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Daily Archives: June 30, 2015

Business & Politics

As U.S. housing market improves, consider this pure-play lumber stock

Globe and Mail
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Investors should have one stock within their diversified portfolios with exposure to the strengthening U.S. housing market. Vancouver-based Interfor Corp., a lumber pure-play and the fourth-largest North American lumber producer, has significant U.S. exposure. This is one stock investors should consider owning. Here’s a rundown of the company’s key drivers. An improving housing market equates to rising lumber demand. U.S. new home sales in May increased to a 546,000 annualized pace, the highest level since February, 2008.

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Jack M. Mintz: TPP should raze forest protectionism

Log export restrictions do not improve economic performance
Financial Post
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With fast-track approval by the U.S. Congress, President Obama moves ahead with one of his most important initiatives of this second term: the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). . …With the advent of another round of softwood lumber negotiations with the Americans this fall, Canada could use TPP as an opportunity to rid itself of a policy that restrict exports. The current system has federal and BC governments in cahoots with each other to restrict exports so that logs are sold to BC wood producers at a discounted price.

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Forest fires threaten N.W.T. wood harvesting operation

Timberworks, a company owned by local First Nations, has already lost 400 hectares of forest due to fires
CBC News
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This year’s N.W.T. forest fires aren’t just threatening cabins and communities; they’re also putting at risk land set aside for economic development. Donald Harrison, the general manager of Timberworks, says the company has already lost around 400 hectares of forest or 27,000 cubic metres of harvestable wood, to a fire burning north and south of Highway 5, close to the defunct Pine Point mine site. That burned-out area represents about one tenth of the total area that Timberworks — a partnership between the Deninu K’ue First Nation and the Fort Resolution Métis Council — hopes to start harvesting over five years once a wood pellet plant begins operating in Enterprise.

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Crofton mill resolves operating issues and resumes production

Canada News Wire
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation today announced that due to operating issues that have been fully resolved, the Crofton mill has incurred production losses of approximately 8,600 tonnes of pulp and 8,600 tonnes of paper in the month of June. These production losses will not impact current customer orders but will reduce second quarter EBITDA approximately $5 to 6 million. No health or environmental issues occurred during this period, and the mill has returned to production capacity. END

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Minister Rickford Announces Investment in First-of-its-Kind Forest Innovation in Dryden

Natural Resources Canada
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced an investment of $2 million to support Domtar Inc. in developing and commercializing new premium grades of pulp at its facility in Dryden, Ontario. As a result of this investment, Domtar will launch this first-of-its-kind commercial-scale manufacturing facility for these new grades of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp. This pulp can be used to produce writing- and specialty-grade papers, tissues and paper towels, as well as in non-traditional, growing and value-added markets such as fibre-reinforced materials, including cement and fibreglass. 

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Resolute Selects State-of-the-Art Tissue Machine

PR Newswire
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTRÉAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the selection of a state-of-the-art tissue machine for the project at its Calhoun mill, in Tennessee. Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market. This machine is part of the previously announced $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun at Calhoun, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper officials say they have reached 1000 days with no lost time injuries

1015 The Hawk
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper officials say they reached an important milestone Friday. Officials say 330 direct employees at the mill surpassed 1000 days in operation with zero lost time workplace injuries.  Company officials track this on a daily basis; it is the measurement of lost time any employee experiences as a result of a workplace injury. This information is shared daily within the mill, used as a performance indicator, and the data is compared to other large mills throughout North America. Mill officials say they want to thank employees for making safety a priority, and for looking out for one another on the job. The mill celebrated two years in operation last October. END STORY

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Northern Pulp mill back to work

Chronicle Herald
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County is back in operation. Installation of the new 10-storey, $22-million electrostatic precipitator is complete, mill officials said in a news release. “With this precipitator, we have entered a new era of improving the mill’s environmental performance significantly,” general manager Bruce Chapman said in the release. “Northern Pulp now has a progressive owner committed to continue investing in the mill, a dedicated workforce and a client base that continues to grow.” The Abercrombie Point mill has been a significant player in the county’s economy since 1967, the release said.

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Action 9 investigates Lumber Liquidators

WFTV 9
June 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — A Winter Garden couple claims the air in their home wasn’t safe, and they blame the company that sold them laminate wood floors from China. There is a federal investigation into Lumber Liquidators imported wood, but the family claims it could not wait for action. Workers ripped out the laminate wood flooring Pir Mohammed and Roma Seudat had bought just the year before and replaced it with tile. Getting the replacement cost $14,000. 

