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Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Cocoa: Sweet remedy for Amazon deforestation?

My Sinchew
June 14, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles

Brazil – A chocolate factory nestled deep in the Amazonian jungle in Brazil’s northern state of Para offers a sweet antidote to rainforest deforestation. In many areas of the Amazon, cocoa and other crop production have historically contributed to deforestation as farmers wear out the soil and cut further into virgin forest to obtain fresh land for cultivation. But cooperatives like the one at Medicilandia on the Trans-Amazonian highway aim to preserve biodiversity by replanting on deforested areas in the shade of the canopy, returning cocoa production to its sustainable roots.

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Business & Politics

Fibrek Inc to amalgamate into new corporation owned by Resolute Forest Products

Canadian Press
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. says Fibrek Inc. the pulp and paper producer it recently won control over, has agreed to amalgamate into a new corporation owned by Resolute. The Montreal-based forestry company said Wednesday its subsidiary RFP Acquisition Inc. and Fibrek have reached an agreement on the plan following a bruising takeover battle with the pulp producer, whose preferred bidder was Mercer International.

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Mercer International establishes R&D chair in Advanced Forest Bio-Products Engineering

Press release
Mercer International
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mercer International has established a C$1 million partnership with The University of British Columbia’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and The Pulp and Paper Centre, both in the Faculty of Applied Science, in the creation of an industrial research chair in Advanced Forest Bio-Products Engineering. Mercer’s five year commitment… will focus specifically on establishing the scientific and engineering breakthroughs needed to create commercially viable opportunities for sustainably converting forest fiber resources into new high-value bio-products.

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Canfor invests another $40m in sawing activities

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian timber concern Canfor started a total investment in May 2012 of roughly Can$40m in the modernisation of the Radium and Canal Flats sawmills in British Columbia… The Radium sawmill will be equipped with a new planing line and a biomass plant for the generation of energy and the existing sawing line will be modernised, all at a cost of Can$38.5m. The remaining Can$1.5m is to be invested in the modernisation of drying plant at Canal Flats.

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AFPA Q1 2012 Production Values

Alberta Forest Products Assoc. release
June 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton – Values of lumber, panelboard, and pulp and paper manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association-member companies totaled approximately $545 million for the first quarter of 2012. While the value of production was down $31 million from the 1st quarter of 2011, it increased roughly $61 million from the 4th quarter of 2011.

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Pictou County pulp mill workers vote on new deal

The Chronicle Herald
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unionized workers at a pulp mill in Pictou County are voting today on a new collective agreement. After three years without a contract, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. employees will be casting their ballots until 9 p.m. A worker at the Abercrombie mill said the new offer has been endorsed by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union bargaining committee. But he said it includes cuts to wages and benefits, changes to vacation pay and new rules around contract work.

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Northern Pulp employees vote to accept contract

The NG News
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Northern Pulp employees had a tough time deciding whether to accept a new agreement with the company, and it showed in the ballot box Wednesday night. Fifty-two per cent voted in favour of accepting the new deal, averting the possibility of a strike or lockout. “It’s been a rough battle for everybody,” CEP Local 440 President Mark
MacLaughlin said. “It’s nice to see it over. Hopefully this will secure
our future for a while.”

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Flakeboard takeover could mean more St. Stephen jobs

CBC News
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mayor of St. Stephen is optimistic about the pending takeover of one of the town’s major employers by one of the largest forestry companies in the world. St. Stephen Mayor John Quartermain said he believes the Flakeboard acquisition could mean more jobs for the community. Flakeboard Company Ltd., is being purchased by Chilean-based Arauco as part of a $250-million deal that could be finalized within eight weeks. About 250 people currently work at Flakeboard, which makes particle and medium-density fibreboard products that are used to build cabinets and furniture.

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Columbia Forest Products Wins 2012 IWPA Excellence Award

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Greensboro, NC — Columbia Forest Products has won an important award from the International Wood Products Association (IWPA)… Columbia Forest Products won in the 2012 competition’s Innovative Design category for its PureBond formaldehyde-free technology. This EPA-award winning technology uses soy protein for decorative hardwood plywood assembly instead of traditional urea formaldehyde-based resins.

