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Business & Politics

Lumber Stocks on a Tear

Resource Investing News
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Resource investors who have seen their junior mining stocks beaten down over the past few months shouldn’t have tunnel vision and might consider looking at other aspects of the resource economy while they wait out a market upturn in metals commodities. One sector that is looking positively bullish is the Canadian forestry industry and associated forest products companies, which are capitalizing on an uptrend in US housing starts commensurate with an improving economy in Canada’s largest trading partner.

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Western Capitalized on Strong Markets to Deliver the Highest Quarterly EBITDA in Company History

Marketwire press release
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Western Forest Products Inc.today announced results for the first quarter of 2013. The Company reported EBITDA of $31.9 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to EBITDA of $14.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 and $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.

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Lake calls Kendall to account on log exports

Kamloops Daily News
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kamloops-North Thompson NDP candidate Kathy Kendall should explain or retract and apologize for remarks she made about raw log exports, B.C. Liberal candidate Terry Lake said on Tuesday. Lake said that comments Kendall made during an all-candidates forum in Barriere show she doesn’t understand the region’s forest industry. Kendall criticized raw log exports — a perennial complaint that the NDP is promising to act upon — and suggested they have hurt the local economy, a claim she made at the Kamloops forum the day before.

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New twist in Babine Sawmill explosion story (video)

Global BC News
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Global News has learned there was a lot more to the BC Safety Authority report outlining the likely cause of the Babine Sawmill explosion. Why was information related to safety suppressed? Ted Chernecki reports.

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Diversification key to Cariboo North future

Prince George Citizen
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like most ridings, the election in Cariboo North will be largely decided on the issue of the economy. The riding municipalities have been largely reliant on the lumber industry but there is also economic spinoff from nearby mining work, agriculture and tourism. Continuing to focus heavily on forestry won’t help the riding to grow, according to the three provincial candidates. NDP candidate Duncan Barnett said he doesn’t want to see the government put all their economic eggs in one basket.

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Improved Lumber Prices Boost Q1 Earnings at West Fraser Timber

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has reported earnings of $67 million on sales of $863 million in the first quarter of 2013. In the quarter, lumber operations generated operating earnings of $122 million and EBITDA of $146 million. The improvement over the prior quarter reflects improved prices for SPF and SYP lumber. The panel segment, which includes plywood, LVL and MDF, generated $14 million of operating earnings and EBITDA of $18 million in the quarter, reflecting higher plywood prices.

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Muskrat Falls work creating Newfoundland logger shortage

CBC.ca
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A consultant says some forestry companies in Newfoundland may be forced to shut down as workers flock to Labrador for lucrative jobs on the Muskrat Falls hydro project. “If you don’t have that solid core of harvesting capacity, the mills won’t be supplied and there would be real risks that continued operations of the mills might be jeopardized this year,” said Bob Dingwall. Two-thirds of the loggers clearing trees where the Muskrat Falls reservoir will be built came from Newfoundland.

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Rentech jumps into wood pellet business in a big way

Purchase of Atikokan Renewable Fuels one small piece of a bigger picture
Atikokan Progress
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Rentech Inc., an American renewable energy and fertilizer company, has purchased Atikokan Renewable Fuels as part of a series of deals that will make it an internationally significant producer in the wood pellet business. Rentech has secured a ten-year contract to supply Drax Power Limited of the U.K. with 400,000 metric tons of wood pellets annually, as well as the ten-year contract to provide 45,000 metric tons annually to Ontario Power Generation that comes with the purchase of Atikokan Renewable Fuels.

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Louisiana-Pacific Swings To Profit In Q1 But Falls Below Street

RTT News
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Construction company Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Tuesday reported a profit for the first quarter versus a loss last year citing mainly a recovery of building activity across all regions of the U.S. which translated into improved demand for its products and higher oriented strand board or OSB pricing. Earnings from continuing operations excluding certain items per share however, were lower than what analysts had expected. For the quarter the firm reported net income of $65.3 million versus a loss of $11.3 million last year.

Louisiana-Pacific Management Discusses Q1 2013 Results – Earnings Call Transcript from Louisiana Pacific

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Wood products firms see business boost

Eugene is among the areas where production is rising
Mail Tribune
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Inside three adjacent buildings at Lanz Cabinets in west Eugene, workers are churning out hundreds of cabinets a day for apartments and homes, from Seattle to San Diego. Cabinet orders, especially for apartments, are growing, so the 300-employee company is growing, too. The company is hiring, and it recently broke ground on an 18,000-square-foot addition. Lanz is just one of Lane County’s wood products companies that is seeing business pick up again because of stronger demand in the U.S. housing market and relatively steady exports. 

