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Daily Archives: November 18, 2014

Business & Politics

Canada’s Secret Exporters: How One Small Business Helped Fuel Global Trade

Market Wired
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ON– Small Canadian businesses that sell abroad are a talented and innovative group with an ability to surprise their larger competition. Every now and then, they even surprise themselves… A good example of an export enabler is CDI, located in Sault Ste. Marie, who build, sell, and install steel fabricated structures including platforms and conveyor stands all over Canada. One of their Canadian suppliers makes torrefied wood pellets from biomass for the European market. As Europe steadily eliminates coal as a fuel source for their power plants, CDI’s customer needed to increase production to meet growing demand. 

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Canada, U.S. at loggerheads again over lumber

By Gordon Hamilton
Business in Vancouver
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, US West

With less than a year to go until the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires, lines are being drawn on both sides of the border over the future of lumber trade between the two countries. Canadian producers say they want to extend the agreement, which has brought an uneasy peace to the decades-long lumber war since it was signed in 2006, but their U.S. counterparts say they won’t sign on again. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, a lobby group representing American lumber companies and timber owners, said last week it’s not going to renew the agreement when it expires next October. It has expressed its anti-deal position to the U.S. government but it has yet to say publicly what it intends to do. …Washington, D.C., trade lawyer Elliot Feldman said the future is not promising for those wanting softwood peace.

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2015 World of Wood Convention Registration Opens

Woodworking Network
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Alexandria, VA – The future looks bright for the imported wood products industry as demand for high quality and affordable wood products continues to fuel a robust global sales market. World of Wood 2015 will take place March 18-20, 2015 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The 59th annual convention hosted by the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) provides access to over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers to the global wood products industry from nearly 30 countries.

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Upward trend in German pine planed lumber export

IHB The Timber Network
November 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

After several months of increased sales, German pine planed lumber exports have continued to expand considerably in August 2014. Compared to the same month last year, exports rose by 49% to 35,878 cubic meters. Simultaneously, the export value also grew by 49% to €7,1 million.Year-to-date export figures are as well on the increase, showing a volume of 245,069 cubic meters (+10%). A strong growth was recorded in exports to the Netherlands, China, Egypt, UK and Australia. The United States have received only a quarter of the volume registered in the same period of 2013.

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Adenan Satem warns Sarawak’s timber industry

The Star
November 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: At a rare gathering of Sarawak’s biggest timber tycoons, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem surprised the audience by labelling the industry “corrupt.”  And he warned the logging bosses that he will “put the fear of God into people who are dishonest”. Adenan, who on Monday brought together bosses of the state’s “big six” logging firms to sign “integrity pledges”, took the opportunity to issue his sternest warning yet on illegal logging. He named the big six as KTS, Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, Ta Ann and WTK and told them “don’t mess with me”.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architects earn honors for designing with Idaho wood

Forest Business Network
November 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

It seems architects throughout the world are moving toward using more wood in their designs. And why not? Not only is wood is beautiful, renewable, reusable, sustainable, it’s the most environmental responsible building material. To foster this movement, the Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) has partnered with the Americian Institute of Architects (AIA) Idaho Chapter and the University of Idaho in sponsoring the “Best Use of Idaho Wood Architectural Design Awards.” The goal of the partnership is to encourage, recognize and support the creative and innovate use of Idaho wood in architectural design. 

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Japan chooses Canadian wood

Midply wall construction system chosen for Japan’s largest wooden building
Wood Business
November 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Vancouver –FPInnovations’ high performance Midply Wall System is featured in the winning design for the construction of a five-storey, 9,023 m2 elderly care facility in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward. Upon completion the building will be the largest wooden building ever built in Japan. The Midply Wall System, an innovative redesign of standard shear walls used in construction, was selected because of its outstanding resilience to severe earthquakes and extreme winds.

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Forestry

Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA Space Lasers to Map Earth’s Forests in 3D

Space.com
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth’s forests.The instrument called Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation uses lidar, a special kind of laser technology, to create detailed 3D maps and measure the biomass of forests. NASA has already launched a satellite designed to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but the new instrument, once launched, will allow scientists to estimate the total amount of carbon stored here on Earth inside trees… NASA officials estimate that engineers will complete GEDI by 2018. Once aboard the space station, it will scan most tropical and temperate forests between 50 degrees north and 50 degrees south latitude. 

