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Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper acquires Wisconsin and Maine-based paper mills

PrintCan
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC—Canadian paper manufacturer Catalyst Paper Corporation has completed the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine. The deal was initially announced last October. The cash payment made on closing was US$62.4 million after giving effect to an adjustment under the purchase agreement based on estimated working capital at closing, and the final purchase price is subject to certain additional post-closing adjustments. 

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TLA Announces Tsilhqot’in Decision Position Statement

Truck Loggers Association
January 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TLA members have formalized their support for and acknowledgement of the Tsilhqot’in Decision within the context of BC’s forest industry. “The time is now,” said Don Banaksy, TLA President. “We recognize and respect this historic Decision and look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with First Nations and government to explore new ways to strengthen the forest industry in BC.” TLA members have a long history of working with Aboriginal groups and the TLA has worked over the last several years to attract more First Nations owned and operated companies to the industry and the Association. 

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Community meeting in wake of paper mill closing

Timmins Press
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IROQUOIS FALLS – The Town of Iroquois Falls is hosting a public meeting Thursday to discuss the community’s future in the aftermath of Resolute Forest Products closing its paper mill. The mill, which had been community’s lone major industry for more than a century, closed shortly before Christmas. According to a release from the town’s administration, “The purpose of the meeting is to update the community on council initiatives in response to the recent mill closure.”

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McMeekin tours region

Chronicle Journal
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Recovering, but not out of the woods just yet. That’s the message some mayors of hard-hit Northwestern Ontario forestry towns want to give Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin as he heads back to Queen’s Park following a Northern road tour. White River Mayor Angelo Bazzoni said Wednesday his municipality still needs a $1.5-million “bailout” it requested a few years ago, even though his town’s lumber mill is back in production. “It’s still going to take us a long time to get out of the debt (the town racked up during the mill’s six-year shutdown),” said Bazzoni.

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U.S. paper companies lodge trade case against China, others

Reuters US
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

U.S. paper companies said on Wednesday they have lodged a complaint about imports from China and other countries that could lead to duties on imported uncoated paper, including copy paper used in offices and homes across the country. Corporation, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Finch Paper LLC and P.H. Glatfelter Company said they sought duties to offset China, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal and Australia selling paper too cheaply in the United States, and to offset unfair government subsidies in China and Indonesia.

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Top 10 Chinese softwood log importers

IHB The Timber Network
January 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

According to data from the Chinese Customs, compiled in our innovative service Fordaq Customs, in September 2014 the first ten Chinese companies imported softwood logs (pine, spruce, larch and other types) at a total value of US$125,684,219 and a total quantity of 894,454 metric tons. The first importing company, in terms of value, was Shanghai Shengwosheng Forest Corporation, with a total amount of imports reaching US$31,4 million. It was followed by Shanghai Mailin International trading CO.,LTD. with total imports amounting US$23,6 million, and Jiangsu Wanlin International Wood Industry Co., Ltd. with US$15,4 million worth of softwood logs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden bricks clad the Stonewood house by Breathe Architecture

Architecture and Design
January 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Stonewood, a house located in a tree-lined Melbourne street that had been given heritage status by the local council, is one of Breath Architecture’s more outwardly clever designs, not least because of its operable timber ‘block’ cladding façade. …Apart from being used as cladding on the façade, wood is a dominant material within the home. All new timber was sourced from Australian State-managed forests, and class 1 timbers were selected for their robustness and durability; according to the architects they can last over 50 years above ground with no maintenance required.

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Tequila waste combined with recycled plastic to form wood substitute

GizMag
January 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

When the sap from plants such as sugar cane is extracted for commercial use, what’s left over is a fibrous material known as bagasse. This is commonly used as biofuel, or is compressed into a wood substitute. Now, Mexican startup Plastinova is using agave bagasse from the tequila industry to make a wood-like material of its own, although it’s also incorporating recycled plastic. …The finished product is claimed to be stronger than natural wood, and takes the form of tablets measuring 1 m x 1.2 m x 10 cm (39 x 47 x 4 in) from which pieces can be cut as needed.