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Vandals do $30000 in damage to loggers association offices

The News Tribune
June 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Vandals broke more than 20 windows and left anarchist graffiti at the Washington Contract Loggers Association on Pacific Avenue in Olympia Tuesday morning. A spray-painted message on a wall of the building reads: “You’re never safe. Go Log in Hell,” along with an anarchist symbol. Washington Contract Loggers Association CEO Jerry Bonagofsky said employees arrived for work Tuesday morning to find broken glass everywhere. The broken windows had been boarded up Wednesday. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Kamloops innovator strives to build better guitar

Vancouver Sun
June 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mike Miltimore believes he’s come up with a revolutionary design for the acoustic guitar. The Kamloops resident, who plans to manufacture his new Riversong guitars in B.C. from B.C. wood, developed the patent-pending design over three years and has sold 30 of them in the past three months… at an average price of $2,100. …Miltimore, who has established supply chains with saw-mills to provide local maple, cedar, and spruce wood, believes Kamloops is a great place to make guitars, particularly because of the area’s dry climate and central interior location.

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The challenge of green certification is worth it

June 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Are you thinking about building a home and want to go green? Luckily, several benchmarking systems have been developed over the last decade or so to guide developers and homeowners. LEED for Homes by the U.S. Green Building Council; the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard; and Green Globes Green Building Initiative are well-established options. They provide flexibility to choose the level of sustainability you wish to achieve and have been well-researched and vetted by the professional building trades.

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Green Homes Continue to Grow Across the U.S.

Woodworking Network
June 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.

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BOULD first Colorado company at Boulder’s Unreasonable Institute

Colorado Daily
June 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

BOULD was started in October 2010 when Gring said he realized he could help nonprofit, affordable housing organizations such as Habitat For Humanity and those looking to gain LEED environmental accreditation by connecting the two.”We’re seeking to eliminate substandard housing through green building education,” Gring said… Lorna Rutto, of Kenya, also is hoping to expand her company, EcoPost, which produces environmentally friendly lumber made from recycled plastic as an alternative to timber. Rutto said EcoPost has produced more than 10,000 posts, which look like real timber, and saved at least 250 acres of forest since starting in 2009. 

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Stramit USA CAFBoard: Reusing Straw as a Green Building Material

Green-Buildings.com
June 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Stramit USA, based in Fort Worth, Texas, manufactures Compressed Agricultural Fiber (CAF) Board for distribution in North America, Central America, and the Carribean. Stramit USA uses wheat straw left over from harvest to produce sustainable CAFboard, which Stramit UK (Stramit USA’s parent company) has already brought to numerous green buildings across Europe. …According to ThomasNet, CAFboard is a replacement for traditional building materials such as “fiberglass insulation, gypsum board, medium-density fiberboard, particle board and sound-proofing panels”.

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EcoPrint 2012: World’s first exhibition focusing on sustainable print business

Pulp and Paper News
June 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Sappi Fine Paper Europe announces its position as Education Partner for EcoPrint 2012 (Berlin, 26 – 27 September 2012), the world’s first exhibition and event 100% focused on sustainable print business. Ecoprint has been organized in response to industry demand for an event dedicated to sustainability throughout the print supply and value chain. Sappi’s decision to become Education Partner reflects its commitment to sustainable production and regeneration.

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Forestry

Bill C-38: The Law That Will Break Nature’s Back?

By David Suzuki
Huffington Post Canada
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s environmental laws are under attack by both the federal and Ontario governments. In Ottawa, the government introduced Bill C-38 to implement far-reaching measures announced in its budget. Ontario’s government introduced a similar omnibus bill with profound implications for the environment.The 420-page Bill C-38 will gut a raft of federal laws passed over the years to ensure that our air, water, and most vulnerable wildlife populations are protected. 

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Minister reappoints Forest Practices Board members

BC government press release
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has announced the reappointment of four board members to the Forest Practices Board for terms of two years each. The appointees are professional forester Andrea Lyall, professional forester Dave Patterson, author and outdoorsman Mike Nash, and professional forester Bill Dumont.

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Wildfires will increase in frequency due to global warming: Study

The Capitol Column
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new study says wildfires will increase in frequency across the U.S. over the next several decades as climate change boosts temperatures. The study provides additional evidence that the U.S. Forest Service needs to update its fleet of aging air tankers.

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Forest chief pushes reduced fire threat

Plans aim to counter frequent, intense blazes
Associated Press
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A combination of decades of vigorous fire suppression and the waning of the timber industry over environmental concerns have left many forests a tangled, overgrown mess, subject to the kind of super-fires that are now regularly consuming hundreds of homes and millions of acres. As firefighters continue to battle massive blazes in New Mexico and Colorado, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, in which fire was a part of the landscape and in many instances was far less destructive.