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Appleton Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

PRNewswire
May 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

… Appleton’s first quarter 2013 net sales of $210.8 million decreased 4.0% compared to first quarter 2012 net sales of $219.6 million. Adjusting for the Company’s decision to discontinue the sale of carbonless papers into certain non-strategic international markets, first quarter net sales were up 1.5%. The thermal papers segment experienced its fifth consecutive quarter of sales growth. First quarter 2013 sales of thermal papers were 13.9% higher than the previous year quarter and 5.4% higher than fourth quarter 2012.

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Swedish lumber exports below last year’s level

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At a total of 888,700 m³, Sweden exported 6.6% less softwood lumber and planed products in February 2013 than it did in the same period of last year. In doing so, softwood lumber exports to customers within Europe fell disproportionately heavily by roughly 15% to 566,700 m³. Exports to Africa also fell well short of last year’s figure at 139,300 m³.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hospital uses power of architecture to promote healing

Globe and Mail
May 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…It’s unusual for hospitals to use exposed wood – unsafe, is the fear – but St. Mary’s hospital directors were willing and Mr. Farrow has a history of using wood in other hospitals. He’s been able to prove to the satisfaction of Canadian regulatory authorities that wood can be protected during a fire without using sprinklers, which typically mean that wood gets so wet that mould develops. Instead, he installs a fog-producing system that, in the case of a fire, chills wood to the point where it won’t burn.

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Cross-laminated timber first in Ottawa

Daily Commerical News
May 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In what is thought to be the first such commercial installation in the city of Ottawa, cross-laminated timber (CLT) is being utilized on a Playvalue Toys warehouse/retail facility. The European-manufactured product is being used on the walls of the building currently under construction on David Manchester Road. In all, the panel installation will total 15,851 square feet. …He opted to incorporate CLT after being introduced to the product at an Ontario Wood WORKS seminar in November 2011.

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Quebec government accused of playing favourites with ‘greenwashed’ wood mandate

Financial Post
May 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Quebec’s decision last week to adopt a “wood charter,” requiring builders to consider building with wood for all publicly funded infrastructure projects, was sold to the province as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions used in cement and steel production. But producers of non-wood building materials say the benefits of building with wood are being “greenwashed,” while the cost may be added risk to human lives.

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Forestry

Crews battle stubborn forest fire near Ashcroft

Blaze near Ashcroft doubles to 250 hectares in record-setting heat
www.kamloopsnews.ca
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Against a perfect storm of high temperatures, low humidity, wind and tough terrain, firefighters struggled to slow the spread of a forest fire south of Ashcroft on Tuesday. The Spatsum Creek fire — the largest blaze in the Kamloops Fire Centre at the moment — has been burning since April 27, but it doubled in size to 250 hectares in Monday’s intense afternoon heat. Conditions pushed the fire past a threshold late Sunday and additional personnel were brought in at that point.

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Loggers and kayakers step up their campaigns

Campbell River Mirror
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tourism operators in the Discovery Islands should view logging differently, suggests the head of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association. In a news release last week, executive director Dwight Yochim said tourism and logging operators both utilize the coast, and need to better work together. “Instead of apologizing for a visible cutblock, ecotourism operators need to explain three things,” he says. “The trees were harvested sustainably and created jobs for local British Columbians. Second, those new trees will be left to grow for decades and then they’ll be harvested again..”

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That season is approaching

After just a few days of sun, the eastern part of the province was hit with a rash of grass fires during the weekend.
Western Star
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

So far no serious damage resulted but emergency crews were tied up fighting the blazes and that could have kept them from attending a more serious situation. The outbreak should be a heads-up for everyone who is planning to be in the outdoors now that spring-like weather has finally arrived. In this part of the province we don’t worry too much about grass fires, but forest fires are another matter. Most communities are in close proximity to thick forests and that presents a danger if carelessness causes trouble.

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Emergency centre set up in New Brunswick town due to forest fire

The Canadian Press
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A reception centre has been set up in a community hall in a village in northwestern New Brunswick in case a forest fire forces people to flee their homes. However, a spokesman for the provincial Department of Natural Resources says the fire has “subsided substantially” Tuesday night and there were no evacuations in Kedgwick, about 300 kilometres north of Fredericton. A spokeswoman for the RCMP said earlier that some residents were being asked to evacuate because the fire was drawing dangerously close to the community.

Petitcodiac, NB, forest fire only 25% contained from The CBC News
Home evacuated as firefighters battle forest fire outside Moncton from The Canadian Press

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All 9 forest fires in Quebec caused by human activity

CBC.ca
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With nine forest fires currently burning across Quebec, the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources has banned open fires for the time being. “We decided to ban fires because we had 150 fires since the beginning of the season, and all of these fires were caused by human activity,” said Éloïse Richard, a spokeswoman for SOPFEU, Quebec’s forest fire protection agency.

