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Daily Archives: January 12, 2015

Business & Politics

Loonie, crude losses a boon for many N.S. firms, official says

Chronicle Journal
January 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Every penny the loonie drops in relation to the American dollar adds over $1 million to Port Hawkesbury Paper’s balance sheet. And every penny a litre of diesel drops saves the company $50,000 annually. “History tells us the dollar will go back up to par and the price of oil will go up again,” said mill manager Marc Dube in an interview. “So we are taking this opportunity to improve our business plan and sustainability.” Dropping oil prices are dragging the loonie’s value with them, and no-one knows how long this new economic reality will last.

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The pulp plant limbo: How low do we go?

Journal Pioneer
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Knoydart, N.S. is wide open to the sea, flat farm fields bounded by trees, and you can see the smoke from the Pictou mill for miles. Coming the other direction, on the big highway, as you come down into the bowl of Pictou County, you can already see the plume. It’s domed hardwood hills on both sides of the road, grey sticks now with the leaves gone, like loaves of rising bread. Scattered softwood, mostly fat sawlogs on double-trailer log haulers. Scattered clearcuts corner into the highway. There are hints of the economic value of the paper industry salted all around you, if you care to look.

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Resolute receives Clean Tech Award from The New Economy

Pulp and Paper News
January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has been awarded The New Economy Magazine’s Clean Tech Award in the Best Forest and Paper Solutions category for 2014. Now in their sixth year, The New Economy’s Clean Tech Awards honor and recognize companies around the world whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership. Elements considered include research and development initiatives, overall strategy, and sustainability approach and achievements.

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Taxpayer money propping up pulp mills

January 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

At the causeway to Cape Breton, you can look at the horizon over Port Hawkesbury and see a wind farm on the left, blades turning slowly, and then the hulk of the paper mill, steaming like it’s alive and breathing. At least this mill is breathing. You head up, fittingly enough, Pulp Mill Road to Port Hawkesbury Paper. This mill has a rich, almost nutty smell — not completely unpleasant, but not right, either. It’s a grey-topped building, two football fields long. Signs tell you that everyone’s supposed to report to security.

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Pictou indent looking to replenish handling assent for another 5 years

Canada Times
January 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp will learn a conditions for renovation of a handling assent during a finish of a month. The indent is seeking a new five-year handling assent from a province. The indent and a Department of Environment’s ability to umpire emissions that continue to surpass excusable boundary have been a theme of most controversy. When a mill’s emissions were final tested in November, a particulate reading during that time was 78 per cent aloft than excusable standards, nonetheless a association says there has been a 25 per cent alleviation in a levels given then.

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Weyerhaeuser To Lay Off Longview Workers Over Congestion At West Coast Ports

Oregon Public Broadcasting
January 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Washington-based timber company Weyerhaeuser says it will lay off workers at its Longview mill. The company plans to temporarily shut down and lay off workers at its liquid packaging facility, one of four operations at Weyerhaeuser’s Longview site. The company didn’t specify how many workers will be affected, but more than 500 work at the facility. Anthony Chavez, a spokesman for the company, said the West Coast labor dispute is affecting the company’s ability to ship its paper products.

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International Paper squares off with county over taxes

The Virginian-Pilot
January 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

International Paper isn’t trying to paper over its differences with Isle of Wight County. Late last month, the company filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming it paid $2.7 million too much in machinery and tools taxes between 2012 and 2014. The suit, filed in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court, said International Paper paid the county a total of about $6.6 million in taxes from 2012 to 2014. The company argued that the tax is based on the original cost of the equipment, not its current value, and that a “supplemental tax” levied by the county double-taxed certain items.

