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Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

Froggy Foibles

The Amazing Tale Of Paul Bunyan

Nature Center Magazine
August 7, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

When North America was making way for settlers early in the 1800’s some of the most important people were the men who cut lumber, also known as lumberjacks. The wood cut by the lumberjacks cleared the trees to make room for houses and businesses. That wood was used to build those houses and businesses. These mighty men were big and strong, and worked hard. They endured lonely, extreme conditions. The most famous of all the lumberjacks was Paul Bunyan.

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Business & Politics

Nanaimo-born Demens is the new president for WFP

MLA Ron Cantelon says he is pleased that an Islander appointed to top position
Nanaimo Daily News
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Don Demens, who grew up in Nanaimo, has been appointed as the new president of Western Forest Products. Demens represents the third generation of foresters in his family, which also has roots in Port Alberni, and has over 25 years of coastal forest industry experience. He replaces Stephen Frasher, who has been president of WFP for three years. …”Under his leadership, we have seen a change in business culture with a strong focus on margin,” Gammiero said.

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Western profit increases

Victoria Times Colonist
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sale of a tree-farm licence and improved lumber and log shipments allowed Western Forest Products to improve its bottom line by $10 million in the second quarter. According to its second quarter financial statements released this week, Western netted $12 million from the sale of TFL 60 to Taan Forest Limited Partnership – a partnership of the Council of the Haida Nation and Haida Enterprise Corporation – while improved volumes of lumber and log shipments also helped increase total revenue to $253.1 million.

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Catalyst Paper reaches agreement on financing facilities

Canada Newswire press release
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper announced today that it has entered into a commitment letter with a Canadian chartered bank for a $175 million syndicated asset based loan facility (ABL Facility) maturing on the earlier of 5 years from date of closing and 90 days prior to maturity of any significant debt.

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Canfor Pulp Nominated for Energy Conservation Award

HQ Prince George
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp in Prince George has been nominated for a BC Hydro Power Smart Leader award for its efforts to conserve energy. Sotirios Korogonas with Canfor Pulp says they have partnered with BC Hydro over the past couple of years in a strategic energy management program. “What our committment was to BC Hydro on the first cusp of the program, which lasted two years, was a committment to reduce energy consumption by ten gigawatt hours per year, which we exceeded.

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Bowater workers slowly moving on

CBC News
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

In the wake of the closure of Liverpool’s biggest employer, Bowater, some people are moving on, while others are having a hard time finding replacement work. The province has added staff at Liverpool’s Employment Solutions Society, to help deal with the 400 people left jobless by the closure of the Bowater mill seven weeks ago. Some job-seekers are talking to potential employers such as Shelburne Repair, and aircraft parts manufacturer Composites Atlantic. Composites president Claude Baril says the company is hiring 30 people, from supervisors to hourly-paid workers.

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Plan in the works to re-open N.S. sawmill

CTV News
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Pictou County, N.S. sawmill that closed last year could be back in business this fall, employing at least 70 people. Owners of the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Pulp Mill in Abercrombie Point are hoping that acquiring the Ligni Bel sawmill will help to ensure a steady supply of woodchips, as the Northern Pulp mill requires a steady supply of woodchips in order to make its bleached kraft pulp. The Ligni Bel sawmill in nearby Scotsburn used to supply Northern Pulp with woodchips, but it shut down last November when over half of its wood supply was lost due to the closure of the NewPage paper mill in Point Tupper, N.S.

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Scotsburn sawmill could soon be reopened

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John Waggoner: If housing soars, stocks in timber could grow

Reno Gazette Journal
August 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

…So today’s column is about timber. And, yes, there are stocks involved. But for those who want a true long-term timber investment, you’ll also get some tips on how to grow your own. Timber tumbled, as you might expect, in the housing collapse. From February 2005 through February 2009, traders chopped lumber futures prices down 65 percent, according to Bloomberg.

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Northern Maine mill to start 2nd paper machine

Boston.com
August 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine—Great Northern Paper Co. plans to start up a second paper machine at its East Millinocket mill, restoring 37 jobs there. Company President and CEO Richard Cyr (SEAR) tells the Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/N69oLw) that the goal is to go into production by the first week of September. Cyr says the company’s already advertising for experienced pulp and paper workers.

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Weyerhaeuser will auction two properties according to auction house

The Oregonian
August 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon timber company Weyerhaeuser will sell two of its properties at auction later this month, according to John Dixon & Associates, the real estate auction company handling the sales. The Atlanta-based firm said the two properties — a former plant in Chavies, KY. and former mill site in Dallas, OR — will go on sale Aug. 23 and 28, respectively. The Chavies property includes approximately 92 acres of land and was once used by Weyerhaeuser as a truss manufacturing facility.

