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Business & Politics

Ed Fast says text of TPP trade deal available within days

Forestry side deal with Japan
CBC News
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s trade minister is promising to release a provisional copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in the next few days — but Ed Fast won’t say whether it will include details of the all-important side deals.  …One side letter, he said, would include a deal on processed and unprocessed forestry products between Canada and Japan. “We have secured outcomes across all the major sectors … including forestry products, value-added wood products,” said Fast. “Markets like Japan are going to much more available to Canadian exporters.” The minister said he didn’t know how many side deals there are and referred the question to his staff.

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Federal Conservatives trumpet benefits of TPP in B.C

Vancouver Sun
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


Two high-level Conservative ministers trumpeted the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to B.C. Thursday, less than two weeks before an election in which the province could play a key role in determining which party forms the next government. …Rick Jeffery, president of Coast Forest Products Association, said the deal would be a boon for his industry, where Japan is the third-largest market after the U.S. and China. “One of the things that this deal does is removes tariffs off of lumber going into a place like Vietnam,” he said. “Vietnam is becoming a manufacturing hub for furniture and other wood products and we were facing steep tariffs there that basically prohibited us from being able to send our lumber there. We can now send our lumber there because those tariffs are going to be removed.”

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Premier promises pressure on Ottawa on softwood lumber agreement

My Prince George Now
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark opened Wednesday’s sitting of the BC Legislature promising that her government is focused on getting a new Canada – US softwood lumber agreement in place. She says it will be the first thing she mentions to whoever comes out of the federal election as Prime Minister. “None of us in this province can forget that forestry built our province. We also know that we cannot take its continued success for granted.” “We have to work hard to ensure that forestry will endure as a key pillar of jobs and growth to ensure that the 80 communities that depend on it continue to thrive.” Clark added “In order to do this, we all need to very determinedly and purposefully work together.” Across the aisle, NDP leader John Horgan agreed.

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Upgrades to plants keep rolling

Chronicle Journal
October 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The California company operating wood-pellet plants in Atikokan and Wawa says equipment upgrades at both operations have either been completed or are in the works. At its Atikokan plant, Rentech said it has installed a new transformer and will soon have a new chain-paddle dump struck at the site. The Atikokan facility supplies fuel to Ontario Power Generation’s nearby power plant, which recently underwent a $170-million conversion to burn pellets instead of coal. At Rentech’s Wawa operation, logs will be put through a chipper faster
once a new feeder machine has been installed next month. New conveyor
machines have also been ordered, the company said.

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Flat market cooling county timber sales

The Wahkiakum County Eagle
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Wahkiakum County should expect another year of low revenue from state managed county trust timberland, county officials learned Tuesday. A decline in log prices has led the Department of Natural Resources to reduce its estimate of revenue expected from a county trust timber sale. DNR District Manager Steve Ogden told county commissioners that they could expect $921,840 from the Mill Fir Sorts timber sale in 2016, which, he said was down from an earlier estimate a bit over $1 million. And in 2017, the agency has planned a sale that should generate around $825,000, he said. Revenue from the sale of trust timber is an important part of the revenue for the county’s Current Expense Fund, which includes most courthouse services. Officials would like to see $1.3 million or more per year to keep the fund healthy.

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Resolute Forest Products completes selection of key equipment for tissue project

Lesprom Network
October 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products Inc. completes selection of all the key equipment for the new tissue facility being built at its Calhoun pulp and paper mill, in Tennessee, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. In addition to the previously announced Advantage NTT tissue machine, the company has committed to the purchase of the new Futura Andromeda converting technology and Infinity packaging solution. The selection of the state-of-the-art equipment followed a rigorous process to ensure best-in-class flexibility and ability to deliver the highest quality products for the premium quality consumer market.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Top 10 Tweet-Friendly Facts to Share on International Print Day

Two Sides
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 is International Print Day! You can participate and help the print and paper community by sharing our selection of “tweet-friendly” facts we created for #IPD15. It’s a fantastic way to remind people why print and paper is a sustainable way to communicate, and bust myths at the same time. Just cut and paste into Twitter – we’ve done the work for you!

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Opening Doors: Aboriginal art

Merging the forest sector, academia and Aboriginal art forms
FPInnovations Press Release
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – The program ‘Opening Doors’ featuring Aboriginal door carving is opening doors to a new generation of young Aboriginal artists embracing the culture and storytelling nature of traditional BC Aboriginal art. On October 5, FPInnovations and Emily Carr University of Art + Design hosted a gala for the celebration of Opening Doors – an exhibition of Aboriginal door carving. The project originated from the Aboriginal Program at FPInnovations, in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the University of British Columbia-Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, and the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art. 

