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Froggy Foibles

Climate Change Stresses Out Cows, Lowers Milk Production

iScienceTimes.com
July 17, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Hot and sticky weather isn’t just uncomfortable for humans. Cows living in humid climates become stressed and produce less milk, and with global temperatures on the rise there may not be much relief in sight. Research from the University of Washington found that a decline in milk production due to climate change varies across the United States depending on regional humidity and how much the temperatures swings between day and night. Combining high-resolution climate data and county-level dairy industry data, they created the most detailed county-by-county assessment of the impact of climate change on Holstein milk production in the U.S. through 2080.

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Business & Politics

Pulp Workers Vote on 5-Year Contract This Week

Opinion 250 News
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Members of the two unions in the pulp and paper industry in northern BC will be voting this week on proposed 5-year contract agreements with Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership. The 450 members of Locals 603 and 1133 of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union will be voting on the same tentative package reached between CPLP and Local 9 of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada last week. PPWC represents 425 workers at the P.G. and Intercon Pulp mills. 

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Forest sustainability is essential

BY DON KAYNE Canfor will not support moves to increase timber supply that affect parks or habitat for species at risk
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last week, I told a special legislative committee looking for ways to increase British Columbia’s interior timber supply after the mountain pine beetle infestation to proceed with caution. It may have seemed like an unusual message from the CEO of one of the largest wood products companies in North America. But it was likely no surprise to anyone who has watched the recent transformation of our industry. We have achieved a fantastic model of sustainability here in British Columbia, one that is recognized and valued at home and around the world. Without a doubt, Canfor’s greatest strength – and a source of great pride – is our commitment to sustainable forest management. And it is without a doubt the key to our future success.

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Changing landscape could yield lumber peace – knock on wood

BY HARVEY ENCHIN
Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, Canada West

What a difference a decade makes. If and when Canadian and American negotiators sit down, possibly about a year from now, to hammer out a new softwood lumber deal, they’ll be dealing with completely different circumstances than existed at the signing of the first agreement in 2006. The recently announced two-year extension of the current Softwood Lumber Agreement, which was due to expire in October 2013, means a new agreement – assuming there will be one – won’t be in place before 2016, 10 years after the first deal was done.

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FPInnovations supports Québec’s new Forest Sector Transformation Strategy

Canada NewsWire (press release)
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

QUÉBEC CITY – FPInnovations believes that Québec’s new 2012-2017 Forest Sector Transformation Strategy, which was released today by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, has arrived at the right time. The Strategy recognizes the major changes initiated by the Québec forest industry in terms of innovation, product development and market diversification. It also includes a range of formative actions aimed at ensuring the future of this economic driving force.

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Chinese company makes legal play for Ontario pulp mill

Financial Post
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Chinese company is making a legal play to acquire a struggling northern Ontario pulp mill, a rival bid it says will leave more money in the hands of Ontario taxpayers. Terrace Bay Pulp Inc., which is in bankruptcy protection, is being sold to India’s Aditya Birla in a deal that will see the Ontario government forgive a loan of about $25-million made to the Canadian pulp producer a few years ago.

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Southern comfort?

Tembec – Kapuskasing machines being shut down to accomodate Toronto’s needs
The Northern Times
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Times has heard reports that paper machines at Tembec – Kapuskasing are being shutdown due to a heatwave in Southern Ontario and the resulting need for more electricity in the Toronto area. More on this story as it develops.
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Taxpayer could end up paying mill’s power bill

Consumer advocate has asked UARB to dismiss mill’s application for reduced power rate
CBC News
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s consumer advocate has asked the Utility and Review Board to dismiss an application for a reduced power rate for the Port Hawkesbury paper mill that formerly belonged to NewPage. The rate would give Pacific West Commercial Corp. among the lowest power costs in North America, if not the lowest. But the seven-year deal would also leave consumers on the hook if the mill’s owners, Pacific West and Nova Scotia Power, have underestimated what it would cost to supply the mill with electricity. “In our assessment, there is a greater than reasonable risk that taxpayers will be subsidizing the power costs of the mill,” said consumer advocate Bill Mahody.

