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Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Another tree, another Virgin Mary; is this latest New York trend?

Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Money doesn’t grow on trees, but images of the Virgin Mary apparently do. The faithful in two New York-area suburbs say they’ve seen the image of the mother of Jesus in the bark of neighborhood trees. The latest sighting comes from the town of Sleepy Hollow, in Westchester County north of New York City, where on Sunday someone spotted the Virgin Mary in a tree directly across the street from a local church. 

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Business & Politics

Norbord profit soars on U.S. housing recovery

Reuters
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian wood panels maker Norbord Inc’s (NBD.TO: Quote) second-quarter profit rose six-fold on a U.S. housing market recovery and improved prices for oriented strand board. Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes rose in June to its fastest pace in over three years, lending a helping hand to an economy that has shown worrisome signs of cooling. “We are finally seeing a more sustainable U.S. housing market recovery and this is flowing through to our bottom line,” Norbord’s Chief Executive Barrie Shineton said in a statement.

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Norbord says profits rose to $6 million in second quarter, sales increased from the Canadian Press

Click here for press release from Norbord

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Tembec says pulp market remains challenging

Canadian Press
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Forestry company Tembec Inc. is reporting a net loss of $5 million, or 5 cents per share, for the third quarter, compared with net earnings of $17 million, or 17 cents per share, in the year-ago period. The Montreal-based company says revenue came in at $415 million, down from $448 million year over year. Tembec says paper pulp markets are expected to remain challenging, and noted market conditions for Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp remained relatively weak.

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Tembec posts loss on weak pulp price from the Reuters

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Canfor Pulp second-quarter earnings fall 93%, hit by outages and shutdowns

Canadian Press
July 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. says its second-quarter net income slipped 93 per cent to $3.3 million as the company was hit by outages and shutdowns. The Vancouver-based pulp and paper producer said late Wednesday its second-quarter earnings amounted to five cents per share, down from profit of $48.2 million or 68 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011.

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. reports 2Q net income of $3.3million from Lesprom
Boiler Trouble and Shutdowns Knockdown Canfor Pulps Q2 Earnings from 250 News

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Sawdust key factor in sawmill fires in past decade

By Gordon Hoekstra – Should have provided explosion warning: combustible dust expert
Vancouver Sun
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawdust, wood shavings and chips, which are suspected to have played a part in two recent deadly sawmill explosions, have also fuelled dozens of fires at B.C. sawmills over the past decade. Sawdust was listed as the material which first caught fire in more than half of 89 sawmill fires in Interior B.C. between 2001 and 2011, according to B.C. Fire Commissioner incident reports obtained by The Vancouver Sun. It was ignited most often by sparks (52 per cent), followed by friction heat (25 per cent), hot objects and direct flame (each eight per cent).

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Gunns seeks legal cost protection

ABC News, Australia
July 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber company Gunns is appealing against a court ruling that a conservation group does not have to pay upfront costs in a legal challenge to the Tamar Valley pulp mill. In April, the Supreme Court ruled the Tasmanian Conservation Trust did not have to pay a bond if it lost its court challenge. Gunns has argued in the past that the legal action could cost up to $400,000.

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Gunns board shrinks

ABC News, Australia
July 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The board of Tasmanian timber company Gunns has shrunk to four members following the resignation of one of its directors. Gunns has told the stock exchange Paul Teisseire has left the board, but will continue as chairman of its subsidiary, Gunns Plantations Limited.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Manufacturing Council’s 2012 HR Awards!

Wood Manufacturing Council
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

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Construction to get underway soon on new health centres in Mission BC

A new complex-care community residential centre in Mission, B.C. will be constructed almost entirely of wood products. LEED Gold certification is being targeted. 
Journal of Commerce
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Construction is expected to get under way in July on an estimated $27 million project that includes a complex-care community residential centre, as well as a community health centre.
The building will be constructed almost entirely of wood products and built to LEED Gold standards. …Working with VanMar Constructors Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Vancouver-based associate architects KMBR Architects, the Farrow Partnership, from Toronto, has created a design that evokes “an architecture of wellness” for the facility, believed to be the first of its type to be rolled out in B.C.