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Timbercorp investors forced to repay loans as Christmas respite ends

Sydney Morning Herald
January 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Hundreds of investors in failed agribusiness scheme Timbercorp will be called on to repay their loans to creditors including ANZ in coming weeks, as a four-week respite during Christmas ends. Timbercorp’s liquidator, KordaMentha, had been serving up to 70 writs a week in December before it halted the process for a month during the New Year period. It estimated it would serve 150-200 writs in the next two weeks, as it races to call in a remaining 873 loans before a statute of limitations period expires in April.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

OSU plans ambitious forestry complex

The News Tribune
January 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, ORE. — The Oregon State University College of Forestry is moving ahead with plans for a new $60 million forest science complex to expand classroom, office and lab space and position the college as a leader in advanced wood products engineering. Focused on the emerging field of high-rise construction using engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timbers, the initiative first was unveiled early last year, but Dean Thomas Maness announced new details of the college’s plans Tuesday morning at the Oregon Business Plan conference in Portland.

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Poll: Would you live or work in a high-rise built with wood?

Portland Business Journal
January 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Humans are pretty good at building tall buildings with steel frames. As Bart Eberwein, executive vice president for Hoffman Construction noted at this week’s Oregon Leadership Summit, we have a perfect system to build buildings that are tall, that are safe in an earthquake and that are climate controlled. “We need to blow that up,” he said.  Eberwein was speaking about cross laminated timber panels or CLTs, an
advanced timber-based technology that has taken hold in Europe and is
spreading to North America.

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Paper maker UPM starts commercial production of wood-based diesel

Reuters
January 12, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

HELSINKI – Europe’s largest paper maker UPM-Kymmene said on Monday it had started commercial production of wood-based diesel as part of a drive to seek new sources of income due to shrinking demand for paper in Europe. UPM said its biorefinery in eastern Finland is the world’s first to start producing entirely wood-based diesel. The plant cost 175 million euros ($206 million) and is due to produce about 120 million litres of diesel annually. “It is a small start, but we aim to grow into a significant player in this field,” UPM executive Petri Kukkonen said.

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Forestry

SFI Releases New Sustainable Forestry Standards, NGO Says Not So Fast

Triple Pundit
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

….This could be a new beginning for SFI, which has been dogged by allegations of deceptive marketing while working as a front for private companies. In recent years companies have shunned SFI while the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) continues to gain more traction in the industry. So, with these new directives, is SFI to be believed? Not so fast, says one NGO. Forest Ethics has released a report that compared forest audits in Canada over the past 10 years. The report claimed it assessed various criteria, including both organizations’ auditing teams, the audit processes and the level of transparency within their publicly issued reports.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative is Flawed, says Eco Group from Woodworking Network

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Forestry cutting into tourism (scroll down for letter)

Letter by HILARY REID
Vancouver Sun
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Forestry sets example for the future, Editorial, and Logging threatens tourism, kayaking company charges, both Jan. 3 The editorial describes Canada as a “global leader in forest management.” Ironically, in the same paper we read about yet another example of unsightly clearcut logging diminishing esthetic and tourism values in our province, this time in the Inside Passage, beloved of both cruise ships and ecotourism companies. We learn that while B.C. recorded $11.6 billion in forest product exports in 2013, its tourism sector generated $13.9 billion

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Forestry Comes to the City

from Forests Ontario
Canada Newswire press release
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO – The 2014 Toronto Christmas Market was a massive success, attracting more than 300,000 visitors to the Distillery Historic District between November 28th to December 21st. One of the star attractions was the 52 foot white spruce that stood as the centrepiece of the market. Decorated with 18,000 ornaments, the tree served as the backdrop of countless pictures and brought the beauty of our forests to the city. Although the market had ended, the beautiful spruce had a lot of life left in it.

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Forest Service gets $65M for air tankers — what will it buy?

E&E Publishing
January 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Congress gave the Forest Service an early Christmas present last month: $65 million tucked in the fiscal 2015 spending bill for new wildfire-fighting aircraft. The earmark, which the service didn’t officially request, could fund the agency’s first purchase of a new air tanker. Large air tankers are a critical first line of attack when a fire ignites in the woods. They carry thousands of gallons of retardant that can be dropped to stunt a fire’s advance, giving ground crews time to build a fire line. The agency’s aerial tanker fleet has been depleted over the years as a result of safety issues as well as contracting hiccups as it leases planes from the private sector.

