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Daily Archives: January 23, 2015

Business & Politics

Clark plans pitch to laid-off oil workers

By Tom Fletcher
Victoria News
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark says the sudden drop in oil and gas prices might delay her government’s push for liquefied natural gas exports, but she is sticking to her latest prediction of three LNG export facilities in B.C. by 2020. In a speech to the annual Truck Loggers’ Association convention in Victoria Thursday, Clark put a brave face on the global skid in energy markets and emphasized the need for more forestry workers. As she did the previous day at a natural resources forum in Prince George, Clark mentioned her government’s tentative plan to place ads at Fort McMurray airport urging B.C. workers to “come home” for job openings expected here as oil sands operations slow down. Retirements and a recovery in the U.S. housing market will open up thousands of jobs in the forest industry, which will compete with LNG developments for equipment operators and other skilled workers, Clark told logging company executives.

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Premier Supports Funding of the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund

Truck Loggers Association
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

January 22, 2015, Victoria – Today Premier Christy Clark stepped up and championed the forest industry when she reaffirmed her support for funding the Forestry Service Providers Compensation Fund recognizing the Fund’s significance to the forest industry and BC’s rural communities. “This is another step towards building real contractor sustainability,” said Don Banasky, TLA President. “I thank Premier Christy Clark for listening to our concerns and I will be looking for a specific funding mechanism when the government delivers another balanced budget.”

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Christy Clark tells truck loggers low international oil prices good for B.C.

Canadian Press
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Go West, oil worker. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is telling employees who find themselves out of a job because of dropping oil prices that her province needs skilled workers. Clark told delegates at the annual Truck Loggers Association convention on Thursday that governments and businesses worldwide are concerned about dropping oil prices. But she added that those declines won’t sink B.C.’s targets for building liquefied natural gas plants, and weak oil markets could bring skilled workers back to her province. B.C. needs workers for forestry, mining, construction and its proposed LNG plants, she said.

B.C. looks to lure workers back home from Alberta oil patch from The Globe and Mail

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Bank of Canada’s rate-cut shocker means good times ahead for these sectors

National Post
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canadian exporters such as West Fraser Timber Co. are climbing as the central bank’s surprise interest rate reduction weakened the currency, giving the companies an immediate boost while underscoring the deepening risk from the oil-price crash. While the cut highlighted concerns about the nation’s economic outlook, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s/TSX Composite Index climbed 1.8% yesterday partly on the prospect that a lower Canadian dollar would help companies that price their goods in U.S. dollars. The index rose another 0.6% by 9:38 a.m. on Thursday.

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Logging company to get new home

BC Local News
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-established logging business will be getting new digs. Holbrook Dyson Logging will be moving to a new office at 2500 Island Highway after getting approval from council for a major development permit to renovate an old home already on the property. The building and property, located in northern Campbell River near the corner of Highway 19A and Antonelli Road, was previously a single family residence which Holbrook intends to transform into office space. Rob Wood of Holbrook Dyson made a presentation to council at its Monday night meeting to explain why the logging company is on the move.

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Clark Promises Balanced Budget, Better Relationship with First Nations

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

Prince George, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark says BC has been able to diversify its economy and in February her government will deliver a balanced a budget. She notes BC may be the only province this year to achieve that goal. In her keynote address to a sold out luncheon at the Natural Resource Forum, she says natural resources are fueling the economic engine “Our quality of life, all of those things we depend on in this incredible rich society, start with the private sector and a resource sector that has always been there to support British Columbia.”

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The Coast in Brief – Primary and Secondary Segments Together

Coast Forest Products Association
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

100 secondary and remanufacturing companies working in British Columbia’s coast forest industry produced over $1.6 billion worth of sales and employed 3100 people in 2012.* These companies producing value-added goods are an important and integrated part of the supply chain of our industry which includes major primary companies that are members of Coast Forest Products Association. This successful synergy works and needs to be acknowledged – it is not a competition between companies as Mr. Cameron recently mentioned in a Vancouver Sun interview. The business-to-business relationship between the primary and secondary manufacturing segments of the industry represents a success story.

