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Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Business & Politics

U.S. forestry shipments softening impact of weak commodities on CN

Globe and Mail
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Amid weak commodity markets and a shaky domestic economy that have hammered freight volumes, Canada’s largest railway is counting on the resilient U.S. economy to help it post double-digit earnings growth. Luc Jobin, chief financial officer of Canadian National Railway Co., said forestry carloads for the U.S. housing industry and automotive shipments are helping offset poor demand for coal, grain and oil. Intermodal container shipments, made up largely of consumer goods, have been the strongest segment for both major Canadian railways this year, rising 6 per cent while growth in overall shipment is flat, the Association of American Railroads said on Wednesday.

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Measures taken to increase use of wood residue

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fibre action plan announced today will help generate more value from the province’s forest resources. The plan contains actions that will support forestry-related jobs in British Columbia and increase the efficiency of fibre utilization in the short-term while durable longer-term solutions are developed. The actions are designed to increase efficiency of utilization of lower-quality wood and wood residue for secondary users, including the wood bioenergy sector and other non-lumber manufacturers, such as pulp and paper and oriented strandboard.

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Terrace sawmill re-opens

Terrace Standard
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Skeena Sawmills has announced it will be reopening after a two month hiatus during an ongoing slowdown in asian timber sales. “We are starting in sequences,” mill official Roger Keery said last week, adding that full production should be kicking in the last week of September. Next week the large log line will start and the week after the small log line will be moving, he said. At the same time, the mill will start up its planer mill. When the mill is producing at full capacity, it is processing 30 truckloads of logs a day into various forms of lumber, 80 per cent of which goes to Asia.

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Election 2015: NDP promises tax breaks for forestry sector

Nanaimo Bulletin
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal NDP says it will take measures to boost B.C.’s forestry sector should it win the upcoming Canadian federal election. At a campaign stop at Harmac Pacific mill in Cedar Wednesday, Peter Julian, NDP House Leader, and Sheila Malcolmson, NDP Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate said the NDP will work to lessen the amount of raw log exports. Julian said the NDP would work with provincial governments to reduce raw log exports and protect export restrictions in proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with Pacific Rim countries. “When we look at the overall approach on the forestry industry, we create many more jobs with the same level of harvesting, if we’re ensuring that rather than exporting raw logs, so that they’re manufactured and the value-added production takes place outside the country, that it happens here in communities like Nanaimo.

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Interfor Corp PT Lowered to C$17.00

Financial Wisdom
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Research analysts at Dundee Securities lowered their price objective on shares of Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) from C$20.00 to C$17.00 in a report issued on Monday, Analyst Ratings Net reports. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Dundee Securities’ price objective suggests a potential upside of 47.06% from the company’s current price. Interfor Corp opened at 11.56 on Monday. Interfor Corp has a 12-month low of $11.42 and a 12-month high of $23.61. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $14.06 and its 200 day moving average is $17.77. The stock’s market capitalization is $809.55 million.

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La Presse cuts weekday paper in favour of tablet edition

September 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Another alarm bell sounded Wednesday for the future of print newspapers in Canada when one of the country’s largest and oldest dailies announced the end of its printed weekday edition nearly three years after introducing its free digital tablet edition. Montreal La Presse, owned by Power Corp., announced Wednesday that the print edition of the 131-year-old French-language paper will only be available on Saturdays after Jan. 1. Publisher Guy Crevier says the paper will become the world’s first major daily to go completely digital on weekdays as it responds to a permanent shift in advertising spending.

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McDonald’s, Mars, and Other Marketplace Brands to Engage with Family Forest Owners on Sustainability

American Forest Foundation
September 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – GreenBlue and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) today announced a new partnership to bring together America’s family forest owners and several of the most well-known marketplace brands, including Mars, Incorporated; McDonald’s USA; Avery Dennison; and Evergreen Packaging. For the first time ever, both ends of the forest products supply chain will connect and take part in a dialogue to explore their respective needs and challenges relative to sustainable forest management. The dialogue, which will take place in January, builds on GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group efforts to examine the role of forest certification to explore, in partnership with AFF, frameworks for providing assurance that wood from family woodlands is produced sustainably.

