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Business & Politics

Domtar Q1 profit softens eight per cent to US$36 million on weaker sales

Canadian Press
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) says its first-quarter profit fell eight per cent to US$36 million on lower pulp and paper prices. The Montreal-based pulp, paper and diaper producer, which reports in U.S. dollars, says it earned 56 cents per diluted share in the three months ended March 31, compared with $39 million or 60 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding one-time charges, Domtar says it earned $48 million or 75 cents per diluted share, up from $42 million or 65 cents per share a year earlier.

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Stella-Jones Reports Strong 2015 First Quarter Results

Marketwired
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC– – Stella-Jones Inc. today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “We are pleased with these results that show healthy demand in our core markets as well as the strong contribution of our recent acquisition. Furthermore, adjustments in our selling prices in response to higher input costs for untreated railway ties helped us to improve our gross profit margin when compared to recent quarters,” said Brian McManus, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Sierra Pacific Industries to acquire the remaining assets of Simpson Lumber’s sawmill operations

Lesprom
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Simpson Lumber Company, LLC and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) have agreed to terms for SPI to acquire the remaining assets of Simpson’s sawmill operations in the Shelton, Washington area. SPI will purchase Simpson’s sawmilling equipment in downtown Shelton, at the nearby Johns Prairie complex, and at Dayton, Washington, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. SPI separately announced that it would not operate the mills, but instead will construct at least one new, state-of-the-art sawmill and lumber planing operation on the Shelton waterfront site. SPI anticipates its new mill will be operational sometime in 2017.

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Maine exports to China, Japan have declined over past two years

Widgets and Digits
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A trade delegation from Maine will head to China and Japan later this year, hoping to bolster trade where it has been on the decline in recent years.The drop in 2014 was due mostly to declines in paper-related exports, like wood pulp. That’s appeared to turn around so far in the first two months of 2015 in China, where wood pulp exports were at $23.3 million through February, compared with about $16.5 million for the same period last year. That change so far this year would reverse a drop in the value of wood pulp exports to China from 2013 to 2014. It remained the state’s most valuable category of exported goods to China in 2014, despite a 31.8 percent drop in value from the previous year.

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Japan’s laminated lumber production decreased by 5.6% in 2014

Lesprom
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Japan’s domestic production of laminated lumber in 2014 totalled 1,555,000 cubic metres, 5.6% less than 2013. In structural materials, production of medium and small sized lumber declined because of demand drop by increase of consumption tax but large sized lumber increased, ITTO reported. Production of interior finishing lumber stopped declining since 2011 on both solid wood and veneer overlay lumber then in 2014, solid wood decorative lumber increased.

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Raute received order worth Euro 13 million from UPM’s mill in Otepaa, Estonia

PapNews
April 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Raute Corporation has received orders worth approximately Euro 13 million for the machinery and equipment for the expansion of UPM Plywood’s mill in Otepää, Estonia, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The most important machinery and equipment included in the scope of delivery are veneer peeling, composing and patching lines, a veneer dryer and a plywood lay-up line. 

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The forest and paper industry is lagging behind in digital customer experience

Pulp and Paper News
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Several industries are adopting more and more digital channels for customer service. Research conducted by Tieto shows that most of European forest and paper industry companies do not take this change seriously and have exaggerated their expertise know-how in this area. Digital customer experience management is not at the heart of European forest and paper industry: a mere 24% of all respondents believed that this could bring added value to business operations. Developing customer loyalty and production efficiency were considered to be most important in the recent Tieto study.

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Forico eyes publicly owned timber plantations up for sale in Tasmanian forestry restructure

ABC News, Australia
April 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A major timber industry player is taking an interest in the pending sale of Forestry Tasmania’s hardwood plantation estate. New Forests, the parent company of Forico, is seeking more information about the sale. Forico completed its acquisition of Gunns’ 100,600 hectare Tasmanian plantation estate in 2014. Forico chief executive Bryan Hayes said he thought there would be “synergies” with his company’s existing assets in Tasmania. “Yes, I’m sure New Forests would have interest to understand what the process is,” he told the ABC.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Surrey seniors complex would offer independent, assisted living, include medical research centre