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Gunns pulp mill confidence waning

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August 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns has admitted losing confidence in its $3 billion Bell Bay pulp mill proceeding. In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange it said the board was unable to reach a decision in June on whether the mill was “probable to proceed or not”. “The decision taken by the board does not necessarily mean that the mill project will not proceed. Rather it is an indication of decreased confidence from the company that it has the ability to influence the mill project proceeding,” it said.

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Gunns losing faith in pulp mill

Sydney Morning Herald
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TASMANIA’S forest industry is in meltdown, with one-time timber giant Gunns Ltd admitting for the first time it lacks confidence its flagship $2.3 billion pulp mill will go ahead. The bitterly divisive Tamar Valley project has failed to find a backer despite repeated upbeat claims by the company, and is unfinanced nearly eight years after it was first proposed. In a second blow to the state, marathon native forest peace talks are struggling to reach a final deal after two years of intensive negotiations between green groups and industry. They are now set for what one negotiator called a ”last hurrah”.

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Gunns over a barrel as numbers don’t stack up

Sydney Morning Herald
August 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The problem with Gunns is that the numbers don’t add up. Sometimes the numbers can be made to stack up with a dose of creative accounting but with Gunns it’s demanded more than the usual hard slog. Take yesterday’s announcement by the ailing forestry group. On the positive side, Gunns has finally admitted what so many have long thought: its ability to build the $2.3 billion Bell Bay pulp mill in northern Tasmania is in doubt, to say the least.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Life Cycle Assessment research into American hardwoods receives approval from critical review panel

Zawya press release
August 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The American Hardwood Export Council, the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has announced the completion of its groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment research into American hardwoods by PE International. Following the first meeting earlier this year, the critical review panel met once again to assess and comment on the LCA project and have now given their approval to the report that covers 19 different U.S. hardwood lumber species. The panel acknowledged that the quality of the life cycle inventory data had been significantly improved with the additional input of around 40 companies since the first review meeting.

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ISHM Educates Employers and Workers about Wood Dust Exposure Hazards

The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) addresses health and safety concerns caused by worker exposure to wood dusts.
WebWire (press release)
August 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Many workers across the nation are exposed to wood dusts at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities. In 2009, California’s Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles become airborne. …Breathing these particles can cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, pulmonary function impairment, and even cancer. 

The new video discussing exposure to wood dust can be seen at:

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Gibson Guitar acknowledges exotic wood violation, agrees to pay penalties

CanadianBusiness.com
August 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gibson Guitar Corp. avoided a criminal prosecution after the instrument maker acknowledged its importations of exotic wood violated environmental laws. Nashville-based Gibson agreed to pay a US$300,000 penalty, forfeit claims to about US$262,000 worth of wood seized by federal agents and contribute US$50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to promote the conservation of protected tree species. “The agreement is fair and just in that it assesses serious penalties for Gibson’s behaviour while allowing Gibson to continue to focus on the business of making guitars,” U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in a statement.

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Forestry

Male trees winning battle of the sexes in Canada

Female trees make a mess while male trees produce pollen making it worse for allergy sufferes
CBC News
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A battle of the sexes is happening in Canada’s urban forests and the losers are those with allergies. A study shows the dominance of male trees is making it worse for people who suffer from allergies. The study found that because female trees tend to make more of a mess with flowers and fruit, cities and nurseries shy away from planting them. Therefore more male, pollen-producing trees usually exist.

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Bragg Creek logging plan garners boos at public information forum

Calgary Herald
August 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BRAGG CREEK — Mention of a Cochrane-based timber company drew jeers from Bragg Creek residents Thursday at a government-hosted information session on the contentious issue of logging in the region. Spray Lake Sawmills has been selected to harvest trees on 700 hectares in the West Bragg Creek area, under the province’s forest management plan. About 150 residents in attendance were told the meeting was intended to increase understanding — not debate the project’s merits. But the crowd made its opinion known during a presentation from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

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Township of Langley residents fight forest sale

CBC News
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some residents in the Township of Langley, B.C., are fighting to save a 25-acre forested parcel of land. The township is trying to sell the land, located along 84th Avenue, to raise the money to buy an old school in Aldergrove, which would be converted into a pool and other recreation facilities. But those who live nearby say the land is too valuable to sell — and they’re collecting signatures for the cause.