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Study: New homes burn faster than older houses

Click Orlando.com
January 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

Just minutes after lightning struck a home in the Laurels of Mount Dora subdivision in 2013, the vacant rental house was engulfed by fire.”We stood around and watched as flames broke through the roof of house… The home, which had recently been remodeled, was originally built in 2004 during the housing boom and was likely constructed with newer building materials like manufactured woods, plastics, and other synthetic products. 

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Forestry

SFI Appoints Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. and Ottawa, ON – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Woodworth as Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement. Woodworth joins SFI with deep experience in the forest sector and a proven track record of consumer and community engagement.

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Tree-stripped mountains the result of toxic political policies

By Rick James
Comox Valley Record
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bravo to City of Courtenay CAO David Allen for taking it upon himself and his staff to go take a look for themselves see what exactly was contributing to our ongoing water turbidity. In essence, as they soon discovered, it leads back to all the drainages flowing into Comox Lake that have been stripped bare of timber allowing for massive sediment flows into the lake, the source of our community’s drinking water. Still, how is it that the forest lands above us have been allowed to undergo full bore liquidation over the past 18 years; especially throughout TimberWest’s Oyster River Division, the old Comox Logging and Railway Co. claim? Well, in essence, it has been a perfect storm of two incredibly toxic public policies; one provincial and one federal.

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Les Leyne: Province makes brash claims on cutting red tape

Victoria Times Colonist
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Does “consolidating websites to make it easier to find information on services” count as reducing red tape? Sounds like a dubious claim. Mushing two or more websites together doesn’t do much more than save a click or two. It doesn’t cut the red tape. It just potentially puts all the red tape in one place….The most recent annual report from Regulatory Reform B.C., for example, lists a number of wins, such as the liquor-policy changes, building-code changes and natural-resource permitting. …And cutting regulation can turn into a sensitive issue at places such as WorkSafe B.C., given its track record on sawmill explosions.

BC Top of the Class in Canada for Cutting Red Tape from BC Government

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Honeymoon Bay residents fed up with dirty road

Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has taken up the cause of angry Honeymoon Bay residents. According to Dir. Ian Morrison, they’ve been expressing annoyance about dirt from logging trucks getting onto the main road. He took his concerns to the electoral area services committee and they agreed to ask CVRD board chair Jon Lefebure to write a letter to the transportation ministry about it. …”I’ve got residents who are angry. They are upset no one seems to want to do anything about it. According to Ministry of Transportation that haul road is a privately owned industrial road so the forest companies that use it are responsible. And that is not just one company anymore. But people are fed up. They want to see some action on this now,” he said.

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Opinion: The big ash crash

Edmonton Journal
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bye, bye, green ash; it’s only a matter of time. The stately ash and its related tree species, black, white and blue ash are presently being wiped out in Ontario and the eastern states. The cause is the Emerald Ash Borer, a green beetle native to Asia, introduced in the 1990s. The larva of this beetle feed just under the bark of ash trees eventually girding and killing the trees. Adult beetles are bright metallic green and 8.5 millimetres or a third of an inch long and 1.6 millimetres wide. When mature beetles emerge each spring they feed on ash leaves for about a week, mate and in six or so weeks of existence lay 40 to 200 eggs in bark crevices in ash trees.

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Hazelton releases draft long-term community plan

Smithers Interior News
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Protecting Hazelton from the impacts of a boom and bust cycle by approaching the resources industry with caution is part of the vision outlined in the village’s draft Official Community Plan … Sustainable development is a prominent theme… If adopted …the document will replace the last OCP passed in 1997. …Mayor Maitland said the village wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened when the local forestry industry collapsed. …“We lived through the forestry and all the time that forestry was thriving here we were asking for better management, for a more sustainable future, all of those things and it didn’t happen and it left us … I think we still suffer from the shutdown of that.”

