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Daily Archives: April 7, 2015

Business & Politics

Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s forestry industry a vital, neglected economic force

April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — B.C.’s forestry sector may not be as sexy as a potential liquefied natural gas industry in the north or all the high-tech companies that have been moving to Vancouver, but it is time the provincial government started showing it some renewed love. A report by the Business Council of B.C. touts the sector as highly productive and a great job generator — “one of the province’s dominant economic engines”. But the council warns that the industry is about to experience a contraction, and faces a host of competitiveness challenges. “Over the medium term, the aggregate size of B.C.’s forest industry will contract,” largely as a result of diminishing timber supplies caused by the pine beetle infestation. 

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Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s forestry industry a vital, neglected economic force

April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — B.C.’s forestry sector may not be as sexy as a potential liquefied natural gas industry in the north or all the high-tech companies that have been moving to Vancouver, but it is time the provincial government started showing it some renewed love. A report by the Business Council of B.C. touts the sector as highly productive and a great job generator — “one of the province’s dominant economic engines”. But the council warns that the industry is about to experience a contraction, and faces a host of competitiveness challenges. “Over the medium term, the aggregate size of B.C.’s forest industry will contract,” largely as a result of diminishing timber supplies caused by the pine beetle infestation. 

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“Americans deserve the option of paper from their government”

Pulp and Paper News
April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA, The American Forest & Paper Association, has written an open letter on its website, claiming the importance of paper-based tax forms and paper-based instructions. “April 15th is known as “Tax Day” in the U.S. Granted, it’s not a day most of us look forward to, but the process of filing your taxes is one that most Americans take seriously as their civic responsibility.  Imagine if your ability to fulfill that responsibility was inhibited by actions of the very government agency requiring your filing.

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OSU College of Forestry sports a “nearly 100% job placement rate”

KVAL.com
April 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The College of Forestry at Oregon State University uses tools that are a bit more advanced. We got an inside look at the Forest Engineering and Management Programs and found out more about how high the demand is for laborers in the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last year that nationally there was close to 3,000 people employed by the logging industry. More than half of those jobs were right here in Oregon, which makes job prospects for students in the College of Forestry pretty good. According to the school, the program has a nearly 100 percent job placement rate.

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Cause of lumber mill fire undetermined

Associated Press
April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FAIRLEE, Vt. — Investigators say they’re unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a lumber company’s sawmill last month, but they don’t consider the fire to be suspicious The Valley News reports  the sawmill at Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee was in operation until about 1 p.m. on March 27. The fire was first noticed the next evening.  Britton’s insurance company has brought in an engineering firm to further investigate The company’s sawmill employs 20 workers and at least another dozen employees’ jobs are based on the sawmill’s production.

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Russia tops Canada as number one sawn softwood supplier to China

IHB
April 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s sawnwood imports totalled 25.65 million cubic metres in 2014 and were valued at US$8.0 billion, up 7% in volume and 19% in value on the previous year. The average price for imported sawnwood was US$373 per cubic metre, a year on year increase of 13%. Of the total, coniferous sawnwood imports rose 4% to 17.64 million cubic metres, at a similar level with 2013. Coniferous sawnwood imports were mainly from the following top 10 countries: Russia (7.21 million cu.m, up 12%), Canada (6.57 million cu.m, down 3.4%)… Imports from the top 10 suppliers accounted for 97% of all coniferous sawnwood imports. Coniferous sawnwood imports from Russia and Canada together accounted for 78% of sawn softwood imports.