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Increased Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards ban chemicals, require native plant, wildlife protections

The Oregonian
January 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A environmentally-minded timber certification body raised its standards Wednesday for what can be labeled “sustainable” lumber. The new rules build on existing standards in most places, while beefing up protections for native plants, wildlife and wetlands. The list of banned chemicals also grew. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative logo is designed for companies that want to prove their trees were cut with a conscience. The organization was created by the timber industry before becoming an independent nonprofit. It creates rules for forest management, and then third-party auditors give out the certification.

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Students forge links between forest health and people

Mail Tribune
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Students in the Green House program at Southern Oregon University like to get out of the classroom and apply their knowledge in the real world, doing some real good and participating in environmental sustainability and community building. So, it was right up their alley when 30 such students traveled to the upper slopes of Ashland’s watershed, where they put on gloves and started attacking piles of trees that had been thinned as part of the Ashland Fuels Reduction Project.

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DNR harvesting plan a top priority for Peninsula’s legislative delegation in Olympia

Peninsula Daily News
January 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — Cut more trees, plant even more, create more jobs, and absorb more carbon. The state Department of Natural Resources’ harvesting of trees is a top priority for state Sen. Jim Hargrove, a Democrat from Hoquiam, as he heads into his 31st season in the state capital. His hope is echoed by 24th District state Reps. Kevin Van De Wege and Steve Tharinger, both Sequim Democrats. The 24th District encompasses the North Olympic Peninsula as well as a portion of Grays Harbor County. …While they probably won’t introduce a bill to this effect, the district’s three Democrats want to hold the state Department of Natural Resources’ feet to the fire for calculating timber yields from state forests and meeting those calculations with increased harvests.

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Equal Access To Justice Act: Why Prevailing On Only 1 Out Of 3 Claims In Oregon Forestry Case Can Still Be Quite Rewarding

JDSupra.com
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Generally, a failure rate of two-thirds would indicate that what you are doing isn’t profitable. However, when dealing with environmental law, that clearly isn’t the case. In Cascadia Wildlands v. Bureau of Land Management, 987 F.Supp.2d 1085 (D. Or. 2013), after prevailing on only one of three claims, and after the district court imposed a variety of reductions, the court awarded plaintiffs approximately three-quarters of the attorneys’ fees requested and 100% of the costs. In 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) completed its environmental assessment (“EA”) for the Alsea River Watershed Restoration project.

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Forest Service headquarters move from downtown Missoula may spin off other properties

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service’s move away from downtown Missoula could topple a few more dominoes in the agency’s property management. “We’ve been spending $2 million a year in that facility, and at the same time we have our own facilities we can renovate,” said Lolo National Forest engineering staff officer Rusty Wilder. “There is a regional direction to move forward and sell these properties, with the intent to reduce fixed costs in administration facilities.” That includes a list of 17 parcels on six national forests throughout Montana and Idaho that could go on the block in the near future.

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U.S. Forest Service Region 1 Forester Krueger retiring

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
January 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Regional Forester Faye Krueger will retire from her post at the head of the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 1 headquarters in Missoula at the end of January. “I’ve been eligible to retire for a while, and we decided it was time to reconnect with family and our grandkids,” Krueger said Friday. “I’m looking forward to that.” Krueger, 59, took the top job on the five-state Region 1 almost three years ago. She joined the Forest Service as a seasonal worker in 1980. Deputy Regional Forester Dave Schmid will serve as interim forester until a permanent replacement is chosen. Krueger said she planned to leave at the end of January.

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Contractor Takes New Step Forward For Historic Forest Plan

Payson Roundup
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It ain’t jet fuel. #But it’s progress. Good Earth Power AZ this week announced a new partnership that will help it turn 60,000 tons of brush and tree scraps annually into compost at a not-yet-built facility in Williams. The company two years ago landed the biggest forest restoration contract in history, with a promise to turn small trees and undergrowth into jet fuel and finger-jointed furniture. After a lag in actually cutting the fire-prone tree thickets on some 300,000 acres, the company in the past month has announced progress on building facilities in Williams necessary to get started.