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Mass timber construction use growing

Journal of Commerce
July 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mass timber construction is reaching a critical juncture as contractors are feeling more comfortable using large prefabricated panels for wall, floor and roof construction. “We have really gone full circle,” said George Rossi, a partner in Surrey’s D.G.S. Construction, whose family started in construction in the 1960s when “everything was wood.” The difference, said Rossi, is the wood products and their use. There are more composite wood products and more prefabrication to compress construction time. It has been happening in Europe for 40 years, he said.

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Wood Electric Car Is ‘Greenest’ in Shell Competition (with video)

Woodworking Network
July 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

KUALA LUMPOR, MALAYSIA – A wood electric car took home the Eco-Design Award at the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia held earlier this month. The UrbanConcept car was designed by students from the Universiti of Sains Malaysia. Dubbed the “Vagabond,” the wood electric car is made of plywood and features a rattan chair for the driver. It was one of 119 student entries in the annual fuel efficiency competition sponsored by Shell.

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Asia Pulp & Paper Mill’s New SVLK Certifications Address US Legality

The Paper Index Times
July 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

TORONTO, CANADA – Asia Pulp & Paper Group’s (APP) announcement that its production mills are achieving SVLK certification under Indonesia’s new Wood Legality Verification System is a major stride in addressing the most stringent requirements for legality around the world, including those in the U.S. and E.U. Thus far, three APP mills have secured certifications, and the company’s remaining Indonesian mills anticipate securing certifications before year’s end.

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Forestry

Ministry wants to see Sask. moose population decrease

Leader Post
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Environment is keeping a close eye on Saskatchewan’s moose population. According to Minister of Environment Ken Cheveldayoff, the government is looking into new ways to reduce the moose population in Saskatchewan. “I’ve asked the Ministry of Environment to look at options to being even more aggressive on the numbers,” said Cheveldayoff.

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NDP Forestry Critic Reacts to Mountain Pine Beetle Roundtable Discussions

HQ Prince George
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After participating in a recent series of roundtable discussions with communities affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, the NDP’s Forestry critic says industry and the public is mostly aware of and ready for what will be a changing industry post-beetle. But Norm Macdonald says more leadership is needed at the government level. “There were challenges that were going to be there anyway in terms of forest health issues, in terms of the market collapse we saw in the United States, but certainly exacerbated by a lack of attention from the Provincial Government.”

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Glen Valley forest a link with Langley’s past, council told

Langley Times
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Glen Valley residents are keeping the pressure on Township council to retain 25 acres of forest that are currently listed for sale. Two weeks ago council caved in to public demand and agreed to take an adjoining 21 acres of forest off an auction website, but Mayor Jack Froese said that the Township would go ahead with plans to sell the five five-acre parcels near 84 Avenue and 260 Street. Several residents returned to council on July 23 meeting, urging the Township to stop the sale.

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All quiet on the P.G. forest fire front

Prince George Citizen
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests in the Prince George region have escaped the wrath of wildfires now threatening other parts of northern BC. Although there were a few lightening strikes in the Prince George region over the weekend in an area that’s seen very little rain the past three weeks, forests in the north central Interior have been spared the flames now consuming forests in the Fort Nelson region. Since Monday, the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 11 new fires in the Fort Nelson fire zone, four of which were still burning. As of Wednesday afternoon there were a total of 17 active fires in the northeast quadrant of the province.

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CSRD recommends refusal for Eagle Bay development land use request

Revelstoke Times Review
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The first step in the process of a potential development near the Eagle Bay campground south of Revelstoke has been met with resistance from locals and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. An application by the developer Sage Investments to have a 500-acre portion of the 2,500-acre parcel excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was sent to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) by the CSRD with a unanimous vote in favour of a recommendation of refusal at its monthly board meeting in Salmon Arm on July 19. The ultimate decision on the request rests with the ALC and they could approve the request regardless.

