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Daily Archives: August 6, 2013

Business & Politics

Counting on the U.S. recovery? Neighbours to the south may not provide as big a boost as before

Financial Post
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…“We’re seeing activity really pick up, first of all in the wood products sector, and the building material sector feeding into the housing market,” he said. “As that begins to turn around, we’ll see a major improvement there.” But the Canadian forestry sector was so decimated by the recent housing-led recession in the U.S. — with mills shut down and widespread layoffs — it may be an uphill battle for Canadian producers to rise to the rising wave of demand.  “Now, the question is really, can the forestry sector really meet all the future demand coming?” said Mr. Alexander. “Because an awful lot of mills that have been shut down might not be ready to be restarted.”

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Canfor celebrates landmark of 75 years

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
August 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s 75 years later and Canfor, one of the world’s largest forest products manufacturers, is still going strong. The company is taking anniversary celebrations to their locations in Western Canada, including their Grande Prairie location on 108 Street. “It’s a significant milestone that not many companies reach,” said Corinne Stavness, manager of external relations, about the company that was created in 1938 by John Prentice and Poldi Bentley.

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Millar Western Declares Dividend

Canada Newswire press release
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. (“Millar Western”) today announced that, subsequent to the filing of its results for the second quarter, and taking into account the company’s recent financial performance and outlook, the Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $750,000.00, to be paid in the third quarter.

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Resolute looking to turn the page

The Canadian Press
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. is looking to grow its lumber sales in the U.S. housing market and newsprint in Asia after posting a net loss of $43 million in its second quarter.  Newsprint and coated paper prices went down in the quarter but the company did reduce its costs, chief executive Richard Garneau said yesterday in an interview. “We had a pretty good quarter after the difficult restructuring that we had,” Garneau noted. Now the mills are running and we’re certainly very satisfied with the results that we had on the cost side in terms of cost competitiveness in the newsprint segment,” he added. 

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Electrical fire at sawmill quickly extinguished

Chronicle Herald
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WEST NORTHFIELD – An electrical fire was extinguished quickly Monday morning at Turner and Turner Lumber Ltd. sawmill. The Lunenburg County mill is near Bridgewater. Company president John Turner said he put the fire out using a fire extinguisher and the cause may have been a faulty motor. “We’ll investigate that tomorrow,” Turner said Monday afternoon. The fire was contained to an electrical panel in the planer room, and he said the fire department was called “just in case.”

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Brockovich eyes Boat Harbour mill

Chronicle Herald
August 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of North America’s most noted environmental activists and consumer advocates is focusing attention on environmental and public health concerns related to a Pictou County pulp mill. Erin Brockovich’s website says she “is receiving high numbers of inquiries from people in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, who are concerned that the excessive rate of cancer and respiratory illness in their community could be attributable to environmental contamination caused by the emissions from Northern Pulp.”

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Reviving local saw mills could limit fire danger in the Rocky Mountain Region

WPM
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Saw mills are re-opening in Wyoming and Colorado after a decade of being shuttered. They’re harvesting and processing trees that have been killed by beetle infestation. Still, many are suitable for lumber. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports that this uptick in the timber business is helping with forest fire management… Historically, extinguishing fires was the priority, which allowed forests to grow denser. Then, in reaction to overharvesting, environmental restrictions drastically limited timber sales.

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Wrangell Sawmill Burns

AlaskaPublic.org
August 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

One of the last major sawmill operations in Wrangell has been destroyed by fire. Mike Allen Enterprizes burned to the ground in Tuesday’s mid-afternoon fire at 13 Mile Zimovia Highway. The distance as well as unreliable phone service made firefighting a challenge. That portion of Zimovia Highway was under heavy construction and down to a single lane with pilot vehicles.

