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Daily Archives: April 24, 2014

Business & Politics

Why Canadian forestry stocks are a buy right now

The Globe and Mail
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

We are initiating coverage of lumber companies Canfor, West Fraser and International Forest Products with a buy recommendation. We also are initiating coverage of Canfor Pulp, Domtar and Resolute Forest Products.  We believe we are in the early stages of an extended recovery in U.S.
Housing. Housing starts averaged 930,000 over the past 15 months, well
below the demographically sustainable 1.4mm to 1.5mm.

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FPAC welcomes B.C. support for forest industry innovation

Canada NewsWire
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the British Columbia government for supporting a FPInnovations research project aimed at developing innovative biomaterials from wood fibre. The province has announced that it is providing $2.25 million toward the research and development of cellulose filaments (CF), flexible fibres extracted from pulp that can be used in everything from plastic packaging to photographic film to panels in building construction. 

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Millar Western appoints David Anderson as Vice-President, Finance and Business Development

from MILLAR WESTERN FOREST PRODUCTS LTD.
Canada Newswire press release
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – On behalf of the Board of Directors of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd, President and CEO J. Craig Armstrong has announced the appointment of Mr. David Anderson to the position of Vice-President, Finance and Business Development, effective immediately. Mr. Anderson has held progressively senior positions with Millar Western since joining the company in 2005.

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Marchers demand sawmill inquiry

Prince George Citizen
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Protesters marched from Parkwood Mall to the courthouse on Wednesday to demand a provincial inquiry into two sawmill explosions and fires.  The event, called a “walk for justice,” was organized by workers at Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products and the families of those killed and injured in the explosions. “I believe an independent inquiry is needed to learn where the system has failed the workers in the months before the explosion, the night of the explosion and the investigation after the explosion,” Roche’s widow, Ronda, said in a statement.

Rally calls for public inquiry into Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products explosions and fires from The Prince George Free Press

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Bond Apologizes For Her Absence

250 News
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond, has issued an apology to the workers and families who gathered outside her constituency office yesterday. …In her apology, ( issued about an hour after the actual event ) Minister Bond says she only received notice of the planned march late on Monday, and that “regrettably at that point I was unable to change my out of town work schedule in order to attend.”

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B.C. invests $2.25 million in innovative wood fibre technology

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The Province is joining forces with a leading-edge, not-for-profit research institute to help advance a bio-friendly technology that will expand the market for B.C. wood fibre and help secure jobs in the forest industry, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. B.C. is providing $2.25 million to FPInnovations, to help research and develop cellulose filament technology. Specifically, the funding will support Vancouver-based research on cellulose filament and its applications for B.C.’s wood pulp sector. 

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Protest calls for ‘justice’, mill blast inquiry

Prince George Citizen
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 150 people participated in a “march for justice” on Wednesday afternoon, calling for a public inquiry into the Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products explosions. Carrying signs that bared such phrases as “WorkSafe not WorkFail,” “I Smell Corruption,” and “Injured Workers Deserve Justice,” they made their way from Parkwood Mall to the Prince George courthouse. And along the way, they made stops at the WorkSafeBC office on 10th Avenue and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond’s office on Fifth Avenue, while chanting such slogans as “we demand a public inquiry” and “we want justice.”

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BC Announces Support for Cellulose Filaments Research

Canada first in international race to develop game-changing technology and
FPInnovations
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – FPInnovations is proud to support the Government of British Columbia’s contribution of $2.25 million to cellulose filaments (CF) research, as announced today by the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Details of the contribution were revealed at a press conference held in Vancouver, in the presence of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services and Mr. Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations.

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More information needed before cleanup plan for Nova Scotia harbour: premier

Canadian Press
April 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is committed to the clean up of Pictou County’s Boat Harbour but that can’t happen until more information is available on what’s in the waterway, Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday. The most recent data on the harbour dates back to 1995 and is being updated, said McNeil, who wasn’t willing to put a timeline on a remediation plan until the province knows what kinds of effluent are in the harbour. “We don’t have the information,” said McNeil. “We’re gathering up that information and then we can lay out a plan about how we deal with it.”

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Strategic demolition repurposes Bowater Mersey paper plant

Daily Commercial News
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Demolition continues on the massive Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited complex in Brooklyn, N.S. …A thorough assessment of the facility determined which buildings would be demolished and which could be revitalized into productive businesses. …Historically valuable site artifacts were removed and passed on to the Queens County Museum, the Nova Scotia Archives and to the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry.

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Boise Cascade profits fall

Idaho Statesman
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade Co. reported a $5.6 million profit for the first quarter of 2014. The mark fell below the $9.8 million profit the company reported for the last quarter of 2013 and the $12.2 million profit earned before a tax benefit in the first quarter of 2013. Sales totaled $767.2 million at the Boise wood-products maker, down from nearly $799 million in the previous quarter but up from $745 million in the first quarter of 2013. The Boise company attributed the profit decline to a 2 percent drop in housing starts compared with the first quarter of 2013.