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Georgia ports set records for volume, tonnage

Savannah Now
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

t’s the same song, third verse, but one Curtis Foltz never tires of singing. The Georgia Ports Authority set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month, the GPA executive director told his board Monday morning. …“Our ports are a vital link to global markets for Georgia exports, with forest products playing an important role in the state’s economy,” said GPA vice chairman James Allgood, who chaired the meeting for chairman James Walters. “In addition to wood pellets used as renewable fuel, the GPA handles forest-derived exports including wood pulp, paper, lumber and cellulose fibers.”

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Southern pine lumber exports increased by 11% in April

Lesprom
June 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Export volumes of Southern Pine lumber remained healthy in April. SP exports to be just over 49 million board feet (MMbf) during April 2015. This volume represents a jump of 11% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 5% when compared with the first four months of 2014, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during April roughly break down as follows: 27.2 MMbf dressed, 10.6 MMbf rough, and 11.4 MMbf treated lumber.

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West Virginia lumber industry rebounding

West Virginia Gazette
June 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The trees that cover the Mountain State and attract visitors with their colorful visuals in the fall are becoming a sought after commodity again. Spurred on by the recovering housing market in the United States and new export opportunities in foreign countries, West Virginia’s lumber and wood-products industries are starting to recover from a six-year slump.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

Arch Daily
June 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

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Forestry

Board to audit Teal Cedar Products in the Chilliwack area

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

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forestry activities of Teal Cedar Products Ltd. in the Chilliwack resource district, during the week of July 6, 2015. The audit will include all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices carried out over the last year for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. Auditors will be examining activities near Pitt Lake, Norrish Creek, the west side of Harrison Lake, Sowaqua Creek (north of Hope) and Mowhokam Creek (north of Boston Bar).

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PHOTOS Forest fires blanket Saskatchewan in thick smoke

CBC News
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smoke from northern Saskatchewan wildfires is blanketing much of the province today. The smoke has prompted health warnings from Environment Canada. Slide Show

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Sustainable forestry is about more than just trees: it’s also about culture, history and politics

Treehugger
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before one can even begin to discuss sustainable forestry on Haida Gwaii, the islands off the coast of British Columbia that used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands, one has to discuss the extraordinary history of the Haida themselves, their relationship with the islands and with the trees. I visited the islands recently as a guest of The Rainforest Alliance, to see their sustainable forestry operations, learned that the story of the Haida and their forestry is far more interesting and complicated than I realized.

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Dramatic video shows escape through raging wildfire

The StarPhoenix
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is “no relief coming in the immediate future” for northern communities affected by forest fires, the provincial government says. “It’s fairly obvious we’re in a significant forest fire season. We’ve been days into and we have days to come,” said Colin King, deputy commissioner of the province’s emergency management and fire safety branch. As of Sunday morning, the number of active fires in the province was 121, including 52 larger than 100 hectares. These are expected to grow and move as hot, dry conditions persist.

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Montreal releases biological agents to attack emerald ash borer

Montreal Gazette
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Has the emerald ash borer finally met its match? In the latest attempt to halt the beetle in its bark tracks, scientists are introducing a non-stinging wasp to wage biological warfare against the nasty little critter that threatens to lay waste to entire forest canopies, one leafy ash tree at a time. Although scientists admit not much can be done to eradicate the evasive EAB in the short-term, the City of Montreal, in collaboration with the Canadian Forestry Service and United States Department of Agriculture, has unleashed a wasp known as tetrastichus planipennisi and a pathogenic insect fungi to slow the spread of the beetle locally.

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N.W.T. fire update: Hay River residents asked to prepare for evacuation

CBC News
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mayor of Hay River, N.W.T., is telling residents to be prepared for a possible evacuation if weather conditions push a nearby forest fire toward the community. An advisory was issued by the town’s Emergency Management Organization Sunday night as a precaution. A group of fires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has designated the Paradise Complex is burning across the river from Paradise Valley and Garden Row Delancey Estates.  The fire covers 5,000 hectares and winds from the south are forecast in the next few days, which could send it in the direction of the community of about 3,700.

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Florida Forest Service Sends Crews to Battle Wildfire in California

WCTV
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has sent 40 wildland firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in California. “Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are a key component and valuable asset among the national firefighting community. We are committed to protecting lives, homes and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire both at home and abroad,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam.

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Let’s Fix Our National Parks, Not Add More

The New York Times
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOZEMAN, Mont. — IN Yosemite National Park, officials need roughly $19 million to upgrade an aging sewer system to prevent spills like the one that leaked thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Merced River 15 years ago. In Grand Canyon National Park, more than $100 million is needed to repair the water system and $44 million to fix the trail network for the park’s four million visitors a year. Throughout the national park system, an enormous backlog of deferred maintenance is eroding the visitor experience and threatening the very resources that the National Park Service was created to protect.