April 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

METRO VANCOUVER — A new proposal for Surrey City Centre would put independent and assisted living for seniors in the same complex as a medical research centre — all just steps from Surrey Memorial Hospital. The WestStone Group submitted a development permit application last week for Innovation Village, a $250-million scooter-friendly development at 9525 King George Boulevard… The plans call for two six-story wood-frame buildings for seniors’ independent living as well as a 12-storey tower housing the seniors’ research centre, medical offices and complex care and assisted living units. The developer expects that it will be located right beside one of the light rail transit stations that Surrey is planning to build. Pricing has yet to be determined.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Innovative Greenharvest Products Made with Rapidly Renewable Plant Fiber

World Press Online
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ROSWELL, Ga., — Kimberly-Clark Professional today announced the launch of GreenHarvest products, a cutting edge offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.  Kimberly-Clark Professional is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20 percent plant fiber in place of tree fiber or recycled fiber. These innovative products required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from U.S. farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fiber into pulp.

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Sauter Timber Wins for 1st U.S. Industrial CLT Wood Building

Woodworking Network
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

ROCKWOOD, TN – How strong is a large wood building? Sauter Timber’s Production Facility in Rockwood, TN, built from CLT (cross laminated timber) and glulam, has a 23-foot-high ceiling supporting a six-ton bridge crane, which it uses to carry the heavy timber trusses during production. The unusual construction effort won a 2015 Design Award from WoodWorks, an industry group that advocates and promotes increased use of wood for for structural components in buildings. The materials used in Sauter Timber’s building, which is a 9,000 square foot plant expansion at its Rockwood, TN facility, are similar to those applied to the growing numbers of large residential and commercial wood buildings, including wood skyscrapers.

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Handwritten resistance to smartphone use

New campaign supported by Iggesund Paperboard
Pulp and Paper News
April 29, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

How can we persuade schoolchildren and teenagers to loosen their grip on their smartphones and write by hand instead? Bernard Bouvet is chairman of the Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale, (UPCP), an advocacy organisation for the postcard industry in France. He may not have all the answers but he is at least practising active resistance. In recent years UPCP has put both itself and postcards on the map by creating the writing week Semaine de l’écriture, which aims to teach schoolchildren the value of writing texts by hand. Iggesund Paperboard has supported the campaign since its inception by providing materials for the postcards used in the various writing activities.

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Forestry

Audit of Chilliwack forestry operations finds numerous issues

BC Forest Practices Board
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of the BC Timber Sales program and 18 timber sale licensees in the Chilliwack Natural Resource District found that BCTS and several timber sale licensees did not comply with provincial forestry legislation related to protecting scenic areas and ensuring proper bridge and culvert construction, according to a report released today. A number of poor practices were also identified in the audit.  BCTS’s planning of a cutblock beside the Hope slide on the Crowsnest Highway did not ensure the harvesting maintained the visual quality of the scenic area.

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Pine Beetle Recovery Dollars Still Needed

250 News
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – It’s been a decade since the Pine Beetle Recovery Account administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust received $30 million dollars. The money was to be used to help forest dependent communities through the impact of the infestation. Over the years, the Pine Beetle Recovery account has provided about $19 million dollars for 215 projects that included everything from research projects to tourism, to airport improvements, anything that could help a community diversify its economy. Last year alone about $1.4 million was provided for a variety of projects. The account has a balance of about $23 million dollars.

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Thompson’s Agriculture Subcommittee Calls Upon Forest Service to Actively Manage National Forests

NorthernPA.com
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, held a public hearing “To review the National Forest System and active forest management.” The U. S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, which cover 193 million acres. Members of the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee called upon Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell to use the tools Congress made available in the 2014 Farm Bill, in order to strengthen rural economies and improve the health of the national forest system.

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Six Flags solar farm sacrifices forest, critics say

USA Today
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – He drives a Tesla plug-in, speaks passionately about the perils of climate change and is an architect of one of the most ambitious green energy initiatives in the state. But for the past month, Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald has drawn the ire of New Jersey environmentalists, who have lined up in opposition to his plan to cut down 19,000 trees for a 90-acre solar farm. Yet in an interview Tuesday, the 50-year-old executive appeared to discount any possibility of changing course. “Why would we?” Fitzgerald said, when asked if Six Flags was considering scaling down the project or finding an alternate site. “Because at the end of the day, it is the right thing for the environment, long-term.”

