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Business & Politics

Canadian lumber set to benefit from low loonie, US construction

Stockhouse.com
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Canada’s wood products industry will continue to see a turnaround as it benefits from a recovery in the U.S. housing construction and a weaker loonie, according to a study published by the Conference Board of Canada. The Ottawa-based economic think-tank says revenues should reach $27 billion this year and continue to grow through 2019. They are forecast to reach nearly $32 billion in four years, a 73 per cent increase from about $18 billion in 2011. However, the study says producers will look for cost-cutting initiatives to stem the impact of an expected 8.7 per cent increase in costs in 2015.

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U.S. housing recovery, low loonie, boost Canada’s wood sector: report

CTV News
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Canada’s wood products sector is expected to enjoy a recovery through the rest of the decade but the turnaround won’t replace all of the of the more than 50,000 jobs lost since the downturn, industry observers said Wednesday. The recovery in U.S. housing construction and a weaker loonie is driving much of the improvement and should offset a cooling Canadian housing market and the possibility of softer demand from China, according to a study published by the Conference Board of Canada. Unifor, the union that represents forestry workers, agrees that the trends are positive, but says policies allowing unprocessed logs to be exported are hurting job creation.

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Canada-Japan Wrangle Over BC Timber Exports In TPP Talks

International Business Times
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations are heading to a finale, there is concern in Canada that its most protected industry, British Columbia timber is under increased pressure. Canada is also pushing for tariff reduction in other forestry markets, while Japan is targeting Canada for removal of export curbs on its precious BC logs as a matter of reciprocity. According to reports, Japan is pressing Canada to eliminate or modify curbs it has imposed on B.C. log exports, which are driving up their cost for foreign buyers… “Discussions with Japan are ongoing but have been difficult. Japan has very clearly linked the elimination of forestry tariffs to B.C. eliminating or significantly modifying log export controls,” the memo said. It also added that “efforts to delink the two continue but are becoming increasingly difficult.”

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TD donates $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for forest fire assistance in Western Canada

Stockhouse.com
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO – TD Bank Group will donate $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of emergency assistance for communities affected by the wildfires in Western Canada. “Along with the rest of the country, we are concerned by the continuing devastation caused by these wildfires,” says Brian Gervais, Senior Vice President, Branch Banking, Prairie Region, TD Canada Trust. “Our thoughts are with the residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C displaced by the wildfires. We will continue to monitor this emerging situation, and hope that through the emergency assistance of the Canadian Red Cross, this donation will give residents some immediate support.” [END]

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Sawmills Struggle To Break Even With “Thinning” On Public Lands

Northwest Public Radio
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Finnish hew saw at Duane Vaagen’s mill can make two two-by-fours from a tree no thicker than a loaf of bread. “The magic,” he says, as logs rattle by and emerge seconds later as finished lumber, “is being able to turn such small diameters into a high-quality, finished product.” Vaagen’s Usk facility is what’s known as a “small log” mill, making lumber from trees anywhere from four to 16 inches in diameter. For decades, lumber companies logged the biggest trees on the landscape. But most of those are gone, and much of what remains is on protected public lands. So companies like Vaagen Brothers have tried to adapt to a new business model, logging under the rubric of “forest health” or “restoration.” 

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New wood industry in Oregon, Washington gets boost from U.S. Commerce Department

The Oregonian
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Pacific Northwest’s timber industry has struggled for a long time, but the U.S. Department of Commerce would like to change that. To that end, it plans to dedicate resources to help revive the sector in Oregon and Washington. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Tuesday that Oregon and southwestern Washington are part of the White House’s investment in boosting domestic manufacturing. Oregon and Washington state officials and business executives have help on the way in their efforts to create a U.S. industry for cross-laminated timber, a new construction material gaining traction in Canada and overseas.

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Timber Manufacturing To Increase In Pacific Northwest

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon and southwest Washington make up one of 12 new regions accepted into the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. The program is a federal effort to increase domestic manufacturing by “supporting the development of coordinated, long-term economic development strategies in communities,” according to Business Oregon. The U.S. Department of Commerce selected the regions based on competitive proposals. The first 12 regions were accepted last year and the Pacific Northwest was not among them. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Prtizker said the initiative is critical to the administration’s efforts.

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Beasley Forest Products buying two Macon companies from Battle Lumber Co.