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Forestry

Canadian Institute of Forestry Responds to Boreal Forest Report

Algoma News
July 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Mattawa, ON – The contention that forestry as practiced in jurisdictions across Canada is threatening boreal forest ecosystems is false. Canadian interdisciplinary forestry, which includes excluding operations from areas of high conservation and cultural value and modifying operations in other areas, ensures that biodiversity, wildlife habitat, water quality, soils and cultural values are all well integrated and proactively and effectively managed in policy, planning and practice, without exception. In fact, many species benefit from efforts to emulate the natural disturbances – upon which boreal forest ecosystems are based.

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Minister defends B.C.’s fire management plan

Letter from Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Vancouver Sun
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Fire-reduction strategy misses mark, Issues and Ideas, Aug. 1 I am writing to correct statements that give the impression government’s approach to wildfire reduction is too narrow. In B.C., a comprehensive approach to reducing wildfire threats was articulated in 2010’s BC Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This strategy was subsequently endorsed by a recent Forest Practices Board special investigation on wildfire planning. Wildfire prevention planning and action takes place at all levels, including the local, community and landscape levels.

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Weekend lightning causes 47 fires in Prince George Fire Centre

HQ Prince George
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Weekend lightning storms made for a busy three days for the Prince George Fire Centre. The branch has responded to 47 fires since Friday and have 38 active fires on their hands. Fire Information Officer Dustin Eno says the majority of the fires have been small in size. “A few have gotten larger,” says Eno, “the largest is currently burning down at the Stony Lake area and is currently estimated at 30 hectares in size.”

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Ancient Forest gets new life

Prince George Citizen
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Standing amidst the ancient cedars and lush fauna of the Ancient Forest, Nowell Senior is still slightly bewildered by the timber pathway stretching nearly half a kilometre beneath his feet. “I’m still amazed that we did it, honestly,” said the Caledonia Ramblers president, breathing in the scent of freshly cut timber, the golden hue of which contrasts pleasantly with the surrounding green vegetation. After four years of work, the long-awaited Universal Boardwalk will have its grand opening Sunday afternoon.

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Bold vision could save our endangered forests

by Alan Young, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative.
Victoria Times Colonist
August 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recent news coverage has drawn a lot of attention to the work of a prominent panel of Canadian and international scientists on the global significance and national value of Canada’s vast boreal region — and the actions needed to conserve it. The challenge presented by these internationally respected scientists is enormous, but it is not insurmountable. This region is one of the world’s largest remaining intact forest and wetland ecosystems, comparable in ecological significance to the Brazilian Amazon and Russian taiga.

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Log booms trap kelp off Gabriola; Essential part of food chain, ecology

Nanaimo Daily News
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Log booms along the shores of Nanaimo’s Duke Point and Gabriola Island may be destroying vital kelp habitats. Residents on the island working to create a map of the area’s bull kelp say they discovered dead zones they believe are caused by log booms. Kelp is an essential part of the food chain and shoreline ecology. Its nutrients can be traced from sea urchins to sea birds. Michael Mehta is the co-ordinator of Help the Kelp, the group that has been mapping kelp around the area of Gabriola Island.

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Gypsy moths turning trees into ‘toothpicks’

Sudbury is experiencing a severe infestation of the insect this year, MNR says
CBC News
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sudbury trees are experiencing severe defoliation this summer and there’s one bug to blame, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The gypsy moth is an invasive species that’s been causing damage in Ontario since the 1980s. But this year it’s worse than usual as the larvae are chewing away hectares of local forest. Vanessa Chambroine, a forest health technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources, spent days in July mapping defoliation caused by gypsy moths across Sudbury.

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Emerald ash borer invades St. Catharines

The Standard
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. CATHARINES – The green invaders ravaged the ash tree in front of Virginia Vickers’ home well before city workers arrived to lop it down. City crews felled the ash tree on Tavistock Rd. along with several others last year, she said, as they fought the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle which burrows into and kills ash trees. She knew they were there, she said — she could see branches dying. But the loss of the tree hurt. “I was devastated. My tree did have insects inside it,” she said.

