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Daily Archives: August 26, 2014

Business & Politics

Western Forest Products : Ex-mill worker in B.C. accused in fatal shooting may get severance

4-traders
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO, B.C. – A man facing murder charges in a mass shooting at a Vancouver Island sawmill where he was laid off from six years ago might now be entitled to severance pay as part of a settlement between the company that owns the facility and a group of former workers. Kevin Addison, 47, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder after a shooting at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo on April 30. The company has said the suspect in the shooting was a former employee.

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Northern Pulp woes jolt woodlot owners in Pictou County, beyond

Chronicle Herald
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pollution-related issues at the Northern Pulp mill may be a problem, but organizers of a meeting Wednesday say it’s just part of an even bigger challenge facing the forestry industry in Pictou County and beyond. T. …For Martin and his group, the government isn’t doing enough to pursue modernizing the forestry industry and is instead favouring large, established operators. The recently released 10-year natural resources strategy was supposed to help on this front, but Martin said implementation of the plan seems to be sliding and isn’t being taking seriously.

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Northern Pulp mill debate heats up on Facebook

The woodlot owners association has organized a public meeting for Wednesday.
CBC News
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tension is mounting in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County between people who support the Northern Pulp mill and those who do not and the debate is now being played out on social media. The pulp mill affects everyone in Pictou County, with some relying on the plant for a pay cheque and others who claim it’s destroying their health. All sides of the argument have been documented on the Facebook group Clean Up the Pictou County Pulp Mill. The group now has 5,000 members and administrator Matt Gunning, says discussions lately have been getting heated.

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READER’S CORNER: Bad corporate behaviour unchecked

Letter from Dr. Catharina Felderhof
Chronicle Herald
August 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As a doctor practising medicine in Pictou County, I find myself in the position of advocating for the better health of all Pictonians in the face of the documented pollution of the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. …Having had the privilege to serve the First Nation community of Pictou Landing for 20 years, I have witnessed first-hand, very close up, the consequences of the bad choices our politicians/leaders have made in allowing Northern Pulp to continue to pollute the air, soil, and water. …Scientifically, the mill is emitting above-acceptable levels. Economically, it presently appears to be destroying a good part of our local economy. Morally, this is just wrong.

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Highland Pellets plans 500,000 t/y facility in Arkansas

Bioenergy News
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Highland Pellets, a private development group which builds industrial wood pellet plants in the US Southeast and upper Midwest regions, announced the building of a 500,000 tonne per year wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The $130 million plant will create over 35 direct jobs and a further 482 indirect jobs. Highland Pellets Chairman Tom Reilley says the plant ‘is the first built under the Highland brand. Together with our leadership team who are veterans of Cargill, Black River, JP Morgan and EnerNOC, we are excited to complete our Pine Bluff facility and expand our footprint’.

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Construction of Baileyville tissue mill delayed, but project still on schedule

Bangor Daily News
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Construction to add tissue manufacturing operations at the Woodland Pulp mill has been delayed, but a company official said Monday the project still is expected to be completed on schedule as originally planned. When company officials announced the $120 million expansion by parent company International Grand Investment Corp. in March, they said construction would begin in the spring. The company is installing two new tissue machines that were going to be housed in an existing building that formerly contained a fine paper machine. 

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NZ turns to a trade deficit in July, led by falling log prices

BusinessDesk
August 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

New Zealand posted its first monthly trade deficit in nine months in July, led by falling prices for export logs and wood products. Statistics New Zealand said the country had a trade deficit of $692 million in July, bigger than the $475 million deficit forecast in a Reuters poll of economists. Exports in July fell 3.3 percent from the same month a year earlier to $3.7 billion, lower than the $3.98 billion expected by economists in the Reuters poll. Imports dropped 4.8 percent to $4.4 billion, close to the $4.5 billion forecast.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED v4: Understanding the Changes, Implications for Use of Wood

Dovetail Partners
August 22, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In 2013, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) released the latest version of the LEED green building rating program, LEED v4… The most substantial changes in the LEED program are to the Materials and Resources credit category. Brand new in LEED v4 are optional credits related to life cycle assessment (LCA), LCA-based environmental product declarations (EPDs), material ingredient verification, and transparent reporting of raw materials sourcing. In addition, the list of environmentally-preferable products has been redrawn so as to narrow the definition of locally sourced products, exclude rapidly renewable materials, and add a new bio-based products category.

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3,000 Wooden Triangles Set to Decorate Helsinki City Center

PEFC
August 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This year’s Helsinki Design Week will see a world first as the PEFC Wood Works x Laser Cut Studio installation is constructed in the center of the city in September. Open to the public, the PEFC Wood Works x Laser Cut Studio event will take place in the middle of Helsinki at Espan lava; a glass box traditionally used as a stage for music events. The centerpiece will be an installation created using nearly 3,000 individual wooden triangles made of PEFC-certified Finnish birch.