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Acton Ostry Architects’ UBC residence will be among world’s tallest wood buildings

Canadian Architect
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The use of a hybrid mass wood and concrete structure was investigated to demonstrate the applicability of wood in BC’s development and construction industries. Rigorous analysis concluded that the cost of a mass timber structure was similar to that for a typical concrete or steel structure. “Advances in wood technology and manufacturing make tall wood buildings not only possible but also safe and cost effective, while providing a way to lessen the carbon footprint of the built environment,” explain the architects in a press release. …Due to the characteristics and properties of charring, mass timber construction provides an inherent level of fire-resistance. Large timber members are difficult to ignite and if they do ignite they burn slowly. The CLT and glulam components used for the project have an inherent degree of fire-resistance that has been enhanced through encapsulation of the mass wood with three to four layers of fire rated Type X gypsum board, dependent on location.

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World’s largest residential project in CLT launches in Montreal

Canadian Architect
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Developers LSR GesDev and Sotramont have officially launched the Arbora project, a residential and commercial development in Montreal’s Griffintown area. With a total surface area of 597,560 square feet, Arbora aims to become the world’s largest residential project featuring a cross-laminated timber (CLT) mass timber structure. Rental units are slated to be ready as of fall 2016 and the condos and townhouses will be completed in fall 2017. The project includes 3 eight-storey buildings with a total of 434 condo, townhouse and rental units. The main floors will be home to commercial spaces varying in size from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet. The project is designed by architects Lemay+CHA.

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The Investigators: Despite calls for building code changes, no new laws after massive Edgewater fire

WABC-TV Eyewitness News New York
October 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

EDGEWATER, N.J. — Nine months after massive flames gutted an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, nothing has changed. Despite calls for updates in building codes, the Eyewitness News Investigators have learned that buildings constructed just like it are still going up. The promises of quick action on fire code safety have given way to politics as usual, and any stricter standards for lightweight wood construction in New Jersey are probably years away. All-wood apartment buildings like the one that lit up the night sky during the January blaze are illegal to build in New York City, but that is not so in the Garden State. And after the fire, New Jersey politicians promised stricter building regulations.

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Forestry

2015 to 2018 – Keeping the Forest Industry Competitive and World Class

Coast Forest Products Association
October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

October 2015 will go down in the books as one of the most pivotal times for Canada’s forest industry. Just this week, the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed with eleven nations in the Asia-Pacific further solidifying Canada’s reputation as a leading nation in shaping international trade agreements. As well, the Softwood Lumber Agreement that guides our trade relations with our American partners will expire later this month. And, finally, in only a few days, Canadians will be going to the polls to decide who will govern our country for the next three years. We believe that the new government will need to focus on key areas to ensure the success of the forest industry as we adapt and take advantage of this new trade landscape.

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WorkSafeBC feared wood-dust enforcement in 2012 would lead to pushback from industry: internal document

by Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC was concerned that pursuing an “enforcement strategy” to reduce wood dust in sawmills following the deadly Babine explosion in 2012 would lead to industry pushback, an internal document shows. The “issue management” document dated Feb. 27, 2012 does not say WorkSafeBC was not going to pursue an enforcement strategy, but the United Steelworkers union say they believe the document, which notes wood dust as a potential factor in the explosion, underlies a lacklustre enforcement approach taken by the safety agency before a second sawmill explosion in northern B.C. at Lakelands sawmill. That wood dust-fuelled explosion killed two workers, while the first explosion near Burns Lake also killed two workers. The explosions injured dozens, some with severe burns.

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Column: Last minute thoughts about the forest industry before the election

by Jim Hilton, professional agrologist and forester
Williams Lake Tribune
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is there “a mood shift underway among voters?” Jim Stirling, a contributing editor for the Logging and Sawmilling Journal, poses this question and a number of observations. He feels the forest industry is seen as a sunset industry by the federal government in Ottawa as demonstrated by the lack of interest shown during the election. Hydrocarbons are the new timber baron. Stirling thinks there may be a shift in the thinking of voters about the headlong rush by both levels of governments to focus on the export of oil and gas in various forms to offshore markets. He points out we would be wise to recall the senior governments rush to export coal to Asia in the 1980s, i.e. the promises never kept and the bills for infrastructure dumped on the public.

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NDP forestry key: Doman

Letter from Rick Doman, retired pres. and CEO, EACOM Timber
Alberni Valley News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For too long, all sectors of Canada’s forest industry have struggled to adapt to a changing global market, challenging softwood lumber agreements with the U.S, increased competition from emerging markets, and a lack of investment in the industry. Plant closures and job losses have mounted and raw log exports have soared. The industry has struggled because consecutive federal governments have not understood how to resolve softwood lumber issues with the U.S. Canada must retain and expand manufacturing and processing jobs, and government policies have failed to achieve that.