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Talks breakdown with Domtar in Dryden

Kenora Online
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor negotiations with Domtar covering over 500 pulp mill and woodlands employees broke down Thursday in Dryden. Unifor has now applied for conciliation for all 225 production, maintenance and office members in Local 105 and for another 300 wood harvesting, chipping and hauling members in Local 324. Stephen Boon, Unifor national representative, said late Thursday “We have been bargaining for new mill and woodlands deals with Domtar since October, but unfortunately these negotiations have now hit an impasse. We will now attempt to find a way to bridge the gap and also implement the Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern with Domtar through the conciliation process prior to taking any potential strike action.”

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N.B. exporters enjoying the low dollar

Global News
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SCOUDOUC, N.B. – The head of a group that speaks for woodlot owners in southeastern New Brunswick says the low Canadian dollar has been good for business. Marcel Maillet is the general manager for South East New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board and says with the Canadian dollar just under 82 cents against the U.S. dollar, exports are doing well. “Most of our mills that we sell wood to that produce lumber the bulk of their markets are in the U.S. and they’re exported,” he said. “When the Canadian dollar is down it’s a good thing for them on the lumber side and it’s good for us.” Maillet noted this is also a busy time for harvesters.

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Alamco Wood Products plans to rejoin APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Lesprom Network
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Alamco plant last operated as an APA member in 2007. With the transition to APA in February, Alamco will return to APA’s quality certification and auditing program and participate in the Association’s marketing and technical committees… “With Alamco, APA now represents more than 90 percent of North American glulam manufacture and brings a strong voice to this important segment of our engineered wood industry.”

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Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois

Associated Press
January 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Deere is laying off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and will sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker adjusts to demand for its products. The Moline, Illinois, company also says it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa. It plans to fill nearly all those positions with workers were laid off at agricultural equipment factories last year.

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PHI Group partners with AG Materials to set up a wood pellet mill in Florida

Lesprom Network
January 22, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PHI Group, Inc. has signed an agreement with AG Materials, LLC to jointly set up a 200,000 MT wood pellet mill in Florida, USA… The joint venture company has been able to secure approximately 400,000 short tonnes of Southern Yellow Pine feedstock per year from a reliable industrial source for its proposed 15-acre wood pellet factory to be built in Live Oak, Suwannee County, about 85 miles from Jacksonville, Florida. AG Materials and the Company are currently in the process of negotiation to purchase the machinery and equipment for the plant, including PM30 pellet machines, manufactured by Austria-based Andritz Group.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Our Campus: The Earth and Ocean Sciences complex is UBC’s Science World

Ubyssey
January 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In some ways, the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences building complex is like any other at UBC: it has offices, computer labs and lecture halls. Unlike most buildings, however, EOAS also has a tornado machine, a green screen ‘do-it-yourself’ meteorological broadcast station and a giant, interactive, animated globe… The ESB’s aesthetic design is certainly breathtaking, but it is also one of the most efficient and functional structures on campus. The building is LEED Gold certified, signifying its sustainable nature, and as the largest panelized wood building and the largest application of cross laminated timber in North America, it certainly gives our campus some bragging rights. By using over 1,300 tons of B.C. sourced cross laminated timber, the ESB will sequester enough carbon to keep the atmosphere free from over 2,500 tons of CO2.

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Builders take cautious approach to six-storey wood-framed buildings

Ottawa Citizen
January 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Should we expect major changes in Ottawa’s housing market thanks to the recent updates in Ontario’s building code that permit the construction of six-storey, wood-framed buildings? Probably not. But the code change, which came into effect along with other amendments on Jan. 1, does give the housing industry another construction option and has captured the attention of some builders. “We definitely have an interest in it. We think it makes sense from a lot of perspectives: the sustainability benefits, the long, rich history of wood in this area,” says Rodney Wilts of Windmill Development Group, a green condo builder who is developing the former Domtar lands.