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NewPage rescue plan “too risky for ratepayers” from the Canadian Press

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NewPage gets creditor protection extended

Canadian Press
July 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has granted the shuttered NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Cape Breton an extension of its creditor protection until Aug. 31. That deadline coincides with a proposed closing date to finalize the sale of the operation to Pacific West Commercial. The mill in Point Tupper, N.S., closed last September, throwing some 600 employees out of work and affecting another 400 forestry contractors.

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Pacific West balks at renewable electricity costs

Cape Breton Post
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — A crucial electricity rate application that could save the idled NewPage mill in Port Hawkesbury could be jeopardized by Pacific West Commercial Corp.’s unwillingness to pay the higher rates associated with renewable electricity. Nova Scotia’s renewable energy standard will require that by 2015, 25 per cent of the province’s electricity must come from renewable sources. Pacific West asked the province to make an exception for the mill, saying it was crucial for it to be viable.

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No power discount, no deal, NewPage buyer says from the Chronicle Herald

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Sector Snap: Shares of timber companies mixed

Associated Press
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES — Shares of timberland owners Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. and Weyerhaeuser Co. traded higher on Monday, after an analyst said a proposed sale of 1.9 million acres of timberland is a positive for the two companies. Hancock Timber and Molpus Woodlands announced last week that they would buy the land from Forest Capital Partners. The transaction represents the biggest timberland sale in the U.S. in six years, Citigroup analyst Anthony Pettinari said in a research note. The size of the deal suggests that the market for timberland is showing signs of life, after years of far smaller transactions — and that’s a positive for Plum Creek and Weyerhaeuser, Pettinari wrote

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Rising lumber shipments brighten rail outlook

Railroad shipments of lumber are gaining momentum, signaling a construction upturn that should drive up shipping volume of consumer products from appliances to furniture.
Reuters
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

…”The implication of stronger lumber shipments is that if homes are getting built then homes are being furnished,” said Jeffrey Kauffman, senior research analyst at Sterne Agee in New York. “That is going to drive intermodal volume – furniture, PVC piping, and also auto sales can be related to new homes.” For the first half of this year, U.S. railroads hauled 11.8 percent more carloads of lumber and wood products than the same period a year earlier, the American Association of Railroads (AAR) said.

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Gunns to sell Portland woodchip plant

WOODCHIPPER Gunns Ltd is to sell its Portland, Victoria woodchip export plant for $61.8 million to Australian Bluegum Plantations.
The Australian
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Australian Bluegum is owned by US company Global Forest Partners through its Cayman Islands-based AIF Properties. Gunns said the transaction agreement, announced on Monday, provided a tolling arrangement for future access to the plant for the sale of forest products from the “green triangle” in Victoria and South Australia that were under Gunns’ management. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions including regulatory approvals.

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Boyne City leaders to review noise study report

Consultant confirms residents’ complaints about wood pellet factory
Petoskey News-Review
July 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics

BOYNE CITY — City leaders will gather this week to discuss a report generated by a hired consultant, a company that completed its investigation into residents’ noise complaints surrounding a wood pellet plant in Boyne City’s industrial park. …Experts detected that back pressure from some of the plant’s centrifugal fans may cause the pulsation sound heard by nearby residents, a slight defect that could be impacting the company’s overall efficiency. Expected costs associated with this fix involve diagnostics for the plant’s many fans, along with any needed fan replacements. The report also shows how multiple outdoor equipment causes some of the primary noise, but a complete redesign of the plant would be required to eliminate that.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Legal Issues Associated With Building “Green”

Real Estate and Construction
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

State and local governments have enacted a variety of incentives to encourage energy efficient “green” design and construction practices. Projects owned or leased by government authorities are often subject to mandatory green requirements. Private development is often encouraged to go “green” through contractual or tax-related incentives. Promoters of green building features often tout the cost savings associated with energy-saving features or the increased marketability of a property if it is able to achieve a certain green building certification standard. But, as Kermit the Frog once remarked, it isn’t easy being green.