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American hardwood exports to Middle East up 42% – further promotion planned

IHB The Timber Network
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) will host seminars in Amman and Dubai in September. The seminars target wood importers, manufacturers and end users and aim to promote the understanding of American hardwood properties, grades and potential applications. The seminars are free, and the Jordanian Furniture Exporters Association has partnered with AHEC for the seminar in Amman. Demand for US hardwoods in the Middle East has continued to grow in recent years. US exports of sawn hardwood to its four largest markets in the region – United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar – were 35,084 cu.m. in 2014, up 22% from 2013.

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Carter Lumber To Build New Lumber & Millwork Plant

Woodworking Network
September 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LEXINGTON, KY – Regional building materials firm Carter Lumber will open a 50,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Lexington. More than 100 people will be hired to produce wood products for the Charlotte area. Carter Lumber is based in Ohio. Mark Ely, director of marketing for Carter Lumber, told the Triad Business Journal that construction should begin in the coming weeks on 50,000 square feet of new manufacturing space on Old Hargrave Road. The multi-million dollar investment will produce 30-foot trusses by homebuilders, and will also make wall panels, engineered wood products and produce millwork for local builders. Operations will begin by the end of the year.

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Illegal timber trade from Myanmar to China growing

Associated Press in Billings Gazette
September 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BEIJING (AP) — The illicit timber trade between Myanmar and China is rebounding to near its peak of a decade ago as loggers push deeper into Myanmar to strip its forests, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency says it is calling on both governments to stop the trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year that is reducing Myanmar’s forests and supplies China’s wood-processing industry, which makes furniture for domestic and international markets. The nongovernmental organization said Chinese businesses acquire the rights to illegal log mountains, paying off corrupt officials in gold bars and bribing armed groups and the military to pass through checkpoints.

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Finnish technology launched into U.K. forestry, energy markets

Biomass Magazine
September 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish MHG Systems’ mobile and internet cloud service www.woodlandmanager.com was launched last week at the Confor Woodland Show at Longleat Estate U.K. This real-time planning and management tool brings efficiency and productivity gains directly to forest owners’ and managers’ mobile devices. Woodland Manager helps create forest management plans that meet U.K. forest standards. The service enables forest owners to take active control of their own forest resources. As a mobile and internet cloud service www.woodlandmanager.com brings forest management plans conveniently up to date.

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Firms unfazed by lower log output as price rises

The Star
September 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

KUCHING: Sarawak timber companies’ logs production have taken a hit in the first half of this year following tightened measures by the state authorities to clamp down rampant illegal logging activities. Four public-listed timber firms, Jaya Tiasa Holdings Bhd, Subur Tiasa Holdings Bhd, Ta Ann Holdings Bhd and WTK Holdings Bhd, saw their log outputs fell between 12% and 25% during the period under review. Despite a drop in export sales, most of the companies earnings from timber have not been negatively impacted – thanks to the steep hike in log prices.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

OSU’s massive forestry center gets a $1M boost

Portland Business Journal
September 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the largest private land and timber owners in the U.S. has planted a $1 million seed for Oregon State University’s new forestry complex. Plum Creek, a timberland manager and forest products company headquartered in Seattle, committed $1 million to OSU’s College of Forestry for the construction of the school’s new Oregon Forest Science Complex. In addition to serving as the college’s home, the 85,000-square-foot complex will include an advanced wood products laboratory. The research facility will be built from and dedicated to developing sustainable new building products that could be manufactured in the Pacific Northwest, including cross-laminated timber.

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U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Winners Revealed

Tall Wood Building Competition
September 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The two winning development teams were granted a combined $3 million in funding to support the development of tall wood demonstration projects in New York and Portland, Oregon. At a press conference hosted in New York this morning, Secretary Vilsack congratulated the competition winners. “The U.S. wood products industry is vitally important as it employs more than 547,000 people in manufacturing and forestry, with another 2.4 million jobs supported by U.S. private-forest owners,” said Vilsack. 