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IIDEX Woodshop Showcases Designs Made From Urban Ash Wood

Woodworking Network
January 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO, ONT — Ontario Wood, the City of Toronto, IIDEXCanada, and ideacious.com have teamed up again to bring you IIDEX Woodshop: 15 innovative wood prototypes that utilize Toronto’s untapped ash wood resource. Globalization and climate change have brought pests like the Emerald Ash Borer to North America where they are destroying forests. In Toronto alone, the Borer will bring down 200,000+ ash trees in the next 5 years. IIDEX Woodshop aims to reduce the number of ash trees headed for the landfill by creating innovative, market-ready commercial and consumer prototypes.

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Capturing city history with reclaimed-wood wall art

Globe and Mail
January 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Craig Forget is a Windsor, Ont., carpenter who makes wall art – intricate maps or nature motifs or, simply, abstract patterns – using a rich palette of reclaimed woods. Black walnut, white oak or red cedar. The array makes for particularly arresting cityscapes. The range in tones, from ashy and dark to bright and light, perfectly captures the agglomeration of buildings in any long-standing urbanity. It’s easy to imagine that some of the model skyscrapers are century-old and soot-covered, whereas others are gleaming and new. His map of Chicago, for example, is made with more than half-a-dozen types of lumber.

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Apartment complex fire accidentally caused by workers

St Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

EDGEWATER, N.J. — Workers doing maintenance at an apartment complex across the Hudson River from New York City accidentally started a fire that caused massive damage and displaced more than 1,000 people, officials said Thursday… At a news conference with Gov. Chris Christie, Edgewater Police Chief William Skidmore said workers doing plumbing work inadvertently started the fire inside a wall. He called the cause of the fire “totally accidental.”… Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a longtime member of a fire safety committee that advises state community affairs and fire division officials, said the common use of engineered lumber that consists of multiple layers of plywood glued together, may be an issue to be examined because that type of wood is less able to withstand fire.

Fire Chief: “Lightweight” wood Construction Contribute to Edgewater Fire from Breaking 911 Newsroom
“It was like deja vu'” 15 years apart, Edgewater fires devastate residents, community from NJ Advance Media

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Could the N.J. Avalon fire happen here?

Local officials said a fire like the one that destroyed an AvalonBay Communities development in Edgewater, New Jersey, is possible but unlikely
Lohud.coom
January 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Local officials said a fire like the one that destroyed an AvalonBay Communities development in Edgewater, New Jersey, is possible but unlikely… “Our Avalon was built with fire-resistant construction and it has a sprinkler system. I’m not sure it would get to that point here.”… The Avalon at Edgewater was built with lightweight wood and its design is similar to low-rise AvalonBay developments in Bronxville, Elmsford, Mamaroneck, Nanuet and Ossining. The Avalon White Plains and the former Avalon on the Sound, now called The Halstead New Rochelle Metro North, are taller buildings that don’t use lightweight wood in their construction.

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Forestry

The evolution of the Interior’s forest industry

Williams Lake Tribune
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In his book Tie Hackers and Timber Harvesters, Ken Druska reviews the ways that the industry has tried to cope with the volatile prices of lumber and chips. This is a good resource for anyone interested in the history of logging in the Interior of this province. In the introduction, Druska mentions how the history of the Interior differs from the Coast. The Interior developed through local entrepreneurs and family owned business. The author takes us from axes and cross cut saws to sophisticated and expensive harvesters and milling operations which produce lumber at an astonishing rate but apparently puts us in a less competitive position in the global market.

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When wolves and caribou collide

BC Local News
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The decision by the provincial Ministry of Environment to try to protect the dwindling South Selkirk Mountain Caribou herd by taking out predators — namely wolves — is generating a lot of reaction. …However, others believe it is the only solution. Bob Jamieson, a wildlife biologist well-known in the East Kootenay, and a member of an ad hoc group of those who have lived and hunted elk in this valley for years, says he is concerned with the situation with predators and ungulates in its totality. …Jamieson doesn’t buy that the caribou herd is habitat challenged. He says given the amount of lichen each caribou consumes in a year, he doesn’t believe the 18 or so animals can’t find that forage over the many kilometres of the Salmo-Creston higher elevations.

