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Daily Archives: November 9, 2015

Business & Politics

Wind farm concept testing generates no controversy in Juan de Fuca

CFAX 1070
November 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

No-one showed up at a public hearing this week to speak either for or against a rezoning application that would allow 80 metre meteorological towers in remote reaches of Juan de Fuca.Forest company Timberwest has been measuring wind speeds on some of its thousands of hectares of forest resource land, in the hopes that some day development of a wind farm to produce electricity may prove viable. So far it has erected two towers under special temporary permits issued by the CRD. Those temporary permits are about to expire, but if the rezoning application is approved Timberwest would have the ability to build test towers on eight separate parcels, totalling more than 13 thousand hectares. [END]

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BC Hydro opens Site C construction site to reporters

Victoria Times Colonist
November 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

That project, however, is the subject of quite a bit of scrutiny and opposition — the Site C dam, one of the largest infrastructure projects ever attempted by the B.C. government. Already, over one million cubic metres of material have been exacavated and relocated on the north bank side of the river near Fort St. John, making three large ridges where once there was only bush and dirt. … Surrounding that are large piles of timber. Some of the wood has been taken already to local mills for sale. (Hydro, for its part, expects that Fort St. John mills can handle all the wood that will be up for sale.) But the road is nearly lined with the trees that Hydro cannot sell, which will either be mulched up, or in some cases burned.

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Canfor Corporation increased sales, but decreased profitability and made losses in 3Q2015

Wood Business Forum
November 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation increased sales, but worsened profitability in 3Q2015. According to the disclosed information, the company’s sales in the period totaled CAD 989.9 million, generating CAD 61.1 million of operating income before amortization (OIBA, 6% margin). The indicators are respectively 3.9% higher and 12.5% lower than in the previous quarter. The company made CAD 17.3 million net loss attributable to equity shareholders.

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Conifex Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

Marketwired
November 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX:CFF) today reported a net loss of $5.6 million or $0.26 per share for the third quarter of 2015 compared to a net loss of $13.0 million or $0.62 per share for the previous quarter and net income of $1.1 million or $0.05 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2014. Net loss for the first nine months of 2015 was $17.0 million or $0.81 per share compared to net income of $4.7 million or $0.22 per diluted share over the same period last year.

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Columbia Valley economy takes big hit with closing of Canfor mill at Canal Flats

The Castlegar Source
November 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canfor Mill as Canal Flats officially closes its doors Monday said the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in a media release. As of Monday (November 9), after over a 100 years of sawmill operation in or around Canal Flats that history has come to an end. “This has been devastating for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the Local Union” Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook said in the media release. He added: “This closure including the layoffs in May affect more than 170 employees and related jobs, which is very significant.”  Canfor had announced to their Canal Flats employees on September 9 that the mill would be shutting down Monday.

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Weyerhaeuser to explore strategic alternatives for its Cellulose Fibers business

PR Newsire
November 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.,  — Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Cellulose Fibers business. The board intends to consider a broad range of alternatives, including continuing to hold and operate the business or a sale or spin-off of the business. “The people and assets associated with our Cellulose Fibers business are some of the finest in the industry,” said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer.

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Stability restored to US softwood lumber prices

EUWID
November 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

After the reductions of 7-20% that had occurred in softwood lumber prices on the US market from mid-July to mid-September depending on the assortment, the development in prices has turned around again in the last few weeks. The figures from Random Lengths show that the average price for the benchmark grade of western SPF 2×4 #2&Btr KD has risen by around $32/1000 bdft since the beginning of October. The Framing Lumber Composite Price (FLCP) has risen by $29 in the same period. Irrespective of the latest increases, the two figures remain roughly 20% and 12% short of the reference figures for last year. Prices for 1×6 European spruce had fallen much less sharply by the end of the third quarter.

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Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek to combine into one timber giant

Newzy.net
November 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhauser, two timber companies with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and Montana, announced Sunday they plan on merging to form one of the largest forest product companies in the United States… Plum Creek’s CEO Rick Holley said: “Both companies have historically looked to grow their timberland resource asset base, in others words to acquire more timberlands, so here’s an opportunity for both of us to accomplish that”. Doyle Simons, the president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser, will be president and CEO of the new company. The companies said the exchange implies a premium of 13.8 percent to a weighted average price ratio of Plum Creek shares to Weyerhaeuser shares.