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U.S. Tall Wood Competition – East Coast Winner

ReThink Wood
September 16, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The East Coast winner is130-134 Holdings LLC, in partnership with Spiritos Properties, SHoP Architects, Arup, Icor Associates, and environmental consultancy Atelier Ten. The project is a residential condominium building, demonstrating an innovative approach to going beyond a limited palette of materials and systems for high-rise construction. Expanding the palette with wood, a locally sourced and renewable material, provides a low-carbon, more economically sound building solution. 475 West 18th’s extensive use of wood structural elements and other wood products allows the team to set ambitious sustainability targets in the building’s design, construction, and operation. By combining aggressive load reduction with energy efficient systems, the project team anticipates reducing overall energy consumption by at least 50 percent relative to current energy codes. It will also target LEED Platinum certification, as well as pursue higher levels of sustainability not captured in the LEED system.

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U.S. Tall Wood Competition – West Coast Winner

ReThink Wood
September 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

U.S. Tall Wood Prize Compeition. The West Coast winner is Framework, an urban + rural ecological project, is anticipated to be one of the first tall timber structures in the country. This 12-story building will consist of one level of ground floor retail, 5 levels of office, 5 levels of workforce housing and a roof top amenity space. The USDA grant will allow the project to engage the exploratory phase, including the research and development necessary to utilize Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and other engineered wood products in high-rise construction in the United States. This includes working with Portland and Oregon code authorities during the pre-permitting process to define and perform the necessary testing and peer review to demonstrate the feasibility of tall wood buildings.

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A Manhattan Condo Made of—Wood?

September 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, US West

“Engineered wood” isn’t a phrase that springs to mind when speaking of Manhattan real-estate projects. But a local partnership wants to change that, and the federal government hopes it succeeds. 130 134 Holdings LLC, in partnership with Spiritos Properties, SHoP Architects and environmental consultancy Atelier Ten, is developing plans for a high-rise residential building at 475 W. 18th St. that would be constructed entirely of wood. The project, dubbed 475 West, is one of two that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with two industry groups, the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, is to announce on Thursday as winners of the first U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.

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A Manhattan Condo Made of—Wood?

September 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, US West

“Engineered wood” isn’t a phrase that springs to mind when speaking of Manhattan real-estate projects. But a local partnership wants to change that, and the federal government hopes it succeeds. 130 134 Holdings LLC, in partnership with Spiritos Properties, SHoP Architects and environmental consultancy Atelier Ten, is developing plans for a high-rise residential building at 475 W. 18th St. that would be constructed entirely of wood. The project, dubbed 475 West, is one of two that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with two industry groups, the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, is to announce on Thursday as winners of the first U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.

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Forestry

Environmental manifesto unveiled by Naomi Klein, backed by celebrities

CBC News
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Author Naomi Klein announced the release of an environmental manifesto today, backed by celebrities, activists, artists and religious leaders. The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another calls on government to honour indigenous rights and move toward a clean economy fuelled by renewable energy. According to the manifesto, this can be achieved in around three decades by moving away from industries like mining and oil extraction and instead focusing on environmentally-friendly technology.

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Community Forest to buy Carrier license

The Rocky Mountain Goat
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Valemount’s community forest has a plan in place to purchase some of Carrier’s local forest licence. Now it’s looking for public support to convince the province to turn the new volume into a second community forest license. The Valemount Community Forest (VCF) hosted a public information meeting on Thursday Sept. 3rd about the purchase of one of Carrier’s two forest licences in the Robson Valley Timber Supply Area. Craig Pryor, manager for the VCF, says it’s been three years of planning and negotiations, and one of the “worst kept secrets” in the valley. VCF and the McBride Community Forest Corporation have been working together to try to get more volume to better sustain local mills and local jobs, including obtaining Carrier’s licences, which cover the vast majority of the annual allowable cut for the area.

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Greg Rickford Speaks At Forestry Conference In Kenora

CKDR.net
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry conference is underway in Kenora. Acting Natural Resources Minister and Conservative candidate Greg Rickford covered an array of topics in his opening address. Rickford’s big message was defending the country’s sustainability practices from smear campaigns. He says we have to do a better job promoting the industry and its sustainability practices. Rickford also echoed the conference’s theme of “sharing the forest” by highlighting work between government, municipalities, and First Nations.