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B.C. government mulling an Invasive Species Act to fight costly introduction of non-native species

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
January 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is considering new legislation to coordinate the attack against a costly and ever-growing threat posed by the introduction of non-native plants, animals and diseases. Tim Sheldan, deputy minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, said Tuesday that the existing Weed Control Act and regulations have been under internal study and that an “extensive scientific review” of invasive plant species for regulation is nearing completion.

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Future in Forestry First Up for Resource Forum

250 News
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – A capacity crowd in the seats at the Civic Centre in Prince George as the Natural Resource Forum got underway. The two day forum started with a focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Forestry sector. Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson pointed to the growing markets in China ( now 30% of annual lumber exports) and new market opportunities in Korea and India. “We have seen the future” says Pierre Lapointe of F.P Innovations. He says a new market has been opened for lumber with the changes to the building code that allow taller buildings to be built with wood. He noted there is now a plan for a 42 storey wood structure building in Chicago.

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Collecting with a Caring Hand

Green Leader Wilma Johnson leaves a legacy of walnut trees across the province
Forests Ontario
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thornton, Ont.,- From the kitchen in her home, Wilma Johnson has a good vantage point for bird watching. A large window faces out onto a thriving plot of trees, giving Wilma a perfect spot to indulge her hobby. Wilma’s deep connection to her land is clear; the farmhouse where she resides is deeply rooted in the area’s history. Built in the 1890s, Wilma herself has lived there for more than 65 years. … Adding more walnut trees to her property has also allowed Wilma opportunities to work with her son to hand collect fallen seed. After developing a relationship long ago with Somerville Seedlings in Alliston, Ontario, Wilma has collected the fallen walnut seeds from her property and sold them to the nursery for the last 16 years.

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District again presses wood supply

By Duane Hicks
Fort Frances Times
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Calling on the province to ensure a low-cost, long-term fibre supply for Rainy River District was the overriding theme of the Ontario 2015 pre-budget consultations held yesterday morning at La Place Rendez-Vous here. “The conversation through the presentations this morning regarding the re-opening of the mill is not about the Town of Fort Frances versus Resolute Forest Products, or making the choice between re-opening the pulp mill, expanding the sawmill, or closing the mill,” said regional economic developer Geoff Gillon of the Rainy River Future Development Corp.

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Ontario government sues CN rail for millions in firefighting costs

Province files 4 lawsuits against CN regarding fires in Timmins, Chapleau and Thunder Bay
CBC News
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is seeking compensation from Canadian National Railway over four forest fires in 2012, including $38 million for a massive fire near Timmins. The province is alleging the fires were started by passing trains. The other three court actions involve another fires near Timmins, Chapleau and Thunder Bay. The damages sought in those cases are between $1 million and $2 million each. The $38 million court action involves a fire called Timmins 9 in May of 2012. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry alleges the fire was started by the passage of a train through the area. The fire burned 40,000 hectares of bush and destroyed several camps.

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Lumber legacy

Letter by Stewart Lamont
Financial Post
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Reporter Peter Kuitenbrouwer has captured a terrific story of rural resource sustainability. In my world (Atlantic Canada), these types of stories regarding wood lots and added value are practically extinct. The potential of building a multi-faceted forestry-based business model that can thrive – literally and figuratively – for generations is particularly inspiring. Governments and private industry, not to mention interested stakeholders, should be made aware of what Peter Schleifenbaum has created in such a short span.

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Demand for Sustainable Lumber Products Grows

Green Building Elements
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Companies like Sustainable Northwest Woods, a small but growing Portland based company that specializes in supporting small mills in rural communities, are bolstering sustainable economic development and job creation with innovative new uses for sustainable wood and lumber products. The company…expects sustainable hardwoods to account for more than half its business shortly. SNW only carries forest products grown in the Pacific Northwest in forests that meet Forest Stewardship Council standards or as part of a stewardship program designed to help restore native ecosystems. 