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Pulp mill jobs in jeopardy because of low snowpack

KIRO TV 7
November 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A quick tour of the Port Townsend Pulp Mill showed it takes a lot of water to make paper. “We use during our water conservation periods, about 10,000,000 gallons a day,” said Kevin Scott, the mill’s director of sustainability. “And that is a lot of water. But we also recycle that water about eight times. So if we didn’t recycle we would use about 80,000,000 gallons a day.” Scott says that water has been in short supply. “This year was lower than normal with the low snowpacks,” said Scott.

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Weyerhaeuser Buys Rival Timber Company In $8.44B Deal

Associated Press in Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. is buying Plum Creek Timber Co. for $8.44 billion to form what is expected to be one of the world’s biggest timberland and forest products companies. The company will keep the Weyerhaeuser name and have more than 13 million acres of timberland, the companies said Sunday. It will be worth $23 billion based on current share prices. Plum Creek shareholders will receive 1.60 shares of Weyerhaeuser for each Plum Creek share. Weyerhaeuser shares closed at $30.40 Friday. Weyerhaeuser also says it will buy $2.5 billion of company shares after the deal closes.

Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek to combine into one timber giant from The Seattle Times
Timber REIT Giants Branching Out from Forbes

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Owego Lumber Mill gets Investment Grant from New York State Electric and Gas

FOX 40 News WICZ TV
November 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

It’s been about a year and a half since the Wagner Lumber Mill in Owego caught fire in February of 2014. Since then, the company has looked toward rebuilding, while also increasing its own efficiency. Thanks to a $400,000 grant from New York State Electric and Gas, the new lumber mill is equipped with all LED lighting, while also utilizing new multi gear motors, which saves energy and allows for more efficient log cutting. The upgrades to the Lumber mill will make the plant capable of producing 50 percent more of it’s daily lumber output.

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Stable results achieved by Stora Enso Wood Products

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

With EBITDA of €30m and EBIT of €22m, the “Wood Products” division of Stora Enso matched last year’s results in each case. Hence the reduction recorded in the results in each of the preceding quarters came to an end in the period under review. Sales revenue turned out to be almost 13% lower at €375m, which is said to be largely attributable to 3.6% lower delivery figures at 1.051m m³ and reduced selling prices. According to information from the group, it had to put up with reductions in sales on the lumber markets in North Africa in particular but in the Middle East as well. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Vancouver is greening and planning ahead

The Vancouver Observer
November 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

People everywhere want to know what Vancouver is up to because it’s succeeding in creating a very green city. City Council met this week to hear about what’s been accomplished and plans for the future. They unanimously approved both the Greenest City Initiative to 2020 and the Renewable City Strategy.  “As we saw at the White House, a lot of cities are looking at our plan. And it’s good to have a new plan out to track our progress,” said Amanda Pitre-Hayes, Vancouver’s Sustainability Group director. …And it means building green. The goals are to have a complete carbon neutral building strategy by 2020 and for new buildings to be at zero emissions by 2030. This will require retrofitting older buildings and creating codes and rules for new developments.

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Sunbelt Forest Products Adds Pressure Treated Wood Facilities

PR Newswire (press release)
November 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

BARTOW, Fla.– Sunbelt Forest Products of Bartow, Florida, a wholly owned subsidiary of PalletOne, Inc., has announced the purchase of two pressure treated wood facilities from Southeast Wood Treating of Montgomery, Alabama. Sunbelt is already one of the largest pressure treaters in the Southeast, and its pressure treated wood plant in Bartow, Florida is currently operating close to capacity. The two additional plants, located in Rockledge, Florida, and Louisville, Alabama, will nearly double the company’s manufacturing capabilities to over 300 million board feet of pressure treated wood a year.

