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Business & Politics

Value-added wood facility to open

Alberni Valley News
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new value-added wood product is set to be exported from the Alberni Valley this fall, Cantimber Biotech director of project development and research Michael Liu said. “The fuel we’re using at Cantimber is logging residue from the Alberni Valley,” said Liu. Between 50,000-55,000 cubic metres of wood waste will be collected from 10 cut blocks in the Alberni Valley by local contractor Brad Berry and turned into activated charcoal in their new facility on Port Authority land, Liu said during an open house Tuesday at the AV Multiplex.

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Domtar’s effort to focus on handwriting wins Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Stockhouse
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT MILL, SC – Project Learning Curve – a push by Domtar Corporation to increase focus on handwriting and the research that shows how much it benefits students – won a Silver Lion on Monday at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. …Domtar’s “Project Learning Curve” was recognized in the Mobile Services category. The honor came after Domtar spearheaded the creation of the world’s first handwriting tracker – an app that connects a digital pen to paper. Just like wearable fitness trackers encourage people to exercise their hearts by tracking their miles, the Project Learning Curve app encourages students to exercise their brains through handwriting.

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Wood marketing board directors fired after forest commission investigation

Stems from review of York-Sunbury-Charlotte group’s finances, involvement in $2M mill project
CBC News
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The directors of the York Sunbury Charlotte Forest Products Marketing Board have been “removed from office … for cause,” following an investigation by the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission. The York Sunbury Charlotte Marketing Board represents the interests of about 7,100 private woodlot owners. All 21 directors had previously been suspended after a review of the board’s audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2014, showed “a financial situation which concerned the commission.” It was related to a failed business venture that was supposed to revive a dormant Fredericton-area sawmill.

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Quota cut threatens Thurso sawmill

Ottawa Citizen
June 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A West Quebec community fears the loss of 300 jobs on July 31 if a sawmill that is a major employer can’t reach an agreement with the Quebec government. Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring Inc. has told employees it will have to close its plant in Thurso, east of Gatineau, if it cannot negotiate a return to a higher wood quota. The Quebec government regulates the distribution of wood based on what has been cut in public forests in the area, and a sudden shortfall at Lauzon comes on the back of new legislation at the provincial level. Lauzon spent more than $25 million to upgrade its factory in 2007 and worked out an arrangement with the government at the time to receive 210,000 cubic metres of wood a year over 25 years.

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Northern Pulp cleared to resume production after new gear passes inspection

Precipitator supposed to cut particulate matter emissions by 80 per cent
CBC News
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northern Pulp has been given the green light to resume production after a month-long shutdown to install equipment to reduce air pollution. The company was ordered to install a precipitator that is supposed to reduce emissions of particulate matter by 80 per cent and improve air quality. The Department of Environment says the gear has passed its start-up inspection, but still requires fine-tuning and work. Randy Delorey, the environment minister, said the air should start clearing immediately. “My understanding is that we should expect to see improvements right away, but with any large, complicated piece of equipment like this, there’s no absolute guarantees,” he said.

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Chinese demand for U.S. hardwood soars to $1.53 bln

China Daily
June 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

The export value of United States hardwood to China jumped 34 percent year-on-year in 2014 as the country increased its demand for more sustainably sourced materials for its urbanization program and for environmental projects. The value of U.S. hardwood products sold into China reached $1.53 billion last year, according to data from the foreign agricultural service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The most popular timber was red oak, tulipwood and ash, mainly for furniture, veneers, flooring, and decorative plywoods. The market now accounts for 42.6 percent of total export volume of U.S. hardwoods, by far the world’s largest single customer.

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Log exports from US West Coast drop sharply

Scrap Monster
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The log shipments out of West Coast docks have reported sharp decline during this year. The demand from China- the primary destination of US lumber exports has slowed down significantly. Chinese importers have turned to Russia and New Zealand as rising strength in US dollar makes trade with the US less profitable for them. Consequently, harvest levels have also reported huge declines. The log export market has been going through a rough patch for some time now. However, upbeat domestic log demand had been easily compensating for the continuing drop in exports. Currently, domestic demand has also started to wane, noted industry participants. 

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Mill hopes to process problematic juniper

Herald and News
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONANZA — Jack LeRoy held up a log-shaped object about a foot-and-a-half long, made of compressed wood chips, formed into a cylinder. “I gotta tell ya, this is a fantastic fuel log,” he said. And it is made of 100 percent juniper. “If you look at traditional uses, if you look at traditional milling that we do for pine or Doug-fir or any other species,” LeRoy, of Forest Energy Group in Central Point, said, “you’d look at a juniper and go, ‘Why in the world would I want to touch one of those?’ “But the fact of the matter is there are some economics there, there are some things we’ve done with juniper.”