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Plant fossils can be used to determine prehistoric tree density

RedOrbit.com
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Clues contained in the cells of plant fossils could be used to determine the density of trees and other forms of vegetation some 50 million years ago, according to new research published in this week’s edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Since tree density directly affects precipitation, erosion, animal behavior and several other ecological factors, determining vegetation structure throughout the years could help scientists discover how the planet’s ecosystems have changed with time. “Knowing an area’s vegetation structure and the arrangement of leaves on the Earth’s surface is key to understanding the terrestrial ecosystem,” said Regan Dunn, a paleontologist at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 

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The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers

January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Yes, the future of the world’s climate is tied to the ability of forests to absorb atmospheric carbon. But exactly how well they can do that job depends on the density of the forests themselves, and scientists don’t have exact measures of that—yet. Soon they’ll have a new way to obtain that information from 268 miles above the earth. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation is a lidar, or laser-based, instrument being developed for the International Space Station. Once installed, in 2018, the $94 million device will beam three infrared lasers at earth, 240 times per second, or 16 billion times per year.

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Trying to figure out the future of Tongass timber – by February

KCAW.org
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What is the future of the Tongass National Forest? Will there be a timber industry, and what will it look like in five, ten, fifty years? Those are the daunting questions before the Tongass Advisory Committee, which is meeting for the fifth time in Juneau this week (wk of 1-20-15). The committee is tasked with hammering out how the Forest Service should handle the Obama Administration’s “transition” away from old-growth logging and to a new focus on younger trees. But for some people both on and off the committee, the most important questions are the ones the committee isn’t supposed to address.

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For Tongass’ future, panelists talk timber

Panel of experts talk timber: How, when and to what end
Juneau Empire
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

To skeptics of a transition from old-growth to second-growth timber in the Tongass, some panelists recommend changing the framework of the question. At the fifth meeting of the Tongass Advisory Committee in Juneau, a panel of experts was gathered to discuss young-growth timber availability. When is a transition possible? The estimates vary wildly and also depend on market demand. Old-growth ˜ those towering giants of the forest ˜ provide high-grade lumber with few knots, for which there is a huge market. Young-growth
trees create lower-grade lumber. Aside from requiring some different tools for processing, young-growth lumber brings lower prices.

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Studes: Climate change affecting Aspen’s frost-free days, snowpack melting

Aspen Times
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will visit Aspen today to discuss climate change on the heels of scientific findings that show 2014 was the warmest year on record for the planet. Last year wasn’t the hottest on record for Aspen, according to daily maximum and minimum temperature data stretching back to 1940, but data shows a definitive long-term trend toward significant warming, according to Jaime Cundiff, forest program director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The number of annual frost-free days has soared since the 1950s and the number of consecutive frost-free days also is trending higher, Cundiff said.

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Letter: USFS forest plan right approach

Letter by Jack M. Hennessee
Asheville Citizen-Times
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I see by the articles in the paper and letters that the Sierra Club and WNC Alliance and other tree-hugger types are calling on all the faithful to come to the defense of our forests. One of them said the U.S. Forest Service was going to clear cut all of the national forests, some 400,000-500,000 acres. Of course, this is false. Once an area is designated as wilderness, it is off limits to roads, trails, motorized vehicles and horses; firefighters can’t even use power saws to fight fires. Also, some areas need to be logged to promote forest health and to grow food for the animals.

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Nats blast conservation plan for Mid North Coast koalas

ABC News Australia
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plans for a ‘Great Koala National Park’ on the Mid North Coast have not won bipartisan support, from the region’s National Party politicians. NSW Labor has unveiled plans for a 315,000 hectare reserve stretching from Kempsey to Woolgoolga, and inland to Guy Fawkes. It would include 170,000 hectares of State Forest. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and Oxley candidate Melinda Pavey have all labelled it a ‘thought bubble’. Mr Gulaptis said it would decimate the region’s timber industry, and do little for koala preservation.

