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Daily Archives: July 10, 2012

Business & Politics

Forestry and Lumber Key Sectors of our National Economy

Canadian Business Journal
July 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

For many generations, the lumber industry has provided a way of life for Canadians, not only for domestic use but also exporting our wood products to our other countries. By far the strongest regions for this industry have consistently been British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec – and it’s a pattern not likely to change any time soon. According to the Conference Board of Canada, profits this year are expected to double that of last year which would mean an additional 6,000 more jobs. A major factor for the increase in exports is the U.S. market, where a recovery in the housing market has resulted in a marked increase in the need for wood.

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Domtar lowered to outperform

Financial Post
July 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp. was reduced to outperform from top pick at RBC Capital Markets due to the ongoing weakness in global pulp markets. Analyst Paul Quinn, who also lowered his price target on the stock to US$105 from US$115, continues to believe Domtar should be re-rated higher as the paper producer expands in growth markets such as personal care and copes with the secular decline in uncoated freesheet. However, he sees only limited success coming from price increases for some grades of uncoated freesheet.

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USNR – Secure new order from Kalesnikoff Lumber

International Forest Industries
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kalesnikoff Lumber has contracted with USNR for a major sawmill modernization at its operation in Thrums, BC. The supply will include a primary breakdown line comprised of a quad arbor sawbox, vertical double arbor gang, TriCam scanning, MillExpert optimization and PLC control system. Modifications ordered for the edger line include retrofits to the existing edger, upgrading the transverse scanning system with USNR’s BioLuma 2900L sensors, MillExpert edger optimization and PLC controls.

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Weyerhaeuser adds new equipment at Edson OSB mill

Edson Leader
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Weyerhaeuser has added new equipment at its oriented strand board mill in Edson that will help it serve markets in North America. The new equipment will be used to produce drainage grooves that enhance the company’s Edge Gold flooring panels. The technology helps the panels’ resistance to rain and moisture, which the company said helps reduce construction delays during poor weather.

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to sell forest products division to Gorman Bros.

Lesprom Network
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has entered into an agreement to sell its Forest Products Division assets and operations at Canoe, B.C., to Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. of Westbank, B.C, Canada, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The sale is subject to a due diligence review by Gorman Bros. Lumber and various customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be completed later this summer. The sale includes FCL’s plywood plant, sawmill and the log harvesting and forestry operations within the Okanagan Timber Supply Area surrounding Shuswap Lake.

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Forest Practices Board boss returns to West Kootenay

Nelson Star
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The executive director of the Forest Practices Board has left his position to take up new pursuits closer to his West Kootenay home. Fred Parker joined the independent watchdog as an appointed board member in 1999. In 2002, he took over as its senior staffer and remained there for a decade. Board chair Al Gorley said in a statement Parker has competently guided staff, board members, and three different chairs “through innumerable challenges, and has left an enduring stamp on the board’s work.”

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Brighter days for Terrace Bay?

The Chronicle Journal
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northwestern Ontario town Terrace Bay’s roller-coaster ride isn’t over just yet. Thursday’s much-anticipated announcement of a new owner and operator for the town’s beleaguered pulp mill was certainly overdue and welcome news. But the proposal by Indian multinational Aditya Birla Group isn’t expected to close until the end of the month. So until the deal is absolutely final, many North Shore residents will wrestle with the same should-I-stay-or-should-I-go dilemma that has made life hard to bear for the past six years. 

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Fluff pulp mill in Franklin – YouTube

Fox News on You Tube
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

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Ahead of the Bell: Citi upgrades Weyerhaeuser

Businessweek
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK (AP) — Lumber provider Weyerhaeuser Co. will benefit from the long-awaited recovery in the U.S. housing market, said a Citi analyst Monday as he lifted the company’s shares to “Buy” from “Neutral.” Anthony Pettinari lifted his price target for the company’s shares to $28 from $22.50 and raised his earnings projections for the company through 2014. Homebuilders and construction companies have gotten a boost in recent weeks from a string of better-than-expected housing reports, though housing spending is still barely half of what economists consider healthy levels.