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Consider Fiberglass Windows as an Energy-Efficient Window Option

Mother Earth News
November 6, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

In recent years, attempts to reduce personal carbon footprint have helped homeowners and builders to find a sustainable solution in fiberglass windows. Fiberglass windows demonstrate outstanding energy efficiency because they embody much less energy than vinyl, wood, and other composite window materials through low-emissivity coatings which control the transfer of warm or cool air from your home to the outside. …Fiberglass windows are also unsusceptible to many of the weaknesses found in wood and vinyl windows. …Whereas the robustness of wood and vinyl windows may be compromised due to unhealthy thermal performances, you can be sure that your fiberglass windows will stay strong and fit in their installed positions for many years to come. 

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Maine Voices: It’s time to build ‘plyscrapers’ here

Portland Press Herald
November 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

SPRINGVALE — Maine badly needs to build some wooden high-rise buildings in downtown Portland. We need timber towers as icons of a forest-based innovation economy. We need them to better connect rural Maine to Portland’s prosperity. We need them as a pro-business response to the problem that climate change deniers dare not mention. And, just maybe, these structures will also change Portland’s ongoing debate over building heights and blocked views. Cross-laminated timber technology has many desirable construction qualities that I won’t go into.

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Forestry

Premier, forestry minister give wrap up of Alberta wildfire season

Edmonton Journal
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The 2015 wildfire season was one of the busiest on record, Alberta Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier says. “There was not a lot of snowpack through the winter, so we had a particularly dry spring. and especially in the spring and summer, there was not a lot of rain, either, and there were a lot of lightning strikes,” Carlier said Friday, after thanking fire crews at the Alberta Wildfire provincial warehouse in Edmonton. “It was a bit of an anomaly. It was one of our busiest wildfire seasons in 25 years. It was even busier than the one in 2011 when there were some tragedies in Slave Lake, but this one had even more fires on a larger scale.”

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How rejecting a sewage plant led to removing 5000 trees

Victoria Times Colonist
November 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The impending cut of nearly 5,000 trees on Watkiss Way to make way for a hay farm complies with Saanich and B.C. regulations, but has raised questions about the unintended consequences of recent council decisions, as well as concerns about climate change. “I’m very disappointed that this significant area of forest will be taken down,” said Saanich Coun. Vic Derman. The vast majority of the fir and cedar trees on 24 acres behind Victoria General Hospital — purchased two years ago by Allen Vandekerkhove — will be taken down. “Doing so is certainly not consistent with Saanich’s desire to maintain tree cover,” Derman said. “It is also not consistent with the urgent need to respond to climate change. All in all, legal but certainly not desirable.”

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Parks in state of neglect: report Environmental commissioner blames government for decay

The Chronicle Journal
November 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is doing a lousy job of maintaining its more than 640 parks and protected areas, and is at risk of failing to meet an international goal of setting aside enough lands for conservation, Ontario’s environmental commissioner says. “Few provincial parks are pristine,” acting commissioner Ellen Schwartzel said in a report. “Many show the effects of historical land uses, in addition to facing continuous threats from activities both within and outside park (boundaries).” “These problems in our parks are largely going unaddressed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,” Schwartzel added. MNRF Minister Bill Mauro, a Thunder Bay MPP, didn’t respond directly to the criticism Friday. A ministry spokesman provided an email response.

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Open Letter: Post Keystone Win, Time To End Natural Forest Logging

By Dr. Glen Barry
Counter Currents
November 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

I am writing this letter to plead with you to get the Sierra Club and 350.org’s vast resources committed to working for an end globally to industrial scale old-growth forest logging while allowing managed natural forests to regenerate and age. There is no path to global ecological sustainability, which includes limiting climate change, that does not include such a course of action.  Your organizations’ relatively narrow focus upon technological reductions in carbon emissions from fossil fuels fails to note not only the absolute amount of greenhouse gases released by terrestrial ecosystem loss, but also the critical role that natural ecosystems play in buffering the global ecological system from anthropocentric emissions.