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We’re a lumber town. Why aren’t we better at keeping our trees alive?

Ottawa Citizen
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It might just be that Wellington Street is a terrible place to grow a tree. When you see its limestone buildings weeping a black crud — a century’s teary mascara — and consider the exhaust of non-stop traffic, the belching buses, the road salt, the concrete or asphalt plain that surrounds the base of these trees, the absence of surrounding soil, the ravages of drought and winter, overlaid with invasions of Asian-sourced pests our ancestors knew nothing about, perhaps it’s lucky we have a single leaf alive. Our alarm was raised by the sight of crews removing 40 elms along Wellington, Elgin and Laurier Street (Gatineau), on the orders of the National Capital Commission. (There are some 400 trees on Confederation Boulevard, which connects Wellington and Laurier.)

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White House, logging groups make dueling pitches over budget fix

E&E Publishing
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Obama administration and the timber industry yesterday made dueling pitches to Congress on how to fix the nation’s wildfire and forest health challenges, hoping to sway an influential group of senators who have pledged to tackle the problems head on this fall. Top officials from the White House and Interior and Agriculture departments are urging Congress to adopt the “Wildfire Disaster Funding Act,” a bipartisan bill that would prevent those agencies from having to pilfer money from their non-fire programs to fight increasingly costly wildland blazes, a disruptive process known as fire “borrowing.” On the other side, a coalition of timber industry groups led by the Federal Forest Resource Coalition urge senators to pass H.R. 2647, a House-passed bill backed mostly by Republicans that would also prevent borrowing while giving the U.S. Forest Service streamlined authority to log more trees and make forests less susceptible to future wildfires.

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Forest-Mapping Instrument for Space Station Passes Major Milestone

Space Ref
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A laser-based instrument for mapping the 3-D structure of Earth’s forests has passed a major milestone toward deployment on the International Space Station (ISS). The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI), led by the University of Maryland, College Park, and built by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, successfully transitioned to “Phase B,” moving from requirements development and mission definition to preliminary design. GEDI will provide the first comprehensive, high-resolution measurements of the vertical canopy structure of Earth’s temperate and tropical forests.

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The changing face of rural Oregon

Statesman Journal
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new report on the economics and demographics of rural Oregon has reached some fascinating conclusions and offers a surprising burst of hope for those of us who worry that the state’s economic recovery mainly has benefited its urban areas. Among the conclusions of the report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: People are migrating to the so-called “Timber Belt” of Oregon, the places that have been hardest-hit by the long decline of the wood-products industry. (Eric Mortenson of the Capital Press took note of the state report in a recent news story.) But the demographics of the people moving into the Timber Belt are different than the people moving out: People moving in tend to be older and looking either to retire or to reduce their work hours.

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Bill granting forest lands to tribes passes U.S. House

The World Link
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON — A bill sponsored by Oregon’s Rep. Peter DeFazio that would strengthen the tribal authority and expand the land rights of three Southwestern Oregon Native American tribes passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday and is headed for the Senate. The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, H.R. 2791, would provide land in trust to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Currently, the Cow Creek Band and the CTCLUSI do not hold any land in trust. 

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States far better land managers than feds

Herald and News
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Failed management of more than 300 million acres of federal lands was evident from the smoke-filled August skies caused by enormous wildfires raging out of control in most western states. Greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires dwarfs our nation’s emissions from fossil fuels. Their massive destruction and wholesale pollution are an annual, ever-enlarging consequence of failed federal resource management. Many western legislators are focusing on changing the scope of federal land management. I strongly share their belief that the method of choice is the transfer of federal lands into state ownership.

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Northern Arizona Forest Thinning Work Gets Under Way

Arizona Public Media
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Measures to thin Arizona forests to lessen wildfire dangers are finally getting under way after a decade of record-setting fires and forest land tragedy. The first piece of evidence is northwest of Flagstaff, where Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute, or ERI, oversees a test plot for study of forest thinning and its ecological effects. Surrounded by a control area of small trees, towering ponderosas stand alone in open grasses. “I think the oldest dated tree here goes back to 1555,” said Tayloe Dubay of the institute. “About 350 (years) is the average. We’re able to measure an increase in resin production, which helps them protect against bark beetle invasion.”