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Going paperless may not be better for the environment, according to Two Sides

Two Sides
July 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO  –Two Sides today announced a nationwide initiative to assist major U.S. companies in developing and implementing best practices related to environmental marketing claims for print and paper. According to Two Sides research on 94 leading companies, 50 percent of them are using unsubstantiated environmental claims to encourage consumers to switch to lower-cost electronic billing and services. “The objective of our new program is to offer our expertise at no cost to U.S. corporations who currently make environmental claims about print and paper relative to online billing and communication. 

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Log exports boost 2011 Oregon timber harvest

Coast River Business Journal
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND – For the second consecutive year, Oregon’s timber harvest levels increased. Harvests, at a low of 2.75 billion board feet in 2009 after the 2008 collapse of the domestic housing market, posted a gain in 2010, and a similar increase was experienced in 2011. The 2011 harvest of 3.65 billion board feet was up 32 percent from the 2009 low and up 13 percent from 2010. “Much of these gains can be attributed to an active export market to Eastern Asia, especially China,” said Brandon Kaetzel, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s principal forest economist. 

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Upper Peninsula paper mill reaches century mark

Associated Press
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ESCANABA, Mich. – A city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is celebrating a paper mill milestone. Manufacturer NewPage Corp. is kicking off a month of festivities Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of its paper mill in Escanaba. The original Escanaba Pulp and Paper Co. started producing paper in July 1912. The Daily Press reported Escanaba Mayor Leo Evans last week proclaimed “100 years of pulp production” in the city. Miamisburg, Ohio-based NewPage also operates mills in Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Maine and Maryland.
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Forestry union pleads for anti-dumping agency

ABC Local
July 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says the Federal Government could prevent hundreds of job losses in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia by establishing an anti-dumping agency. It says almost 30 per cent of house framing timber in the Australian market is imported and priced at below the cost of production. The Greater Green Triangle district union secretary, Brad Coates, says hundreds of jobs have been cut during the past year at processing facilities owned by Carter Holt Harvey, Kimberly-Clarke and Gunns.

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Downward trend in NBSK prices to continue in July

EUWID Pulp and Paper
July 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulp converters are expecting more discounts on NBSK prices to occur in July due to weak demand from the graphic and publication paper industry and surplus supply. The downward trend in bleached softwood pulp market seems to continue in July. Following price reductions for NBSK in June, due to ample supply and weakening demand, European pulp converters are now calling for additional discounts.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Log Homes Council Members Celebrate National Log Home Open House Month in July

RealEstateRama
July 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Members of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Log Homes Council are celebrating National Log Home Open House Month in July. Council members will host model home tours, log raising demonstrations, factory tours, seminars and much more. “These events will allow potential home buyers to discover everything they need to know to make their dream log home a reality,” says Log Homes Council Chair Nicole Robinson. “Many log home owners tell us that living in their log homes provide them with a sense of sanctuary and comfort. Coming home feels like going on vacation.”

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Is Nanotechnology the Next Front in Wood Preserving?

Building-Products.com
July 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Noting the popularity of wood pressure treated with micronized wood preservatives, researchers are experimenting with even smaller “nanotech” particles, to further prevent leaching. A team of Michigan Technological University scientists is preparing to reveal their findings, following a five-year study of nanotechnology in wood preservation. “It’s a new method that uses nanoparticles to deliver preservatives into the lumber,” said chemistry professor Patricia Heiden. “In our experiments, it reduced the leaching of biocides by 90%.”

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Persistence and Passion Creates Unique Cleantech Product

Our Colorado News
July 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Jon Giltner is a structural engineer. He’s also passionate about resource productivity and has long been seriously offended by the huge quantities of perfectly usable lumber that are wasted in the construction industry and dumped into landfills. Now, after 15 years of sustained technical effort and innovation, Giltner and his company, Boulder-based Reconnx, are finally seeing the results of their labors in the form of rapidly rising sales of their unique and patented power tool for removing nails from lumber, the V20 Nail Kicker® denailing gun.
Put simply, the Nail Kicker® is a reverse nail gun.