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APP’s latest promise no more than protecting already protected forest

WWF International
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Pekanbaru, Sumatra; Gland, Switzerland: The “sustainability roadmap” issued recently by controversial Indonesia deforester Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) dramatically backtracks on a series of promises it has made – and broken – previously, an analysis by the Riau NGO coalition Eyes on the Forest has found. “We were abundantly justified in not trusting their 2004 Sustainability Action Plan promise to cease native forest pulping by 2007 and responsible paper buyers or consumers should be dismayed that nearly a decade later, APP’s latest Sustainability Roadmap doesn’t even promise to go that far by 2015,” said Muslim Rasyid, coordinator of Eyes on the Forest member Jikalahari (Forest Rescue Network, Riau).

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2012 AF&PA Sustainability Report Shows Significant, Measurable Progress On Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Goals

Quantifiable goal on water use incorporated into the Better Practices suite of goals
MarketWatch (press release)
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released the results of its biennial Sustainability Report, which showed that the U.S. paper, pulp and wood products industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving the goals of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. “Our member companies responded in force to the challenge of improving upon our proven record of sustainability leadership,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Thanks to the efforts of our members, we have made substantial progress toward achieving our goals and have significantly raised the bar for defining sustainable manufacturing.”

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U.S. Forest Service Adopts Suppression-First Strategy

Reacting to the unusually large number of devastating fires, the U.S. Forest Service has adopted a suppression-first wildfire fighting strategy.
Firehouse.com
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Fires, whether natural or prescribed, won’t be used to improve elk and other wildlife habitat in wilderness and roadless areas of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests this summer. Reacting to the unusually large number of devastating fires in the Southwest and drought conditions covering much of the country, the U.S. Forest Service adopted a suppression-first wildfire fighting strategy. “Every fire is going to get some kind of suppression response,” said Bob Lippincott, fire management officer for the combined forests.

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Video: Cory Gardner bugged by beetles, fuming over fires

Westword (blog)
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Cory Gardner is on fire. More than two hundred homes and thousands of acres of forests went up in flames in his district in the past few weeks, and the freshman congressman from Colorado knows exactly who and what to blame. Not drought, not climate change, not even the bark-beetle epidemic that’s killed millions of trees. Nope. It’s the goldarn gubberment’s fault. “We have a situation once again where Washington is fiddling while our states are burning,” he declared at a hearing last week.

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Gila forest showing fire recovery

KRQE
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Many of the seeds spread throughout a southern New Mexico forest that was charred by a wildfire now are sprouting. Contractors have seeded 26,200 acres burned by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest. Recent rains have helped spur the growth of the seeds. Native plants also are sprouting in areas that weren’t burned as severely.

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Logging for spotted owls

The Oregonian
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The latest research finding that logging can help the beleaguered spotted owl is certain to provoke controversy. The owl’s protection collapsed federal logging on Oregon’s forests over the past two decades, sinking many rural economies. Yet the owl continues to be in decline. Meanwhile, our under-harvested forests pile up with dead and diseased trees, brush and tinder that threaten to explode into catastrophic fire. That was the case with the Biscuit fire, which in 2002 consumed nearly a half-million acres in the Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon and northern California.

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Pine beetle initiative treats 215,000 infested trees in first year

Tri State Neighbor
July 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that more than 215,000 trees infested with mountain pine beetles have been treated since control operations began last fall in the Black Hills. The total includes more than 115,000 trees on private land and almost 100,000 trees in Custer State Park. …Beginning last fall, almost 150,000 acres of state and private forestland were surveyed, and 285,000 infested trees were marked for removal. Final figures will be available later this summer on the total number of infested trees that were treated. Treatment techniques include removing infested trees for use in sawmills, as well as the cut and chunk, cut and peel, and cut and chip disposal methods.