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Woodworking Network
June 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Overseas traded softwood chip prices declined by 11 % from August 2014 to April 2015, after having trended upward for more than a year. The FOEX softwood chip price index (PIX-SCG) fell to $165.86 per oven-dry metric ton (odmt) in April, which was the lowest level since late 2013 and 4.3% below the five-year average. The reduced price index was due in part to Japanese pulp mills switching to relatively lower cost chips from Australia. The hardwood chip price index (PIX-HCG) moved slightly higher in late 2014 and early 2015 to reach $182.47/odmt in April 2015. The current price is back up to the same level as a year ago, but still has a ways to go to reach the record high levels of over $200/odmt that occurred almost four years ago. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Making the most of what you have

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Robin Shackleton from Errington and Joe Young from Qualicum Beach are part of a movement. The local instrument makers are two of 46 artists from Vancouver Island and beyond who are out to create a wide range of artwork out of a giant hollow Western big leaf maple. “(It’s about) making the most out of the trees we cut,” said Shackleton of the motive behind the so-called oneTree Project. “A lot of wood — a lot of trees — aren’t appreciated.” …What is more unique about this type of tree, however, is the fact it naturally grows into a multitude of patterns, including birds eyes, quilting and flame. “You can get so much feature in the wood,” said Shackleton, who admits that his piece of wood is “pretty chill.”

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Inside the velodrome: Milton’s new landmark

Daily Commercial News
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Inside the velodrome, the smell of recently laid wood wafts through the building. The 250-metre long, seven-metre wide Class 1 track is the focal point of the facility. It is made from smooth, untreated Siberian spruce, known for its hardness, stability and long straight lines. This wood is also regarded as the “fastest timber, allowing cyclists to reach speeds up to 85 km/h,” reads the Mattamy National Cycling Centre’s website. …”It (the track) was installed by Velotrack, a German company that came over. It took them about eight weeks to construct. There’s about 60 kilometres of wood in the track. It was all hand nailed,” he explains.

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Amish to raise ark for Noah’s Ark park

Cincinnati.com
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Construction of a huge imitation of the biblical Noah’s Ark is underway in Grant County, with an Amish “ark-raising” planned on Thursday. … Amish communities from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania have responded to help build the timber-frame structure. On Thursday, workers will erect some of the first 32 “bents,” or vertical, curved rib-like sections that give the Ark its structure, according to an Answers in Genesis news release. “Timber-framing is an art,” Ham said.

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Helping businesses take deforestation off the shelf

CDP’s Katie McCoy explains how consumer facing businesses are beginning to tackle the problem deforestation
Business Green
June 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It’s in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the groceries we buy. For the public, there is no getting away from the fact that much of what we consume is made with or derived from commodities that are known to be drivers of deforestation, like palm oil, soy, timber and cattle. Furthermore, according to analysis by Forest Trends, most of the commodities produced and exported into the global market are products of illegal deforestation.

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Forestry

Forest fire still burning by Harrison Lake

Agassiz Harrison Observer
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire burning on the shores of Harrison Lake is still approximately 0.5 hectares in size as of this morning. Fire Information officer Donna McPherson says the fire, which was human-caused, is not threatening any structures. The fire is within the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department jurisdiction, but they called in provincial coastal fire crew for assistance on the steep slopes. “Last night we went air tankers to box the fire in,” says McPherson, explaining what the red material was being dumped from the planes.

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Meadow Creek Cedar plants trees despite licence problems

Nelson Star
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Meadow Creek Cedar is busy planting trees and doing road maintenance this summer in an attempt to reduce the liability that has caused the provincial government to cancel its forest licence as of Aug. 7. The licence is for sale, with a deadline of July 15 for bids, and the buyer has to be approved by the province. The company has gone through a labyrinth of changes of ownership and failures to meet forest licence requirements in the past few years, all of that exacerbated by a fire that destroyed its mill in the fall of 2014.

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Campfire ban comes to Vancouver Island a month early this weekend

Victoria Times Colonist
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A campfire ban for most of Vancouver Island takes effect at noon Saturday with temperatures expected to reach record highs inland. The Coastal Fire Centre announced the ban almost a month earlier than usual due to a lack of rain and rapidly drying forests, Donna MacPherson of the B.C. government’s wildfire management branch said today… She said things are expected to get even dryer this weekend with weather experts forecasting a heat wave for much of southern B.C.