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Dry, hot BC weather raises forest fire danger

CTV British Columbia News
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recent B.C. heat wave has caused a big turnaround for the province’s forests, raising fire danger ratings to extreme in certain areas. In the Kamloops Forest District, which covers most of the southern Interior, the fire danger rating has shot up from moderate to high. A large area around Prince George as well as sections of the southern Interior that include parts of the Shuswap have been placed under extreme fire risk.

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Opinion: lift on logging restraints would be ill-advised

By Ben Parfitt
Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As members of a hastily convened committee of the provincial legislature meet to consider a controversial government proposal to escalate logging activities in British Columbia’s already hard-hit Interior forests, questions arise about whether the committee is in any position at all to make an informed decision. Thanks to the bravery of an unnamed public servant who decided in April to leak a provincial cabinet briefing document that outlined the contentious plan, the provincial government was forced to appoint the committee, consisting of both Liberal and NDP MLAs, and to hold public hearings.

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“Trees for Tomorrow” Program Aides Green Movement

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MaverickLabel.Com®, leading pioneer of label products via the Internet, fuels the green movement with its “Trees for Tomorrow” program. Partnered with Trees for the Future, MaverickLabel.com® has planted thousands of trees since the program’s inception in 2009. “We’ve planted a tree for every order through our website since September 2009,” said Mark Turmper, MaverickLabel.Com® CEO. “As a printing company, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our ecological impact. This program helps us do just that, by giving something back to the environment,” he added.

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Bradford addresses Forest Plan

The Western News
August 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A full slate of agenda items faced Lincoln County Commissioners on Wednesday, among them updates from Kootenai National Forest Supervisor Paul Bradford, and it also marked a larger payday for most county employees. Bradford, during his monthly address to Commissioners, offered an update on the Forest Plan Revision, Grizzly Bear Access Amendment, pending mining proposals and even a fire-danger update

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Study: Forest disturbance key to diversity

Summit County Citizens Voice
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As much as we picture a “perfect forest’ in our mind’s eye, the reality is that forests are dynamic ecosystems, subject to windstorms, avalanches, insect invasions and wildfires. And while the widespread perception is that these so-called disasters are a blight on forests, they are, in fact, crucial drivers of diversity and renewal. Washington State University scientist Mark Swanson recently studied forest areas hit by major disturbances, including the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption and suggested that land managers can alter practices to mimic disturbances an enhance diversity, creating areas with a wide variety of species, including rare and endangered plants and animals.

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Idaho gets its first big high mountain forest fire of the year

The Wildlife News
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although Idaho had some large range fires in June, they did not get much attention because they mostly burned rangeland that was already severely degraded with cheatgrass, BLM-planted crested wheatgrass and related cultivars, and overgrazed. This is, of course, an overgeneralization, but the fires did not attract more than local and a little regional attention. Now, however, forest fires are breaking out in the heavily timbered high mountain country deep in central Idaho. The largest is the Halstead Fire, estimated at about 25,000 acres.

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New Idaho wildfire in heavy timber grows despite big effort by retardant bombers

Associated Press
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Firefighters on Sunday faced the possibility of a long battle against a wildfire burning in heavy timber 50 miles east of Boise after an intense effort a day earlier that included dropping more than 100,000 gallons of fire retardant failed to keep the blaze in check. Fire spokesman Dave Olson said the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest expanded Saturday despite 46 runs by four military C-130 cargo planes based at the nearby Boise Air Terminal and more drops by three single-engine air tankers. Retardant drops continued Sunday, but not at the same pace as Saturday, and the fire grew to about 2 square miles.

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Worries grow over some N. Calif. fires

San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

High winds and thunderstorms stoked several fires in Northern California over the weekend, including a growing blaze in the Plumas National Forest that continued to elude firefighters’ control Sunday. The National Weather Service extended a red-flag warning to Monday morning, signaling that lightning and hot, dry conditions set the stage for “explosive fire growth” in a region that runs along the Sierra Nevada, west into Lake and Mendocino counties, and north to the Oregon border.

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Is Murrelet The New ‘You Can’t Cut It Bird’ In NW Forests?

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What rare bird has stopped seven logging projects in Oregon? If you’re assuming it’s the northern spotted Owl, you’re wrong. A high-pitched call belongs to the marbled murrelet. It’s a threatened seabird. But it nests on the branches of big, old trees. Before I took to the woods to find a marbled murrelet, Ann Forest Burns warned me about the experience. She’s with the timber industry group, the American Forest Resource Council.

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State reaches deal to buy 69000 acres

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LAKE PLACID – The biggest addition to the Adirondack State Forest Preserve in more than 100 years was made official during a press conference here Sunday afternoon. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined environmental leaders and elected officials at Lake Placid’s Conference Center to sign and announce the state’s deal to acquire some 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberland from The Nature Conservancy. 