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Activists dog the Forest Service over Mt. Hood logging

Portland Business Journal
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Local watchdog environmentalists are pushing back against a planned timber sale north of Mt. Hood. BARK has been biting at the Forest Service over logging on public land for the past decade. Now, the group is focused on defeating a 3,000-acre sale of timber north of the dormant 11,240-foot volcano, reports mountain news website Shred Hood. Dubbing themselves “the defenders of Mt. Hood,” the group’s primary areas of protection are the million-acre Mt. Hood National Forest. As Shred Hood reports, BARK has been instrumental in blocking past timber sales on the north side of the mountain.

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Tribes can help lead on better forest-management practices

The Seattle Times
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

THIS summer’s wildfires destroyed roughly 1 million acres in Washington state. The loss, including the lives of the three young firefighters in Twisp, is overwhelming. Few were hit harder than the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Eastern Washington. The tribe endured the worst wildfire ever to hit a forested area on tribal land in U.S. history. The Tunk Block and the North Star fires burned more than 250,000 acres of the Colville Reservation, nearly 20 percent of the tribe’s total land. The flames engulfed 15 homes, scorched tens of thousands of acres of range, timber, and cultural resources, and displaced thousands of cattle. Major fire-suppression resources were tied up suppressing fires on undermanaged areas of nearby National Forest land, leaving the tribe with little protection. It’s not new for tribes to be negatively impacted by management conditions on federal land.

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Lombardy poplars once dominated landscape of Boise, Southern Idaho

Idaho Statesman
November 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the people of young Boise City began to involve themselves in what the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman called “The Tree Mania,” they chose species that were fast-growing and readily available. This usually meant the native cottonwoods that grew abundantly along the banks of the Boise River. The cottonwoods’ fast growth was a virtue that became a fault. Planted along Boise streets and in people’s yards, they were soon too big for their sites. Moreover, the wood was soft and brittle, and the fluffy cotton for which the tree is named was emitted in clouds by the female trees in spring, becoming a nuisance.

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2 sides still spar over latest rewrite to state logging manual

Timber-industry officials and environmentalists remain at odds over a marathon effort to overhaul the state manual that guides logging on unstable slopes.
The Seattle Times
November 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A marathon effort to overhaul the state manual that guides logging on unstable terrain has ended with timber-industry officials and environmentalists at odds over what the document should say. Industry officials think the rewrite represents the best science, and they support its adoption when the state Forest Practices Board meets Tuesday. “We need to get this out so that people can be trained on it, and so people can put it to use,” said Karen Terwilleger, a senior policy director for the Washington Forest Protection Association. Environmentalists say the version released last week by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has significantly weaker language than an earlier draft, and omits important information that could help determine which forest lands need more scrutiny before logging.

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Forest Service Urged To Improve Efforts To Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Prescott eNews
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) sent a letter to Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Thomas Tidwell today urging the agency to improve the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to reduce the frequency and severity of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health across Arizona and the West. In the letter, the senators urge the Forest Service to better utilize the existing timber industry in northern Arizona and ensure adequate treatment is occurring within the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Phase One stewardship contract and beyond. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also sent an identical letter to the Forest Service.

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Wisconsin’s century-old model of forestry comes under pressure

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
November 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wisconsin Rapids — For more than a century, family-supporting jobs have grown on trees in Wisconsin. Not a smattering of jobs, but the most private-sector jobs the state has ever known: jobs in logging, lumber, furniture making, pulping, papermaking and the printing presses for the nation’s books, magazines and catalogs. If employment linked to forest products represented a single sector, Wisconsin would have the largest in the nation. Long before scientists determined that a stand of carbon-sponging trees is the best known bulwark against global warming, Wisconsin had invented an economic ecosystem that reforested the state after it had been clear-cut from south to north by timber barons a century earlier. Even today, 84,177 jobs in the state rely on timberland.

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Why a national park makes sense for Maine’s North Woods

Bangor Daily News
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A Maine North Woods national park has been the subject of debate for more than two decades. In that time, the economic landscape of the Katahdin region has shifted dramatically — for the worse — and the ownership of much of the timberland stretching from Millinocket to the Canadian border has changed hands. A long tradition of mill jobs available to area residents right out of high school and open access to mill-owned land has gradually eroded, leaving an uncertain future. …Park supporters tout the area’s natural beauty and the economic benefits the national park marquee could draw to the region. Opponents worry about federal control in the region and the loss of timber supply and jobs.

