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Business & Politics

Interfor Corp Given New C$26.00 Price Target at Dundee Securities

American Banking & Market News
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Dundee Securities lifted their price target on shares of Interfor Corp from C$23.50 to C$26.00 in a research note issued on Tuesday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Dundee Securities’ price objective indicates a potential upside of 36.27% from the company’s current price. Separately, analysts at TD Securities upgraded shares of Interfor Corp from a “buy” rating to an “action list buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 10th. They now have a C$24.00 price target on the stock, up previously from C$22.00. Shares of Interfor Corp traded down 0.31% on Tuesday, hitting $19.02. 84,664 shares of the company’s stock traded hands.

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Don’t count Canada’s forestry sector out yet

iPolitics
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Did you know that Canadian forest products exports are up 10 per cent this year, that forest products are Canada’s number one export to Asia and the industry makes up 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP? These positive facts cast a different light than recent stories suggesting that the Canadian forest industry is virtually dying — especially the pulp and paper sector. It certainly is true that the industry was devastated during the recent recession and that the pulp and paper sector was especially hard hit by the rise of electronic media. However, things are now looking up as the industry has transformed and found its footing once again.

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Best Buy to shift some business away from Resolute

CBC News
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Resolute Forest Products may be losing some of its business with Best Buy. The American-based electronics retailer announced Tuesday that it’s looking at potential new paper suppliers. Best Buy said it’s going to require companies including Resolute to provide paper from operations certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. It said it intends to increase the number of vendors it relies on, and will “meaningfully shift business” away from Resolute, its current primary supplier. Our intention is to conduct business with companies that support sustainable forestry practices including those in the Canadian Boreal Forest,” according to a Best Buy statement.

Best Buy will look for other paper suppliers after Greenpeace report from The Star Tribune

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Les Leyne: More work-safety charges are not likely

Victoria Times Colonist
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafe B.C.’s beefed-up investigation department, with new authority to lay charges that might stick for a change, won’t necessarily lead to more prosecutions of unsafe employers. Gordon Macatee, who was brought in to redesign the workplace-safety agency’s functions after it blew investigations into two fatal mill explosions in 2012, said prosecutions aren’t the main measure of the agency’s role. …. Looking at the new process now in place, you’d expect there might be an increase in the number of charges that might flow from WorkSafe investigations, now that they can be conducted much like police ones. But Macatee said he doesn’t expect that to be the case.

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WorkSafeBC report finds improvement on sawmill dust safety

Globe and Mail
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There has been a marked shift in the way B.C. sawmills are managing combustible dust since two deadly sawdust-fuelled explosions in 2012 put a new focus on inspections, says the author of a July report that reviewed the province’s inspection and enforcement regime. “This is a dramatic improvement from where things stood six months ago, but it also indicates that there is still work to do,” WorkSafeBC administrator Gordon Macatee said Tuesday on a conference call.

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Market forces, environmental protests, natural disaster rocked forest industry

By Gordon Hamilton – Rise of China, U.S. economic recovery gives new hope to sector
Business in Vancouver
December 4, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Twenty-five years ago, the forest industry was the mainstay of the B.C. economy, earning over $1 billion in profits and providing satisfied shareholders with a 16% return on their investments. Of course, the good times couldn’t last forever – forest products is a cyclical business – but the clouds over the horizon were not yet visible in 1989. Change was coming to the industry. It was to take the form of a prolonged trade war with the U.S., a War in the Woods with environmentalists that would lead to reduced harvests and job losses on the coast, a pine beetle epidemic that would hit 60% of the lodgepole pine in the province and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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WorkSafeBC sharpens new model to secure prosecutions

By Gordon Hoekstra – Changes follow deadly sawmill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George in 2012
Vancouver Sun
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new investigation model at WorkSafeBC is in operation and expected to ensure court prosecutions move forward successfully. The new model was recommended last July by Gord Macatee, a former provincial bureaucrat appointed as a special administrator at WorkSafeBC by Labour Minister Shirley Bond following two botched investigations of deadly sawmill explosions in 2012. “All of the investigative staff at this point have the training I recommended. The major case management protocols are in place. The systems are in place.