Lesprom Network
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Beasley Forest Products in Hazlehurst has agreed to buy BLC Hardwood Flooring and Wood Fiber Technologies in Macon, Macon Telegraph reported. Both of the transactions are expected to close in the next 30 to 60 days, according to a statement from Jason Delves, president of the two Macon companies, which are subsidiaries of Battle Lumber Co. BLC Hardwood Flooring makes unfinished and prefinished solid wood flooring. Wood Fiber Technologies makes wood flour that is used as a base material for composite decking and similar products, foundry molds fire logs and other products. Beasley Forest Products has hardwood sawmill operations in Georgia and Wisconsin.

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Sue Smith resigns from Tasmanian Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry

Tasmania’s top independent forestry advisor to the State Government has quit, three weeks after being gagged by the Resources Minister.
ABC News, Australia
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Council members were banned from speaking to the media after Mrs Smith publicly called for Forestry Tasmania to be dismantled and its assets sold. Just two days later the Resources Minister Paul Harriss said Mrs Smith had reversed her position and supported retaining Forestry Tasmania. Mr Harriss announced Mrs Smith’s departure this morning and denied he had earlier misrepresented her views when he suggested she had changed her mind on Forestry Tasmania.

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Drax Shares Plunge After U.K. Scraps Climate Levy Exemption

Bloomberg News
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Drax Group Plc, the utility converting the biggest U.K. coal station to burning wood pellets, plunged to its lowest ever after the government said clean power will have to start paying a climate-change tax. The stock tumbled 28 percent in London to the lowest since it started trading in 2005. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said renewable energy that includes power from biomass will no longer be exempt from the Climate Change Levy. He made the comments in his budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday. Drax draws government support for its plants, whose wood pellets are considered a renewable fuel. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Luxor Commences Manufacturing Architectural Wood Products for Woodtone Industries

Global Newswire
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER– Luxor Industrial Corporation is pleased to announce that it has commenced manufacturing architectural wood products for Woodtone Industries based in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Luxor has received orders for 788 units of knee-braces and 400 units of corbels. Typically these products used in residential construction are manufactured from lumber; Luxor is using engineered wood products, namely glulam beams. Luxor has developed an expertise in fabricating engineered wood products for uses in wood frame construction and now is utilizing this expertise to fabricate architectural wood products. 

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Paper Makers’ Promotional Campaign Takes Page From Farmers

Industry aims to emulate self-funded marketing programs pioneered for agricultural products
Wall Street Journal
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Manufacturers of building products, paper and cardboard are trying to recast consumers’ negative perceptions about their industries by tapping into to a federal marketing program used primarily by producers of agricultural commodities. The paper and packaging industry on Wednesday kicked off its campaign with a series of commercials and print advertisements aimed at reminding consumers how often they use paper and cardboard in their daily lives. The campaign, featuring the slogan “How Life Unfolds,” is being bankrolled with a 35-cent-a-ton fee on paper products that most U.S. manufacturers must pay for at least five years. The fee is expected to generate about $25 million a year. The effort is what’s known as a checkoff program, modeled on farm-product campaigns begun in the 1960s.

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The New Green Building Trend is Bricks of Cannabis. Really.

Time Network
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Builders are using cannabis “not in joints but between joists.” The jokes about homes “going up in smoke” are inevitable. But the truth is that one of the reasons the cannabis-based building material called hempcrete is gaining acceptance in home construction is that it’s entirely fireproof. As a recent New York Times story reported, hempcrete has been used as a building material in Europe for decades, and lately it’s been incorporated in more homes and offices in the U.S. A small group of hemp entrepreneurs envisions a time very soon when hempcrete will be totally mainstream. Hempcrete is made with the wood-like interior part of a Cannabis plant, which resemble the look and feel of balsa chips.

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Flooring Market is Expected to Reach US$ 391.38 Bn in 2023: Transparency Market Research

CMO
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Flooring Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2023.”
According to the report, the global flooring market was valued at US$ 214.29 Bn in 2014 and is anticipated to reach US$ 391.38 Bn in 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 7.0% between 2015 and 2023. In terms of volume, the market stood at 16,419.2 million square meters in 2014. Flooring products are among the most important building materials. Flooring is a versatile market with a wide product portfolio. 

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Forestry

Agriculture and Forestry leave sizable footprint

PR Record Gazette
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute released two reports on June 29 presenting data on the current condition of biodiversity in both the Upper and Lower Peace regions. “The purpose is to provide detailed data on the extent of our human footprint and the health of biodiversity,” said Tara Narmani, communications manager for ABMI. Biodiversity is a broad definition. It encompasses all living things in a particular ecosystem and explores how individual species differ from one another. Put simply: biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. “The simplest thing — any transformation of the landscape (even temporary things) — can place biodiversity at risk in one way or another,” said Narmani. “Human footprint is a key driver for change in biodiversity.”