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Structural Panel & EWP Demand to Grow

By APA-The Engineered Wood Association
Building-Products.com
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The slow-but-steady improvement in the housing market is expected to boost demand for engineered wood products throughout 2012, according to estimates by APA-The Engineered Wood Association. U.S. housing starts are forecast to increase 15% in 2012 to 700,000 units. As a result, and for the first time in several years, all of the major end-use markets for wood products are expected to move in concert and increase this year. In addition to growth in housing, demand is expected to grow in repair and remodeling, nonresidential building construction and industrial uses, as well as exports to Asia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Kentucky Adopts WCA Credential Program; More States to Follow

Woodworking Network
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The State of Kentucky has adopted the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Passport and Credential Program as the state-wide certification program for woodwork students in the wood manufacturing programs of all five area high schools and the state’s only technical college,” Scott Nelson, WCA President announced. “Adoption has been a year in development since state officials contacted the WCA. We had to work with government officials to understand their education and regulatory systems and then mould our credential program to work effectively within state parameters, but without compromise.

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How to Sell More U.S. Wood Products Focus of Conference

woodworkingnetwork.com
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

PRINCETON, WV – “Promoting Locally Made U.S. Wood Products” is a one-day leadership conference set for Thursday, Aug. 2. The program… is being organized by WERC and the North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension. Marketing and branding wood products; tapping into economic development groups; and learning about what products and processes can help grow sales are among the topics on the conference’s agenda.

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Timber challenges steel as the new apartment building block

Brisbane Times
July 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THE Forte, Australia’s first high-rise timber apartment tower that Lend Lease is building at Bourke Street in Docklands, will draw on 20 years of technical development in Europe.
The material – cross-laminated timber (CLT) – is an engineered wood product first developed in central Europe. … In the past two decades, production has spread to other parts of Europe, including Britain and parts of North America. …It did not make sense to export CLT to Australia. ”Timber is not eco-friendly if it has to travel around the world,” he said. ”If someone comes to us, we can do a joint venture. Australia is an interesting market – not huge – but philosophically, timber should be done locally. ”We can help Australian companies with knowledge and give them support.”

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Forestry

Lightning-caused blazes under control, but caution warranted

www.kamloopsnews.ca
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sound and fury of weekend lightning strikes have subsided, but the risk of a flare-up remains. The season’s first significant lightning activity since the onset of hot, dry weather sparked 68 forest fires since Friday. Eighteen of those were in the Kamloops fire region, including a 4.6-hectare blaze above Dairy Road. Another dozen fires broke out in the Cariboo region, the largest of them contained at 13 hectares.

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Professional foresters are key to stewardship

BY SCOTT MCCANNELL – Scott McCannell is the executive director of the Professional Employees Association, a union representing licensed professionals in B.C.’s public service.
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The licensed professional foresters working for the B.C. public service are being marginalized at alarming rates. This is having a significant impact on the stewardship of forest resources and has the potential for further irreversible impacts in the years to come. Various watchdog agencies are sounding the alarm about the government’s inability to effectively steward and manage forest resources. …We are now at a critical juncture where the provincial government’s agenda to de-professionalize its own public service will negatively impact our forests, and the welfare of our citizens for generations to come.

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Here’s what B.C. needs to do to save forestry

BY ARNOLD BERCOV AND STUART BLUNDELL
Vancouver Sun
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a publicly owned resource, British Columbia’s forests must be harvested in a manner that pro-motes sustainability and healthy forests that are ecologically diverse. This would protect and promote existing and new jobs in communities dependent on well-managed forests. Here, then, are the principal recommendations of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC):

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A new dawn, new day, new life for forestry

By Rick Jeffery
Vancouver Sun
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Modern practices used in today’s coastal B.C. forestry sector have evolved substantially throughout the years. Nevertheless, old stereotypes die hard, and one of the biggest misconceptions is that our forest industry is dirty, dangerous and filled with bearded, axe-happy lumberjacks. While this image still pervades the minds of many, it is our responsibility and task as an industry to communicate the new reality. Today our sector comprises log, lumber, pulp and paper producers made up of people of all ages, backgrounds and expertise. From Vancouver to towns and cities up and down our coast we are guided by an overall zeitgeist of innovation, creating new frontiers in modern forestry.