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Longtime Weidman-area sawmill gutted by fire

The Morning Sun News
April 22, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

An early morning fire Tuesday gutted a longtime, family-owned sawmill in Isabella County. Firefighters from three counties responded to the blaze at Maeder Brothers Sawmill at 5016 W. Weidman Road in Nottawa Township shortly after 5:30 a.m., which destroyed the large, pole building sawmill. Nottawa-Sherman Townships Fire Chief David Livermore said the building, which housed the sawmill operation, was a total loss and that firefighters had not yet determined a cause later Tuesday morning.

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China Imported Logs and Lumber for a Record Nine Billion Dollars in 2013; Russia and Canada were the Major Suppliers

PressReleasePoint
April 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s importation of softwood lumber was 19 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012 reaching a new record high. The unprecedented increase in lumber shipments to the Chinese market that began in 2008 is continuing. In 2008, the country imported 3.6 million m3 of softwood lumber valued at 700 million dollars, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Two years later, in 2010, the volume had increased to 9.4 million m3 and in 2013, China imported close to 17 million m3 of lumber, valued at a bit over 3.6 billion dollars. Canada and Russia are the two major suppliers of lumber to China, with Canada having overtaken Russia as the largest supplier in 2010. 

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Laid-off workers ‘treated like cattle’

Radio NZ
April 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The union for some Otago workers laid off from a major timber company says they have been treated like cattle. Southern Cross Forest Products went into receivership seven weeks ago when it ran out of cash. The company is closing its Balclutha sawmill and laying off 79 people from its sites throughout Otago. The company employs 400 staff in Otago and Thames. First Union’s Otago-Southland organiser Ken Young said on Thursday that receivers KordaMentha and management called in all the workers on Wednesday, separated them into two groups, and sacked one group on the spot.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

UK’s largest timber building opens

Timber Trades Journal
April 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The UK’s largest timber building – William Perkin High School in Greenford, West London – has officially opened. The £19m four-storey complex is built from 3,800m3 of cross-laminated timber and includes a 750-seat performance auditorium, sports hall and central atrium running the full height of the building. The above ground floors are 230mm-thick CLT and span 7.5m with a 2.5m cantilevering walkway. The CLT wall panels range from 95-208mm thick, decreasing to 95mm at the top floor as a means of saving both cost and weight.

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Forestry

Three Canadian conservation projects receive SFI funding

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

FPInnovations, NCASI Canada and the Fundy Model Forest are among the organizations receiving grants for conservation projects from The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. SFI has awarded more than $400,000 to 10 conservation projects as part of its 2014 Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. These projects support efforts towards continuous improvement in sustainable forest management and forest conservation throughout North America.

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Scholarships aid forestry learning

Peak Online
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River Community Forest Ltd. has created two new scholarships for Powell River residents. A total of $5,000 is available for students entering post-secondary education in the field of forestry. A selection committee from the community forest board of directors will be assessing applications for this year’s scholarship. “We are looking for people who want to study either trades programs like scaling, falling or machine operating, and also degree programs in forestry, wildlife biology and environmental studies,” said board member Janet May. 

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UBC’s genetically engineered trees ready to change forestry industry

Researcher who genetically modified poplars for easier pulp processing believes the trees have great economic and environmental potential
Business in Vancouver
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a rather ubiquitous polymer that keeps trees straight and rigid as they tower in the sky but lignin also has the distinction of giving the forestry industry major headaches when it’s time to process the wood into pulp. Now a University of British Columbia researcher has genetically modified poplars to make lignin easier to break down during processing while not affecting the strength of the trees. It’s a huge leap in terms of environmental benefits and commercial viability for the industry, according to UBC wood science professor Shawn Mansfield.

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Forestry folly

Letter by David McIntyre
Calgary Herald
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent FireSmart ad delivered this message: Plant fireresistant trees like aspen, birch or poplar, instead of spruce or pine. The message has profound value, perhaps particularly for people living within forests of spruce and pine. …Why does Alberta tempt fate by trying to maintain a costly, highrisk
forest, trying to keep it standing and wildfire-free for a frightfully
long and perilous century? Why does this province manage forests in a
way that’s inherently dangerous?

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Buffer zone pilot project lauded, criticized

Law creates green spaces to protect rivers on P.E.I.
CBC News
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Prince Edward Island government unveiled a pilot project on Wednesday to allow more trees to be cut on land close to waterways, but the buffer zone law is getting mixed reviews from landowners. The province’s established buffer zone law creates green spaces to protect rivers. All fields on P.E.I. must have a 15-metre buffer zone separating them from waterways. The Woodlot Owners Association helped design the new pilot program to allow selective cutting in buffer zones.