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Gov’t hosts forestry roundtable

Kapuskasing Times
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, MP-Kenora, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today held a Northern Ontario Forest Industry Roundtable to identify opportunities to increase jobs and growth and strengthen collaboration and innovation in the forest sector… “Today’s productive discussion was focused on identifying new opportunities and the way forward so that Northern Ontario can achieve greater economic benefits from a sustainable, innovative forest industry.

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Legislature Funds Oregon’s Fledgling Juniper Industry

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Juniper is a native Oregon species. But decades of fire suppression and grazing have allowed the tree to spread voraciously over Eastern and Central Oregon. That’s a problem because juniper consumes sage grouse habitat and sucks up a lot of water. The Oregon Legislature passed two bills at the end of the session to help boost juniper harvest, HB 2997 and HB 2998. The bills provide funding to boost the state’s fledgling juniper harvest industry. …“Right now the juniper industry has gone from a niche market to what I would call a growing industry,” said LaBreque.

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Collaborative process skewed toward logging

Missoulian
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has been touring Montana, promoting the idea that we need to fast-track collaborative outcomes to forestall wildfires. As someone who has participated to some degree or another with five-six collaboratives, I think the public needs to understand the inherent biases of these group efforts. You have to follow the money. In my experience, participation is skewed towards those with a financial vested interest in logging and other commercial extraction. One finds there are timber company representatives, U.S. Forest Service, state and county foresters, district rangers, and other agency folks that dominate the group. In most cases these people’s jobs simply would not exist if there were no logging, so naturally they are prone to support logging whether it makes ecological or economic sense for the taxpayer and/or the forest ecosystem.

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Forest Fires

Is There a Case to be Made for Letting Canada’s Wildfires Burn?

Huffington Post
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

As climate change is fingered as a culprit behind the early rash of forest fires across Northern and Western Canada, experts say the most prudent approach at this stage is to, whenever possible, let the fires burn. It’s a grim situation. But those studying the issue say the human toll of wildfire needs to be balanced against the reality that vulnerable forests are going to burn either way — especially given the mounting pressures presented by climate change. “The question becomes, if we’ve got areas where fire can burn, the most responsible thing to do ecologically, fiscally and for long-term health is to let those fires burn,” said Toddi Steelman, executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Planning ahead

Leader Post
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

We have known for some time that global warming has been making our northern forests warmer and drier with each passing decade. The spread of the mountain pine beetle infestation was a clear barometer of that. We have also known for some time now that global warming is giving us more extreme weather events happening more frequently. (Just ask the insurance industry). Sooner or later, we just had to know that a forest fire season the likes of which we’ve never seen before would happen. Where was government preparedness? In a province supposedly awash in oil and potash riches, couldn’t we afford more waterbombers?

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Concerns rising over forest fires and climate change

News 1130
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Hotter, drier and for longer. Some of BC’s top forestry experts say climate change is intensifying our wildfire seasons, and there are concerns about drought, fire and the health of our forests. “We are seeing something that is going to become much more frequent in the future,” says John Innes, Dean of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. “We are seeing records broken every day and it’s something we haven’t experienced before.” Innes points out BC is used to fighting wildfires, our crews are among the best in the world at it.

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark tours wildfire-ravaged terrain by helicopter

Vancouver Sun
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

PEMBERTON — Premier Christy Clark got a close-up look Wednesday at the wildfires that have blanketed the Lower Mainland in layers of smoke and prompted air quality warnings. After viewing the blazes from a helicopter, she stopped to offer condolences in Sechelt, where John Phare died last weekend while helping firefighters, then flew to Pemberton to speak to reporters. The tour followed online criticism of her low profile during the dire wildfire season (she was on vacation). …Though the province has blown through its roughly $60-million firefighting budget — having spent about $90 million already — Clark said more resources will be made available as needed.

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Forest fire near Cedarvale forces Hwy 16 closure

Terrace Standard
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire at Cedarvale, 59 kilometres east of Terrace, has caused the closure of Hwy16. “The fire is visible from the highway and the RCMP have closed the highway in both directions,” says Northwest Fire Centre official Olivia Pojar. She said two air tankers are en route to provide fire retardant support at the 0.2 hectare fire and 10 firefighters are on scene, having been helicoptered in. Traffic is stopped at Kitwanga and west of Cedarvale. The closure is a precaution, said Pojar. “It’s very dry, and any fires that start right now have a tendency to spread quickly,” she said. [END]

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B.C. fires: Sechelt community rallies support for firefighters following death of local tree-faller

CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. community of Sechelt is holding a breakfast and dinner in memory of the local tree-faller John Phare who died while helping battle one of the many wildfires raging in the province. Selina August, a member of the Sechelt Indian Band who organized the meals, says it’s the community’s way of also thanking all the firefighters around the province who are putting their lives on the line to fight the blazes. “The entire community wants to help but there’s no way that we can because there’s danger areas that we’re not allowed to enter,” she says. 