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Barriere Lake Logging Struggle (& video)

CUTV Montreal
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the last two weeks members of the Algonquin First Nation of Barriere Lake, five hours north of Montreal, have been camped out in opposition to illegal cutting on their land. Police intervention has been heavy, including riot police sent up from Montreal to guarantee uninterrupted logging operations for Resolute Forest Products.

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Forest Capital sells US timberland portfolio

Environmental Finance
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forest Capital Partners, a timberland investment management organisation (TIMO) based in Portland, Oregon, has sold its 1.88 million acre portfolio to Hancock Timber Resource Group and Molpus Woodlands Group. Boston-based Hancock – the world’s largest TIMO – has bought a total of 1.35 million acres in Louisiana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state. The remaining 534,000 acres in Minnesota, Idaho and Louisiana have been bought by Molpus, another major TIMO, based in Jackson, Mississippi. 

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Gas from Pollutants, Forest Fires at Potentially Toxic Levels

Science Daily (press release)
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Forest fires and emission of air pollutants, which include fumes from vehicles running on diesel and slow burning of coal and charcoal, release isocyanic acid in the troposphere. In 2011, scientists first detected isocyanic acid in the ambient atmosphere at levels that are toxic to human populations; at concentrations exceeding 1 parts-per-billion by volume (ppbv), human beings could experience tissue decay when exposed to the toxin.

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SFI Awards Grant to Support Water Quality Research

MarketWatch (press release)
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — The World Resources Institute, a global development and environmental think tank, will receive a grant of $35,000 USD to research how forest certification standards can help protect American lakes and rivers, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) announced today. “This grant will help us identify the extent to which SFI-certified forest management can result in effective implementation of best management practices for improved water quality,” said Todd Gartner, Senior Associate, Conservation Incentives & Markets at the World Resources Institute.

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Wolf listing would little affect SE timber

Forest Service says endangered species don’t stop logging
Juneau Empire
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If successful, a current attempt to list Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species may have little or no affect on timber sales. Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity have announced their intent to sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a decision whether a their petition to list the Southeast Alaska wolf merits further review. Delivered in August of 2011, the petition kicked off a Fish and Wildlife 90-day review. ...Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity have said the wolf is threatened by ongoing old-growth logging in its range.

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Man killed in accident at SPI mill in Quincy

Plumas County Newspapers
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Red Bluff log-truck driver was killed Monday morning, July 16, during an accident at Sierra Pacific Industries’ lumber mill in Quincy. According to SPI Division Manager Chris Skinner, the driver was crushed by a log while he was unwrapping his load in the unloading station. Skinner said the preliminary investigation indicated that the truck’s stanchions were not in place when a log rolled off the top of the load and struck the driver.

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Wildfires and long-term forest health

Cortez Journal
July 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are an unfortunate fact of life in Colorado. But we are entering the age of super-fires, where factors such as drought, climate change and fire suppression combine to build fires that are larger, and more frequent, difficult and expensive to combat. We have already seen that this year, with the High Park Fire quickly growing from a lightning strike to one of the three largest blazes in Colorado history — and Waldo Canyon and High Park Fire both breaking the record for the most costly in terms of homes lost within two weeks of each other. I have been actively monitoring these and the other fires burning in Colorado to ensure the firefighters on the ground have all the federal resources they need.

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Forest insect pest detected in Pownal

Bennington Banner
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

POWNAL — Vermont officials say an invasive species from Asia has been found for the first time in Bennington County. The hemlock woolly adelgid, which feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, was detected on municipal land in Pownal by a volunteer Forest Pest First Detector. Officials believe the insect spread there naturally from nearby Massachusetts. Hemlock woolly adelgids were first discovered in southeastern Vermont forests in 2007, according to Jim Esden, Forest Protection Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

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Forest fires still blazing in Tenerife

Forest fires in the Ifonche area have spread across over 1200 hectares of the Canary Islands and parts of it are still out of control.
Demotix
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The fires which started yesterday in the Ifonche area have spread across over 1200 hectares and parts of it are still out of control. Seen from Playa San Juan at 9am on 16th June 2012. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The president of Tenerife, Ricardo Melchior, has said that it now looks like it was started deliberately. Up to seven helicopters are now involved in fighting the blaze.