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Pine beetles stick around during polar vortex

Montana Kaimin
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Western Montana’s sub-zero temperatures still won’t be enough to control its pine bark beetle epidemic. According to Montana’s Department of Natural Resources, neither last year’s polar vortex nor this November’s cold snap will have much, if any, effect on beetle populations. …According to the DNRC website, consecutive days of negative-40-degree temperatures can disrupt the beetle’s lifecycle, killing them off, but this year’s frigid temperatures have come too late. Test management Specialist for the DNRC Amy Gannon said rapid temperature changes need to happen in the early fall and late spring portions of the year in order to kill off the insects. 

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ADOT Partners with State Forestry, Eastern Arizona Counties Organization on ‘Healthy Forest Initiative’

Arizona Dept of Transportation
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PHOENIX — In an effort to promote a healthy forest, improve commerce and protect the state’s infrastructure following the devastating Wallow Fire, the Arizona Department of Transportation… launch the “Healthy Forest Initiative.” The recently launched two-year ADOT pilot project allows timber industry trucks to carry additional weight on several state highways in the White Mountains region… The higher truck weight limit will greatly enhance the ability of the wood industry to clear forests in the White Mountains and transport wood materials to saw mills, pellet plants and energy-generating plants in Springerville, Show Low and Snowflake, while reducing the risk of further catastrophic forest fires to the region.

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Fracking to be allowed in largest national forest on US east coast

Federal plan permits drilling in George Washington National Forest, Virginia
The Guardian
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released on Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the east coast. The US Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1m-acre George Washington National Forest, but energy companies cried foul after a draft of the plan was released in 2011. It would have been the first outright ban on the practice in a national forest.

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Re-thinking northern hardwood management

Michigan State U
November 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Northern hardwood forest types have traditionally been successfully managed using a single-tree selection silvicultural system. However, changes in ecological and social environments have generated the need for alternative management systems. Single-tree selection silviculture was designed to produce high-quality sugar maple saw logs and maximize monetary value of these forest types. This management approach has been quite successful, especially on highly productive sites. The creation of multiple age classes, improved tree health and regeneration are among the many positive attributes.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How carbon dioxide moves around the Earth!

Economic Times
November 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON: An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons… Despite carbon dioxide’s significance, much remains unknown about the pathways it takes from emission source to the atmosphere or carbon reservoirs such as oceans and forest.

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Forest, Ag Project Developers See Opportunity, Concern In California ODS Offset Invalidation

Forest Carbon Portal
November 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California regulators shook the North American carbon markets to their core with their plans to invoke the invalidation provisions featured in the state’s carbon offset program for the first time. While the affected producers of ozone-depleting substances offsets and their allies loudly lobbied the regulators to change their minds, developers of forest and livestock carbon offsets quietly mulled what the decision means for them… This could encourage buyers to turn to forestry offsets, according to some developers.  After a slow start in 2013, the ARB has now issued 6.2 million forestry offsets, accounting for nearly half of all offsets issued and about half a million more than issued ODS offsets, as of November 12. 

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Protecting forests alone would not halt land-use change emissions

phys.org
November 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows. In contrast to previous assumptions, conservation schemes that focus only on forests may thus fail to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from land-use change.

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Degradation of forest cover is a threat -Forestry Commission

Spy Ghana
November 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Mr Yaw Kwakye, Manager of Climate Change Unit of the Forestry Department, has expressed concern about the loss of forest cover and forest degradation in Ghana, saying it was leading to Green House Gas emissions and global warming. He said deforestation was on the increase in Ghana with an alarming rate of 1.9% per annum, one of the highest rates in Africa. This is as a result of unsustainable agriculture, illegal logging and illegal chainsaw operations, high demand for fuel wood and charcoal, population and development pressures, mining and wildfires. …He said the foundation of Ghana’s Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs should be based on sound governance principles and also the creation of an enabling environment to stimulate community and private sector participation.

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Activist murders raise doubts over Peru’s deforestation goals

Responding to Climate Change
November 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Preserving forests is a vital step in preventing climate change, but people who defend them against illegal logging and land grabs are being murdered in increasing numbers. And one of the worst recent examples is in Peru, the country hosting the United Nations climate change conference that opens in the capital, Lima, on December 1. Four indigenous leaders from the Ashéninka people from the Peruvian Amazon ? including Edwin Chota, a prominent anti-logging campaigner ? were killed attempting to defend their lands in the Ucayali region in September. …Before he died, Chota sent local police photographs of the illegal loggers and the sites they were exploiting. It is these loggers who have now charged with his murder. 

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