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Tasmanian Government to pay Launceston sawmiller $1m to keep operating

ABC News, Australia
April 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Launceston sawmiller will receive $1 million to stay in the timber sector rather than leave, in a record agreement struck under the Tasmanian Government’s rejigged Regional Sawmiller Structural Adjustment Grants Program. Barbers Sawmill on Dowling Street was to pocket $2,032,875 under the exit scheme set up by the previous federal Labor government. The State Government has since restructured the program with the Commonwealth’s consent.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Toronto City Council calls on province for more regulations on combustible building construction

Canada Underwriter.ca
April 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Three months after the Ontario government changed its building code to allow construction of wood frame buildings up to six storeys in height, Toronto City Council is asking the ruling Liberals to move quickly to implement rules on safe construction of such buildings. Ontario now allows wood frame buildings up to six storeys in height and Toronto City Council wants a regulatory strategy for site safety practices during constructionToronto City Council voted last week in favour of a motion asking the provincial government to “move expeditiously on a provincial regulatory strategy for site safety practices during the construction of combustible buildings.” Such a strategy should “guide site safety practices during the construction of combustible buildings,” wrote Ann Borooah, the city’s chief building official and executive director of Toronto Building.

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Log dwelling may be Oregon’s oldest known structure

Clackamas County cabin could predate Lewis and Clark expedition
Mail Tribune
April 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

MOLALLA — Protected inside a workshop hidden among Clackamas County farmland is a mysterious log dwelling that may prompt a rewrite of Oregon’s long-held history. If experts’ theories pan out, the 18-foot-wide structure — called the Molalla Log House — predates the start of Lewis and Clark’s 1804 expedition by a decade. The current thinking is that the large, inventive log building could have been handmade by Russian farmers and craftsmen sent by Catherine the Great to settle in the Willamette Valley. Growing wheat and gathering beaver and elk pelts here could have aided the tsarina’s struggling Alaskan fur trade. That the log cabin was made by foreigners is clear. It’s unlike pioneer construction seen in Oregon until now.

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Wood gets new life with reclaimed lumber

Daily News Journal
April 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A trend I have seen a lot of lately that always catches my eye is home décor and building elements made from old, reclaimed wood. Furniture, accent walls, mantels, beams, floors and doors—it seems one can use recycled antique wood to make just about anything. Because reclaimed wood is carefully salvaged from older structures that no longer serve a purpose, such as old barns and mills, and processed to remove metal, insects, and mold, it can cost a little more than new lumber.

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Forestry

Fast Food Companies Adopt Zero Deforestation Policy

The Epoch Times
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Yum! Brands, the company that owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, on Thursday announced a zero deforestation policy for its palm oil sourcing. The move came after aggressive campaigns by environmental groups that argued the chains weren’t doing enough to ensure the palm oil they used to fry foods wasn’t linked to human rights abuses, destruction of peatlands, and logging of rainforests. The policy sets a December 2017 target for establishing safeguards for palm oil sourcing. Yum! says it will only source from suppliers who bar plantation development in high carbon stock and high conservation value areas.

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What Does It Take to Protect a Bat?

Courthouse News
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Environmentalists are outraged that though 99 percent of Northern long-eared bats have died of white-nose syndrome in their core habitat, the federal government has listed the species as threatened rather than endangered. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday in D.C. Federal Court, challenging the rule. Fish and Wildlife listed the Northern long-eared bat as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act on April 2, and exempted the rule from some ESA protections.

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Senate Vote: Amendment Sanctions Sale Of National Forests, Public Land

Gear Junkie
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A week ago, in the midst of a circus of Senators cramming every conceivable amendment into a Republican-sponsored budget, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment that should boil the blood of every American who loves our National Forests and public lands. …For outdoors enthusiasts, it is a wake-up call. There are many interests trying to get their hands on your public lands, and our elected officials may be willing to sell. “We’ve got to keep an eye out for it,” said Steve Kline, Director of Government Relations at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “If you let a bad idea fester long enough, it sounds less and less like a bad idea.”

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Congress closer on wildfire funding reform

Coloradoan
April 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Congress is making progress on two issues of special importance to the West — fighting wildfires and providing funding to counties with large chunks of federally owned land. On the latter, thousands of counties and school districts that were receiving funding through the expired Secure Rural Schools program could see a quick injection of federal funds after Congress returns April 13 from its two-week spring break. On wildfires, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho joined forces before the recess to attach a provision to the Senate budget resolution that should ease the way for a new funding mechanism for fighting the most severe wildfires.