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State declares war on Emerald ashe borer beetle

Middletown Press
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARTFORD — Connecticut environmental protection officials are taking steps to combat a destructive beetle that has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S., as well as battle other insects and diseases that can be dispersed when firewood is moved. Starting Aug. 9, there are plans to quarantine all ash wood, including logs and nursery stock, throughout New Haven County.

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Protest against logging in Lenton

Indymedia UK
August 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protests have begun against Nottingham City Council’s plans for extensive felling of trees in Lenton. On Friday a small demonstration against the logging was held which attracted the attention of City Council staff and PCSOs. The council is planning to cut down 84 lime trees because of “aphid mess, falling branches and loss of light”, but the protestors say it is really a money saving strategy. They are planning to meet at the entrance to Nottingham Castle at 8am on Monday for another demonstration.

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Forest sell-off panel cost £700000 to run

BBC News
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An independent panel which was set up to review the future of publicly-owned woodlands in the UK cost £700,000 to run, the BBC has learned. The panel, set up in 2011, concluded in its final report that forests should be held in a trust and not sold off. It was set up after a ministerial U-turn on plans to sell off woodlands. The government is to issue a response to the report in 2013 but has already said it will accept the recommendation not to sell off woodlands.

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Forestry peace deadline looms again

ABC Online
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are hopes the Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has arrived in Tasmania to announce a forest peace deal. The environmental and industry groups involved in the peace process will this afternoon reveal whether they have reached an agreement to reduce the amount of native forest logging in the state. Mr Burke has been locked in back-to-back meetings and a media conference has been called for 4:00pm. The Tasmanian Government has so far refused to be drawn on whether it is expecting the deal to be finalised today.

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No peace deal for Tasmania’s forests

ABC Online
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Long-running talks to strike a peace deal for Tasmania’s forests have failed, with signatories unable to meet Monday’s deadline for a final agreement. The industry and environmental groups involved say they need fresh eyes and cannot do it alone. They have called on the state and federal governments to facilitate a final agreement to reduce the amount of native forest logging in the state.

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Forests NSW defends logging amid koala concerns

ABC News, Australia
August 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A north coast planning manager for Forests NSW says he’s confident in the processes that are in place to protect wildlife in state forests. Harvesting has been suspended in the Royal Camp State Forest near Casino after conservationists raised concerns about koala activity in the area. Dailan Pugh, from the North East Forest Alliance, says a weekend inspection found evidence that regulations were being ignored. “In half a day of looking for koala scats, we found four high-use areas for koalas that are required legally to be protected and have buffers around them,” he said.

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PNG’s forest sell-off ‘revealed’ (& video)

SBS
August 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace says leases have been granted for some of PNG’s most pristine environments and take in five million hectares of customary-owned land. Peter O’Neill is getting down to business– after being elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea on Friday. One of the first issues on his agenda is the controversy over native land, or customary land as it’s known.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

A drop in demand for woody biomass in the US

Pulp and Paper News
August 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Main reason for the declining prices is the fall of natural gas prices to levels not seen in ten years  Prices for mill and forest biomass fell in most major consuming regions of the US in the 2Q/12, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The main reason for the declining prices is the continued fall of natural gas prices to levels not seen in ten years. Prices for woody biomass in the US, whether sawmill by-products, forest residues or urban wood waste, have been sliding for most of the past three years, but were still higher late in 2011 in most regions than they were five years ago, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

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Oregon lands grant for wood energy cluster

Sustainable Business Oregon
August 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Thursday that Oregon won the nation’s first-ever grant to support a wood-energy cluster, a pilot project that will be developed with the U.S. Forest Service. The $168,000 Forest Service grant will support a pilot project focused on developing biomass energy projects that will use waste from forest-thinning efforts to provide heat and power at schools, commercial buildings and mills.

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‘Wooden’ PC throws down carbon-footprint gauntlet

Plastics Today
August 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Calculating an end-product’s CO2 footprint can yield some interesting and perhaps counterintuitive implications. Take, for example, a wood-framed computer. MicroPro PC employees in Ireland, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, have developed an eco-friendly PC with a carbon footprint of 360 kg CO2 eq for the PC’s full product lifecycle, which the team says represents a 70% reduction from that of a typical desktop PC with monitor. Ninety-eight percent of the materials used can be recycled.

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Record German pellet output in first half-year

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 3, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The combined German pellet output reached a new record level in the first half of this year and was roughly 17% higher than in the reference period for last year at 1.04m t. The decisive factor for this was the above-average increase of 22% in pellet output in the second quarter of 2012 to 557,164 t.

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