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Business & Politics

British Columbia Forest Companies Complete Dust Audit Standard

The companies had promised to conduct the audits after two major dust explosions last year.
OH&S
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ten major forest companies operating in British Columbia have completed a wood dust audit standard, fulfilling a promise they made in 2012 after two major sawmill explosions that killed a total of four workers, the Vancouver Sun’s Gordon Hoekstra reported July 18. His report said the companies’ independent audits are expected to begin later this year, and they operate a total of 55 large sawmills. It says the auditors will examine the mills’ safety inspection histories and will review any fire or explosion involving dust.

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Reconstruction of Prince George sawmill where two workers died in blast to start Monday

The Canadian Press
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Reconstruction of a sawmill that was destroyed in a fiery blast in Prince George, B.C., will mean a fresh start for a community that dealt with the tragic deaths of two workers, says the president of the company behind the project. Greg Stewart, who heads Sinclar Group Forest Products, said the workers’ union of Lakeland Mills, a division of the company, the City of Prince George and representatives for employees will attend a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, when details of the rebuild plan will be disclosed before construction starts.

Work to begin on new Lakeland Mill from 250 News

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Miramichi Lumber Products mill shuts down again

Company says it’s receiving 40% of expected Crown lumber
CBC News
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Miramichi Lumber Products mill will be temporarily shutting down on July 26 because of a shortage of Crown wood. The company said it is only getting about 40 per cent of the wood that it was expecting. The mill employs 110 people. Its temporary closure comes only a few months after its reopening in May gave the northern city a sense of optimism.

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Without railway, Lac-Mégantic businesses face challenging recovery

The Globe and Mail
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Looking toward the rail track near his factory, the CEO of North America’s largest producer of particleboard shrugged his shoulders with resignation. Tafisa CEO Louis Brassard foresaw a grim future for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad, which hauled his company’s products until the deadly derailment on July 6. “We are planning for the worst, we are planning for the railroad never opening again,” said Mr. Brassard, which would end 21 years of shipping the wood for IKEA bookshelves and kitchen cabinets on trains running through town.

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Wood Resources LLC to Sell Southeast Operations to Boise Cascade

Fort Mill Times
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SHELTON, Wash. & BOISE, Idaho — Wood Resources LLC today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Southeast operations, which include Chester Wood Products and Moncure Plywood, to Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC), a leading wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor in North America. The sale is expected to be completed in the third quarter. Chester Wood Products, based in Chester, South Carolina, produces softwood plywood panels and veneer for a variety of end markets.

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Southern Lumber & Timber Market Recovery Underway

Plum Creek
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Economic recovery is producing promising outgrowths for the Southern timber and lumber industry. Increasing demand and constrained supply globally are inciting a long-term rebound across the U.S., which is good news for Florida where timber resources are an important economic driver. Plum Creek is tracking how these global market forces are quickly becoming a boon to Florida’s economy, especially in the Northeast region where Plum Creek holds significant interests in timber.

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Domtar selling its U.S. Ariva paper operations

Canadian Press
July 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Domtar Corp. is selling its Ariva paper business in the United States to a private company that plans to resell some of the assets to another company and integrate the remainder into its Lindenmeyr Munroe division. Kentucky-based Ariva employs about 400 people and operates 15 paper and printing supplies distribution facilities in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Montreal-based Domtar didn’t release financial details of its sale of the assets to Central National-Gottesman Inc., which will sell the Midwest portion of Ariva to Millcraft Paper of Cleveland, Ohio.

Click here for a press release from Domtar

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Georgia-Pacific completes purchase of Temple-Inland

KTRE
July 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DIBOLL, TX – Earlier today, Georgia-Pacific received clearance from the Department of Justice to complete its $710 million purchase of Temple-Inland Building Products from International Paper. Georgia-Pacific started the process in December 2012. Temple-Inland has roots in Deep East Texas. T.L.L. When T.L.L Temple founded the company in 1903, it was known as the Southern Pine Lumber Company. “With the sale final, we are eager to combine our assets into one building products business,” said Mark Luetters, executive vice president – building products.

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Ports around the South prep for canal growth

Associated Press
July 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The port of Panama City, Fla., is a busy place. Containers of biofuel-wood pellets head to Europe. Copper from South America is offloaded onto railroad cars for transport further north. Frozen chicken, machine parts and other materials are shipped south to Mexico and Central America. But Port Director Wayne Stubbs envisions a day when this port will be even busier because of increased shipping volume through the Panama Canal.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

George Nakashima’s wood designs still stunningly modern decades after his death

Globe and Mail
July 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In the design world, nature and artifice are often locked in a complex dance, designers and architects frequently struggling to reconcile the demands of contemporary life with the timeless beauty of natural materials. George Nakashima, the Japanese-American “woodworker” with a globe-spanning career, was among the first modern craftsmen to address this challenge head-on. Beginning in the 1940s, he sought to make furniture that combined contemporary attitudes, traditional craft and ancient timber. And by any standards he succeeded.