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Will the Northwest Forest Plan come undone?

High Country News
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

….Under the new plans, the timber industry expects to gain access to more timber than it has since the Northwest Forest Plan first took effect, said Ann Forest Burns, a vice-president of the Portland-based industry group, the American Forest Resource Council. She added that the industry’s allocation has been half or less of the 1.1 billion annual board feet promised in the original plan. If the new forest plans fails to provide enough timber, she said, “we will ask Congress to change the law.” That could include two 1970s-era mandates, the National Forest Management Act and the Endangered Species Act.

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Money grows on trees in Jewell

The Daily Astorian
April 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JEWELL — Jewell School District doesn’t have to worry much about money. The timber revenues from Clatsop State Forest allow it to spend more than $25,000 per pupil, and free it from the Common School Fund, which other districts are lobbying the Oregon Legislature to increase. Students in Jewell School’s new forestry program made a deposit for future generations Wednesday, fanning out with shovels and tree starts to help the Oregon Department of Forestry replant the recently harvested, 40-acre Moore Mullenbach stand above the Nehalem River. The trees they planted Wednesday have been growing since they were purchased from Willamette Valley nurseries in 2012, Restoration Unit Forester Charley Moyer said.

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Truce over Northwest forests unraveling

Industry interests say Clinton plan failed to deliver
Portland Tribune
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Northwest Forest Plan, the icy truce that ended the 1990s timber wars, continues to unravel as two federal agencies look for new ways to manage forests. By late April, the Bureau of Land Management says it will release a new plan to manage 2.5 million acres in western Oregon. The BLM now intends to provide the industry with more certainty about how much timber it can sell, which has been lacking for many years, said Portland spokesman Mike Campbell. How it will do so without violating environmental laws will be a closely guarded secret until the plan is released.

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Forest Service seeks comment on proposed restoration project for Little Crow

Yakima Herald Republic
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A proposed U.S. Forest Service project in a year-round outdoor recreation destination northwest of Yakima calls for commercial timber harvest, prescribed burning and the decommissioning of 35 miles of the area’s most rugged and minimally maintained roads. The Naches Ranger District unveiled plans last week for its proposed Little Crow Restoration project, which spans east and west of the Little Naches 1900 Road, a corridor popular with campers, horseback riders, motorized trail riders, berry and mushroom pickers, hunters and anglers.

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Letters: Missing from Siuslaw Forest management: jobs

Letter to the editor
The Corvallis Gazette-Times
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The land simply cannot support adding 73 percent of that annual growth year after year without eventually exceeding the land’s ability to support all those trees. In time, an overcrowded forest will become stressed due to insufficient sunlight, nutrients and water and become susceptible to insects, disease and fire. The biology is pretty simple but ignored. We are huge consumers of wood. While we “save” broad expanses of our nation’s forests for wilderness, riparian areas, restoration, old-growth, etc., we increasingly turn to foreign countries for 40 percent of our softwood consumption. That seems like an ethical problem. Our environmental community, politicians and federal land managers are wearing blinders and have their heads in the sand.

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Index timber sale will proceed after landslide review

Herald Net
April 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with a $1.2 million timber sale after taking a second look at landslide risk.The 119-acre harvest on state land near Index known as the “Deer Wrap” timber sale was approved in 2014. But the state halted the process earlier this year after an environmental group in Seattle raised concerns about what it calls potentially unstable slopes below the harvest area.The Washington Forest Law Center says logging the site might compromise the safety of people nearby because fewer trees would likely mean more saturated ground, which could cause a slope to slide.