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Guest Opinion: East is east and west is west

by Andy Kerr
The Mail Tribune
January 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Since the Mail Tribune’s editorial “Meeting in the middle keeps a mill open” (Jan. 2) mentioned my role in the general ceasefire between conservationists and the timber industry over Oregon east-side federal public forest lands, permit me to compare some differences with its west-side counterpart. I challenge the editorial’s notion that “the key to breaking the impasse was a recognition on the part of environmentalists that wildfire posed as much of a threat to forests as logging. Wildfire is not a threat to east-side Oregon ponderosa pine-dominated forests. Wildfire is either the continuation or rebirth of forests. Wildfire is good; non-firesafe buildings are bad.

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Revised Plum Creek plan still months away

Gainesville Sun
January 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Plum Creek Timber Co.’s revised plan likely will be back in Alachua County officials’ hands by March or April, company officials said this week. Company officials had expected to resubmit the plan to the county this month or next, but they said they are working to gather information they hope will satisfy concerns raised by commissioners and residents about the massive planned residential and commercial development. “It just takes time because of the size of this proposal,” said Tim Jackson, the project manager. “We’re looking at maybe two months from now, although that may slide a little bit.”

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Councilor questions beetle fight strategy

Telegram & Gazette
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WORCESTER — With federal Asian longhorned beetle fighters set to take up their chain saws again to go after newly discovered infestations in the woods of Green Hill Park, at least one city councilor is calling for a resumption of pesticide treatments previously abandoned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Early in the beetle battle, the USDA treated thousands of trees with imidacloprid, a synthetic version of nicotine that’s toxic to many insects. 

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Gypsy moths still love Morris best

Central Jersey.com
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

More than half of the declining acreage designated for spraying by New Jersey’s 2015 Aerial Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is found in two Morris County municipalities — Jefferson and Kinnelon. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced last week that surveys of 22 New Jersey municipalities identified areas in four towns in three counties qualify for this year’s effort to reduce the gypsy moth population The department has proposed spraying a total of 498 acres in Morris, Passaic and Hunterdon counties. 

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Can Borneo’s Tribes Survive ‘Biggest Environmental Crime of Our Times’?

National Geographic
January 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called the deforestation of Sarawak, a sliver of rain forest on the island of Borneo, in Malaysia, “probably the biggest environmental crime of our times.” In his new book Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, Lukas Straumann investigates that crime. Straumann is director of the Bruno Manser Fund, which works to protect tropical rain forests. Speaking from his office in Zurich, Switzerland, Straumann describes the nexus of corruption and weak governance that has allowed Malaysia’s timber barons to destroy much of Sarawak’s rain forest and export that model to other parts of the world, how his organization is using everything from GPS mapping to the courts to help the Penan people of Borneo fight for their homeland, and what we can do to assist them.

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Ecoplanet Bamboo eyes future as sustainable timber heavyweight

Business Green
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A US company is tackling deforestation and creating jobs by providing a sustainable and profitable alternative to felling old growth forests. “People think bamboo is a joke,” says Troy Wiseman, chief executive and co-founder of Ecoplanet Bamboo. But the strides his company has made in commercialising the quick-growing grass as a sustainable means of tackling deforestation and resource shortages show bamboo could yet become a serious business. …Wiseman’s solution has been to industrialise the bamboo industry, starting with a $10m investment in plantations in Nicaragua and South Africa, sowing non-invasive clumping bamboo.

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Critical phase in fight against tree disease phytophthora ramorum

BBC News
January 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry chiefs say the fight against a killer tree disease in the Galloway Forest Park is entering a critical phase. Forestry Commission Scotland is working with contractors to clear around a million tonnes of timber affected by Phytophthora ramorum. It was first found larch trees in the region in 2010. Although larch only makes up 7% of the total forest area, its impact is said to be significant,. Much of it is planted close to the park’s three visitor centres, as well as the main walking and cycling routes. Head of Tourism Keith Muir said the work was now entering a critical phase.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Coherent energy policy must be a U.S. priority

Lowell Sun
January 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

First there was timber, then came whale oil, coal, wood pellets, fuel oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar and wind power — all energy resources used to drive the U.S. economy and supply heating for homes and businesses. But since the Colonial era, the United States has never adopted a comprehensive energy policy, so that today the country still runs from energy crisis to energy crisis while hoping for the best. It’s shameful that with all the technological strides taking place in the United States, federal lawmakers have continually failed to establish a reasonable, soul-searching policy on America’s future energy needs and operations.