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Don’t ‘greenwash’ logging

By Carol Dyck, MA, MSc, LLM, Sackinaw Lake
Coast Reporter
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Letter to the Editor: Tony Greenfield wrote in the 2015 Community Forest Annual Report that logging enhances biodiversity. He argued that open systems (i.e., freshly logged sites) possess greater biodiversity than closed canopy systems. He further equated wildfires and/or fire regimes with logging, concluding that logging provides the same benefits to forest ecosystems as fire. Logging is not “a proxy for forest fire.” Fires remove weak and unhealthy trees; logging removes both the unhealthy and the healthy trees. When a moderate fire crosses the land, many trees survive and only the shrubs and undergrowth are affected. Thus, the forest still maintains trees of various ages, each performing vital functions for animal species dependent on mature trees.

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‘Drought’ means ‘dry’!

Letter to the Editor
Alberni Valley News
June 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Every morning before work I set out on a walk along Faber Road and through the trails that connect it to the logging road. Every morning I think to myself how lucky I am to have these trails in my backyard. I try to ignore the flagging tape that mark the beautiful trees for logging in the near future, and I listen to the birds and enjoy my walk in peace. This morning it was more than just the reminder of devastating logging that threatened these beautiful woods. As I walked along Faber, a car passed me going probably 20 kilometres over the speed limit, and the driver flicked his cigarette butt out the window.

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Elaho Valley wildfire could flare up with dry weather forecast

Crews managed to save a 1,000-year-old tree from the flames
CBC News
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters battling the Elaho Valley blaze burning northwest of Whistler, B.C. managed to save a 1,000-year-old Douglas Fir tree known as the Elaho Giant. The base of the tree was blackened by the heat, but officials say green needles remain. The fire is spread across approximately 700 hectares and is 40 per cent contained, B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch says. They are advising people to avoid nearby areas due to the ongoing fire conditions. About 112 firefighters and three helicopters are battling the blaze.

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Comox Fire deals with stubborn forest blaze

Comox Valley Echo
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Comox Fire Rescue received a call on Sunday afternoon, June 21 of smoke in the North East Woods. A fire was located very deep in the forest area. Sixteen Comox firefighters used over 2000 gallons of water and three hours to extinguish the fire. A small crew from the Coastal Fire Base (forestry) in Campbell River was also dispatched but the Comox firefighters had it well in hand before the forestry crew arrived. Comox firefighters returned to the location the following day to ensure the fire was out.

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Whole area needs protection

By Wayne P. McCrory, RPBio., conservation biologist
Coast Reporter
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Letter to Editor: I very much appreciate your coverage of my recent presentation on my conservation report on the Elphinstone park expansion proposal (“ELF report finds major biodiversity,” June 19). I would like to clarify that the report recommends the entire 2,137ha proposal be protected as a Class A provincial park. What the reporter said about only 70 per cent of the proposal should be protected was likely my fault for not explaining things more clearly. What I was referring to was that my analysis found that some 1,500ha of largely intact pristine forest still remains in the original Elphinstone area proposed for protection some 20 years ago, or some 70 per cent of the total area. 

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Ontario-Québec Ministers Discuss Forestry Issues

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Government of Ontario
June 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario and Québec forestry ministers met today to discuss forestry matters of mutual benefit and interest. In reaffirming their commitment to cooperation, Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Laurent Lessard, Québec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, agreed to keep working together on priority matters for the two provinces, including promoting sustainable forest management practices to support international trade in forest products and responsible approaches for the protection of species at risk.

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Proposed law would improve forest management

Capital Press.com
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As wildfire season kicks off to an early start, Congress has an important opportunity this year to improve the management of federal forests. The U.S. House of Representatives is advancing the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (HR 2647) to give the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and legal tools to make federal forests less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease. In addition to improving the health of federal forests across the nation, the legislation would create thousands of jobs in forested communities while generating additional timber revenues for rural counties with large amounts of federal forest land.

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Reader Comment:Restoring Forest Health Should be About Facts, Not Ideology

Magic Valley
June 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the laboratory of ideas, results should count. Recently, I introduced the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, H.R. 2316, which would set aside up to 2 percent of the 193 million acres in the National Forest System for state and local management. Sadly, some critics seem uninterested in whether local management of federal lands might restore forest health, reduce catastrophic fires and revive rural economies. One editorialist wrote that the bill “might sound appealing” to those living in one of Idaho’s struggling timber communities. Indeed it does – the idea came from a bipartisan group of county commissioners in the 1st Congressional District.

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Air tankers briefly grounded after drone spotted over blaze

Associated Press
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist’s drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California. Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says a tanker was preparing to drop retardant Wednesday evening in the San Bernardino Mountains when the pilot spotted the small remote-controlled device. Officials ordered him and four other pilots to land over fears of possible collisions, but they were unable to find the drone’s operator.