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Dozens of aircraft dropping water, flame retardant

Water bombers, helicopters being used in battle against wildfires
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While thousands of feet are on the ground fighting wildfires, dozens of aircraft are also involved in the battle.  At one point, 50 helicopters had been deployed against northern Saskatchewan forest fires. The Ministry of the Environment has also been using its water bomber fleet, which can drop about 5,000 litres at a time. Other provinces, including Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, have also been lending their water bombers to Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan wildfires could burn until fall

CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fires burning in northern Saskatchewan could burn until the first snowfall, according to researchers. Kerry Anderson, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, said the weather pattern known as El Nino, which is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America, is responsible. He expects weather conditions will settle down in Saskatchewan in the coming weeks, but warmer than normal temperatures will likely persist in B.C. and Alberta.

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Saskatchewan First Nation sets up ‘Rez Cross’ wildfire evacuation centre

Beardy’s & Okemasis wants to help some of the thousands forced out of forest fire zone
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A First Nations reserve in the middle of Saskatchewan has opened its own wildfire evacuation centre, one that’s not being run by the Red Cross. Over the past three weeks, thousands of evacuees, many of them aboriginal people, have been forced to leave their homes in northern communities. Most of them have been staying at Red Cross emergency shelters in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. 

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Wildfire spreads on Dog Mountain near Port Alberni

TimesColonist
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire on Dog Mountain near Port Alberni spread to 245 hectares on Wednesday, far greater than the 96 hectares it covered on Monday. Firefighters are facing challenges dealing with heavy forest and steep terrain, said Ellie Dupont, a fire-information officer for B.C.’s Coastal Fire Centre. The fire has sent large trees tumbling down the slope into Sproat Lake. Meanwhile, the smoke has limited visibility, affecting firefighting efforts, Dupont said. The Dog Mountain fire is one of 87 human-caused fires in the coastal zone since April.

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One-month deal revives Martin Mars water bomber

Victoria Times Colonist
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A one-month agreement to bring the Martin Mars water bomber out of retirement has been reached, the province said Wednesday. The airtanker could begin fighting the Dog Mountain forest fire by this weekend, Steve Thomson, minister of FLNRO said in a statement. “Given the extraordinary fire situation this year, and recognizing that public safety is paramount, we need to look at every possible tool in our toolbox,” Thomson said. The Martin Mars has not fought forest fires for two years and will require maintenance before it is safe to fly. The Coulson Group, which owns the Port Alberni-based aircraft, is preparing it for service.

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The battle for La Ronge: Soldiers join desperate fight to save endangered community from fire

National Post
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…By Tuesday night, [the fire] surrounded the La Ronge airport on three sides. …Just to the north, ski trails and campgrounds have gone up in smoke. And the flames need only to advance a two minute drive to the south before they would start tearing through subdivisions. …Cheers and honks greeted Canadian soldiers as they streamed into Prince Albert, SK in a long convoy of olive green pickup trucks, G wagons and armoured personnel carriers. …The fear, of course, is that La Ronge could become the next Slave Lake. It was only four years ago that high winds pushed flames deep into the centre of the Alberta town, roaring over firebreaks with ease. Within hours, more than one third of the community was gone.

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Has the province followed through on wildfire recommendations?

News 1130 AM
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER  – The wildfire season is on track to be one of the worst on record in the province, with crews struggling to stay ahead of flames eating through our forests and threatening hundreds of homes across BC. But could the government be doing more to protect our communities? After the “summer of fire” in 2003, the Filmon Firestorm Report made dozens of recommendations for changes to BC’s wildfire strategy. “Some have become part of provincial policy,” says Associate Professor Lori Daniels with UBC’s Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. “In some ways we have acted very well, but in other ways we still have a long way to go.”