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Forestry

Environmentalists sound alarm about Canada’s boreal forest

Postmedia News
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

At least half of Canada’s vast boreal forest should be strictly protected from any kind of development and the rest should be carefully managed to preserve or restore its ecological integrity, a panel of top North American researchers argues in a report to be released Monday on “the world’s last great forest.”

Scientists call for protection of Canada’s boreal forest from Globe and Mail
Canada needs to up conservation game, preserving half of boreal forests: paper from the Canadian Press
Save half of boreal forest from development, scientists urge from CBC News

Click here for a press release from The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Exhibition commemorates 10th anniversary of Okanagan fire

Vernon Morning Star
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

This summer marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire. To observe the occasion, the Lake Country Art Gallery is presenting its sixth exhibition this year, From the Soot and Ashes, by artists Zev Tifenbach and Suze Woolf. “As a threat we continually deal with, there’s a ubiquitous alertness to the danger of forest fires,” said gallery manager Petrina McNeill. “The power of fire, in this region in particular, is unmistakable.” Curator Katie Brennan conceived of the exhibition over a year ago.

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German tourist criticizes B.C. logging; Esch travelled all over the province for last 10 years to take wildlife pictures

Alberni Valley Times
July 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Every year since 2003, German nature photographer Gottfried Esch spends six months in the Pacific Northwest, scouring the region for wildlife pictures. …Recently, Watershed Forest Alliance co-ordinator Jane Morden took him on a tour of McLaughlin Ridge, an area Island Timberlands will be logging this year. “If you take a tour in the backcountry, you would be shocked,” Morden said. She added that while logging companies have been managing their cuts as to not affect viewscape, it is creeping in. …. Over the last decade, the size of McLaughlin Ridge has decreased from 2,400 hectares to 900.

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Forestry team in P.G. for audit

Prince George Citizen
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A team of forestry auditors arrives in Prince George Monday to begin a week of scrutiny. The province’s Forest Practices Board spends its summers auditing forestry zones all over B.C. There was no complaint or concern driving them to Prince George, said Chris Mosher, director of audits, “it’s just a random selection. It’s just Prince George’s turn.” The three-member audit team is made up of registered professional foresters with additional expertise in related fields like agrology and engineering.

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MNR updates forest fire situation

Kenora Online
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Although the recent rain has lowered the forest fire hazard, the hazard’s not exactly gone either. Two new fires have been spotted, reported, and confirmed in the Northwest area. Kenora Fire 035 is 0.1 hectares in size, located on an island on Lake of the Woods about 30 kilometers south of Kenora. It is being monitored as it burns and renews the island’s ecosystem. Kenora Fire 036 is a lightning-caused fire located about 25 kilometers north of Minaki. It is not under control at 0.1 hectares in size.

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Old weeping English ash saved from borer

Owensound Suntimes
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OWEN SOUND – A rare weeping English ash tree by St. George’s Anglican Church is a “magnificent” example of the dozens of Grey-Bruce ash trees inoculated against the emerald ash borer by the local conservation authorities’ forestry service so far this summer. This one is the only tree of this variety in Grey-Bruce and is said to be one of only a dozen in Canada, said John McLoughlin, a parishioner at the downtown Owen Sound church, who asked both local conservation authorities to ensure it’s an ash, then paid $320 for it to be inoculated Thursday.

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Researcher aims to control N.B. budworm population with pheromones

Global News
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

FREDERICTON – They’re tiny, but they can cause a lot of damage. The spruce budworm population is on the rise in New Brunswick. The insects feast on fir and spruce trees, which grow heavily in the province. For an economy reliant on forestry and logging, that’s not good news. That’s why Dr. Peter Silk, a researcher with Natural Resources Canada, is working to control the population using pheromones.

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Cabinet members, Udall promote wildfire prevention

Associated Press
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — A public-private partnership aimed at thinning out vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires that threaten water supplies and hydroelectric facilities was announced on Friday by federal officials. The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, which pairs agencies that look after several western water projects with one that oversees forests that often surround them, was unveiled at Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

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Colo., SD and Wyo. to uphold beetle forest plan

Black Hills Pioneer
July 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PIERRE — The Colorado Federal District Court has issued a ruling in favor of mountain pine beetle control in the Black Hills National Forest. The ruling arose from a claim by environmental groups that a 2005 federal forest plan should have relied on long discarded rules instead of contemporary requirements, including the need to handle the mountain pine beetle infestation.