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BC trees may not reveal drought damage yet

CBC News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s drought this past summer is expected to eventually kill many trees, but a forest pathologist said it might not be apparent which trees until the spring. Stefan Zeglen with the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources in Nanaimo said a significant number of trees are expected to die over the next year because of the dry weather from May to August. The trees in shallow soil were hardest hit and most likely to be showing damage at this point, says Zeglan. “We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point. The trees that were in the most precarious positions that ran up a water deficit quite early are the ones turning red and dying on the roadsides or in your backyards.”

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National Forest Week celebrated at BCIT

BCIT Forest and Natural Areas Management program
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (Forest and Natural Areas Management program) celebrated National Forest Week this year with a special day of “sharing our forestry heritage and profession with the whole BCIT community and the general public”. The event took place at the main Burnaby campus in the revamped Gateway building. The event was hosted with participation from organizations involved in the management of forests and natural areas, including forestry companies, contractors, consultants, associations, government (provincial and municipal) and First Nations. Exhibitors had the opportunity to showcase their organization demonstrating how the whole sector contributes to the sustainability of our communities, environment and economy. Click the read more link to see some fabulous pictures of the event.

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Province introduces bill in answer to sawmill blasts

Prince George Citizen
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Employees will have to immediately report to WorkSafeBC all workplace fires or explosions that could have caused serious injury to a worker, under legislation introduced Thursday by the provincial government. It’s one of the measures in Bill 35, drafted in answer to recommendations from the coroner’s inquests into the Lakeland and Babine sawmill explosions. Just one day prior to the Jan. 20, 2012 blast that destroyed Babine, located just outside Burns Lake, Lakeland in Prince George saw a “near miss” when a saw cutting logs “deviated” and produced sparks that lit the fine powdery sawdust from beetle-killed pine and sent a burst of flame high into the air.

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Parts of Chetwynd Community Forest Trail closing to clear pine beetle wood

Alaska Highway News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cleanup from the Pine Beetle kill is still going on in Chetwynd. Chetwynd Forest Industries (CFI), a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., has announced that three sections of the Chetwynd Community Forest trail, the purple, green and grey routes, will be closed until May starting Oct. 13, while the company harvests dead pine from the area. …CFI began harvesting dead pine in September 2013. Removing it from the environment lowers the risk of the extremely dry wood causing a wildfire. The District of Chetwynd, West Moberly First Nation and Saulteau First Nation are partners with CFI on the community forest. Each member has a stake in the management and a share of the revenue from the pine that is harvested.

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Forest Service Chief Reviews Fire Season, Calls for Two-Part Solution to Fire Budget

USDA Forest Service
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington -Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee. Tidwell highlighted concerns over the increasing cost of suppressing wildfire, emphasizing that more than half of the agency’s annual budget now goes toward fire suppression. Tidwell outlined two key issues the Forest Service is wrestling with that must be resolved by Congress. First, the chronic increase in the portion of the Forest Service budget devoted to fire suppression must be stopped.

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Chief Tidwell has spent too much time in D.C.: Robin Stanley’s response to the Chief’s Evergreen interview

October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I just completed reading Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s interview in Evergreen magazine”. Unfortunately, our Chief doesn’t get it. His whole mantra is “Building and maintaining trust with the public.” But it isn’t an issue of building trust. It’s an issue of fundamental beliefs. There are those who do not believe any trees should be cut and that man should not manage our forests. Forests should be left to nature. So what does building trust have to do with changing their fundamental belief? Education maybe, but building trust? Is the Chief asking the extreme enviros to “trust” that collaboratives will do the right thing? Even if collaboratives were successful at convincing 99% of the population that the project is valuable and necessary to save our forests, the remaining one percent can still file a suit.

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Chief Tidwell has spent too much time in D.C.: Robin Stanley’s response to the Chief’s Evergreen interview

October 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I just completed reading Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s interview in Evergreen magazine”. Unfortunately, our Chief doesn’t get it. His whole mantra is “Building and maintaining trust with the public.” But it isn’t an issue of building trust. It’s an issue of fundamental beliefs. There are those who do not believe any trees should be cut and that man should not manage our forests. Forests should be left to nature. So what does building trust have to do with changing their fundamental belief? Education maybe, but building trust? Is the Chief asking the extreme enviros to “trust” that collaboratives will do the right thing? Even if collaboratives were successful at convincing 99% of the population that the project is valuable and necessary to save our forests, the remaining one percent can still file a suit.

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Rain holds Badger Lake Fire in check, but area still off limits to public

The Oregonian
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rain has kept the 80-acre Badger Lake Fire from growing rapidly, but federal closure orders remain in effect to keep the public out of a large swath of forestland southeast of Mount Hood. Laura Pramuk, Mount Hood National Forest spokeswoman, said wet weather has given firefighters a break. Though crews have suspended aerial water drops by helicopter, they are camped in the area, monitoring the fire’s perimeter closely. “Basically, we’re in a holding pattern until Tuesday, when we’ll be better able to assess the situation,” Pramuk said. “Despite the rain, it’s still smoldering.”

