat to a variety of plants and animals under the extreme climate change predicted by many scientists. They also would be sources of clean drinking water and other resources for human populations.

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Nitrogen air pollution affects atmosphere, forests, water

Great Lakes Echo
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With every gas-powered car and every traditional wastewater treatment plant, a little nitrogen pollution gets released into the atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean it stays there. Nitrogen pollution in the atmosphere affects how forests grow. “The extra nitrogen we’ve been adding has slowed the decay of sugar maple leaf litter, and that’s caused the forest floor to build up and get thicker,” said Donald Zak, a professor at the University of Michigan. A thicker forest floor can be a good and bad thing. It can store more carbon from the atmosphere, but can also lead to runoff, biodiversity loss and fewer tree seedlings.

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Brazil’s blueprint for reforestation

Ahead of the Rio+20 sustainable development talks Jonathan Watts visits a tree planting scheme that aims to restore millions of hectares of forest to land scarred by logging and extraction
The UK Guardian
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…By 2008, there was almost nothing left to extract. The hills were stripped bare, the rivers dry and the soil degraded. Local people were left in poverty. Many moved to Rio to find work. But now they are returning because Miguel Pereira is once again frontier territory and is being held up as a model in a new global campaign to revitalise 150 million hectares – six times the area of the UK – of degraded land around the planet by 2020. The success story at Miguel Pereira will also be food for thought for ministers and heads of state from around the globe attending the Rio+20 summit next week on sustainable development.

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Fight for a Forest – and Democracy – in Russia

Public News Service
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Activists fighting to save an old-growth forest near Moscow say they’re facing a breakdown of Russian democracy, and their supporters on this side of the ocean agree. With Vladimir Putin once again the Russian president, they say construction has resumed on an illegal road through the Khimki forest. The activists say road opponents, and even reporters, have faced arrests or life-threatening beatings. Mikhail Matveev says his group has been part of the anti-Putin rallies that have drawn thousands.

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Campaign For World’s Largest Forest Restoration Initiative

Scoop Independent News
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“Plant a Pledge” campaign calls on public to urge global leaders to meet 150 million hectare restoration target. Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Airbus launched today “Plant a Pledge” – an online campaign to mobilise public support for the largest restoration initiative in history. The 150 million hectare target is known as the Bonn Challenge, after ministers and CEOs met last year in Germany to issue an urgent rallying cry to the global community.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

A Call to Face the Challenges of Our Time

Tzeporah Berman presents her journey to write This Crazy Time at Social Change Institute?
Axiom News
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The co-founder of Forest Ethics and a campaigner against the Northern Gateway pipeline presented her journey to author a new book This Crazy Time at Social Change Institute June 9. The book is the culmination of Tzeporah’s inquiries and reflections after taking part in the Copenhagen climate change debates, where she met Liberia’s chief negotiator.

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Coast Guard prepares for switch to pellets

KCAW
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S. Coast Guard air station in Sitka is abandoning oil as a heat source. Work will start soon on a new heating system that uses wood pellets instead of oil. It’s part of an effort to make the Coast Guard more energy efficient… They say the technology is tried and true, easy to deal with and relatively easy to obtain. So why would the Coast Guard switch to wood pellets? “Simple answer: money,” says Bob Deering, the environmental and engineering manager for the Coast Guard’s civil engineering unit in Juneau.

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Saving the rainforest — and making money off of it

Washington Post
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

ONE OF THE GREATEST weapons against climate change sits on vast tracts of undeveloped Brazilian land. The country is home to nearly half of Earth’s rainforests, gobbling up 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year — a third of the United States’ 2010 greenhouse gas output. Maintaining, and expanding, what the Economist aptly termed “the world’s lungs” will be essential to fighting global warming, not to mention preserving biological diversity and water systems.

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Climate change will boost number of US West’s wildfires

Reuters
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Climate change will make U.S. western wildfires, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported on Tuesday. More broadly, almost all of North America and most of Europe will see wildfires more often by the year 2100, the scientists wrote in the journal Ecosphere, a publication of the Ecological Society of America.

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Southeast may be headed toward tipping point with carbon footprint: researchers

Phys.Org
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In a paper published recently in the journal Ecosystems, a team led by Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences researchers found that the southeast region of the United States could be close to a turning point in terms of its carbon footprint… Tian, the Alumni and Solon Dixon Professor in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, developed a computer model that makes it possible to understand the intricate ways that climate change, atmospheric carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen and land use changes work together. 

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Helius Energy to start public consultations on plans for power plant at Southampton docks

Daily Echo
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A SERIES of five public exhibitions on proposals for a controversial new £300m power plant at Southampton docks begins today. Proposals for the 100-mega-watt energy station in the eastern docks have been met with stiff opposition from many residents and city politicians of all parties. However developers Helius Energy hope to win support for revised plans by meeting the public face to face to explain the scheme in detail.

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Virtual carbon tree illustrates carbon sequestration

Universitas Helsingiensis
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

… About half of the annual photosynthetic production of a tree is used for new growth, while the other half is consumed in the tree’s vital functions, where carbon dioxide is released back into the atmosphere through cellular respiration… In June and July, the Think Corner of the University of Helsinki will house an interactive carbon tree. Visitors can experiment with how changes in the amount of light, the temperature, and the atmospheric CO2 content affect the tree’s carbon sequestration capacity. 

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Forestry sector gets serious about new bio products from wood

Radio New Zealand
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Bioenergy Association says the forestry sector is getting far more serious about the potential for extracting high value chemicals, biofuels and other new products from wood.
Forest industry umbrella body Woodco has recognised the part that developing new products will play in its 10-year strategy to more than double export revenue to $12 billion.

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First-Ever REDD Project in Amazon Rainforest Receives Registration Under the Verified Carbon Standard

PR
June 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BELEM, Brazil –33 Forest Capital, working in coopexation with Brazilian company CKBV Florestal, part of Grupo Cikel, announced today that it has been awarded Registration under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) for the first-ever REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project in the Amazon Rainforest. The CIKEL Brazilian Amazon REDD APD Project is expected to receive carbon credits over the next ten years based upon a projected reduction of 9.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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