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West Mullan fire grows to 5,880 acres, but crews make progress

The Missoulian
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews were able to make steady progress in buttoning up lines on the West Mullan fire on Sunday. With daytime temperatures pushing 90 degrees and a light wind, the fire produced a lot of single-tree crowning and some spotting, said Peri Suenram, a fire information officer. The northwest flank of the fire is threatening the BPA powerline.

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Contractor tasked with thinning acres in N. Arizona criticized for slow start

The Republic
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The nation’s largest forest-restoration effort is moving at a perilously slow pace, critics believe, as a government contractor’s lack of financing has stalled plans to clear 300,000 acres across four northern Arizona forests. . …Raising more questions about the future of the project, the Forest Service on Friday confirmed that Pioneer applied to transfer the contract to an unidentified company.

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Tree Facts: American elm making a comeback

Farm Forum
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the first time in more than 40 years, the American elm tree is being sold in large numbers to homeowners and other retail customers. In the 1990s, researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s National Arboretum research station in Beltsville, Md., identified several types of elm trees that were genetically resistant to Dutch elm disease. In 1996, several horticulturalists started growing the disease-resistant trees, a job that proved more difficult than expected. Now they are being sold at nurseries and big box stores. 

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Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

OPB
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfire was once essential to the American West. Prairies and forests burned regularly, and those fires not only determined the mix of flora and fauna that made up the ecosystem, but regenerated the land. When people replaced wilderness with homes and ranches, they aggressively eliminated fire. But now, scientists are trying to bring fire back to the wilderness, to recreate what nature once did on its own. One place they’re doing this is Centennial Valley, in southwestern Montana.

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Good news and bad in the forest

The (Roseburg) News
July 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Was it good news to hear that timber harvests increased in Oregon in 2012? Yes, because it means more people have gone back to work in the woods, the mills, driving trucks and selling lumber. The numbers are a reflection of a slight increase in the demand for housing and a recovering economy. Does that mean we’re going to see increased services in Douglas County? Like libraries and transfer sites that are open more often? Or landslides across roads being repaired more quickly? … No, unfortunately.

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Rain helps firefighters make gains on SoCal blaze

Associated Press
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Heavy rain aided firefighters who made substantial gains against a week-old wildfire that burned across 42 square miles as thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Southern California mountain communities near Palm Springs. With the arrival of an inch and a half of rain Sunday, firefighters began to beat back the flames and had the blaze 68 percent contained. Rain continued to fall off and on throughout much of the day. Winds were only 5 to 10 mph and humidity was 95 percent. “With diminished fire activity, firefighters made great progress with line construction, particularly along the east side toward Palm Springs,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said.

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Tree health vital component to prevent wild fires, injuries

Panola Watchman
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Healthy trees, dying trees and their limbs pose not only a safety risk to humans but also a fire hazard to their surroundings. Carrie Riddle,district fire coordinator with the Texas A&M Forest Service, said trees in the region are still feeling the ill effects from the 2011 drought. “The heat and lack of water stresses everything out,” Riddle said. “Once the trees reach a certain point, it becomes hard to come back.”

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Myless R. Hooper Jr. Comments on How the Logging Industry Benefits Forests

PressRelease
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Myless R. Hooper Jr. cuts down trees for a living, which, in this day and age, can carry a certain negative connotation for some. Increasing environmental awareness and concerns have made many consumers look at the harvesting of trees for industrial products as a sort of shameful necessity, a necessary evil of modern society. The popular opinion among today’s consumers seems to be that the best thing that any logging is tantamount to direct environmental damage that only hurts the forests industries so rely on.

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Plane approved to fight wildfires arrives in Neb.

Associated Press
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LINCOLN, Neb. — An aerial tanker designed to fight wildfires has landed in Nebraska. The Nebraska Forest Service says the single-engine airplane arrived in Valentine on Monday. The plane will remain in the area under a contract with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The plane was part of the Wildfire Control Act, a state law that passed this year in the wake of massive wildfires in remote parts of Nebraska. The plane will mostly operate out of bases in Valentine, Alliance and Chadron.

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Emerald ash borer bug infestation destroying Marion-area trees

Local arborists: Full impact of pest damage beginning to show up
Marion Star
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Steve Williams knows the damage the bug can do. Left too long to do its work, the emerald ash borer can even be a threat to the lives of certified arborists such as himself and others who trim the trees that the pest destroys. “It’s at full-scale,” Williams, owner of GSW Tree Service, said. “Where you were removing one ash tree every 10 days, you’re removing 30 this year. “… There’s no known cure right now for it. You can try to keep a tree as long as you want, but all you’re doing is feeding the arborist.”

Beetle is a wide threat in Ohio from the The Marion Star

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UK bans sweet chestnut import to protect native trees from fungal blight

The Guardian
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Imports of sweet chestnut trees from areas affected by a fungal blight will be banned to prevent a repeat of the disease that is devastating the UK’s ash population. Sweet chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) is usually fatal and killed 3.5bn trees in 20 years across Europe and northern America, where it was first detected in the 1930s. There are an estimated 44m sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) in the UK.