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High-tech timber industry gears up for world conference

New Zealand Herald
July 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Superior disaster resilience of new high tech engineered timber products are being touted at a world timber conference being held Auckland next week.  More than 500 timber professionals from all over the world will gather at the Skycity Convention Centre for the World Conference on Timber Engineering, running July 15-19. Much of the discussion will be centred around industry trends such as
the emergence of cross-laminated timber, said Hugh Morris, senior
lecturer of Auckland University’s Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering.

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Forestry

Canadian Urban Forest Conference Announces Program for 2012 Conference

Einnews Portugal
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference is pleased to announce the program for the 2012 Conference. With dynamic Speakers from across the Country presenting on a diverse range of urban forest topics, the Conference program will be of interest to urban forest professionals as well as community based experts. Highlights of the Schedule include three days of dialogue through Speaker sessions, panel discussions and plenary sessions. Field Tours will showcase some of the urban forest issues and successes in the London Ontario region. Tree Canada’s 20th Anniversary will be celebrated with a special GALA evening.

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Glen Valley forest needs to be preserved

Letter by Bays Blackhall
Langley Times
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In Glen Valley, the Township of Langley owns 21 acres on 84 Avenue at 254 Street. This is a unique stand of “old growth” forest. It has recently come to our attention that this valuable natural resource is now for sale by the municipality, in order to realize some profit for the community. Surely this would be most unwise in this day when our woodland areas should be protected for the health and benefit of future generations. …Headlines would say “Langley Township cuts down 100-year-old old growth forest.” Better to say “Langley Township saves forest ‘giants’.”

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Smoke from Colorado wildfires blankets B.C.

Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smoke from wildfires in the United States has swathed much of the B.C. interior in a thin haze of carbon, officials say.  “Last night we started to receive a lot of what we would call general smoke and general haze reports,” says Wildfire Management spokeswoman Fionna Tollovsen.   …Tollovsen says lingering smoke is a concern because it hinders discovery of new blazes: “It can be harder to spot the plume of smoke that would be a new fire start.”

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Smoky haze all in the skies

Prince George Citizen
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

What happens in Siberia doesn’t stay in Siberia. The Ministry of Environment issued a wildfire smoke advisory warning Monday afternoon due to the high concentration of fine particulates likely due to smoke from blazes burning in eastern Asia and Siberia, expected to last through Tuesday. The smoke hovered over the central interior and northern BC for the past two days, casting hazy skies and prompting similar warnings in Smithers, Burns Lake, Houston, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

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Island fire centre tackles first blaze of the season

Nanaimo Daily News
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It didn’t take long for the hot weather to support the first forest fire of the year in Nanaimo.  Sunday night, the Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville sent out crews in Nanaimo as a report of a forest fire came in from the Nanaimo Lakes area. Donna MacPherson, spokeswoman for the fire centre, said the blaze was started by a vehicle and then spread to the bush at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

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BC thunderstorms could spark forest fires

CBC.ca
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A series of severe thunderstorms forecast to sweep across the southern and northeastern Interior of B.C. on Monday are raising concerns about forest fires. The forecast for thunderstorms follows a weekend which saw most of B.C. finally got its first stretch of hot, dry summer weather. Environment Canada issued a notice on Monday warning that the storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, hail and heavy downpours.