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Carbon offset scheme gives the Yurok tribe a new way to make money while improving wildlife habitat

January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

This winter, Yurok tribe forestry crews will be four-wheeling down muddy fire roads, hiking through steep, slippery brush and trekking across more than 8,000ha of forest to count and measure trees. Instead of preparing to sell lumber, as it has in the past, California’s largest Indian tribe is taking stock of its firs, redwoods and tanoaks to make money in a cap-and-trade programme. By managing its forest near Redwood National Park for carbon storage instead of timber harvest, the tribe is generating credits to sell to oil companies and other businesses that must reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the state’s effort to slow climate change.

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In Southern Oregon, a $200M project to turn forestry waste into jet fuel

Portland Business Journal
January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Red Rock Biofuels, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is investing $200 million in a biofuel refinery in the rural city of Lakeview, about 95 miles east of Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon. Jeff Manternach, the Portland-based co-founder and CFO of Red Rock, highlighted plans for the ambitious project in December during the annual Oregon Leadership Summit. Attendees devoted a great deal of energy to discussing initiatives to boost rural economies like Lakeview’s, including through the development of alternative energy projects.

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Bleak future for warming forest

AZ Daily Sun
January 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The wiry branches of a dead ponderosa pierce the skyline of a stretch of forest just north of Walnut Canyon National Monument. The landscape is dotted with these tree skeletons, victims of a severe drought in 2002 and which are now losing their limbs, slowly crumbling back into the soil. It may not look like most of the trees in forests around Flagstaff will soon meet their end, but thanks to climate change, researchers says their prospects are dim. Due to higher temperatures and an increase in the frequency and severity of droughts that the region is expected to face in the years to come, trees across the Southwest face a bleak future. 

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Carbon offset scheme gives the Yurok tribe a new way to make money while improving wildlife habitat

January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

This winter, Yurok tribe forestry crews will be four-wheeling down muddy fire roads, hiking through steep, slippery brush and trekking across more than 8,000ha of forest to count and measure trees. Instead of preparing to sell lumber, as it has in the past, California’s largest Indian tribe is taking stock of its firs, redwoods and tanoaks to make money in a cap-and-trade programme. By managing its forest near Redwood National Park for carbon storage instead of timber harvest, the tribe is generating credits to sell to oil companies and other businesses that must reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the state’s effort to slow climate change.

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Lessons from Guyana and Norway

Jamaica Observer
January 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them — in principle in perpetuity”. By the same token, the FAO points out that where forests have been cleared, overused or degraded, they contribute about one-sixth of global carbon emissions. Clearly, then, it is in the interest of the planet, as a whole, that forests be preserved. This is, in part, why in November 2009 the Government of Norway signed an agreement to provide the Government of Guyana up to US$250m by 2015 to avoid deforestation.

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Paul Brannen: Why wood is so much more than a burning issue

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says wood has a much bigger role to play – and the North East can lead the way
The Journal
January 12, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

….An often overlooked measure in tackling climate change is the role of our forests and woodland. Currently 10% of Europe’s carbon emissions are sequestrated or stored by our trees. Trees really are amazing, breathing in and storing carbon while at the same time breathing out oxygen. Dogs have their place but the reality is; man’s best friend is a tree! Not only do trees help tackle climate change by storing carbon, wood products do the same, hence we need to make a psychological leap in our thinking about wood. Basically we should use wood wherever possible, albeit in a sustainable way. This means a much greater use of wood in house building and in furniture.

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General

Taxpayer money propping up pulp mills

January 12, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

At the causeway to Cape Breton, you can look at the horizon over Port Hawkesbury and see a wind farm on the left, blades turning slowly, and then the hulk of the paper mill, steaming like it’s alive and breathing. At least this mill is breathing. You head up, fittingly enough, Pulp Mill Road to Port Hawkesbury Paper. This mill has a rich, almost nutty smell — not completely unpleasant, but not right, either. It’s a grey-topped building, two football fields long. Signs tell you that everyone’s supposed to report to security.

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