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Rattlesnake advocates denounce Forest Service logging plan

The Missoulian
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A quartet of forest watchdog groups released an 18-page analysis Wednesday that “adamantly opposes” plans for commercial logging in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. The comments were delivered one day before the deadline for public comment on the Missoula Ranger District’s plan to remove about 80 truckloads of logs from a 225-acre area along Rattlesnake Creek.  The so-called Marshall Woods project also includes thinning, prescribed burning and other restoration work on an additional 4,000 acres in the Rattlesnake and Marshall creek drainages north of Missoula.

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Students learn from active logging site

KRCR News
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. – On Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds of students across northern California are attending a live logging demonstration. The kids are learning about biology, forest management and what it take to be a logger. The Sierra Cascade Logging Conference, along with several other organizations, have been hosting the event since 2008. According to officials, it started with 13 kids and now covers more than 600, ranging from Black Butte Elementary in Singletown to Junction City Elementary near Weaverville. Eighth Grader Bradley Case is one of those students from Junction City, and spent the day walking around the active logging site in Viola Meadows.

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What will we lose if our Monterey pine forest disappears?

The Cambrian
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Driving down Burton Drive in the chilly spring morning, I’m struck again by the brown Monterey pines massed like sad clouds above the East Village. I try to remember what the view was like when every tree was green. I try to imagine what this community would look like without its forest. Admittedly, our pines are not the most beautiful trees in the world, but their silhouettes against the evening sky are striking, and there’s a scrappiness about them that appeals to me, a determination to survive in one of the last outposts of their kind that reminds me of some old-time Cambrians.

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Utah congressmen launch public land transfer group

Idaho Statesman
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If you think the drive to transfer public lands from the federal government to the states is going away because states that studied it largely rejected it, think again. Utah Republican Reps. Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop launched the Federal Land Action Group to develop a legislative framework for transferring public lands to local ownership and control. “The federal government has been a lousy landlord for Western states and we simply think the states can do it better,” Stewart said. “If we want healthier forests, better access to public lands, more consistent funding for public education and more reliable energy development, it makes sense to have local control.”

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Active Forest Management is Healthy for Our Forests

Sit News
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Many believe that the best way to conserve a forest is to do NOTHING – no roads, no harvest, no management. The Big Thorne Timber Sale located on the Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska has been actively managed by the U.S. Forest Service for many years, however conservationists continue to try and stop active forest management. The area already has road access developed from past timber harvest to support future timber harvest. Previously harvested areas have been naturally regenerated or planted, and pre-commercially thinned to improve the overall forest health, including habitat for Sitka black-tailed deer and prey species such as wolves. In reality, a forest that is not managed actively has limited access for wildfire management and/or combating insect infestations or disease.

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How to Acquire Public Land

Flathead Beacon
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It seems that several of our legislators and political leaders are being played for fools regarding the transfer of federal lands to the states. If I were incredibly rich and influential and wanted to own vast amounts of public land without having to share with the masses, here’s how I would go about it. First, cut Forest Service funding to reduce the effectiveness of its management. Also require that the agency absorb all firefighting costs from its management budget. Next, loudly proclaim that federal lands management is inadequate and that the state could provide much better management, despite dramatic differences in management directives, which are maximum profit for state lands and multiple use and sustained yield or benefit and enjoyment of the people for federal lands.

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Newly Released Forest Service Tree Mortality Charts for Western Bark Beetle has California at 800,000 Acres for 2014

USDA Forest Service
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The findings show a 24.3 million acre footprint for mountain pine beetle and a 49.8 million acre footprint for all western bark beetles over the past 15 years. Many areas of pest activity overlap from year to year. The footprint areas are the cumulative area covered by pest activity with no double counting of acres between years. 24 species of bark beetles were included in the calculation. Complexes, insect/disease and other multi damage phenomena that contain a bark beetle component like five-needle pine decline, subalpine fir mortality, true fir pest complex, and pinyon pine mortality are also included.

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The middle class deserves more attention: Editorial

The Oregonian
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Despite all the attention that has fallen on efforts to increase the minimum wage, many on both sides of the debate acknowledge that raising the minimum is at most one step toward addressing middle-class economic problems. Restoring hope to those who reside in the broad middle of the American economy requires something much more difficult: creating more jobs that would demand a wage of more than $15 an hour no matter what wage the government mandates. Legislators will not be able to claim meaningful progress on rebuilding the middle class until they embrace policies that make it easier for Americans to gain entry to careers with growth potential.