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Forestry: Waiting for the EU green light to start

Irish Independent
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A total of €110m was allocated for this year’s forestry programme in Budget 2015. The Department forecasts that over the new six-year Forestry Programme there will be sufficient funding to provide for an average annual afforestation programme of 7,500ha. This is perhaps disappointingly unambitious given the proposed targets recommended by COFORD, the Department’s own advisory body. COFORD has recommended an annual afforestation programme of at least 15,000ha in order to achieve a viable forestry, wood energy and forest products industry, as well as maximising the benefits of forestry in climate change mitigation.

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Tibet spends millions USD rewarding forestry protection

Shanghai Daily
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LHASA,  — The Tibetan authorities handed out 2.9 billion yuan (466 million U.S. dollars) last year as rewards for environmental protection, the regional assembly was told on Wednesday. The funds went to those who stopped or reduced herding in areas prone to deforestation and on subsidies for grass seed and farming equipment, said Cai Bin, a director of the Tibet agriculture and animal husbandry department. The scheme has greatly improved the quality of grasslands in Tibet. The fresh grass reserve has increased by 20 percent from 2007, according to the department.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood Pellets: Green Energy or New Source of CO2 Emissions?

Burning wood pellets to produce electricity is on the rise in Europe, where the pellets are classified as a form of renewable energy. But in the U.S., where pellet facilities are rapidly being built, concerns are growing about logging and the carbon released by the combustion of wood biomass.
Yale Environment 360
January 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…But as wood pellet manufacturing booms in the southeastern U.S., scientists and environmental groups are raising significant questions about just how green burning wood pellets really is. The wood pellet industry says that it overwhelmingly uses tree branches and other waste wood to manufacture pellets, making them a carbon-neutral form of energy. But  many environmentalists and scientists believe current industry practices are anything but carbon-neutral and threaten some of the last remaining diverse ecosystems in the southeastern U.S., including the Roanoke River watershed surrounding the Ahoskie, N.C., plant and longleaf pine ecosystems near the large Enviva wood pellet mill in Cottondale, Fla.

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Things Are Not Looking Good For California’s Big Trees

Climate Progress
January 21, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

A group of California scientists published a study this week comparing forest surveys from the 1920s and ’30s to recent U.S. Forest Service data. What they found was not encouraging for the future of the state’s renowned large trees. Published on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study found that drought, changes in land use, and fire suppression efforts have caused the number of trees larger than two feet in diameter to decline by 50 percent in a 46,000 square mile area of the state’s forest they surveyed.

Say goodby to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change from Inhabitat

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Behind carbon-neutral claims: No more carbon besides what’s already circulating

Bangor Daily News
January 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

With the new Congress making a priority of advancing the Keystone XL pipeline, issues of the global carbon cycle play prominently in current national debates. …The essence of a carbon neutral-claim is that there is no net increase in atmospheric CO2. In any biomass-fired heating system, whether at home in a woodstove or on an institutional scale as in Colby’s heating plant, the CO2 released into the atmosphere as a result of burning wood for heat is the same as the CO2 taken up by the growing tree, so there is no net increase in atmospheric CO2. Heating by combustion of petroleum, on the other hand, releases carbon (in the form of CO2) into the atmosphere that had long been stored underground (in the form of oil).

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General

The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers

January 22, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Yes, the future of the world’s climate is tied to the ability of forests to absorb atmospheric carbon. But exactly how well they can do that job depends on the density of the forests themselves, and scientists don’t have exact measures of that—yet. Soon they’ll have a new way to obtain that information from 268 miles above the earth. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation is a lidar, or laser-based, instrument being developed for the International Space Station. Once installed, in 2018, the $94 million device will beam three infrared lasers at earth, 240 times per second, or 16 billion times per year.

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