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North Fork Road reopened as Glacier Rim Fire doubles in size

Billings Gazette
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


COLUMBIA FALLS – The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has reopened the North Fork Road as fire crews continue to fight the Glacier Rim Fire that started around noon Saturday north of Columbia Falls. While the road is open, law enforcement and fire officials are asking the public not to stop on the road, as that will impede firefighters from doing their jobs. The Glacier Rim Fire grew Sunday and is now between 60 and 80 acres in size, said Flathead National Forest spokeswoman Ema Braunberger. The fire started near a gravel pit about 11 miles up North Fork Road, prompting law enforcement to close down the road on Saturday. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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Senator Daines tours Montana Forest projects

KBZK
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN –  Montana Senator Steve Daines got to step out of his Washington DC office to take in the sights and sounds of his hometown Monday morning. Senator Daines is touring parts of Montana and looking at several Montana Forest management projects in the Treasure State. Today Senator Daines hiked the Chestnut Mountain Trailhead near Bozeman pass, which was the first conservation easement secured by the Land And Water Conservation Fund in 1990. The project allows trail access to public land crossing private land with access all the way to Yellowstone National Park without crossing a road.

Senator Daines talks forest management from NBC Montana

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OSU poised to expand research, extension

The Capital Press
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Oregon State University is poised to hire new agricultural research and extension employees with a $14 million funding increase recently passed by the Oregon House. The hike is part of broader higher education legislation, House Bill 5024, that must still be approved by the Senate. …The extension service has numerous unfilled positions that are being considered for funding, such as agents specializing in livestock, dairy, pollinators, forestry, nutrient management, watershed research and sage grouse recovery, Reed said.

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Firefighters Working To Control Blaze In John Day Fossil Beds

Oregon Public Broadcasting
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

More than 200 firefighters are working to contain the 4,600-acre Sugarloaf Fire in Central Oregon. The blaze is burning in grassland, juniper, and conifer forest, and was likely ignited by lightning. The wildfire is burning on both private and federal lands north of Dayville. Part of the fire is within the John Day Fossil Beds. To protect the national monument, firefighters are working to hold the fire and let it burn out, rather than bringing in bulldozers or other heavy equipment.

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UPDATE: Gardena Fire contained; lightning starts fire near Indian Valley Monday

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

Lightning storms that swept through parts of Idaho overnight Sunday apparently did not spark any fires in the Treasure Valley, but did ignite a fire south of Indian Valley that was discovered mid-afternoon Monday, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reports. The Shirts Fire had consumed about 1,500 acres of grass and sage in a remote area near Midvale and Cambridge by 8:30 p.m., a BLM spokeswoman said. No structures are endangered, and no estimated times have been set for containing or controlling the fire.

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A look at wildfire hotspots around the West

Associated Press
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires chased residents from neighborhoods in Washington state, where 24 structures burned, and in California, where flames raged uncomfortably close to a historic mission. In Alaska, rain helped suppress fire activity.

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Science leads foresters to fish-friendly practices

The Register-Guard
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In 1975, a hallmark study on Oregon’s Alsea River watershed analyzed the effect of then-standard logging practices on stream temperatures. The results were disturbing, and helped drive four decades of research and reform that dramatically altered timber harvest practices and restored habitat for fish. This chain of events was not unique. Research, adaptation and the protection of environmental values are at the core of Oregon forest practices. But in a June 23 guest viewpoint headlined “Strengthen forestry rules to protect our streams,” Chris Frissell and Mary Scurlock chose to focus on altering stream protection practices based on politics rather than science.

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36,000 Tahoe-area trees are dead or dying as California’s drought persists

Sierra Sun
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Of the millions of trees that are dead or dying as a result of California’s ongoing drought, about 36,000 are spread across forests in the greater Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report published March 2015 shows that of more than 44 million acres surveyed in California, the tree mortality rate in 2014 more than doubled from the previous year, with about 909,000 acres showing elevated mortality. More than 10 million trees surveyed in Southern California’s Los Padres National Forest have been impacted by the drought and pine bark beetles, according to the report.

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Thinning operation in Hitchcock Woods will improve forest’s health

Aiken Standard
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A selective thinning operation will bring big trucks and other heavy equipment to the northeast portion of Hitchcock Woods in July. Trees will be coming down, but Aiken’s nature lovers shouldn’t be concerned because their loss will improve the ecological health of one of the nation’s largest urban forests. “We will be turning back the hands of time and restoring the historical landscape,” said Woods Superintendent Bennett Tucker. Tucker and Woods Resource Steward Eric Grande have picked out the trees that will be removed from about 115 acres of the woods, and they have marked them with blue paint. Some of the trees suffered major structural damage during last year’s ice storm, while others are losing the struggle to survive after being attacked by bark beetles.