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Forest Service supervisor promotions rile up officers

A recent decision to bump up the pay grade for seven top law-enforcement officials with the U.S. Forest Service has angered federal employees who are coping with hiring freezes, no raises and low morale.
Seattle Times
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Ordinarily, seven U.S. Forest Service supervisors getting promotions and pay increases might not raise hackles. These are not ordinary times for sequestration-pinched federal employees. Last week, the Forest Service revealed it elevated the jobs of seven of the agency’s top nine law-enforcement managers to level 15, the highest federal pay grade below the senior executive ranks. The reclassification for the managers, called special agents in charge, could boost their base pay by $20,000 or more, to as much as $155,500 a year in the Northwest.

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Department of Forestry hit hard by wildfires

Statesman Journal
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fire season is taking its toll on the Oregon Department of Forestry. Employees have been asked to cut back their regular duties to help with the three fires burning in Southern Oregon on state lands, and staff has been reduced so far that employees from other agencies are volunteering to chip in. “This is a drawdown of resources that has not been seen in a long time,” spokesman Dan Postrel said. “It’s an agency kind of turned on its head.”

Lengthy fire fight expected from The Mail Tribune
Governor Kitzhaber Receives a Wildfire Briefing from The Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Governor: Conditions ripe for disastrous fire season

The Associated Press
August 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENDALE — Gov. John Kitzhaber predicts hot, dry conditions this year are setting the stage for a long and busy fire season that he says is on track to be Oregon’s worst in more than 10 years. The 2013 season may be matched only by the 2002 Biscuit Fire that scorched a half-million acres and burned until the end of the year, said Kitzhaber, who was also governor during that fire. He said Saturday that the lightning-sparked Douglas Complex of wildfires is the “No. 1 (wildfire) concern for the federal government.”

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Measure Twice and Don’t Cut: A Lesson Learned

The Pilot
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Aug. 6, 1964, Donald Currey, a graduate student from the University of North Carolina, was researching climatic change on top of Wheeler Peak in Nevada; he was interested in a period of time between 1350 and 1850 that has been called the Little Ice Age, when he made a mistake that defined his life. He cut down a tree. …When Currey tallied the rings, the tree turned out to be over 4,800 years old – more than 200 years older than the oldest known living tree.

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Assessing prospects for O&C timber bill, special session in Salem and recall of Oregon GOP chairwoman

The Oregonian
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’re deep into summer, but we had plenty to talk about during my regular weekly political chat on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Jim Moore, a political scientist at Pacific University, OPB host Geoff Norcross and I talked about the prospects for legislation in Congress aimed at boosting timber harvests on the old Oregon & California Railroad grant lands in Oregon.

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A shot in the dark?

Plan to kill barred owls seems unlikely to work any better than previous tries
Albany Democrat-Herald
August 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Is it just us, or is there a tinge of desperation surrounding the federal plan to give the northern spotted owl one more shot at survival? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released a final environmental review of an experiment to see if killing barred owls will allow the spotted owl to reclaim territory it’s been driven out of over the last 50 years. As Jeff Barnard of The Associated Press reported, the agency’s preferred course of action calls for killing 3,603 barred owls in four study areas in Oregon, Washington and Northern California over the next four years.

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Current forest fires positively and negatively changing ecosystem

KTVB
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — In the first full week of August, fire season is still heating up in the forests with exceptionally dry conditions. Fires burning in recent, especially, active fire seasons will impact the ecosystem for decades to come. The U.S. Forest Service says forest fires can have positive and negative effects on the ecosystem. Obviously, and negatively, flames and smoke can immediately burn the landscape, and disturb wildlife, and people who live nearby.

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DNR Wildfire Update: Crews gain ground on Colockum Tarps Fire, but it remains a threat

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The last remaining fire line is being completed today along the western perimeter of the 80,400-acre Colockum Tarps Fire. Steep, irregular terrain has made completion of this line difficult. All other fire lines surrounding the Colockum Tarps Fire have been reinforced similarly by widening the line and mopping up (extinguishing hot spots and burning out grasses and other fine fuels) inside the perimeter.