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Settlement Averts Challenge to Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan

State Reaches Agreement With Environmental Organizations And Timber Industry
Access Washington
June 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA – State agencies have reached a settlement agreement with the Forests and Fish Conservation Caucus and the Washington Forest Protection Association concerning the Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan, a fifty-year plan to protect aquatic species and clean water on over 9 million acres of state and private forestland and 60,000 miles of streams in Washington. Signed in 2006, the statute of limitations to challenge the Habitat Conservation Plan was due to expire in late May.

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Land to be logged this summer

SnoValley Star
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Log trucks are going to be a familiar sight this summer in Snoqualmie. Tim Scherer, the Oregon/Washington operations manager for Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company, said the company plans to begin its timber harvest above the old mill site in late July… Weyerhaeuser will clear cut about 140 acres of 40-year-old Douglas fir timber, and leave the remainder of the land untouched, he said.

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Feds, Apache County launch first-ever partnership to thin forests, tame fires

Cronkite News
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service and Apache County have launched a first-of-its-kind management plan to thin more than 90,000 acres of forest in hopes of preventing catastrophic fires like last year’s record Wallow Fire. The partnership grew out of county accusations last year that decades of forest mismanagement by the Forest Service aggravated the Wallow Fire, the largest in the state’s history.

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Program aims to help small forest landowners replace culverts that block salmon, trout, other fish

WDNR Ear to the Ground blog
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… Lack of access to good quality stream habitat is one factor behind the declines in salmon and trout populations in Washington State. Removing these blockages — usually culverts — and installing more fish-friendly structures isn’t always cheap, but it’s the law. DNR offers small forest landowners help to replace the barrier culverts on their properties. Since 2003, nearly 200 small forest landowners have taken advantage of funding from the Family Forest Fish Passage Program to replace 232 barriers and open more than 485 miles of stream for salmon and trout.

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Wildfire smoke shrouds Denver; climate change expected to increase Western fires

Wunderground.com (blog)
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Colorado’s third largest fire in recorded history, the High Park Fire, shrouded Denver and Fort Collins in acrid smoke Tuesday, causing an increase in emergency room visits related to smoke inhalation… According to the Denver Post, the High Park Fire is burning in an area where 70% of the trees that have been killed by mountain pine beetles; the insects have devastated forests in western North America in recent years… In Colorado, the lack of -40°F temperatures in winter has allowed the beetles to produce two broods of young per year, instead of one.

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Both DeFazio and his foes are on wrong track

Guest Editorial by Tim Hermach
The Register-Guard
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a native Oregonian, I’ve witnessed and documented the failure of industrial forestry to be truthful or to sustain forest and human communities in Oregon for more than 50 years. The timber industry already has logged more than 90 percent of Oregon’s native forests, both public and private. Most of the timber has been exported as logs, pseudo-processed “lumber,” chips, pulp and now even pellets. There never has been any real intention to sustain our forest or human communities — just finish logging our region and move on.

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Colorado: Some High Park Fire evacuation orders lifted

46,000-acre fire reaching flammable beetle-kill stands on west flank, with good containment on the north and east sides
Summit County Citizens Voice
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Emergency officials lifted evacuation orders in parts of the High Park Fire Wednesday, but warned that the fire is still burning actively and spreading in several areas. The fire may well remain active until monsoon rains arrive, or even into fall, incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said during the daily fire media briefing… The lightning-caused fire was reported 10 percent contained, at 46,280 acres as of Wednesday evening.

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Paddock Wood trees felled to eradicate longhorn beetles

More than 1,300 trees have been felled in Kent after an infestation of an exotic tree-killing beetle
BBC News
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Asian longhorn beetles were first spotted in the Paddock Wood area, near Maidstone, in March. The 80,000 sq m (260,000 sq ft) infestation zone has been extended by about 100m following the discovery an infested tree near the northern edge.


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Court decision in Indonesia may grant local authorities more power over forests

Mongabay.com
June 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A ruling by Indonesia’s Constitutional Court could shift some forest management authority from the country’s powerful Ministry of Forestry to local governments, say forestry experts. …While there remains considerable uncertainty about the impacts of the ruling, it seems to establish a moratorium on the issuing of any new licenses by the Ministry of Forestry until gazetting has been carried out. Existing licenses are still valid however.