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Our View: Too little logging has consequences, too

The Mail Tribune
June 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from the excesses of the unsustainable logging that took took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, however, the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction, to the point that limitations on logging have led to their own set of environmental consequences. Many of the former Oregon & California Railroad lands, designated by Congress to be managed for sustained timber harvest, are now overgrown with too many trees, posing an increased risk of catastrophic wildfire and threatening the habitat of the wildlife that was supposed to be protected by leaving forests unlogged.

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Crews take jet boats to fight Glacier Rim spot fires

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
June 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Firefighters took advantage of calm winds Monday to get a grip on the Glacier Rim fire north of Columbia Falls. The 80-acre fire in the Flathead National Forest also triggered eight spot fires across the North Fork of the Flathead River inside Glacier National Park. Flathead County sheriff’s search and rescue members were ferrying firefighters across the river in two jet boats to contain the spots. “The crews were trying to hike in, but it was so hot and they couldn’t carry enough water,” Flathead Forest spokeswoman Ema Braunberger said Monday afternoon. “The jet boats helped them get across safer.”

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Sea change’ in clothing industry means more protections for forests

Mongabay.com
June 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sateri has become the latest major viscose producer to adopt a new wood- and pulp-sourcing policy aimed at removing deforestation from its supply chain. The company, the world’s third-largest viscose producer, joins Aditya Birla and Lenzing, the two biggest, in making commitments to stop buying wood pulp from natural or endangered forests. Aditya Birla announced its new policy in May, while Lenzing adopted its policy late last year. Together, Aditya Birla, Lenzing and Sateri account for half of all viscose in the world.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trudeau vows Liberal environment plan will ‘be putting a price on carbon’

Globe and Mail
June 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

The Liberal Party is continuing to unveil policy plans for Canadians to ponder over the summer, launching a green agenda that includes a national carbon-pricing proposal and free access to the country’s national parks during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. …“Make no mistake, the Liberal Party will be putting a price on carbon,” Mr. Trudeau said in Vancouver as he unveiled his “plan for Canada’s environment and economy.” …As part of their new plan, the Liberals are promising to restore $25-million in funding to Parks Canada, while offering free entry into all of Canada’s national parks in 2017.

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Greenhouse gas emissions from B.C. forests on dramatic rise

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
June 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s forests experienced heavy carbon losses between 2003-2012, a dramatic change from the previous decade whey they were absorbing carbon, an analysis by the Sierra Club of B.C. shows. The province’s forests emitted an estimated 256 million tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere between 2003 and 2012. In the previous 10-year period, they absorbed 441 million tonnes from the atmosphere, according to a report released this month by the environmental group. The key factor was the loss of the forests to absorb carbon because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The beetle epidemic killed vast tracts of lodgepole pine trees in B.C.’s Interior, peaking in 2005.

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U of L Conn Center, tech company aim to change the biofuels industry

Louisville Business First
June 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and a South Carolina tech company hope to leverage an ancient process to commercialize a new alternative biofuel. Late last week the Conn Center, an energy research center at U of L’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering, announced the partnership with Greenville, S.C.-based Integro Earth Fuels Inc., to help accelerate the scaling of Integro’s NuCoal product. NuCoal, a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials, can be burned with coal or in place of it by heat and power generators.

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Could wood be bad for the environment? That depends on policy

When considering the greenhouse gas emissions from the full lifecycle of anything, the relevant government policies should be factored in. Otherwise the results may surprise.
ABC News, Australia
June 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

WHO HAS A greater impact on the climate: a person who regularly eats beef and builds their house with bricks and mortar or a vegan with a wooden house? …Some might think that the slogans of lobby groups are hardly a reliable source of information for judging the relative climate benefits of products. However, in this case, the positions of the lobby groups are supported by the results of many life-cycle analyses (LCAs). LCA is a technique for evaluating the environmental impacts (in this case, greenhouse gas emissions) of a product, service or system.

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Including forest ‘waste’ in the RET is bad for emissions, says research

ABC News Australia
June 29, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new scientific study shows that Australian forests are better for the climate left standing compared with being logged. The finding comes as the senate had cleared the way for forest burning in the renewable energy target. NEW SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH has called into question the wisdom of the Australian senate’s decision last week to allow the burning of wood under the renewable energy target. The Australian forests studied absorb more carbon dioxide by being left alone than by being logged, even in a sustainable way, according to three scientists from the ANU.

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General

Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come

PennState News
June 29, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S., according to Penn State physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire exclusion on federal lands leads to uncharacteristically severe burns and potentially changes the dynamics of forests and their recovery. A hunter’s illegal campfire in Stanislaus National Forest adjacent to Yosemite National Park started what would become the Rim fire, the third largest fire in California history, that burned from August through October 2013. The fire burned about 400 square miles inside and outside Yosemite, with 78 square miles burned on the worst day.

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