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Stevensville: Three Saddle timber sale opens Friday for firewood cutting

Ravalli Republic
September 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – The Stevensville Ranger District has announced that beginning Friday, Sept. 18, it will allow the public to access the Three Saddle timber sale area to gather firewood. The Three Saddle project, which began last year, is located east of Stevensville on Ambrose Road No. 428 in the Sapphire Mountains. Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake is the contractor. Loggers are thinning overstocked areas of the forest through commercial and non-commercial timber harvests, which has resulted in large landing/slash piles along the road.

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Sound check on rainforest health

The Sydney Morning Herald
September 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Australian scientists are developing a tool to discover the wealth of natural life hidden in the depths of a tropical rainforest, by “soundscaping”. The whirr of crickets, thrum of bird wings, distant bird song, even a hiss – perhaps of a passing reptile – all were caught in the biggest attempt yet to map landscapes for their sound. Once captured, these sounds can be analysed to establish the health and biodiversity of an ecosystem, according to Eddie Game, Asia-Pacific lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

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Grant speeds up major forestry plan

New Zealand Herald
September 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Bay of Plenty foresters, farmers and landowners have secured $448,500 in funding under the afforestation grant scheme. Primary Industries Associate Minister Jo Goodhew announced the first round of funding to generate 5819ha of new plantations. The total area funded in the Bay of Plenty under this round is 345ha. The $22.5 million project would help establish 15,000ha of new plantations over the next six years. “Under the first round of funding the total area applied for covered 9044ha, far exceeding our expectations,” Mrs Goodhew said. “The successful applications cover 5819ha of forest, and farmers and landowners will receive support worth $7,565,347 through this scheme.”

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Forest Fires

Companies Responsible for Forest Fire Will Be Blacklisted, Minister Says

Jakarta Globe
September 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Jakarta. At least 10 companies believed to be behind several land fire incidents across Sumatra and Kalimantan have been charged by the National Police with violating the Law on the Environment. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said police have charged 127 individuals along with 10 corporations, but refused to divulge the firms’ names due to ongoing investigations against the firms. “We charged [the companies] on several grounds. For example, their lands caught fire last year and this year they caught fire again, despite the law which says [companies] must do all it can to address the problem by getting the needed equipment and personnel ready.

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Ecuador asks neighbors for help as forest fires rage round Quito

Reuters
September 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Ecuador called on Latin American neighbors on Tuesday to help it battle forest fires that have forced families to flee some neighborhoods of the capital Quito and its outskirts. “We’ve been in touch with Venezuela, who will send us a helicopter,” President Rafael Correa told journalists. “We’re contacting Colombia, Peru, and Brazil.” Three firefighters were killed last week, and around 20 were injured, according to authorities. Correa said there were 17 major forest fires raging, and the area around Quito, the world’s highest capital city, had been the worst affected. The summer heat and lack of rain had raised the fire hazard in surrounding areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NZ forests face threats in warming world

Stuff.co.nz
September 16, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand’s unique beech forest could be squeezed up and out by other natives like rimu as the world heats up, new studies suggest. Rimu and other warmer-loving podocarp forest trees would likely have an advantage and spread out in the South Island under climate change over plants that favour the cool, said Victoria University researcher Matt Ryan. His analysis is part of a larger body of work looking hundreds of thousand of years into the past for clues of the potential consequences of the expected 2 to 4 degree rise in temperatures by the end of the century.

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General

La Presse cuts weekday paper in favour of tablet edition

September 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

MONTREAL — Another alarm bell sounded Wednesday for the future of print newspapers in Canada when one of the country’s largest and oldest dailies announced the end of its printed weekday edition nearly three years after introducing its free digital tablet edition. Montreal La Presse, owned by Power Corp., announced Wednesday that the print edition of the 131-year-old French-language paper will only be available on Saturdays after Jan. 1. Publisher Guy Crevier says the paper will become the world’s first major daily to go completely digital on weekdays as it responds to a permanent shift in advertising spending.

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