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Klamath National Forest recovery plan vetted in Eureka

The Times-Standard
April 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Klamath National Forest representatives are hosting an open house meeting from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday in Eureka to explain and accept public input on a plan to treat areas consumed by wildfire last summer. At the session at Six Rivers National Forest headquarters, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, community members will be able to submit comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the Westside Fire Recovery Project. The Klamath National Forest’s summer 2014 fires started July 29 and July 30 when a storm brought lightning strikes that lead a total of 26 blazes.

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Forest fire season expected to be longer this year

UpNorthLive.com
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ROSCOMMON CO. — The Department of Natural Resources fire management staff in Roscommon is excpecting a longer forest fire season this year, because of the cool, dry April we’ve had so far. They say the cool, dry weather we’ve had this month, along with less snowfall this winter, and the National Weather Service’s predictions for a dry spring are all factors. “We’re drying out sooner than normal,” Jake Figley, DNR Roscommon Unit Fire supervisor, said. “So, our season might be a little bit longer than normal because the temperatures are supposed to be cooler than normal. 

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Federal agency: No protection for coastal Pacific marten

Associated Press
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal biologists have decided that no Endangered Species Act protections are warranted for coastal populations of the Pacific marten, a forest predator that is a relative of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it looked at the harmful effects of wildfire, climate change, logging, development, trapping and exposure to rat poisons at marijuana plantations, and none of those rose to the level individually, or cumulatively, of warranting a listing. Coastal populations of Pacific marten stretch from the Columbia River to Sonoma County in Northern California.

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Judge invalidates ‘take’ permits for California logging plan

Associated Press
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal judge in California says wildlife officials were wrong to grant a company permission to harm threatened species while logging private land. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins invalidated incidental take permits for the northern spotted owl and a population of coho salmon that federal officials granted to Fruit Growers Supply Company. The permits applied to more than 150,000 acres of company land in Siskiyou County. Cousins said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly factored conservation efforts by the U.S. Forest Service into Fruit Growers’ plan to mitigate its impact on the spotted owl.

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Committee working to make Teanaway Community Forest a place for all

Yakima Herald Republic
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… The waters flow through 50,000 acres of timberland purchased by the state in 2013 as part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, with the goal of protecting those headwater creeks. But the lands are also popular with hikers, horse riders, hunters, and dirt bikers, so a community committee was formed to develop a plan on how best to balance all the issues facing what’s known as the Teanaway Community Forest. “People love this place, but we need to help them not love it to death,” said Eric Winford, the community forest planner hired last year to work with the advisory committee to develop the draft plan that is to be released this week.

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Guest Column: Minimize aerial spray to diminish spray drift

NR Today
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Logging is a vital part of our economy, history and culture. My house in the woods is 90 percent lumber (both milled and homegrown). I have close friends who work in the woods and in lumber mills. I’m in favor of sustainable logging in our federal forests. How about a harvest program using existing roads that would generate income for Douglas County, send logs to our local mills and create much-needed fuel breaks and access for our fire-fighting efforts?

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Feds Blasted for Lake Tahoe Logging

Courthouse News
April 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO – A federal judge refused to dismiss a professor’s claim that the U.S. Forest Service is damaging the Lake Tahoe watershed by clearing timber and brush and depositing the slash in streams and wetlands. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled Tuesday that the Forest Service’s argument was based upon faulty evidence and that plaintiff Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., did not waive his legal challenge to the Upper Echo Lakes Hazardous Fuels Reduction Projection by failing to comment during a public comment period. Burrell denied all three of the Forest Service’s claims for dismissal.

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Residents Fight Mark Twain National Forest Restoration Plan (audio)

National Public Radio
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

There’s a feud along the border of Missouri and Arkansas in the Mark Twain National Forest. It’s over a large and dense area in Butler Hollow. The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to use fire, herbicides and chainsaws to thin the woods. But residents are fighting this plan, as Jacqueline Froelich of member station KUAF reports.