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Les Leyne: Little progress in fire-danger reduction

Victoria Times Colonist
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

With nine evacuation orders or alerts issued recently due to wildfire threats, it’s worth recalling the independent Forest Practices Board’s recent report on reducing the danger in the interface zone between residences and the wilderness. The board released a special investigation in May that found despite years of work on the hazard since the Kelowna fires of 2003, “most communities in B.C. remain vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire.” …The board said much work has been done, with new programs and new resources. But over the past 10 years, only 10 per cent or less of the hazardous forest fuels have been treated. It noted that fire experts have warned “in the event of a mega fire, residents cannot rely on suppression resources to protect communities.”

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Frequency and intensity of West Kootenay forest fires spiking

Nelson Star
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kootenay climate scientists are warning that the West Kootenay could be reduced to grasslands by the 2080s due to the growing number of forest fires and intense weather events caused by climate disruption. According to the report “Climate Change and Area Burned: Projections for the West Kootenays”, West Kootenay residents can expect quadruple to quintuple the average of area burned by forest fires within the next half decade. “By the time you get to the 2050s the projections are off the chart. It scares the Hell out of me. The only good part of the story is I’ll be gone by then,” said one of the report’s authors, Greg Utzig. A Nelson resident, Utzig is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant.

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Messages for our Firefighters

BC Government
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Provincial Government has created a message board in their website providing British Columbians with a way to thank and support the brave firefighters for their efforts. Not only are residents writing in, fire fighters are also using the message board to post their thanks and comments to the communities in which they are working. Take a moment to voice your thanks.

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Crews chipping away at Niagara fire near Detroit

Statesman Journal
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Oregon Department of Forestry officials say a wildfire burning near Detroit is in the final stages of being extinguished. Rod Nichols, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry said the fire was about 55 percent contained as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. “Firefighters are painstakingly mopping it up and trying to find hot spots,” Nichols said. “At this stage there’s a lot of heat below the surface of the ground so they have to dig out those spots and cool them with water.”

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What happens when wildfire meets permafrost in Alaska?

Grist.org
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

You don’t need a PhD in geochemistry to know that fire and ice don’t play nice together. You do, however, need a degree or two to figure out what the hell that means for Alaska — the icy wonderland currently being engulfed by wildfires. It would be especially nice to know what all that fire is doing to the state’s permafrost — you know, the carbon-stuffed soil that’s supposed to stay frozen all year long (which it may or may not) and probably will contribute somehow to climate change once it starts melting.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Stephen Hume: B.C. watersheds at risk, according to World Wildlife Fund report

The good news? Fraser River has a low risk of water overuse
Vancouver Sun
July 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three of British Columbia’s four major watersheds are at high or moderate risk from the threats posed by climate change and fragmenting wildlife habitat, according to a new national report from the well-regarded World Wildlife Fund. It says the Fraser, B.C.’s largest and longest river, draining an area which by itself is larger than 38 of Europe’s countries, is at high risk overall because of pollution, habitat fragmentation and the presence of invasive species in the watershed. These risks are amplified by the impacts of climate change, habitat loss and the alteration of river flows. The good news is that in the category of water overuse, the Fraser obtains a low risk ranking.

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A quantum of carbon: scientists devise new way to observe greenhouse effect

The Guardian
July 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

British scientists have devised a new way to observe the greenhouse world, enabling researchers to measure with exquisite accuracy how atmospheric carbon dioxide builds up, migrates, evolves and absorbs radiation. The technique will allow more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm over the next few decades as a result of the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 – from car exhausts, power station chimneys and burning forests – that drives global warming and climate change. More than a century has elapsed since the Swedish Nobel laureate Svante Arrhenius first predicted the greenhouse effect, but scientists have until now only been able to establish the way CO2 absorbs light, with accuracies of about 5% at best.

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Largest biomass power plant in the UK gets green light

IHB The Timber Network
July 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Macquarie Group Ltd., the Australian investment bank, is helping Britain’s MGT Power Ltd. raise financing for a 650 million-pound (EUR 908 million) biomass power plant in Teeside, northeast England, Bloomberg reported. Macquarie will provide equity and help MGT raise debt for the 299-megawatt plant, the Sydney-based company said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. Financing is expected to be complete this year… The project will use sustainably forested wood pellets and chips transported mostly from the United States and Europe, and will have up to 82% lower carbon emissions than typical coal and gas-fired plants.

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Green energy sector attacks chancellor’s changes to climate change levy

July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

George Osborne has infuriated green energy producers and campaigners with a £910m-a-year raid on the renewable energy sector by changing a climate change levy (CCL) at the same time as providing more fiscal help for North Sea oilfields. RenewableUK, the lobby group, said the changes would cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, and up to £1bn by 2020-2021… Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, described the budget as a “serious blow for the fight against climate change”, while Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times.

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