WorkSafe BC repot show new dual-investigation tool following mill explosions from The Canadian Press

WorkSafe Making Progress on Change from 250 News

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Resolute raps on environmentalists to divert focus on mill closing

Timmins Press
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products clearly does not want to be painted a villain in Iroquois Falls. The fact is, over the next few months, it’s going to get harder for them not to be. Never mind that Resolute just announced plans to shut down its paper mill there. The Town of Iroquois Falls will now do everything it can to try attracting a replacement industry. And rest assured, Resolute will do everything to stand in the way. First off, we know there is absolutely no way Resolute will sell its assets to a competitor, so you can write off the chance of another pulp producer or forestry company retrofitting that mill.

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Environmental and forestry groups reflect on Resolute closure (radio)

CBC News
December 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Resolute newspaper mill in Iroquois Falls will shut down just three days before Christmas.

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Softwood Lumber Prices Fall in U.S., Rise in China

By Michaelle Bradford
WoodWorking Network
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

While softwood lumber prices have declined this fall from their peak level this past summer — soft yellow pine garnered the largest price decrease — indexes still show the market at its highest point in 10 years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Strong demand for softwood lumber has increased the price of exports to Northern Europe and China. Lumber demand worldwide has vastly increased since the Great Recession. WRQ says global lumber shipments in 2014 are on pace to reach its highest level since 2007.

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Baseline Analysis Report on Lumber and Building Materials Distribution in North America

AzoBuild.com
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber and building materials (LBM) distribution, a $120 billion industry, is part of the larger building products industry in North America. Channel participants handle a range of products from basic materials of construction to highly branded manufactured goods. The industry holds substantial potential for profitable growth over the medium- and long-term based on improvements in remodeling and commercial spending, increases in U.S. population size and age, existing housing stock profile, and favorable lending markets.

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Longview Union Weighing Whether To Authorize Strike

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 9, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

About 800 union employees at the KapStone Paper and Packaging Mill in Longview, Washington are voting on whether to authorize a strike. The company and the union have been negotiating a new contract for the last several months, said Greg Pallesen, vice-president of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Union. He said a strike is realistic, unless the company’s offer improves. “For years, I think it was certainly not uncommon to have bargaining boards or locals take a strike authorization and not strike, in part because the labor agreements would get improved somewhat,” Pallesen said.

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Port Angeles’ Nippon mill announces ‘curtailment’ at one of its two paper machines

Peninsula Daily News
December 8, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — An official at Nippon Paper Industries USA’s paper mill in Port Angeles this evening announced the curtailment of one of the company’s two paper machines effective Friday. “Restart of the paper machine will occur when the economic conditions improve enough to justify resumption of operations,” mill Manager Steve Johnson said in a 5:02 p.m. email to the Peninsula Daily News. No restart date has been scheduled, he said. Johnson did not say how many people would be affected by the curtailment in operations.

21 to 28 employee layoffs expected at Port Angeles’ Nippon mill from The Peninsula Daily News
Nippon Mill’s $85 million cogeneration plant is operating – but not fully from The Peninsula Daily News

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Georgia-Pacific Invests $6 Million in Engineered Lumber Mill

Woodworking Network
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA – Georgia-Pacific said it will invest approximately $6 million to expand the laminated veneer lumber (LVL) capacity at its Thorsby, AL-based engineered lumber operation. The project is expected to be completed by second quarter 2015. Among the improvements made to the plant will be the upgrading of the press system’s layup line and veneer sheet feeders and increasing the veneer dryer capacity and capabilities.