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Congressman Whitfield Satisfied With Progress in LBL Logging Controversy

WKMS.org
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield met with county and Forest Service officials today to discuss the ongoing logging controversy at Land Between the Lakes. Last Tuesday the Forest Service announced plans for a temporary logging moratorium in the area after 3 months of public opposition to the land management technique. After receiving many notes of concern regarding logging at LBL and a visit from county officials, Whitfield traveled to the LBL to speak with Area Supervisor Tina Tilley for a tour of the LBL.

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Officials Warn Forest Fires Threat Could Be Disastrous In New Jersey This Year

CBS New York
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ANDOVER, N.J. — The spring wildfire season is here, and this one has the potential to be disastrous in New Jersey. As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, there is ample brush on the forest floor, and weather has prevented almost all the preemptive controlled burns planned to reduce forest fires. Visitors to Kittatinny Valley State Park in northwest New Jersey smelled smoke as soon as they entered the area.

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Timber Industry Optimistic About CNNF Harvests

WXPR
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is working with partners to help carry out forest management projects, and that could be good news for the timber industry. The forest products industry has complained that the national forest isn’t meeting its harvest goals, while the Forest Service says it doesn’t have enough funding to carry out all of its management projects. But Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says collaborations have begun to help get work done on the forest.  Schienebeck says Good Neighbor Authority agreements are in progress, which can allow landowners and state foresters to help prepare timber sales.

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Watchers of forests – what news from above?

CIFOR.org
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When new data on global forests are published, it is always a grand opportunity to update analyses of global, regional and country trends. Global Forest Watch (GFW) has done just that. As promised, we now have the first annual update of global tree cover data based on 30×30-meter satellite data. The original dataset in this series, published by Hansen et al. and covering the period 2001–2012, has been extensively used over the past 18 months. It has been accompanied by a wide-ranging debate as to the validity of shown trends and what story the observed changes over time in the remotely sensed data actually tell. In the release blog, GFW points to a continued increase of global tree cover loss, mainly due to higher losses in the boreal region, whereas all other domains show fewer losses. 

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How do you plant 1 billion trees a year? With drones, of course

TreeHugger
April 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Instead of doing surveillance or carrying out military missions, the drones from BioCarbon Engineering are taking on a decidedly more progressive task: planting trees and reversing deforestation… This approach, using an industrial-scale reforestation method, isn’t quite ready for prime-time, but its prototype, which won £20k in funding from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship last year, is expected to be built into a fully functioning platform by the end of the year.

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Forest fires threaten new fallout from Chernobyl

The New York Times
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine released a plume of radiation that eventually blanketed an estimated 77,000 square miles of Europe and Eurasia. While the worst of the contamination occurred near the plant — an area still closed to human habitation, now referred to as the exclusion zone — the effects are still seen further afield as well. Radioactive wild boars roam German forests, and radioactive mushrooms grow in Bulgaria. Now, an international team of experts warns that Europe could receive fresh doses of Chernobyl radiation from forest fires.

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Head of London-listed company linked to illegal clearing of Peru rainforest

CEO of cocoa producer, United Cacao, has deforested about 7,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest, an Environmental Investigation Agency report alleges
The Guardian
April 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The CEO of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, that aims to become the world’s largest producer of cocoa, is responsible for illegally clearing swathes of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The website for the Cayman Islands-based company, United Cacao, implies the company could be a force for positive change in the chocolate business, mostly produced in West Africa, stating that it “seeks to provide a clear path forward for ethically-produced cacao to the world marketplace”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Hot market for wood-pellet stoves

Northeast states help cover installation cost to encourage use of alternative heat supply
Times Union.com
April 6, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that’s where the similarity ends. “This burns very cleanly and produces very little ash,” said Besenfelder, director of facilities for the Coxsackie-Athens School District, which is beside the Hudson River 30 miles south of Albany. “It takes no more maintenance than an oil boiler. Everything’s automated.”

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