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Fires Atop The Rim Thinning Forest

Forest Service shuts down operations on Horse Tank Fire
Payson Roundup
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service shut down operations on the 3,600-acre Horse Tank Fire near Strawberry atop the Rim on Thursday, after the low-intensity fire burned to the designated area — thinning the forest rather than destroying it. The fire periodically alarmed Rim Country residents by sending up a huge plume of smoke, but in the end did more good than harm thanks to the mild June conditions. Meanwhile, crews will continue managing and monitoring the Camillo Fire near Flagstaff, hoping for similar benefits.

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Western wildfires: California fire grows, forces evacuations

The Missoulian
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced residents of some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them. A huge forest fire that has been burning through rugged terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains for more than a week forced evacuations and threatened thousands of homes and other structures as it stretched northeast into the desert. The blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles roared to new life as winds shifted. The tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were ordered to leave their homes Thursday. Evacuations were voluntary in nearby Pioneertown.

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Cut by cut, Chehalem Ridge Natural Area is being transformed

The Oregonian
June 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kate Holleran peered into the darkness of a stand of Douglas firs spaced so densely that the bright light of a warm sunny day couldn’t penetrate it. Nearly 550 trees per acre, planted precisely eight feet apart anywhere from 12 to 24 years ago, are the remnants of what once was a commercial tree farm straddling the top of Chehalem Ridge in western Washington County. “I call this the ‘Blair Witch forest,’ ” said Holleran, a Metro natural resource scientist. “It’s about as far removed from a naturally occurring forest as you can get.” Left untouched, she said, the area would evolve naturally to something wilder, transformed by the ravages of disease, insects, blow down and wild fire.

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Survey offers perspective on county timber output

Republican Herald
June 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LAVELLE — In terms of timber, Schuylkill County is notable for how much pulp and chips it produces, according to a survey recently released by the state. “In Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County is a major wood producing county. In exports in Pennsylvania, the fourth county in total volume of output is Schuylkill County,” Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the state Bureau of Forestry, said Thursday. The new Pennsylvania Timber Product Output Survey was recently published by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Harrisburg. Snyder calls it the “TPO survey.”

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Do we need to move ‘beyond certification’ to save forests?

Mongabay.com
June 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…At the center of some of the biggest deals has been The Forest Trust, a non-profit headquartered in Switzerland but with offices around the world. TFT, as the group is better known in conservation circles, was founded in 1999 by Scott Poynton, an Australian forester who got his start in the timber certification business. Since then, Poynton has become an outspoken critic of certification of timber and agricultural commodities, to the extent that he has just published a manifesto calling for a major shift away from certification as an approach to cleaning supply chains and addressing critical environmental issues.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

Biomass Magazine
June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. The bill defines biomass as nonfossilized and biodegradable organic materials that originate from plants, animals and microorganisms and that are products, byproducts, residues or wastes from agriculture, forestry and related industries; nonfossilized and biodegradable organic fractions of industrial and municipal wastes; and gases and liquids recovered from the decomposition of nonfossilized and biodegradable organic matter. It also states that biomass would not be exempt from air pollution laws in cases that would conflict with the federal Clean Air Act.

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If tree falls in forest, it could become NuCoal

The Courier Journal
June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The University of Louisville has signed a joint development agreement with a South Carolina company to create a coal-like product made from fallen timber and biomass. In an announcement Thursday, U of L officials said that deal involves Greenville, S.C.-based Integro Earth Fuels Inc., the developer of a product made from wood waste that can be burned with or in place of coal by heat and power generators. Work on developing the densified wood, called NuCoal, and piloting production facilities will be performed at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, part of the university’s Speed School of Engineering.

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Some forestlands cool climate better without trees, study finds

Phys.Org
June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a Dartmouth-led study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared landscape to reflect rather than absorb the sun’s energy. In other words, it’s better to have snow-covered ground act as a natural mirror if you want to use some forestlands to cool the climate. The findings don’t promote deforestation but suggest that carbon offset policies ignore a key way that forests interact with the atmosphere – namely surface reflectivity, or albedo – especially in high altitude areas with slow-growing trees and frequent snowfall. The findings appear in the journal Ecological Applications.

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What the Pope Gets Wrong on Carbon Offsetting

Huffington Post
June 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Pope Francis’ “Ecumenical Letter on Care for Our Common Home” is elegant, inspirational, and insightful… But he’s weak on the solution front, and he dismisses one of the most effective tools at our disposal because he believes it doesn’t “allow for the radical change which present circumstances require.” The tool is carbon offsetting, which is the practice of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by supporting activities that save endangered rainforests, distribute clean-burning cookstoves, or support other clean technologies. In the past five years, indigenous people have used offsetting to save their forests (by tapping a mechanism called REDD+) and demarcate their territories.

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General

Oregon Wildfires & Forest Fires

The Oregonian
June 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

Fire updates for Oregon state.

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