Wolves hot topic of local presentation from The Williams Lake Tribune

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ENVIRO NOTES: Don’t just plant any trees

by Dr. Roy Strang
Peace Arch News
January 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A recent report to city hall has put quite specific numbers to Surrey’s loss of tree canopy, something that has been apparent qualitatively to even the casual observer. We know now that there has been a reduction of almost 18 per cent in tree-canopy area during the past 13 years. That number raises alarm bells because of the value of trees, which is well recognized. …It’s not hard to understand why trees are important, but it’s too simplistic just to say we should have canopy cover of 40 per cent, an arbitrary and unsubstantiated number. It’s much harder to decide what to do about the removal of trees.

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Vancouver neighbourhood shocked by 17 maples illegally chopped in midnight hours

Canadian Press
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s park board will seek the maximum penalty if police manage to root out whoever is responsible for chopping down 17 maple trees after dark in a residential neighbourhood, an official says. “This would be brand new territory for us in terms of something of this magnitude,” said Howard Normann, acting manager of the board’s urban forestry division. “I can assure you that the park board and the city would push hard for the maximum penalty, whatever that would be,” he said Thursday.

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Minister Rickford Highlights Responsible Resource Development at BC Natural Resource Forum

Natural Resources Canada
Canada Newswire press release
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE, BC,- The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today emphasized the importance of creating enduring opportunities for Aboriginal communities through responsible resource development in his keynote speech at the 12th annual Premier’s BC Natural Resource Forum luncheon. Enhancing Aboriginal engagement in all aspects of resource development is a key component of the Government’s plan for Responsible Resource Development, which offers a comprehensive approach to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity while strengthening Canada’s environmental protection.

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Ecologist’s Airborne Scanners See The Forest And The Trees — All Of Them

National Public Radio
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In today’s world it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he’s developed a lab in the sky to prove it. …Asner uses state-of-the-art technology to uncover the canopy’s secrets. From his vantage point at 6,300 feet up, a forest might seem
like an indistinguishable mass of green. But his Airborne Taxonomic
Mapping System (AToMS) has much better eyes.  Its a combination
of lasers, spectrometers and other instruments sees the forest as a
detailed 3-D model, down to each and every branch, identifying different
species of vegetation and even how much carbon they store.

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Scientific societies oppose old-growth logging

CoastAlaska News
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More scientists have joined a campaign to stop old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Oregon-based Geos Institute sent a letter this week from seven national scientific organizations to Alaska forest officials and the Obama administration. Geos Chief Scientist Dominick DellaSala says preserving the Tongass will slow climate change. “These big trees that you see, the intact forests that are in these watersheds that people really value here, are just big sponges for … atmospheric carbon. They’re soaking up the carbon dioxide that we’re putting into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels,” he says.

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Land trust closes deal for Placid Lake, Gold Creek acres

The Missoulian
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the title now transferred on 117,000 acres of lower Blackfoot River timberland, the real work is about to begin managing a mosaic of ownerships as a single landscape. The $85 million “Great Western Checkerboards” project closed on Wednesday, moving large chunks of open space around Placid Lake and Gold Creek from Plum Creek Timber Co. to the Nature Conservancy. The land trust in turn plans to find a mix of public agency and private conservation owners to hold the land. It was first announced at the end of October 2014. “We’ve begun to reach out to community groups like the Blackfoot Challenge to build that process,” said Nature Conservancy land manager Chris Bryant in Missoula.

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Wyden Introduces Bill To Fund Wildfire Control

Oregon Public Broadcasting
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden reintroduced legislation Thursday that would boost federal funding to fight wildfires. Currently, wildfire budgets are set by using ten-year cost averages for fire fighting. But in recent years wildfires are tending to be bigger, hotter, and more expensive to control. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sometimes have to pull money away from other programs to foot the bill for major fires.

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Brain Food: NAU Bark Beetle Researcher Fights Back With Fungus

KNAU Arizona
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Growing microscopic organisms in a lab to conduct biological warfare might sound like the makings of a science fiction movie. But in the case of the bark beetle, it’s real. An entomologist at Northern Arizona University is using a fungus to combat the beetles’ deadly attack on forests across the West. As Arizona Public Radio’s Bonnie Stevens reports, the fungus is the latest in a string of unconventional methods to stop the bugs’ rampage. Entomologist Rich Hofstetter will do anything to get rid of bark beetles. He’s tried blowing their minds with Rock n’ Roll and amplifying their own sounds to try and drive them crazy. Now, he’s using a forest fungus to destroy the bugs from the inside out.