Mont Saint-Hilaire fire brings total number of forest fires to nine in Quebec from The Montreal Gazette
Open fires banned as forest fires burn across Quebec from CBC News<

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Storm quenches area fires

Rain likely will push back start of valley’s wildfire season
Mail Tribune
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Monday evening’s storm that blanketed the region with more than 1,000 lightning strikes carried with it not only enough rain to quell most new fires, but also stave off the start of the Rogue Valley’s wildfire season. Periods of downpours during the repeated waves of lightning strikes in Northern California and Southern Oregon kept Monday evening’s ensuing fires down to about a dozen, much to the liking of wildfire crews who spent Monday chasing more than a dozen fires caused by Sunday’s lighting that didn’t include much rain.

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Wildfire crews brace for busy year

Firefighters monitor burn sites in Western and Central Oregon as the 2013 fire season gets off to an early start
The Register-Guard
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As firefighters worked on stamping out a handful of small wildfires that erupted across Lane County over the weekend, they were getting an early taste of what the exceptionally dry weather may have in store. Highs in the mid- to high 70s are predicted throughout the week, with no real cooling or chance of showers until next weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The unusually early ban on open burning that was imposed in Lane County on Saturday night remains in place, authorities said.

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Bass Creek logging delayed by dry weather

Ravalli Republic
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – An unusually dry spring will keep an extremely popular recreation site open to the public a couple of weeks longer than planned this spring. Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. has pushed back the start of its logging operation at the Bass Creek Recreation Area to about June 1 because its log yard is fuller than expected this time of year. “We didn’t anticipate this very dry spring weather,” said Gordy Sanders, Pyramid Lumber’s resource manager.

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New trees planted to replace beetle kill trees

ReporterHerald.com
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 5,600 ponderosa pine and limber pine trees are being planted mid-May in the Bellaire Lake, Dowdy Lake, and West Lake campgrounds on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. The trees being planted were grown from seeds collected within the vicinity of these recreation areas and were sown at the U.S. Forest Service’s Bessey Nursery in Nebraska. The Bessey Nursery is the oldest federal nursery and produces an average of 750,000 seedlings for vital restoration and conservation projects throughout the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Neptune moves ahead with business while appealing USFS contract

KPAX-TV
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The staff at Neptune Aviation call Monday’s announcement by the U.S. Forest Service a major “disappointment”. They’re going to appeal that decision. But at the same time they tell me they’re going to be pressing ahead to develop additional business opportunities.” Just hours after learning the Forest Service was awarding the lucrative “next generation” fire tanker contract to its competitors, Neptune crews were rolling out one of their four BAe-146 jets for testing in Missoula.

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Crews from three departments fight brush fire in St. Francis

Bangor Daily News
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Crews from three departments remained on the scene of a brush fire Tuesday afternoon near the St. Francis-Allagash town line. Firefighters from St. Francis, Allagash and Fort Kent were joined by a water-dropping helicopter from the Maine Forest Service in battling the fire just off Route 161 near Chamberlain’s Store in St. Francis, according to Darlene Dumond, an Allagash resident who witnessed the fire.

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Hudson wildfire contained to less than 1.5 acres, ranger says

Bangor Daily News
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Damage from a fast-moving wildfire off Hudson Road Monday evening was contained to less than 1.5 acres, thanks to rapid response from area fire departments and weather conditions that were slightly less favorable to flames than earlier in the day, Maine Forest Service officials said. The fire in a wooded area across the road from King Sub Italians at 2767 Hudson Road was reported about 6 p.m. by Bradford Fire Chief Dusty Kelley, who smelled smoke in the wind coming from nearby Hudson and alerted fire officials there, Ranger Wesley Hatch Monday night.

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Tassie’s glory days ahead says Brown, but forest battles continue

Tasmania’s glory days are ahead, says Dr Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens, but he argues the forest peace deal is not going to get us there.
ABC Local
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“What’s happened here is that the loggers get their money, but the reserves go wanting,” Dr Brown says. Dr Brown has joined current Australian Greens leader Christine Milne in claiming the Tasmanian Forests Agreement is dead in the form that was passed by the Tasmanian Parliament. “The Tasmanian Forest Agreement does no longer exist. “What does exist is a program for reformulation, using hundreds of millions of dollars of tax payers money, of the logging industry.

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Greens call for ‘civil’ forest debate

ABC Online
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens are calling for civility in the forestry debate, after the Premier and party elder Bob Brown locked horns over the forestry peace deal. The former Australian Greens leader opposes the deal, but has not criticised the four state Greens MPs who supported it. Premier Lara Giddings says Mr Brown’s criticisms of the deal shows he is becoming irrelevant to the environment movement, which is moving on from anti-logging protests.