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Important northern highway choked off by smoke from Alberta wildfire

Canadian Press
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A busy and vital highway that connects southern and northern Canada has been closed indefinitely because of an out-of-control wildfire in Alberta’s very dry northern region. The 1.5-square-kilometre blaze forced police and fire authorities Sunday night to shut down the Mackenzie Highway, about 900 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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Weyerhaeuser Establishes Procurement Preference for American Tree

An Important Market Signal for Certified Tree Farmers
Weyerhaeuser News Release
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced its preference for purchasing wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System®. This decision aligns with the company’s commitment to responsible fiber sourcing. For more than 89,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 27 million acres of forestland in the American Tree Farm System, the Weyerhaeuser preference for their certified wood can make a real difference in the viability of Tree Farms and the economic health of rural communities. “Weyerhaeuser’s announcement is just what certified Tree Farmers have been waiting for,” said Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation.

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National Forest Foundation Launches National Public Awareness Campaign to ‘Protect America’s Backyard’

MarketWatch (press release)
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MISSOULA, Mont. — The National Forest Foundation (NFF) today announced the launch of its first national public awareness campaign to encourage Americans to get involved in the enjoyment and restoration of the nation’s forests and grasslands. …”Our nation’s public lands face unprecedented challenges to their health, diversity and vitality- from wildfire to invasive species,” said Bill Possiel, president of the National Forest Foundation. “With at least two-thirds of Americans living within 100 miles of these public lands, we all must get involved to protect and restore our national forests to ensure benefits for future generations.”

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Facts dictate moratorium on forest pesticides

The Register-Guard
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In April 2011, Dana Barr, Ph.D. …presented the results of a human pesticide exposure study  to Oregon’s Board of Forestry. The results of the study, conducted using standard and rigorous scientific chain of custody methods, were shocking: all 48 Triangle Lake/Blachly residents who participated in the study had been exposed to two pesticides readily used in Oregon’s private commercial forests: 2,4-D (one-half of the chemical Agent Orange) and Atrazine (an endocrine disrupter banned in the European Union, which caused chemical castration in all invertebrate species studied).

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Feds scrap logging plan; fire fears return

Salt Lake Tribune
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal foresters have pulled back from logging a high-country swath of spruce in southern Utah, adding another twist to a plan that has generated years of controversy because of the threatened goshawks living there. The reversal has revived warnings of a “catastrophic fire” in the old-growth forest north of Escalante, fears environmentalists say are bogus. The eco-groups that appealed the latest Iron Springs proposal — after winning a 2006 court battle against a previous version — celebrated last week’s withdrawal by the Dixie National Forest, though it was unclear whether their victory is final.

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Tree cloning attempted

Daily Eastern News
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With the death of the oak tree by Old Main appearing imminent, one Eastern professor is looking to clone the tree and create a genetic copy. Biology professor Henry Owen said he hopes to recruit students in the fall to help him research the best method of cloning the over 300-year-old bur oak. … While facilities planning and management intends to grow new trees from the oak’s acorns, Owen said these new trees would not be genetically identical. The current tree will likely eventually need to be removed

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Facing Modern Forest Management Challenges: Mitigation, Adaptation

Gant Team
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

UNIVERSITY PARK – Whether you can see the forest for the trees, the big picture of woodlands in the eastern United States shows a besieged ecosystem, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Forests are under stress, warned James Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and director of the University’sCenter for Private Forests. They confront a wide range of challenges, from exotic insect pests and invasive plants to environmental conditions. “Insects and diseases brought to Eastern forests from other places have, in a relatively short time, taken from us important tree species and threaten others,” he said.

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Forest Communicators Network meet in Antalya – Forest Europe

More than 40 members of Forest Communicators Network met in Antalya, Turkey, from June 19th to June 21st to share experiences and start collaborative actions on communicating about forests initiatives.
Forest Europe
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ingwald GSCHWANDTL, FCN director, opened the session inviting the attendees “to learn from each other, share experiences, and initiate collaborative actions on communicating our forests”. During the meeting, countries and organizations representatives reflected on the experience gained during the celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011 and talked about their follow up plans.

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Debate takes in forest management

Donnybrook Mail Australia
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PEAK environment groups are calling on the government to ensure WA capitalises on the introduction of the carbon tax as a part of the development of the next Forest Management Plan. WA Forest Alliance spokeswoman Jess Beckerling said forests could not be logged profitably, however if they were preserved climate change could be mitigated. Forest Industries Federation WA deputy executive director Melissa Haslam refuted the claim logging released massive carbon stores into the atmosphere.