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Fire danger remains high in most of Minnesota

Grand Rapids Herald-Review
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With the minimal precipitation the state has experienced this spring, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire behavior analyst William Glesener says there is a good possibility this year could be a tough one for wildfires. According to information provided by the Minnesota Interagency Fire Command System (MIFCS) with its base located in Grand Rapids, weather plays an important role in fire danger and the chance of a small fire spreading and doing damage. Minnesota’s weather forecast for this week shows that most of the state will experience high to very high fire danger.

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Logging accident kills man in Wood County

WJFW
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Town of Cranmoor – The Wood County Sheriff’s Department says a man died after a logging accident in the Township of Cranmoor on Wednesday. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 11:38 a.m. indicating that a tree had fallen on someone. Deputies say the victim received major head trauma from the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s department is waiting to release the man’s identity until his family has been notified.

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Allegheny National Forest timber revenue starts to dwindle

The Bradford Era
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

KANE — As the amount of timber being cut on the Allegheny National Forest continues to dwindle, so too does the impact fees for those townships and school districts which benefit from those timber sales. A letter dated March 18 from the U.S. Forest Service indicates that McKean County townships are projected to receive a total of $253,724.77 in federal money from timber sales on the forest. The figure is down from last year’s figure of $317,548.01 and from when the federal timber money peaked for townships in 2006 at $719,316.55.

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Congress Should Stop Wildfires From Spreading Effects in the East | Commentary

RollCall.com
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Recently the National Interagency Fire Center announced six new large wildfires have been reported across five states. This brings the year’s total wildfires to 14,213, and it’s only April. While wildfires are, in most cases, natural occurrences that can be good for forests when managed, the funding to manage large ones has gotten way out of control and deserves the immediate attention of Congress. Legislators from the Eastern United States likely associate wildfires with America’s public lands of the West and think it does not apply to their state or residents. They may also not think twice then about the need to fix how wildfires are budgeted, as proposed in the Wildfire Disaster Funding Acts (HR 167, S 235).

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‘Deforestation fronts’ revealed

Mongabay.com
April 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental group WWF has released a new report projecting where the organization believes the bulk of global deforestation is likely to occur over the next 15 years. The analysis, published today, highlights eleven regions where ‘the bulk of global deforestation is projected to take place’ by 2030. The list is dominated by places in South America and Asia-Pacific — it names the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest/Gran Chaco, the Cerrado, and the Chocó-Darién in Latin America, and Borneo, Eastern Australia, the Greater Mekong, New Guinea, and Sumatra. Two regions in Africa — the Congo Basin and East Africa — are also represented.

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Regional Forest Agreement not protecting critical habitat, says Wilderness Society

ABC News, Australia
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Wilderness Society report has found Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is failing to protect forests and wildlife. The 1997 agreement is under review, with the Federal Government saying it has served Tasmania and the timber industry well. However, the Wilderness Society has concluded the protection offered by the RFA did not measure up to the safeguards in the Commonwealth Environmental and Biodiversity Conservation Act that it was designed to replace.  Wilderness Society spokesman Vica Bayley said so far the agreement had been a failure.

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Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Reveal Why Australia’s Approach to Responsible Forestry is a Global Model

Timber suppliers from Brisbane outline the Australian approach to responsible forestry and why it is admired across the globe.
PRWire
April 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brisbane, QLD – Australia’s approach to responsible forest management is so effective that it has become a global example of how to successfully balance output with environmental concerns. Australia has been at the forefront of environmentally responsible forest management since 1992 when the Australian Government made their Forestry Policy Statement. In 1998, an official framework was developed and Australia has operated under an “ecosystem approach” to forest management since 2000. It is based on twelve principles that all work to balance a high yield for the timber business with the concept of ecologically sustainable practices.