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Mirvac to sell forestry land

North Queensland Register
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MIRVAC Group is selling one of the last of its legacy funds management assets – more than 20,000 hectares of forestry land held by Australian Sustainable Forestry Investors. The Mirvac managed fund bought the land from the managed investment scheme Timbercorp in 2004. When Timbercorp collapsed, the fund emerged as its biggest single landlord, The Australian Financial Review reports.

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Forestry Safety Inquiry Calls Backed By Wood Union

Scoop Independent News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The union for wood and forestry workers is backing calls for an inquiry into forestry safety. Today MPs Darien Fenton and Denise Roche tabled a petition in Parliament calling for the government to conduct an inquiry into health and safety in the forest industry. FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid said forestry was one of New Zealand’s most dangerous industries, and the four deaths this year alone should serve as ample reason to get to the bottom of the poor health and safety practises in the sector.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Organisations invest in low carbon fuel research at Lafarge Canada cement plant

World Cement
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Lafarge Canada Inc. is partnering with Natural Resources Canada, the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon Management Canada to develop a system that uses local surplus materials as low carbon fuels to power Lafarge Canada’s cement plant in Bath, Ontario, thereby reducing GHG emissions. The organisations will be investing $8 million in the project, which will use materials such as construction and demolition site debris (wood-based), railway ties and other energy containing materials that are not currently recycled.

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Forest Sustainability: Bioenergy Breaks and Barriers

While providing some opportunities, forest sustainability framework may hinder bioenergy development.
Biomass Magazine
May 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Managing forests sustainably is a noble idea and can result in a number of very positive social, economic and environmental outcomes. The sustainable forest management paradigm as it is being currently developed and implemented by policy networks in Europe and North America, however, may not be the best guide for action everywhere. Originating in the 1990s, the SFM concept was part of the greater effort to develop a sustainable economic development framework intended to guide policymaking efforts through the global environmental challenges of the 21st century.

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Burnaby’s Lignol Energy becomes major shareholder of Australian biofuel firm

Business in Vancouver
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burnaby-based Lignol Energy Corp. has announced that it has provided additional funding to Territory Biofuels, an Australian firm in which it holds shares, and has now become a majority shareholder in the company… LEC owns 100% of the shares of Lignol Innovations, which has developed technology to refine ethanol from cellulose. It also produces value-added biochemical co-products, such as an extract made from lignin, a chemical compound found in wood.

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Forest Service: City Trees Are Good For Carbon Storage, Too

OPB News
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Forests soak up a lot of carbon dioxide that would otherwise contribute to climate change. But a new study by the U.S. Forest Service shows cities can store carbon too, as long as they maintain their urban tree canopy. Researchers tallied 708 million tons of carbon stored in urban trees across the U.S., and they put a value on that storage too: $50 billion in environmental services including reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Click here for a press release from the USDA Forest Service

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Will California fall into the REDD trap?

Pseudo-scientific methods are used to commodify environment and turn forests into private assets, writes Picq.
Aljazeera.com
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California is world famous for its visionary environmentalism. So the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), intended to reduce carbon emissions from nearly all sectors of the economy, was welcomed as forward-thinking legislation. Yet good intentions may turn sour if California decides to use rainforests in Mexico and Brazil as sponges to absorb its emissions instead of reducing pollution at source.

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Critics Slam California

Inter Press Service
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

More than two dozen environmental organisations are urging California Governor Jerry Brown to disregard recommendations from a United Nations task force to include so-called forest “offsets” in the state’s new emissions-trading scheme. The offsets would serve as a mechanism by which emissions-producing companies in California could continue to pollute if they compensate foreign governments for the protection of their own forests. But critics say the consequences of such a policy would have repercussions that extend far beyond the environment.

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Forestry Commission Releases Biomass Harvesting Guidelines

charlestonchronicle.net
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Foresters with the South Carolina Forestry Commission have developed guidelines which address the emerging practice of harvesting woody biomass for energy. Biomass generates energy. Forest products manufacturers have known this for generations and have produced their own electricity on-site using bark, sawdust, and other waste wood. “Woody biomass is a renewable resource that has the potential to supply 12-13% of the electricity used in South Carolina,” said Dr. Tim Adams, the Commission’s Resource Development director.

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Plans to massively expand wood burning lead to concerns about sustainability

Carbon Brief (blog)
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Will the government’s drive for renewable power result in a vast increase in the country’s demand for wood – and if it does, what will that mean for plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Last week an unlikely alliance formed of green NGOs and the paper, timber and furniture industries came together to warn against the government’s ” reckless” plans to generate more energy from burning wood.

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Space Mission to measure biomass

Planet Earth
May 7, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation Programme Board has today given the go-ahead for a new €400-million Earth-observation mission that will measure global forest biomass in unparalleled detail. The mission, called BIOMASS, is scheduled to launch in 2020 and will produce the first accurate maps of tropical, temperate and boreal forest biomass from space.

Esa approves Biomass satellite to monitor Earth’s forests from the BBC News

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