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Group Seeks Endangered Species Act Protection For Joshua Trees

National Parks Traveler
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With concerns that the Southwest’s iconic Joshua trees will be pushed out of 90 percent of their current habitat by the century’s end due to climate change, a group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the tree listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition last week. According to the group, multiple climate models predict severe range contractions in the next century for this species. The trees will have difficulty moving to more hospitable habitat because they reproduce and disperse so slowly. “Joshua trees are an irreplaceable part of the Southwest and we must protect them,” said Taylor Jones, endangered species advocate for WildEarth Guardians.

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Otero County appealing forest lawsuit

Alamogordo Daily News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

County Commissioners have decided to appeal a federal ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on a resolution authorizing them to remove trees from the Lincoln National Forest in an executive session at their regular meeting Thursday morning. According to Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo, removing trees from the Lincoln National Forest without their consent is unconstitutional because it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution County Commission Chairman Ronny Rardin said the fight on who has jurisdiction on forest lands has been an ongoing issue since he’s been elected into office in 1992 and believes the County has every right to manage those lands.

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Forest Service proposes large timber sale in Elkhorns

Baker City Herald
October 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with other federal and state agencies, released an environmental study today for one of the biggest proposed timber sales on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in the past 25 years. The East Face project, which is designed to reduce the risk of large wildfires, includes almost 50,000 acres of public land, mostly Forest Service with about 1,200 acres of BLM ground. The area is along the east side of the Elkhorns, mainly from the Anthony Lakes Highway north toward the Grande Ronde Valley. The East Face project, which also involves the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, also is designed as a guide for similar work on adjacent private lands.

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OSHA Cites National Forests In Oregon For More Than 200 Violations

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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon has been cited for multiple workplace safety violations over the past decade. Inspectors found a number of safety violations in Malheur National Forest facilities during unannounced inspections. Since 2010, OSHA has cited various national forest offices a total of more than 200 times in Oregon. During repeat inspections over the past 10 years, the Forest Service has been cited by OSHA for widespread safety violations during nine out of every 10 visits, according to the agency. “I mean this is serious,” said Cecil Tipton, who directs the Portland regional OSHA office. “I feel as federal agencies, it’s important for us to set the example for what a safe and healthful work environment is.”

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U.S. Forest Service determines lightning as cause of Brush Creek Fire

Summit Daily News
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the cause of the 238-acre Brush Creek Fire was determined to be a lightning strike. The wildfire started the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 2, after a storm blowing in sparked a small fire on private lands belonging to Brush Creek Ranch, located 12 miles north of Silverthorne. The area ignited quickly, burning dried-out grasses leftover from the summer and beetle kill pines. The fire grew quickly Friday night, as heavy gusts of wind spread the wildfire — atypical for Summit County weather.

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Tusculum College earns arboretum certification from Tenn.’s Forestry Council

WCYB
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Tusculum College is one of just a few dozen arboreta in East Tennessee. The college in Greeneville received their certificate as a Level One Arboretum from the state forestry council on Thursday. The campus has more than 30 species of trees. Each type has a plaque explaining some of its features. College president Dr. Nancy Moody said students in Environmental Science and Biology classes can utilize the arboretum in their studies. State forester Tom Simpson said Tusculum is one of the few arboreta that didn’t have to plant any new trees to achieve this status. In fact, most of these trees have been there since the campus’ founding more than 200 years ago.

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Future Farmers test forestry skills at Blackwater

Pensacola News Journal
October 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Every year, the Florida Forest Service partners with Future Farmers of America chapters at schools throughout the state to facilitate the FFA’s Forestry Career Development Events. This year’s District 1 event was held Tuesday at Bear Lake on Blackwater River State Forest. These contests allow students from schools with FFA chapters to test their skills through a general forestry knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, forestry equipment identification, forest disease and disorders identification, and map interpretation. Through the contest, students learn about skills used in forest management that they then can go on to use in forestry careers or in a college forestry program.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Controversial climate change skeptic speaks at U of S tonight

CBC News
October 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A controversial Canadian scientist is speaking at the U of S tonight on agriculture. Patrick Moore, who calls himself “an internationally renowned ecologist and environmentalist”, will deliver a free public lecture entitled “Agriculture in a Growing World.” …He is now criticized by environmental groups, including Greenpeace, for his views, particularly on questioning the link between carbon emissions and warming temperatures. “People should understand that there is actually no proof that there is a direct causal relationship between the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the temperature of the world,” Moore said in an interview Thursday with CBC News. …David Henry, board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, disagrees strongly with Moore’s views. 

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