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Securing the future of Forestry Tasmania

Premier of Tasmania
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Hodgman Liberal Government was elected to rebuild Tasmania’s forest industry. We want not just Forestry Tasmania, but the entire forest industry, to stand on its own two feet. We strongly believe that the forest industry can – and will – grow into the future without the need for ongoing Government financial support. We all know there is a lot more to be done, but the Government is committed to growing the economy and creating employment, and the indicators show that we are heading in the right direction. One of the commitments of the Government to grow the forest industry was to ensure a sustainable future for Forestry Tasmania. Forestry Tasmania has been hit with the perfect storm, the three Gs – the GFC, the collapse of Gunns, and then finally, the Greens/Labor government and the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

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Arson suspected cause of forest fire near Chernobyl

World Nuclear News
April 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Firefighters were today still battling to extinguish Ukraine’s worst forest fire in 23 years, but state officials said its spread towards the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been halted. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said yesterday that the situation was already under control and that there had been no changes to levels of background radiation… The blaze started yesterday afternoon about 20 kilometres from the Chernobyl site, in northern Ukraine. A 30km exclusion zone remains in place there, following the 1986 accident that was caused by a fire at unit 4.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

How British Columbia Gained By Putting a Price on Carbon

April 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

arlier this month, Ontario announced it will join the carbon cap-and trade-program that Quebec and California currently participate in. That makes Ontario the fourth Canadian province to put a price on carbon. Alberta taxes its largest carbon emitters, including oil sands and power producers. And in 2008, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt an economy-wide carbon tax. Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at University of Ottawa, has analyzed the results of that tax and describes them as “remarkable.”

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Forests on fire: Climate change triple whammy

Minnesota Public Radio
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Want to see climate change in action? Take a drive to the Black Hills of South Dakota or just about any forested slope in the Rocky Mountains. Human emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere is often the main focus of climate science. But an important new element of carbon transfer into the atmosphere is emerging as climate shifts. The increasing role of forest fire activity in changing the carbon balance is getting more attention. As millions of additional acres of forests go up in smoke in places like California and the American West, scientists are learning it’s triggering a triple whammy effect on climate.

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California’s Forests Have Become Climate Polluters

Climate Central
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California introduced a world-leading carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program to drive down pollution rates after lawmakers approved an ambitious climate protection law in 2006. It also changed rules affecting utilities, spurring investments in some of the biggest solar power plants the world has yet seen. But an emerging body of research shows it’s going to take more than a clean energy blitz to help the state comply with the historic California Global Warming Solutions Act. A Californian task force has been handed the confounding task of figuring out how forestry and land management practices could be improved to prevent what scientists say are surprisingly high levels of climate pollution escaping from its forests and other wildlands. A new study has shown that greenhouse gases are billowing out of the state’s forests faster than they are being sucked back in, with unnaturally intense wildfires mostly to blame.

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Metsä decides to proceed with next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski

Pulp and Paper Canada
April 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Metsä Fibre, has made the decision proceed with a previously announced plan to build a massive pulp and bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The construction work will begin immediately, and the mill is scheduled to be completed during the third quarter of 2017. The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment within the forest industry in Finland. The total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion. The bioproduct mill’s annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes, of which 800,000 tonnes will be softwood pulp and 500,000 tonnes hardwood pulp.

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General

How British Columbia Gained By Putting a Price on Carbon

April 30, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

arlier this month, Ontario announced it will join the carbon cap-and trade-program that Quebec and California currently participate in. That makes Ontario the fourth Canadian province to put a price on carbon. Alberta taxes its largest carbon emitters, including oil sands and power producers. And in 2008, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt an economy-wide carbon tax. Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at University of Ottawa, has analyzed the results of that tax and describes them as “remarkable.”

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Surrey seniors complex would offer independent, assisted living, include medical research centre

April 30, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

METRO VANCOUVER — A new proposal for Surrey City Centre would put independent and assisted living for seniors in the same complex as a medical research centre — all just steps from Surrey Memorial Hospital. The WestStone Group submitted a development permit application last week for Innovation Village, a $250-million scooter-friendly development at 9525 King George Boulevard… The plans call for two six-story wood-frame buildings for seniors’ independent living as well as a 12-storey tower housing the seniors’ research centre, medical offices and complex care and assisted living units. The developer expects that it will be located right beside one of the light rail transit stations that Surrey is planning to build. Pricing has yet to be determined.

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VicForests cleared over claims of illegal logging on Errindura Plateau in East Gippsland

ABC News, Australia
April 30, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

A State Government investigation into claims of illegal logging in East Gippsland, in south-east Victoria, has cleared VicForests of any wrongdoing. The Government has been investigating claims the state-owned timber company illegally logged and destroyed ancient rainforest canopy species on the Errindura Plateau. The investigation found VicForests had not breached logging codes for rainforest protection and waterway harvesting.  It said there was inconclusive evidence to support the rainforest harvesting allegation.

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