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NASA Deforestation Photos: 7 Examples Of Our Disappearing Forests

Huffington Post
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The effects of deforestation on the Earth are massive. Land is routinely cleared and degraded for agriculture and the production of wood and paper products. National Geographic calls this plight a “forest Holocaust,” reporting that more than 80 percent of the planet’s natural forests have been lost to deforestation… Deforestation’s impact on climate change has piqued NASA’s interest in documenting its progress across the globe. Here are seven examples of deforestation as seen from space.

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EU forestry ‘must not interfere with sovereign rights’

KMS Baltics
July 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is crucial the EU’s new extended forestry regulations do not interfere with the right for countries to decide how they deal with their timber, an industry organisation has warned. The Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) argued that it is crucial to safeguard these rights across the region, noting that forestry is a major part of many economies across the Baltic and Scandinavian regions. Furthermore, it is important the new strategy extends its focus to work with the full gamut of issues involved in the industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Greenpeace co-founder: ‘Thank goodness we came along & reversed 150 million-year trend of reduced CO2 levels

Inforwars.com
July 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore commented a new study trying to explain the lack of global warming: “These people are either completely naive about the relationship between CO2 and plants or they are making this up as a way of deflecting attention from the lack of warming for the past 15 years.”.. Moore told Climate Depot: “Plants grow much faster when CO2 is higher, the optimum concentration is between 1500-2000 ppm so there is a long way to go before plants are happy. CO2 levels in the atmosphere have continued to rise despite plants absorbing more CO2. 

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Bioenergy in China: perceptions and attitudes

Forest Energy Blog
July 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This is a study concerning the different attitudes by the Chinese future forest officers on bioenergy. It complements our previous research on students, and helps having a better picture of what is going on in China concerning bioenergy.

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Giving REDD+ Its Space By Measuring Forest Carbon From Space

Ecosystem Marketplace
July 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) can save rainforests and slow climate change by keeping carbon locked in trees, but this mechanism and its sibling, REDD+, can only scale up if investors will know how many trees there are, and how much carbon is stored within them and whether this carbon is staying put, year on year. Current methodologies being advocated require the use of forest audits based on traditional forestry management methods of the developed world, but these are simply too expensive to work in the developing world. 

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Great Britain intends to use biomass instead of coal

Ukrainian Biofuel Portal
July 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

According to Reuters’s (London) info, at present Great Britain makes its biggest bet on biomass opposing it to oil and gas which are more expensive and harmful for environment. However, a total reliance on import would mean a serious threat for a domestic power sector as well as explorations connected with low-carbon technologies… One of the problems for British biomass plants is the lack of the necessary feedstock. Therefore, the biggest part of raw materials will have to be shipped from such faraway countries as Canada and Australia, what causes big doubts regarding reasonability of such a production process. 

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Forest debate rages

Donnybrookmail
July 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

THE forest management and carbon (dioxide) price debate continues to rage between peak environment groups and the forest industry. WA Forest Alliance (WAFA) spokeswoman Jess Beckerling said forests could not be logged profitably and forest management should be focused on preserving them to mitigate climate change impacts. She said the carbon price was the perfect opportunity for the forest industry and government to reassess its forest management plan and to focus it on preservation of native and mature forests. “Mature forests take carbon pollution out of the atmosphere and store it in woody biomass and forest soils,” Ms Beckerling said.

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ETS exit by forestry companies foreseen

Radio New Zealand
July 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forestry companies say there will be a mass exit from the Emissions Trading Scheme if the Government commits to the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol.  That’s because a rule which prevents New Zealand having to pay for carbon from forestry over the period from 1990 to 2008 has been removed for the next phase, which is expected to start next year.

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