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Daily Archives: January 3, 2014

Froggy Foibles

Avatar in real life: Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

[Ed. note: The irony of recreating James Cameron’s Avator Grove with steel and concrete]
The Sydney Morning Herald
January 3, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The 101-hectare gardens, situated at the heart of Singapore’s Marine Bay, cost $773 million to build and house over a quarter of a million rare plants. The Gardens by the Bay features an imposing canopy of 18 steel Supertrees that range from 25 metres to 50 metres high, two glass conservatories popping out from the foliage like a pair of giant mechanical turtles, the 22-metre-high aerial walkway weaving through the Supertrees and 700,000 plants.

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Business & Politics

Sky-high Chinese tariffs block Canadian access to market

CBC News
January 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s trade deficit with China is widening amid a slowing of raw materials exports to China, while Canadians continue to import $50 billion a year of Chinese products. According to Industry Canada, the 2012 trade deficit with China was $31.7 billion in 2012, four times the deficit a decade ago. And while China exports manufactured goods, like electrical machinery, furniture and footwear, to Canada, it imports mainly raw materials. Currently the top Canadian exports to China by value are wood pulp, oil seeds and grains, ores, mineral fuels and oil.

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Paper mill helping out with power crunch

Grand Falls – Windsor Advvertiser
January 3, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s awfully cold out when even Corner Brook Pulp and Paper agrees to help the province’s electrical grid out by curtailing its operations and giving power back to the system. That is exactly what has been happening for the past few days, according to the mill’s vice-president and general manager. Ric Tull said, at the request of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the paper mill has agreed to help the utility’s generation issues in light of the bitterly cold temperatures causing an unusually high drain on power consumption across the island portion of the province. Corner Brook Pulp and Paper generates the majority of the electricity it uses on its own. 

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US plywood industry’s plea for help rejected

USA Today
January 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

… Kip Howlett, president of the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, said 25 percent of the overall hardwood plywood capacity in the nation has been permanently shut down because four companies have gone out of business. “We’ve had 25,000 jobs lost over four years from 2009 to 2013,” Howlett said. “Obviously, the housing depression had something to do with it, but the share of Chinese imports continued to grow, even though the absolute numbers went down. Their relative share of the market continued to grow from 2009 to 2013.”… The ITC voted against the [dumping] petition this November, despite an investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce that found the Chinese were dumping. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said the decision was “baffling and extremely disappointing,” and that it represented an “enormous setback” for the wood products industry in the United States.

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Forestry

Increase fines for log loads tipped on roads

Open letter to Okanagan MLAs Norm Letnick, Steve Thompson and Premier Christy Clark:
Kelowna Capital News
January 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last month, a logging truck dumped its load just north of Penticton. The TV coverage interviewed a police officer who said that it was a miracle that no one was in the adjacent lane or there would have been serious consequences. At the end of the interview, it was stated that the driver was charged with fine of $197. …To me, there are not enough safeguards being taken by the logging industry to prevent logging trucks from losing their loads. I would ask that all of you take the necessary steps to ensure that something is done to prevent similar incidents.

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Forest Service moves to construct new road south of Big Timber

Billings Gazette
January 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

With a road across private land to the national forest boundary constructed and the final details on the transfer of an easement being worked out, the Gallatin National Forest is seeking public comment on its proposal to extend the road into the forest south of Big Timber. After negotiations between the landowners and the Forest Service failed to reach an agreement, the Forest Service decided to pursue eminent domain. Eminent domain would have allowed the agency to purchase the easement without the landowner’s consent.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Quebec-California partnership blazes trail for carbon trading

The Globe and Mail
January 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The province of Quebec formally linked its cap-and-trade system with California’s market on Thursday, as the two jurisdictions plow ahead with ambitious plans to put an escalating price on carbon in order to reduce emissions. Quebec and California are the only members moving forward with cap-and-trade programs in what was once a promising alliance of 11 states and provinces comprising the Western Climate Initiative that envisaged a North American market for carbon trading.

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Viridis subsidiary structures first wood pellet transaction

Lesprom Network
January 2, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Viridis Energy Inc., announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Viridis Merchants Inc., an aggregation and trading service between buyers and sellers of alternative energy, including wood pellets, has structured its first transaction. Viridis Merchants has secured approximately 30,000 tons of wood pellets from a southeast U.S. producer, representing approximately 30% of the manufacturer’s capacity, to be delivered over the next 12 months to customers in Europe, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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