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Forestry

Historic Wildfires Burn Through Canada As Sub-Arctic Forests Heat Up

Climate Progress
August 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Wildfires are taking off in Canada as the country goes through one of its hottest and driest summers in decades. Wildfire activity in the Northwest Territories is more than six times higher than its 25-year average, and as of August 23 a total of 162 wildfires were burning in British Columbia. The latter province has seen 1,269 wildfires so far this year, along with 314,895 hectares of land burned — almost equivalent to 2010, when the province lost 337,149 hectares to various blazes. The fires have cut through the boreal forests that lie just outside the Arctic Circle throughout Canada, aided by the hottest and driest summer the Northwest Territories have seen in 50 years.

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Postcard from the PNE: Timber! show lets the chips fall where they may

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The Province
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brad Laughlin, who used a chainsaw to carve a miniature wooden chair out of a log in about two shakes of a lamb’s tail, is a real-life lumberjack, too, but said he’s been doing shows like Timber for a “good 10” years. He was “bitten by the bug” of logger sports over 30 years ago, when another lumberjack introduced him to them in Lake Cowichan. Watching him on stage, it was clear that the bug hadn’t gone away. …With steady hands like Laughlin’s and steel fences in place, the audience can rest assured that Timber! is a safe bet for a hootin’ good time.

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B.C. wildfires close to surpassing 2010 for area burned

314K hectares burned in B.C. in 2014 already, mostly in Prince George and Northwest districts
CBC News
August 23, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More out-of-province firefighters are arriving in B.C. this weekend to help battle stubborn wildfires that are raging across the province. B.C.’s wildfire Management Branch says the help from Ontario and Alberta is needed so existing fire crews and staff coordinating the battle against the blazes can take some mandatory days off. So far, in 2014, more than 300,000 hectares have been burned by wildfires, with the majority of the burned areas roughly between the Northwest and the Prince George fire districts. Here’s a look at some of the other 2014 B.C. wildfire numbers:

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PSU study shows Portland’s urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards

Oregon Live
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new Portland State University study that maps Portland’s air pollution patterns highlights the air-cleansing benefit of urban trees. But an economic analysis of the detailed pollution map shows Portland’s air quality may be more hazardous than previously thought. PSU’s interdisciplinary Trees and Health Research Team placed sensors at 144 locations around Portland to monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2)… Comparing air pollution measurements to detailed maps of pollution sources and tree canopy cover, the team developed a model to predict NO2 levels at a resolution of 200 meters, approximately two to three city blocks.

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Forest peace deal set to be repealed as Tamar Valley pulp mill permits resurface

ABC News
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government appears to have the numbers in the state’s Upper House to pass its forest peace deal repeal bill. It came as a Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for the sale of the permits for the controversial Tamar Valley pulp mill in the state’s north. The Liberal Party campaigned in the March state poll on dismantling the forest peace deal, which was struck after four years of negotiation between industry and environmentalists. Debate on the repeal bill in the Legislative Council was delayed again last week and MLCs were given the weekend to consider 12 pages of amendments.

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Greenpeace denounces the sale of 3,000 m3 of illegal logging in Cameroon

Business in Cameroon
August 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace, announced on August 20, 2014, that a cargo of 3,000 m3 of illegally cut timber from Cameroon left the port of Douala for the Chinese port of Zhangjiagang. The incident involved a portion of the 10,000 m3 of timber illegally cut by Uniprovince, a Herakles Farms company, which recently received a land concession in South-West region of Cameroon for oil palm farming. …Greenpeace revealed … that “the American company Herakles Farms, through a front company, allegedly schemed with the Cameroonian Minister of Forestry to illegally acquire a woodcutting permit as a part of a land concession granted in November 2013. Herakles Farms is preparing to export wood cut in violation of Cameroonian law to China.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Heating up in Labrador

The Telegram
August 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Robert Way of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has just published an extensive study that indicates climate change has accelerated in Labrador at double the rate of the rest of the world over the past century. …Much of this change has occurred during the winter, Way says, with the temperature rising by an average of two degrees. …Extreme weather can cause potential disasters such as the forest fires that raged in Labrador this summer. Way also suspects climate change is one of the contributing factors in the decline of caribou herds in Labrador.

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The Truth About the Biomass Industry

Swelling European Demand for U.S. Wood Pellets Threatens Our Forests
Natural Resources Defense Council
August 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Wood pellet exports from the United States nearly doubled last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013, and are expected to jump to 5.7 million tons in 2015… This massive additional demand for logs now risks destroying ecosystems that can never be replaced. Increased use of wood from natural forests by Enviva and other biomass companies will lead to additional fragmentation of a landscape that is clearly already highly fragmented, decreasing landscape integrity, water quality and flood storage, wildlife corridors and habitats, and recreational resources. 

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Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what?

Grist
August 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. 

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NZ Forest Owners’ Association supports Climate Commission

Radio New Zealand
August 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Forest Owners’ Association supports the idea of an independent Climate Commission, which it says would reduce political tinkering with the Emissions Trading Scheme. The Labour Party has proposed the Commission as part of its climate change policy, to advise the Government on how to meet its emissions targets. The Forest Owners’ environment committee chair Peter Weir said it would increase confidence in the ETS, which could work, but currently is not. “The commission should have the powers to create policy and policy stability that would enable New Zealand to achieve those targets. It simply doesn’t work under the current political construct.”

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