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Domtar announces major investment at its Ashdown, AR mill

Canada Newswire press release
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $160 million capital project to convert a paper machine at the Ashdown, Arkansas mill to a high quality fluff pulp line used in absorbent applications such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. The planned conversion is expected to come online by the third quarter 2016 and will allow for the production of up to 516,000 metric tons of fluff pulp per year once the machine is in full operation. The project will also result in the permanent reduction of 364,000 short tons of annual uncoated freesheet production capacity in the second quarter of 2016.

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Sweden exports almost 7% more lumber than last year

IHB The Timber Network
December 10, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In the first nine months of 2014, Sweden has exported about 9.15 million cubic meters of sawn and planed softwood. This represents a 6.9% increase over the same period of 2013, when 8.57 million cubic meters were exported. Main export markets for the Swedish lumber are the United Kingdom and Egypt, followed by Norway and Germany. Sweden has managed to expand its deliveries to its largest markets. Exceptions are Germany, Japan, France and Saudi Arabia, where the delivery volume dropped. The largest increases were registerd in Egypt, United Kingdom, followed by Denmark and China.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Frame Construction Is Risk-free, Truly

By Lloyd Alter
Treehugger
December 9, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Wood construction of big buildings is catching on just about everywhere for good reasons: wood is renewable. In construction it is light, fast and less expensive than other materials. It’s also just as safe- when it is finished. However, every time there is a major fire in a wood framed building, the steel and concrete people come out and dance in the ashes and try and convince everyone that wood construction is inherently dangerous. The recent giant fire in Los Angeles isn’t cool enough yet for them, but they will come, like they did in two recent Canadian fires.

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Forestry

Home owners urged to deal with beetle-infected trees

Williams Lake Tribune
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Since the wildfires of 2009 and 2010, the Douglas-fir beetle has been hard at work killing trees in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, according to Cariboo Region forest entomologist Jodi Axelson. “The ecology of this beetle is that fires will fire-up the population,” Axelson said. “A lot of that increase is now quite visible. When you look around the valley, down the Highway 97 corridor, or on the golf course you will see a lot of red trees.” When large wildfires occur, often a number of trees on the outskirts of the burnt area are damaged, scarred and weakened. …If people see a pale green, yellow, red, brown or grey Douglas-fir tree on or near their property, they are asked to check the surrounding trees to determine if they have also been infested with Douglas-fir beetles.

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New mayor will revive forestry task force, says industry has been neglected by council

Campbell River Mirror
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city’s forestry task force will be resurrected. Mayor Andy Adams announced in his inaugural address last week that Campbell River needs to seize the opportunities that are here now and one of the most obvious is forestry. “We are the centre for the coastal forest industry,” Adams said. “We have neglected this sector for the past three years and it is my intention to work to revive this industry in Campbell River.” Adams chose Coun. Charlie Cornfield to head up a forestry task force that will pick up where the former Future of Forestry Task Force left off. …He said the task force is expected “to work with the Truck Loggers Association, TimberWest, Western Forest Products, Interfor and all other forest-related companies based here in Campbell River and on Vancouver Island to help re-build the coastal forest industry.”

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Forestry agreement details released by Liberals

Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry tables documents in legislature
CBC News
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


The provincial government has released the forestry agreements the former Progressive Conservative government signed with private companies, giving them increased access to trees on Crown land.  Department of Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry tabled the documents in the legislature on Wednesday morning, as promised by the Liberals during election campaign. The documents, which the Tories had kept confidential, have also been posted on the department’s website.

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Our View: Find middle ground on timber policy

Mail Tribune
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Sen. Ron Wyden acknowledges he’s running out of time to advance his bill to increase timber harvests on the former Oregon & California Railroad lands in Oregon. He vows to continue the fight next year, but with Republicans taking over the Senate, the odds will get even steeper. Congress is set to adjourn for the year on Friday after passing some essential spending bills to keep the government operating. One of those is the Defense Appropriations Bill to which Wyden had hoped to attach his O&C measure, but the final version didn’t include it or a long-awaited Klamath water deal. Wyden claimed his O&C bill would both ramp up logging and protect old-growth forests while expanding wilderness protection. 