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Cases of acute oak decline – which leaves trees bleeding – reported in Kent

Your Canterbury
July 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A potentially devastating threat to the nationa’s oak tree population has been identified in Kent – with the symptoms seeing the trees literally ‘bleeding’ a distinctive looking sap. Acute oak decline has put conservationists on alert, with the Midlands and south east among the areas worst affected. And sightings include some near Canterbury and Tenterden. It targets trees older than 50 years and can kill them within years. The cause of the problem is unknown, but the Government has given the nod to spending £1m on researching the problem.

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Trees have ‘body clocks’ like humans: study

Press Trust of India
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Some trees have internal clocks that coordinate the activities of their cells with the cycles of day and night, just like the ‘body clock’ in humans, a new study has found. Leaves are known to possess circadian rhythms, but the new study is the first to demonstrate them in whole trees. Researchers looked at the Tasmanian blue gum tree, and found it appears to use its internal clock to regulate its intake of water. These cycles could affect models of climate change, scientists said.

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Koalas face carnage as loggers harvest timber plantations; wildlife carers call for action

ABC News, Australia
July 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Disturbing numbers of koalas are being killed and injured by loggers in timber plantations across south-east Australia. Thousands of koalas have taken refuge in the vast timber plantations that have emerged across the region, which are increasingly maturing for harvest. But koala experts and wildlife refuge staff say many koalas are being wiped out during the logging process. The ABC’s 7.30 program has been provided with damning evidence of the carnage, the scale of which has previously been kept confidential.

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Deforestation in Africa’s Congo Basin rainforest slows

BBC News
July 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tree loss in one of the world’s largest rainforests has slowed, a study suggests. Satellite images of Africa’s Congo Basin reveal that deforestation has fallen by about a third since 2000. Researchers believe this is partly because of a focus on mining and oil rather than commercial agriculture, where swathes of forest are cleared. The work is published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. It is part of a series that is examining the state of Africa’s forests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

GAIN report highlights Canadian pellet industry

Biomass Magazine
July 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

An annual biofuels report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the rapidly expanding Canadian pellet industry. Citing data provided by the Canadian wood Pellet Association, the GAIN report notes that Canada was home to 42 pellet plants in 2012, representing a combined capacity of 3 million metric tons. The province of British Columbia, located in the western region of the country, accounts for approximately 65 percent of Canadian pellet production capacity.

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Project heats up in Lumby

Vernon Morning Star
July 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumby is hoping to move towards economic and financial sustainability. Council has instructed staff to search for grant funding for a biomass heating project. “There’s a misconception about what it is,” said Mayor Kevin Acton. “Some people think we will be burning 6,000 trees to heat one building but one B train of dried chips will heat all of our public buildings in a month.” Beyond reducing the operating cost of public facilities, there is the hope that the system could eventually be expanded to businesses, making them more viable.

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California Again Leads The Way, This Time With Forest Carbon Offsets

Forbes
July 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Californians are known as innovation leaders, and once again, we are on the verge of demonstrating critical leadership. Only this time it isn’t about the Internet, social networking, reality television, venture capital or electric cars. It is about stopping tropical deforestation and supporting local communities. ‘What!?’ you say? How is the great state of California, home of bankrupt and massive, thirsty desert cities and Silicon Valley, a place that elected such juggernauts of history as Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, about to lead in avoiding tropical deforestation?

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Ruling aims to rein in biomass plant pollution

The State
July 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

In the forests of Allendale County is a wood-burning power plant with the capacity to release tons of pollution that many other industrial plants must control. Under construction for most of the past two years, the Allendale plant is one of an estimated 20 wood-burning plants nationally that took advantage of a 2011 federal decision exempting biomass factories from new greenhouse gas regulations.

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Native wood to be used for fuel

Sydney Morning Herald
July 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Thousands of tonnes of wood from native forests will soon be burnt in power stations, after the state government said it intends to change the rules so that timber offcuts and woodchips can be used as fuel. The NSW Environment Protection Authority said the change would make better use of waste wood from logging, but conservation groups claim it would entrench logging and destroy native habitat. The Authority said that, under the changes, trees that might otherwise have been made into pulp might now be burnt for electricity.

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Loss of African woodland may impact on climate, study shows

Science Codex
July 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a study suggests. A more strategic approach to managing trees across the continent could have a positive impact on the changing climate, researchers say. A pioneering study of African savannas by the University of Edinburgh has revealed deforestation in south-central Africa, driven by rising populations in the aftermath of war, and increasing demand for trees for agriculture and fuel. This loss of forests threatens the ecosystem and the livelihood of populations.

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