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Logging dead trees prompts objections

Forest Service: Public safety driving project
greatfallstribune.com
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two environmental groups objected Wednesday to a proposal by Lewis and Clark National Forest to remove pine beetle-killed trees along roads and campgrounds across four counties in the Little Belt Mountains, arguing the response is bigger than the threat. “What is the risk?” said Steve Kelly, a board member of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. “Has anybody been injured? Has anybody died?” Meeting timber harvesting targets set by higher-ups seems to be driving the proposed Little Belt Mountains Hazard Trees Removal Project, Kelly told forest officials.

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Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Steve Owen should not have been ferrying gallons of herbicides by helicopter over homes near Gold Beach, Ore. …Six months later, the findings of a state investigation offered few answers for the Hansons and nearly 40 other residents who claim the aerial spraying had made them sick. Herbicides did fall onto some houses in Cedar Valley on that October day in 2013. Those chemicals weren’t intended for residential property. They were meant to kill vegetation on nearby industrial forestland that had recently been logged. It’s a common practice in the Northwest, where alder trees, Scotch broom and blackberry brambles can outcompete newly planted fir tree seedlings if they’re allowed to take root.

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Stash Tea leaves SFI in green controversy

Portland Tribune
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Portland-based Stash Tea is the most recent company to reject the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an Oregon nonprofit, from its label, joining 25 brands including AT&T and Allstate. “ForestEthics congratulates Stash Tea for recognizing that the misleading SFI label is not good for forests, or Stash Tea’s brand,” says Jim Ace, senior campaigner at ForestEthics, a Canadian nonprofit devoted to environmental forest responsibility. “SFI is a classic case of the fox guarding the henhouse, and that type of greenwash is not in line with Stash’s promise of environmental responsibility.”

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Clear-cut logging Chessman fragments wildlife habitat

Independent Record
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Clear-cut logging exemplifies the distinguishing characteristics of U.S. Forest Service-Department of Agriculture forest policy. The Forest Service has become a powerful creature directed by simplistic thinking that relies entirely on instinctive reactions and repetition. It does what it always did — log our national forests — guided by the idea that what, in the past 104 years, did not lead to disaster must be OK in the future. It’s not OK. The Forest Service is all tactics and no strategy. 

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Barrasso forest bill a balanced approach

Ed Regan is resource manager for RY Timber, Inc.
The Missoulian
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., recently introduced the National Forest Jobs and Management Act, which creates a 15-year pilot project on 3.8 percent of the 191 million acre national forest system. On this pilot area, forest management projects would be conducted using streamlined compliance processes, and disputes, instead of going to court, would go to binding arbitration. On the remaining 183.5 million acres of national forests, nothing would change. This includes the 36 million acres of designated wilderness, and most of the 58.5 million acres designated as “roadless.” The Forest Service can continue to work in collaborative groups, use its stewardship contracts, and focus fuels reduction in the wildland urban interface.

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Cedar trees and rangeland loss

South Dakota State University Extension
April 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The issue of cedar tree invasion into South Dakota’s rangelands tends to be a regional conversation. Those in the south central and southeastern portions of South Dakota understand well the challenges in controlling these invasive trees. There is generally broad agreement among most resource professionals that these trees are in fact changing our landscape in a negative way. However, forging a definitive path toward addressing the issue becomes a dilemma as best management practices are not always clear. 

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Protect bats without forest flap

Wisconsin State Journal editorial (0) Comments
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Without bats, Wisconsin farmers would suffer crop losses or have to apply more pesticide. A 2011 study in Science magazine suggests bats save Wisconsin’s economy hundreds of millions of dollars in annual expense. Insect-suppressing bats also help control the spread of disease in humans, including the West Nile Virus.  So absolutely let’s protect them. …Yet federal restrictions intended to minimize human impact on bat habitat must be reasonable. State environmental protection agencies in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana agree on that. …But Wisconsin’s forestry and paper industries are understandably spooked by talk of broad limits.

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The Worst Jobs of 2014

CareerCast.com
April 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For those seeking work in the logging industry or in traditional newspaper reporting, the numbers are not in your favor. Eric Johnson, executive editor of Northern Logger magazine in Old Forge, N.Y., beat the odds in both industries. After graduating college with a journalism degree, he says he worked as a lumberjack on his family’s tree farm in Wisconsin while seeking work as a reporter. His combined experience in the two fields has given him a unique leg up in the ever-changing job market.