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Exploring societal benefits of healthy urban forests

Portland Tribune
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Urban forestry,” the care and management of trees to improve the urban environment, is becoming better known and more appreciated. However, the fact remains that most people don’t stop often to think about the many benefits trees in urban settings provide both people and communities. There’s still work to be done. As part of a recent Oregon Board of Forestry meeting, board members and meeting attendees had the opportunity to tour several parks in Portland’s metro area to view urban forestry innovations and discuss the environmental, social and economic contributions trees make to communities.

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An epidemic bugs the forest

Infestation of bark beetle demands immediate action
Durango Herald
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There are many pests, blights and diseases forest rangers monitor, but locally, spruce bark beetle has risen to the top of the list, munching through the landscape at an alarming rate. U.S. Forest Service officials are evaluating potential strategies to combat the problem and may employ logging, reforestation and managed burning. Kara Chadwick, San Juan National Forest supervisor, said the agency is working on an overall strategy to manage the infestation. From 1996 through 2013, the beetle infested 183,000 acres in the San Juan National Forest, according to the most recent data available.

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Judge clarifies USFS must analyze new acres before logging in Swan

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service can’t carry out previously planned logging projects on 111,740 acres of land it got from The Nature Conservancy without doing its own analysis first, according to a federal judge. The case affects a big transfer of former Plum Creek Timber Co. property in the Swan Valley around Lindbergh Lake. The Nature Conservancy and Plum Creek had some private harvest plans developed that the Forest Service intended to carry through when it received the land. But a coalition of environmental groups sued, arguing the federal agency had to treat those projects like any government-issued project. That meant running them through National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act reviews first.

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Federal payments to timber counties dies in last-minute congressional maneuvering

The Oregonian
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal program that has provided about $100 million a year to Oregon counties won’t be renewed in the waning days of Congress. The two most powerful members of the Oregon congressional delegation — Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Republican Greg Walden — issued dueling press releases Tuesday night blaming each other’s party for the demise of the Secure Rural School program. Both Walden and Wyden said money for the program, which has been mostly distributed to timber-dependent counties, did not get included in an omnibus spending bill put together in the Republican-led House that needs to pass Congress to keep the federal government running.

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Oregon seeks steward to buy Elliott forest

Associated Press
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — The state of Oregon is looking for an unusual buyer for Elliott State Forest — someone willing to pay a good price, respect the needs of threatened fish and wildlife, and leave areas open to hikers and hunters. At a meeting Tuesday, the State Land Board directed its staff to develop a proposal to elicit offers from public or public-private entities to buy the 90,000-acre forest in the Coast Range. Parties could include the federal government, a tribe, state agency or local government.

Elliott State Forest Would Transfer Ownership Under Latest Plan from Northwest News Network

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Elliott State Forest sale would end reliance on timber harvests to fund schools

The Oregonian
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest appears to be headed toward a sale. First, though, state officials must do homework to determine whether selling the forest to a public entity or public-private partnership is feasible. Privatizing the Elliott, they say, is not an option. On Tuesday, the State Land Board directed Department of State Lands officials to explore options for unloading the Coos Bay-area forest by selling it at market value to a buyer that would keep at least part of the land public. Such a move would also eliminate the state’s constitutional obligation to use the forest as a money maker for K-12 education, a requirement that has served as a backdrop for disputes over logging in the forest.

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Collaboration can solve land-management problems

The Missoulian
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’re a strange pair of fishing buddies, the retired Republican lawmaker and the environmentalist, but we sure do enjoy each other’s company. Together, we tramp through thickets, scramble down riverbanks, wade icy currents – all for the shared pleasure of laying a fly in front of a handsome westslope cutt. This fall, as we bushwhacked into a secret hole, we couldn’t help but notice each other’s hats: the veteran GOP campaigner was wearing a ballcap touting Trout Unlimited; the conservationist was bearing the badge of the local lumber mill. Maybe that’s why we get on so well. We’re willing to fish a mile in another man’s hat.