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Logging Vital To Sustainability Of Ecosystem

RedOrbit
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

According to researchers from Oregon State University and Michigan State University, active forest management will help reduce the chances of a devastating, habitat-destroying wildfire. While targeted logging, tree thinning, and other fuel reduction activities might be a short term detriment to forested habitats of the Western U.S., they are vital to maintaining the long-term sustainability of this ecosystem, said the team’s report, which was recently published in Forest Ecology and Management.

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Va .expands walnut-killing beetle quarantine

Associated Press
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — State agriculture officials have widened a quarantine area intended to slow the spread of a disease that attacks walnut trees. The Thousand Cankers Disease quarantine now includes the counties of Fairfax and Prince William and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. These are in addition to the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Henrico, and the cities of Colonial Heights and Richmond. They had already been quarantined.

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Protected tropical forests’ biodiversity ‘declining’

BBC
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Despite having protected status, the biodiversity in a large number of tropical forests is still continuing to decline, a study has suggested. The authors said the findings should cause concern because the areas have been seen as a final refuge for a number of threatened species. Habitat disruption, hunting and timber exploitation have been seen as signs of future decline, they added. The findings have been published online by the science journal Nature.

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Timber Companies Asked to Obtain Certification

Tempo Interaktif
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jakarta – Indonesia urges the national timber industry to immediately verify their timber production. Director of Education on Processing and Marketing of Forest Products at the Forestry Ministry, Dwi Sudharto, says verification under the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) must be done so that timber products are considered legal. “The European Union will implement the regulation of legal timber effective March 2013…

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Coal city’s green story inspires sustainable development

China Daily
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At first glance, Jincheng appears to be a typical coal-mining city. …Although Jincheng still boasts a large reserve of coal, it started to transform its economic model in the 1980s as the government gradually reduced the reliance on the “black gold” to encourage the forestry industry. An environmental compensation mechanism was also established to require coal producers to pay for green initiatives, a model that set an example for China’s resources-rich cities. “In fact, the green economy is more sustainable and profitable than the resources economy,” Wang said. “The black-to-green transition will not slow down the economy, either.”

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‘Law enforcement agents to be ousted post-fire’

Jerusalem Post
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The commander of the police’s Northern District, Asst.-Ch. Rony Atia, was expected to resign or be fired, and other law enforcement officials already have retired, following severe criticism of the way they handled the December 2010 Carmel Forest fire, Army Radio reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Ze’ev Even-Chen, a former police Central Region commander and father of Topaz Even-Chen Klein, who, along with 43 others, was killed in the fire, has led a public campaign for the dismissal of law enforcement and political officials who, according to him, mismanaged the crisis.

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Community forest rights to be put on fast-track

Times of India
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NAGPUR: State assembly speaker Dilip Walse-Patil has said that community forest rights (CFRs) to be granted to the tribals under the Forest Rights Act 2006 will be put on fast-track. CFR claims are pending in over 1,000 villages in Vidarbha and Khandesh, which need to be expedited, Walse-Patil told a delegation of Vidarbha Livelihood Forum (VLF), a joint platform of NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) dedicated to tribal rights and sustainable livelihoods.

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Forest Disruption Greater Threat Than Climate Change Bloomberg

Bloomberg
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation of protected areas and illegal hunting of endangered species that live there has a greater impact on biodiversity than climate change, overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs, according to a researcher. The “rapid disruption” of protected tropical forests is the greatest threat to wildlife, Bill Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, said in an e-mail. He studied 60 protected areas in tropical regions around the world and is the lead author of an article that will be published in tomorrow’s issue of Nature.