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Tree-sit protest breaks record

A Tasmanian activist has broken the national record for the longest tree-sit protest, spending 209 days in the wilderness.
ABC Online
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Miranda Gibson has been strapped to a platform 60 metres up a tree in the Tyenna Valley in the state’s south since December 14. Ms Gibson told ABC Local Radio she did not set out to break any records, but will stick to her post while logging continues in areas deemed to have conservation value under the Tasmanian forest peace deal. “I think that’s a really important key part of keeping those forests in people’s minds and helping to put pressure on those involved to actually come together with an outcome that will be positive for the forests,” she said.

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Forest ranger has arm hacked off by illegal logging thugs

Thanh Nien Daily
July 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest ranger lost his arm while trying to stop the transportation of illegally logged timber in the northwestern province of Lai Chau last Thursday, the online newspaper VnExpress reported Sunday. Sung A Chanh, 27, of Phong Tho District’s Forest Management Office is being treated at Lai Chau General Hospital with multiple injuries. On the evening of July 5, Chanh and a police officer named Him were informed that a man was transporting illegally logged timber via motorbike through a checkpoint in Lan Nhi Thang Commune.

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Forest sell-off abandoned

Romsey Advertiser
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“SENSIBLE, popular and correct” – that’s the reaction from one of Hampshire’s top politicians after it was revealed that parts of the New Forest will not be sold off to businesses and charities. An expert panel was set up to examine the future of England’s woodlands, including some areas of the New Forest, after the Government failed in moves to dispose of it. …Politicians and conservation groups last night lined up to welcome the decision.

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No supply guarantee as sawmills face axe

Tasmania’s Premier will not guarantee a wood supply for sawmillers amid fears mills will have to close under any forest peace deal.
ABC Australia Online
July 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Sawmillers’ Association has written to the state’s MPs saying 23 regional sawmills do not have long-term written wood supply agreements. Chairman Fred Ralph says mills will have to close if a peace deal provides a sawlog quota below 155,000 cubic metres of high quality sawlog a year. Premier Lara Giddings was asked to guarantee the sawlog supply. “There’s no point asking us to guarantee anything in this situation we’re in,” she said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass Regulations Threaten Renewable Energy Export Boom

AOL Energy
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A single Northeastern US state is preparing to miss out on growing export markets for woody biomass fuel production due to pending new regulation designed to lower carbon emissions. The decision would be a departure from the design of most regulations and markets designed to prevent global warming in Europe and the US. Massachusetts is poised to adopt a regulation which, according to biomass experts, would keep forest products on the renewable energy sidelines.

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North Country’s wood pellet heat industry struggles, despite abundance

North Country Public Radio
July 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

This week, we’re taking a fresh look at the idea of renewable and locally produced energy in the North Country. For many homeowners, one of the most accessible and affordable ways to shift away from fossil fuels is to buy a pellet stove. Those are wood stoves or furnaces that burn those little rabbit-pellet sized chunks of wood or grass. A few years ago, there was sort of a boom in the pellet stove industry. But now the market has sagged. As Brian Mann reports, local companies say the technology needs to get even easier and more user-friendly for more consumers to give it a try.

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Climate change will mean new and larger tropical forests

Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
July 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

We’re told, endlessly, that climate change will mean the end of the Amazon, of the tropical forests, and the Earth will lose its lungs. It appears that this is not wholly and completely true. Actually, an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is likely to lead to the growth of huge, new, tropical forests. The report is in Nature and this is the important point: Experimental studies have generally shown that plants do not show a large response to CO2 fertilization. “However, most of these studies were conducted in northern ecosystems or on commercially important species” explains Steven Higgins, lead author of the study from the Biodiodversity and Climate Reseach Centre and Goethe-University. 

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