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Big Tree Sipsey Wildnerness wildfire 100% contained after rain moves through area

WHNT News 19
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Forest Service has opened all trails and rescinded a campfire closure in the Sipsey Wilderness after heavy rains significantly reduced fire activity and helped firefighters 100% contain the Big Tree wildfire. According to District Ranger Dave Casey, over three inches of rainfall extinguished the few areas that were still burning in the Sipsey Wilderness last weekend. Trails are open for visitors and campfires are permitted. Campers are advised to be careful with fires, particularly if dry conditions return. Wilderness manager Michael Cook advises visitors to watch for natural hazards around the fire’s perimeter.

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Robbins: Michigan forests don’t take care of themselves

Scott Robbins is the director of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and forest policy for the Michigan Forest Products Council.
Lansing State Journal
November 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Any time is a great time to reflect on the many benefits our forests—our greatest natural resource—do for Michigan. Our forests clean our air and drinking water, and provide fish and wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities. But Michigan’s forests don’t take care of themselves. Our robust forests in Michigan are a reflection of a strong marketplace for forest products, including renewable forest biomass energy, that has helped increased the volume of growing trees in the U.S. by 50 percent since 1953. There are 19.4 million acres of forest in Michigan, 64 percent which are privately owned. These “working forests” are planted and replanted to produce the raw materials for products we use every day—and, increasingly, as a source of energy. They support 87,000 jobs and provide an annual $17.8 billion boost to the state’s economy.

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Latvia to help manage Ukraine’s forests

Public broadcasting of Latvia
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ukraine is hoping for a closer cooperation in transport and wants help in carrying out massive reforms in the forestry industry, the Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) and Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk told Latvian Radio Friday. Ukraine is currently Latvia’s 7th-largest trade partner, but both PMs expressed hope that the economic bonds between the two countries will become stronger. Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine wants to increase flights and train freights between the two countries and hopes for help in carrying out massive reforms in the forestry industry.

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The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil’s Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing

NPR in KPBS
November 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil isn’t lying to the world about how bad deforestation is in the Amazon. But it is, according to the very people employed by the government to protect the rainforest, “misleading” the international community. According to the government figures, the rate of deforestation is down dramatically over the past decade. And there’s a general consensus this is true. But critics say the numbers don’t tell the whole story because so much of the Amazon has already been damaged or destroyed. And the country is still losing about 2,000 square miles of jungle each year.

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Illegally planted palm oil already growing on burnt land in Indonesia

The Guardian
November 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Freshly burned land in Indonesia has already been illegally planted with oil palm, new evidence suggests, following the loss of two million hectares of forest and peatland since July to fires. Planted in charred earth, the oil palm saplings were identified near the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary in central Kalimantan, by Greenpeace Indonesia. According to public maps, no oil palm concession has been granted in the area. During a dry season exacerbated by El Niño, thousands of fires have ripped through Indonesian forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan over recent months, sparking a region-wide haze crisis and releasing alarming levels of carbon emissions.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Study: Forests Fleeing Rising Temperatures

Payson Roundup
November 6, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Whole forests have started shifting northward in the wake of forest fires, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis. The findings come in the wake of studies that have strengthened both measurements of temperature increases and computer models predicting widespread impacts on forests and other habitat types. The study on changes wrought by California wildfires focused on what plants have been growing back after wildfires in Northern California, but the results probably apply to many areas in the West, including Arizona. The lead authors said that after a forest “disturbance” like a wildfire, the understory plants that grew back were adapted to warmer, drier climates than the plants they replaced.

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Tree rings help climatologists build a picture of severe droughts and wet periods

Western Daily Press
November 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tree rings have helped climatologists build a picture of severe droughts and wet periods across Europe and the Mediterranean over the past 2,000 years. And the study will help climatologists predict future weather patterns. Until now researchers have had to rely on historical records which only described weather events in particular locations and did not provide climate data that many current modeling studies needed. But by using the ring growth from trees, scientists have built up a comprehensive atlas to provide a bigger picture of events that affected the whole continent and its neighbours in North Africa and the Middle East.

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