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Wildfires scorch Europe

Father, daughter die fleeing blaze
Reuters
July 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Wildfires have broken out in other parts of southern Europe in the past few days. On Monday, Croatia evacuated tourists near a coast-al village and thick smoke forced the closing of the main coastal road linking the northern and central Adriatic. Last week, fire swept through forests near Athens, and villagers had to be evacuated from their homes on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. The fires in the Spanish province of Girona, Catalonia, are the area’s most devastating in well over 20 years, the local government said, and Environment Ministry data show 2012 is already the worst year for forest fires in Spain for more than a decade.

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Leaked figure sparks Tas forestry fears

Sydney Morning Herald
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s opposition is warning that forestry will be turned into a “cottage industry” if leaked figures from the state’s forest peace talks are correct. The Australian newspaper has reported negotiators are set to agree on 525,000 hectares of native forest being protected, the largest such allocation in the state’s history. “This deal represents an almost total victory for the Greens and will turn the forestry industry into little more than a cottage industry,” opposition spokesman Peter Gutwein said in a statement. “The forestry industry will cease to exist in any meaningful way within five years.

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Kiwis protected in the pines

Voxy
July 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A major forest owner has started a partnership with a conservation group, the Project Kiwi Trust, to monitor and protect Coromandel brown kiwi living in a large radiata pine plantation near Whitianga. Many native species – including birds, bats, reptiles and insects – live in planted exotic forests. Forest owners certified by the Forest Stewardship Council actively protect these species by controlling possums, stoats and other predators.

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DENR eyes fuel wood plantations to curb illegal cutting of trees for charcoal making

Philippine Information Agency
July 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — Socssksargen Region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) is pushing for establishment of fuel wood plantations which will later become sources for production of charcoal. Dr. Adeluisa G. Siapno , regional executive director of DENR 12, said the move is aimed at controlling further degradation of forest lands due to illegal cutting of trees to supply increasing demand for wood charcoal brought about by the rising prices of liquefied petroleum gas and electricity. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wall Street Journal Goes After Blue Lake Biomass Plant

North Coast Journal
July 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A story in today’s Wall Street Journal (dateline: BLUE LAKE, Calif.) offers a withering indictment of biomass energy plants, with Blue Lake’s own serving as exhibit A. The story opens on the “malodorous brown smoke” that billowed from the plant two years ago (Heidi Walters wrote about it shortly afterward) and goes on to suggest that biomass plants collectively are dirty, dirty polluters bilking American taxpayers for hundreds of millions in green subsidies. …They don’t say how many of the infractions were minor. The rest of the authors’ case against biomass relies largely on anecdotes about bad apples, particularly a Fresno-based plant called Madera Power that was repeatedly caught — and fined for — burning plastic.

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Oil industry files lawsuit against USA’s biofuel policy

TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk (blog)
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The U.S government faces another lawsuit against its policy to enforce petroleum firms to use biofuel. It is the second lawsuit in six months to challenge the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for the use of cellulosic biofuel. Filed by the American Petroleum Institute, which represents oil refineries in the country, the institute said that meeting the mandate was impossible because biofuel supplies were ‘non-existent’.
Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, petrol firms are expected to use 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel-ethanol generated from non-food items such as wood chips and municipal waste.

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ReEnergy and loggers team up in biomass program in Lyons Falls

WatertownDailyTimes.com
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

LYONS FALLS — ReEnergy Holdings recruited more than a dozen suppliers for its biomass facility here as more than 100 people attended Demo Day on Wednesday to watch wood chippers and learn about a new program offered to those in the logging industry.
By midday, 13 loggers had signed up for the program, which allows ReEnergy to purchase state-of-the-art wood chippers and enter a five-year contract with participating loggers.

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Foresters want protection against cheap carbon credits

Radio New Zealand
July 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Carbon prices have plunged to record lows, undermining their purpose of improving the environment. Under emissions trading systems, companies have to buy carbon or emissions credits to compensate for the emission of greenhouse gases during the production of goods. …The Forest Owners Association says New Zealand is not immune from events in Europe, but some things can be done to reduce the impact on the carbon market in this country.

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