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Vernonia Logging Show a chance for injured logger to give a sign of strength

The Oregonian
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six years ago, Dean Schaumburg struggled just to lift his head. Breathe on his own. Speak a few words. But on Sunday, he helped open the 55th annual Vernonia Logging Show. Bent over from his wheelchair, he raised a 23-pound chainsaw from the ground and ran it through a thick slab of timber. A perfect circle fell from the log. In 2007, Schaumburg, then a logger, was struck by a falling 80-foot Doug fir that fractured his spine at age 28. A subsequent stroke crippled his vision and speech.

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Healthy forests will benefit Jersey

The Inquirer
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Legislature recently passed the New Jersey Healthy Forests Act, which provides greater protections for the state’s forests. The legislation awaits Gov. Christie’s signature. A number of leading conservation organizations lent their support to this bill only after a requirement was added that state forests earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. FSC, an independent nonprofit organization that sets rigorous standards for forest management, is led by its members, which include the National Wildlife Federation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club, and the Nature Conservancy.

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Breathing of the forest

UD undergraduates examining forests’ roles in managing carbon and acid rain
UDaily
August 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Traversing through the woods can be quite an adventure, especially when your adventuring includes high-tech scientific equipment. That’s exactly what three University of Delaware students, environmental science majors Katie Junghenn and Alexey Shiklomanov from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and environmental engineering major Kelsey McWilliams of the College of Engineering, are finding this summer.

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Dredging South Carolina’s Rivers For Long-Forgotten Timber

Minnesota Public Radio News
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On the Ashley River, a few miles south of Charleston, S.C., the water is murky and the marsh grass high. Louis Marcell and the rest of a three-man logging crew are cruising on a 24-foot pontoon boat. It’s low tide, and logs are poking out everywhere. Hewitt Emerson, owner of the Charleston-based reclaimed wood company Heartwood South, is in charge. He’s going to an old saw mill site, but won’t say exactly where. He’s heading to Blackbeard’s Creek, he says. As in pirate Blackbeard — the early 18th century scourge of the seas.

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New Jersey Legislature Approves Logging in Forest Stewardship Bill

Heartland.org
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly passed a Democrat-sponsored forest stewardship bill that will allow targeted logging in state forests. The bill’s supporters say targeted logging will help restore forests to a more natural condition after decades of aggressive fire suppression have unwittingly created conditions that make fires more likely. Gov. Chris Christie has yet to sign or veto the bill.

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State treats its forests as lumber factories

Indy Star
August 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state’s Division of Forestry director, John Seifert, claims in his July 14 My View piece that the state is managing state forests properly; but his policies subordinate all public uses of our state forests to the production of wood. The 14.4 million board feet of timber sold from our state forests last year actually amounted to a 1,100 percent increase over timber sold from our state forests a decade earlier. Throughout our state forests, ridges are being cleared for log yards and gravel logging roads, steep slopes criss crossed and scraped to dirt and bare rock by skidders, streams filled with debris and the high canopies of our older forests knocked down or riddled with openings.

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Forestry safety inquiry planned

Stuff.co
August 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry is on the verge of announcing an inquiry into safety in response to criticism it is not doing enough to stop workers dying or being hurt. There have been 28 deaths since 2008, including six in the last year. About 330 workers were seriously hurt last year, making it one of the most dangerous industries to work in, although this is a big improvement on five years ago when double that number were injured on the job. 

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Bio-economy and sustainable forest management course opens

Ghana Business News
August 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A two-week intensive course on bio-economy and sustainable forest management to promote efficiency in the control and utilization of the country’s forest resources, has opened in Kumasi. The University of Eastern Finland-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana Graduate School is hosting the course, which has brought together forest managers, researchers, academicians and students.