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Saving China’s ecology

The Express Tribune
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

According to the latest results of the Eighth National Forestry Inventory, in China, the forest area is 208 million hectares, and the forest coverage is 21.63 per cent. The forest area and forest stock volume ranks the fifth and sixth in the world respectively, the area of plantation remains the first. Ecological development is a long-term and arduous task. The Chinese government has clearly put forward a strategy of fully carrying forward with a scientific outlook of development and achieving harmonious advancement of human beings and nature. It has set ‘building an ecological society’ and ‘a country with sound ecology and environment’ as important goals in building a well-off society in a holistic way.

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Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea’s timber industry

Mongabay.com
April 22, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities. “The biggest challenge is dealing with collusion between corrupt officials and logging firms,” author of the report Sam Lawson told mongabay.com. “The logging industry in Papua New Guinea is very powerful, while the government is extremely weak…The largest logging firm owns one of the two national newspapers, for example.”

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Ancient wood receives cash boost from Forestry Commission

UK Forestry Commission
April 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What do you do if you own a woodland, but most of the trees are so hard to get to, you can’t harvest the timber? Not only is your woodland likely to be undermanaged, but you are unable to reap the financial rewards of owning a resource that’s in demand. The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement grant – Woodfuel WIG for short – offers up to 60% of the cost of putting infrastructure in place to make it easier to harvest timber that is currently too hard to get to. It also helps to pay for woodland inventory and costs associated with managing harvesting contracts.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

When it comes to climate change, not all forests are created equal

Peninsula Press
April 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Any gardener can tell you that plants need nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus to grow. The gardener who feeds homemade compost or fertilizer pellets to her plants can expect bountiful harvests and lush landscapes — while failing to do so could yield a much scrubbier planter box. Forest trees are just as dependent on nutrients as a rosebush or a carrot, even though they obtain their fertilizer from minerals and organic material in soil, not from a garden store. But it turns out that nutrients don’t just keep the forest thriving: they may help the trees regulate Earth’s climate, too. New research published in Nature Climate Change concludes that nutrient-rich forests can more efficiently “sequester” (capture and store) carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than their nutrient-starved neighbors.

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Our oldest trees are the ‘stars’ of the forest

Daily Record
April 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Some things get better with age, and that’s especially true for trees. A recent study found that old trees beat younger trees hands-down — or maybe roots down — when it comes to removing carbon from the atmosphere. That’s something to keep in mind on Arbor Day, our national day for celebrating trees, on April 25. Published in the journal Nature, the study shows that, unlike people, mature trees don’t slow down after adolescence. They actually grow faster and absorb more carbon than younger, smaller ones. In fact, some older trees can pull in more carbon in a single year than a younger tree in all its years.

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Could Revelstoke become home to a bioenergy facility?

Revelstoke Times Review
April 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Imagine taking all the wood waste produced around Revelstoke — the waste from the mills and the slash piles in the backcountry that are burned in the fall — and converting that into usable energy. That is the proposal of John Christie, a business consultant who focuses on green technology development. He recently approached Revelstoke council and the Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation about new technologies that are used to convert wood waste into bioenergy. “It is changing quite quickly and I’m able to see the new technologies coming. I have clients who are very interested in them and I do the business case for them,” Christie told the Times Review.

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Sketchy Claims Inflate BC’s Wood Energy Exports

by Robert McClure – In efforts to sell ‘biomass energy’ to Europe and beyond, the climate may be the loser.
The Tyee
April 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West


Eight words in a 927-page document. That’s all it took to launch a European policy with big implications for B.C. That policy counts burning wood to produce energy as equivalent, climate-wise, to solar and wind power. This despite the fact that burning wood releases the very same greenhouse gasses as any fossil fuel; the same gasses that are turning oceans acidic and melting the polar ice caps. Here are the eight words: “The emission factor for biomass shall be zero.”

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Central African tropical forests becoming browner

RTCC.org
April 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tropical forests in central Africa are turning browner, pointing to a water shortage and higher surface temperatures, concluded a study published in the journal Nature. The publication of the study follows a major UN report which last month found evidence for forest decline across climate zones globally, in a trend which may worsen under climate change. Wednesday’s study used satellite data over the last 10 years to show a “large-scale browning” in the Congolese forest. The study was based on a measure of colour which is linked with plant growth and leaf size.

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US wood pellet exports to Europe hit record high to meet biomass demand

ClickGreen
April 23, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Europe’s boom in biomass demand has led to a doubling of wood pellet exports from North America in just two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013, according to the latest data. North America exported wood pellets valued at over 650 million dollars in 2013, a dramatic increase of more than 250 percent in just two years, according to new research released by the North American Wood Fibre Review. The US South shipped almost three million tons last year, which was almost two-thirds of total export volume from North America, and with no slowdown in sight, North American wood pellet exporting companies keep building new facilities to manufacture pellets for the European market. 

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