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Hollund Industrial Marine Leverages International Network to Access Lucrative Brazil Market

Underwater Logging Projects Plentiful in Region
MarketWatch (press release)
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BLAINE, WA — Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc. announced today that management has been networking across Brazil to create invaluable financial opportunities in the region; resulting in the formation of the Company’s second specialized Underwater Forest Project Development Team. “Brazil has among the largest known underwater forest resources in the world,” stated Shledon Romain, Vice President of Hollund Industrial Marine. “As many as 4,000 square miles of pristine Rainforest

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Forest Cutting Can Be Doubled, Says Head of RMK

ERR News
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Considering the volume of forest growing in Estonia, it is possible to up the amount of wood being cut by almost twofold, said Aigar Kallas, head of the State Forest Management Center.
Currently around 8 million cubic meters of wood is cut in Estonia annually. Kallas argues that the figure should be increased to at least 12 million cubic meters per year, as otherwise it is a waste of resources.

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Project halfway there in goal to sustain area of rainforest the size of Wales

Wales Online
June 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A NATIONAL scheme to help sustain an area of rainforest the size of Wales has now reached its halfway target by raising £1m, organisers revealed yesterday. Size of Wales also aims to raise awareness of the importance of rainforest protection, as part of their national response to climate change. It says the world’s rainforests absorb almost a fifth of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UNBC Celebrates BioEnergy Success

Opinion 250 News
June 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- This morning, some 400 delegates to the 5th International BioEnergy conference in Prince George ,will get down to the business of discussing issues which impact their industry, and those which lay the groundwork for future success. …The last time Prince George hosted its International Bioenergy Conference, UNBC’s Bioenergy Plant was under construction.Now fully operational for one year, the Plant has exceeded expectations for performance and emissions: UNBC to cut its consumption of fossil fuels for district heating by 89%, surpassing the original goal of 85%.

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Fuel from the forest

June 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The union representing Ontario Power Generation’s frontline workers is looking to enlist public support in a campaign to have the government pick biomass as one of the primary options to fuel its coal plants when it ends the use of coal fuel in 2014. The Power Workers’ Union launched a series of in-person and telephone conference-call town hall meetings last month to bring the message to people in over a dozen areas of the province about the merits of biomass as fuel and to answer questions they may have. It has also established a website — www.ontariogrownpower.ca/.

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US-India Bilateral Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

US Department of State (press release)
June 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

.. The countries also agreed to continue bilateral collaboration under existing frameworks on climate adaptation and reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). In the summer of 2012, USAID will award the new five-year, $15 million Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-PLUS) technical assistance program… USAID and the U.S. Forest Service will also work with the MOEF in carbon inventory and monitoring, and to pilot and test carbon estimation methodologies.

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California awards $23 million to alternative fuels projects

Ethanol Producer Magazine
June 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The California Energy Commission today approved funding of $23 million for projects that will advance the development of green fuels and the installation of fueling stations… “These awards support innovative projects that provide a crucial boost to emerging fuels and vehicle technologies,” Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman said. “They support a range of efforts, from cutting-edge scientific research to the development of alternative fueling stations.

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Biofuel key: Seeing the forest for the trees

Forests, logging hold potential for alternate energy breakthrough, IDA study says
Catskill Daily Mail
June 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GREENE COUNTY — The Greene County Industrial Development Agency has long had an interest in exploring local potential for providing alternate energy, and commissioned a biomass study that was published in June 2010 to identify the county’s market potential for producing renewable biofuels, even to the point of establishing a manufacturing facility to sell products regionally.

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Heating of Forests Releases Large Amounts of CO2 from Soil, Study Says

Yale Environment 360
June 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

An experiment that heated forests in the eastern U.S. by 10 to 20 degrees F led to an increase in the release of carbon dioxide from soils by up to eight times, according to a new study. When researchers from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions subjected experimental forest plots in Wisconsin and North Carolina to extreme warming, they found that woodland soils released unexpectedly large quantities of CO2, a finding that could have major implications as the world continues to warm.

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Copenhagen aspires to be the first carbon neutral capital in the world

Environmental Expert (press release)
June 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

On the 23rd of August, 2012, it is expected that a majority of votes at the Copenhagen City Council will pass the CPH 2025 Climate Plan with the ambition of carbon neutrality by 2025… The initiatives in the “CPH 2025 Climate Plan” include the conversion of the area’s two main power plants from coal to wood chips and straw, the construction of 100 large wind turbines at sea, a geothermal facility, recycling plastic from municipal waste, and increased production of biogas from organic waste. 

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General

Green builders honing in on indoor toxins

Inman News
June 13, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

In addition to the smog on the horizon searing our lungs, the sun’s ultraviolet rays baking our skin, and the distracted driver bearing down on us as we cross the street, we can add to our list of potential health concerns the walls, flooring, pipes and other components of the buildings we live, work and play in… Some are hiding in plain sight, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), commonly used for plumbing. Others, like formaldehyde, used as an adhesive in wood products, are not easy to identify because of a lack of labeling on building products.

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