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Kootenai Forest: Coalition doesn’t speak for all

Letter by Joel Frank
The Missoulian
January 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I am writing to comment on the (Jan. 13) opinion from Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition regarding the proposed East Reservoir logging project. …This organization may claim to speak for all forest stakeholders, but skepticism is clearly in order here. After all, the “group” that supports the Montanore Mine was formed and is run by company employees and consultants. Fortunately, they were publicly shamed years ago and have zero credibility. As for the courts, sometimes they are the only option for holding government officials accountable. AWR is fond of saying that if the agencies want to stop being sued, they should quit breaking the law. It’s hard to find fault with this argument.

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Guest Column It’s time for new forestry laws

by Tom Bender, Sustainable Architecture and Economics in Nehalem
The Daily Astorian
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forty-five people were poisoned in 2013 by multiple illegal sprayings of their homes — not forest lands — with aerial forestry herbicides in Curry County. One is dead, one in intensive treatment, the rest with serious ongoing health issues. It took seven months to get any Oregon government agency to even release what poisons they were sprayed with. And that list turned out to have been falsified. There’s something very wrong here. …And Oregon’s “Right to Farm and Forest” law deprives Oregonians of our constitutional right to any legal action against timber companies in such situations.

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Internal Government Document Shows “Moonlight Fire” Investigators Deliberately Covered Up A Stoned Fire Lookout

National Review Online
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When a government’s desire for revenue exceeds its desire to obey the law, the truth goes right out the window. Newly-unredacted court filings confirm that the U.S. Forest Service clearly engaged in a cover-up of employee wrongdoing simply because it wanted to win a case against a deep-pocketed logging company. Deposition testimony had previously indicated that one of Cal Fire’s lookouts—the people who are supposed to catch small fires before they become big fires– was high on marijuana at the time the Moonlight Fire started. Another employee had caught the lookout with drug paraphernalia and smelling like marijuana, and by the time she left the lookout’s station, the fire’s smoke plume was quite large.

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Guv: Scientists must explore causes for forest degeneration

The Tribune India
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Uttarakhand Governor Dr Krishan Kant Paul has called upon foresters to work towards bringing the degraded forests to life. Addressing the valedictory session of International Symposium on Transforming Mountain Forestry held at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, Dr Paul argued that degraded soils do not hold healthy forests and called upon the scientists and foresters to explore the causes of forest degeneration. “The once highest rainfall area of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is now bereft of forests and shrubs,’’ Paul pointed out. 

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The Guilty and the Innocent: China and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Irrawaddy.org
January 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar as the result of the Myanmar military’s crackdown on illegal logging and timber trade once again pushed the issue of Myanmar high up on China’s foreign policy priorities. Some are worried about rising armed conflict along the Chinese border, refugee inflows and the attendant national security challenges. Some are concerned with the potential role the United States has played in the escalation of tensions and China’s strategic vulnerability if the United States is seeping into China’s “backyard.”

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Log yard not the only contributor to plume

Gisborne Herald
January 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GISBORNE District Council has investigated contamination in the Kopuawhakapata Stream for several months and is well aware of issues above the port log yard, says shared science manager Lois Easton. The stream originates in outer Kaiti. “We did some further investigation yesterday and have taken sediment samples which will be analysed to identify any possible pollutants in the plume from the stream,” Ms Easton says. “We hope to have those test results back within three weeks. “They are tested at a laboratory in Hamilton and it takes time.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study yields surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning

Phys.Org
January 22, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team of researchers, including Prof. Robert Bailis of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), concludes that only about 27 to 34 percent of wood fuel harvested worldwide would be considered “unsustainable.” According to the assessment, “sustainability” is based on whether or not annual harvesting exceeds incremental re-growth.

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