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Emergency measures announced after overnight wildfire rages near Athens

Associated Press
August 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International


ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities announced a series of emergency measures Tuesday to prevent the outbreak of wildfires during a week of high winds and warm temperatures, after firefighters and soldiers spent the night battling a large blaze north of the country’s capital. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said the fire risk was “exceptionally critical” for the rest of the week due to strong winds and dry conditions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet makers seek help

HQ Prince George
August 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is signalling the warning bells. Executive Director Gordon Murray says they need help from industry and the government in order to improve fibre security and stay viable. “We can’t grow anymore and we’re to the point where the companies are on a break even or slightly losing position now.” Murray is calling on the government to reaffirm its commitment to the wood pellet industry as expressed in its 2008 BC Bionergy Strategy.

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Snowflake Power Plant To Restart

Arizona Journal
August 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Mesa State Senator Bob Worsley announced Tuesday that Novo Power, LLC has acquired the idle Snowflake Power Plant and the Catalyst Paper Mill Power Plant located west of Snowflake.  The paper mill and its attached power plant had been in operation since 1961 and closed in October 2012, while the Snowflake Power Plant, a biomass power boiler, began operations in 2008 and closed in March 2013, largely as a result of the closure of the paper mill.

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Loans to help with pellet mill site work

Associated Press
August 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

LUCEDALE, Miss. — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. announced in June that the $115 million plant will produce up to 500,000 tons of pellets per year.  Wood pellets are shipped overseas to European utilities plants to use as
biomass energy that complies with their stricter sustainability
guidelines. The pellets are made from a mix of soft and hard woods.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/08/06/2691032/loans-to-help-with-pellet-mill.html#storylink=cpy

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Woodland Carbon Code celebrates second year of achievement

UK Forestry Commission
August 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Woodland Carbon Code, a voluntary UK standard which ensures that ‘carbon forestry’ projects really do achieve the carbon benefits they claim, has passed its second anniversary with an impressive number of achievements. Increasing numbers of people and organisations are seeking opportunities to invest in tree and woodland planting to help tackle climate change and compensate for their unavoidable carbon emissions to the atmosphere.

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Finland scientists turn dead wood into cheap biofuels

RTCC
August 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood into high quality biofuel for less than one euro a litre. They believe they can convert more than half the energy of raw wood – ligno-cellulosic biomass, if you prefer the technical term – into something that will drive a taxi, a tractor or a tank. Biofuels were long ago proposed as an alternative to fossil fuels: they are not exactly carbon-free, but they exploit the carbon freshly captured by plants so the carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere was going to get back there anyway, from compost, leaf litter, food waste or firewood.

Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood into high quality biofuel for less than one euro a litre.

They believe they can convert more than half the energy of raw wood –
ligno-cellulosic biomass, if you prefer the technical term – into
something that will drive a taxi, a tractor or a tank.

Biofuels were long ago proposed as an alternative to fossil fuels:
they are not exactly carbon-free, but they exploit the carbon freshly
captured by plants so the carbon dioxide returned to the atmosphere was
going to get back there anyway, from compost, leaf litter, food waste or
firewood.

– See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2013/08/05/finland-scientists-turn-dead-wood-into-cheap-biofuels/#sthash.Q5NHU3nb.dpuf

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Large trees play key role in tropical forest biomass storage – study

Forests News
August 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia-A large-scale study has found that a handful of big trees store up to half the above-ground biomass in tropical forests, raising implications for forest management and climate change mitigation. Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, storing it in leaves, woody tissue, roots and organic matter in soil, and playing a critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate and mitigating climate change.

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General

Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index

Home Channel News
August 5, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Lumber: While wholesalers sold off positions at discounts to mill quotes, SPF lumber mills were content doing little in the way of adjusting prices, even though demand slowed. Sales activity slowed in the Southern Pine lumber market. Cautious buyers noticed shrinking order files, growing mill lists and a willingness among some producers, particularly on the Westside, to discount a few items, Demand for dry Coastal species lumber items remained strong, continuing to place upward pressure on those prices.

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