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Dianda introduces green building resolution to help logging industry

ABC News
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

State Representative Scott Dianda has introduced House Resolution 434, which calls on the governor to give equal weight to several commonly used forestry certification standards in constructing and renovating state-owned buildings. The resolution, which would encourage the use of wood products in contractors’ efforts to win green building certification, was co-sponsored by fellow U.P. representatives… There is a push to support using only the FSC standards when certifying state buildings as green buildings. If Gov. Rick Snyder were to change state purchasing practices to only FSC-certified products, he would be effectively turning his back on Michigan’s logging industry, which is generally not certified by FSC.

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Protestors put stop to Helms Forest logging near Nannup

The Sydney Morning Herald
December 9, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Protestors have stopped logging in a South West forest, home to the endangered black cockatoo, on Monday after one of the conservationists locked himself to a bulldozer. The Forest Products Commission is planning to clear 500 hectares of jarrah and marri trees in Helms Forest near Nannup – the release site for threatened Carnaby’s, Baudin’s and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. The birds are bred and rehabilitated at the neighbouring Jamarri Black Cockatoo Rehabilitation Centre. WA Forest Alliance convenor Jess Beckering said one of the protestors locked himself to the bulldozer on Monday morning and was planning to stay there as long as it took to stop the logging.

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Deforestation puts cultural survival of forest-dependent peoples at risk

Mongabay.com
December 10, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest-dependent peoples face grave threats from deforestation and other depredations, warns a new report that urges greater recognition of traditional land use and support of community-led initiatives to fight forest loss. The report, published Monday during climate talks in Lima, is based on research by dozens of indigenous and forest communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America, which convened this past March in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province. It documents a litany of transgressions against forest-dependent people, ranging from land invasions by corporations to denial of basic human rights by governments.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Higher, more acidic ocean, less snow and forest fires are Northwest’s top climate risks

Idaho Statesman
December 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

When climate scientists like Philip Mote speak about the last 60 years they are talking about observations, not models… What are the biggest risks for us in the Pacific Northwest? The first is that we won’t get as much of our precipitation as snow, which stores our water for both natural ecosystems and our use. This will mean runoffs will continue to come earlier and there will be less water available to use and the natural ecosystems in late summer and fall. The second is the effects of the rising ocean on coastal areas in the form of erosion.

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Forests could offset 12 per cent of European emissions

Letter to the Editor
Financial Times
December 10, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Sir, When it comes to tackling climate change there is no “silver bullet”; rather, we need to deploy as many approaches as possible. So there is a place for carbon emissions being “stored underground or offset by steps such as planting vast numbers of trees” (“Climate proposals pose threat to Exxon and Shell”, December 8). Europe’s current forest cover at 42 per cent of our land mass offsets 10 per cent of the EU’s emissions, so increasing forest cover growth while adhering to “the right trees in the right place” approach could mean forests offset 12 per cent of European emissions over the next 10 years.

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General

Erin Brockovich Speaks out Against Northern Pulp Mill

The Citizen Daily
December 9, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

A powerhouse consumer advocate from the United States is throwing her support behind Pictou County’s clean air movement. Erin Brockovich wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday evening that she stands with her friends in the north. People in Pictou County have been protesting pollution from the Northern Pulp mill, which is malfunctioning. Tests last year showed the mill is emitting particulate levels at 78 per cent higher than what’s allowed. In the message, Brockovich says the mill is destroying the community’s quality of life significantly.

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Deforestation cuts into climate change goals

The Star
December 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

ROME: Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming. Satellite imagery indicates that more than 30,000 hectares of forest are lost daily, said the report “Securing Forests, Securing Rights”, launched in Peru on Monday by a coalition of rights groups during international climate change talks. Forests play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; chopping them down worsens global warming. Over the last decade an average total of 13 million hectares of forest have been cleared annually, with tropical forests particularly affected.

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