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Daily Archives: December 1, 2015

Froggy Foibles

600hp Wooden Supercar Debuts at Essen Motor Show 2015

[Not really a Foible – but certainly unusual!]
GTspirit
December 1, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

Despite the obvious disadvantages, there are a number of modern sports cars which still use wooden components for that retro feel. Most of Morgan’s model range for example. Today at Essen Motor Show 2015 a wooden supercar went on display; the Splinter! This one-off supercar was designed as a show piece by a team led by Joe Harmon, an industrial designer from North Carolina. The idea first came about as a result of a university project with a fair amount of inspiration from the World War II-era de Havilland Mosquito airplane (another all-wood design).

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Business & Politics

Layoffs At Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp

PeaceFM
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

he Alaska Highway News is reporting that the 109 workers at Paper Excellence’s Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp mill who were given layoff notices last Thursday will remain on the job, at least for the time being. Alaska Highway News reporter Mike Carter spoke with Paper Excellence spokesperson Jessica Ko, who said that employees are currently working, and that details are being ironed out between Paper Excellence, and Unifor Local 448, who represents the workers. The mill, which went into a maintenance shutdown back in September, was supposed to reopen in January, but now won’t be back up and running until March of next year.

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What’s Canfor Corporation Upside After Today’s Huge Increase?

FinancialMagazin
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The stock of Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP) is a huge mover today! The stock is up 0.48% or $0.1 after the news, hitting $20.82 per share. About 38,776 shares traded hands. Canfor Corporation has declined 13.23% since April 27, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 12.34% the S&P500. The move comes after 8 months positive chart setup for the $2.79 billion company. It was reported on Nov, 30 by Barchart.com. We have $27.48 PT which if reached, will make TSE:CFP worth $892.80 million more.

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Workplace death at Hinton Pulp Mill

Hinton Parklander
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are investigating the death of 23-year-old Dean Smith following a workplace incident that took place at the Hinton Pulp Mill on Nov. 23. Smith, working as a contractor, was installing a hand rail on a tower at the facility when he became entangled in a piece of equipment which OHS says lead to his death. How that happened is still being investigated. Hinton RCMP was called to the pulp mill at around 5 p.m. when the fatality occurred and are conducting their own investigation. There is a stop work order where the fatality took place, but the rest of the mill is operational.

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Forest trade mission finds headwinds in Asia Merritt Herald

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in the Merritt Herald
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests Minister Steve Thomson is leading the B.C. industry’s annual trade mission to promote lumber sales in Asia this week, with a focus on maintaining sales in a soft market. Accompanied by more than 30 executives from B.C. forest companies, Thomson started the trip Monday with a visit to Japan’s largest-ever wood building, an elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo. The visit comes as Japan’s economy is slipping back into recession. Japan has been a major lumber customer for B.C. since the 1970s, and is the third largest buyer behind the United States and China. Sales volume to Japan is down so far this year, but value is up slightly to $556 million, in a market known for demanding high-grade wood.

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Timber trends: From dismal to different

Natural Resource Report
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Last month’s uncertainty for producers continues, but for homeowners and homebuilders, it could be a nice opportunity. Homebuilding is up, interest rates are down, and products are cheap. The weather is uncertain. Recent trends of lumber, home construction, and housing markets, are compared to 2006. Last month was a dismal report. This month will be different, in part. On the ONE hand, stud prices are weak, especially in relation to logs. For September, the studs are now only 37% of logs. Since 2005, this has happened only 10% of the time, mostly in 2006 and 2008 as multi-month events of low stud prices. This is not good for mills. Low product prices could drag log prices down also, if this turns into a multi-month weakness in product prices, as happened in the prior turndowns.

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Forest Service hiring for 1000 jobs in Pacific Northwest

Statesman Journal
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temporary spring and summer jobs in Oregon and Washington, the federal agency announced last week. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, with positions in fields including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services and archaeology.  “Seasonal employment with the Forest Service is a great way to give back to communities, learn new skills and perform meaningful work,” regional forester Jim Peña said. …The jobs could include placement at different locations in the Pacific Northwest region. The area consists of 16 national forests, 59 district offices, a national scenic area and a national grassland comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington.

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After summer construction delay, Swanson Group’s Springfield mill back on track for production starting next year

The Register-Guard
November 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SPRINGFIELD — Soil problems at Swanson Group’s plywood and veneer mill site set the company’s reconstruction efforts back six to eight weeks over the summer. But a Swanson official said the mill is still on track to open in mid-2016, two years after a fire ripped through the buildings and displaced 250 workers. Construction crews have picked up their pace since an engineer discovered some soil too weak to support the new building this summer, Swanson Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert said. Mill officials took several weeks to draw up a new foundation plan for the 345,000-square-foot mill building. “Getting started has taken longer than expected as soil stability issues required us to install pilings, which was certainly unexpected,” Wert said in an email.

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Sierra Pacific Industries makes changes to lumber and millwork sales

Lesprom
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) announced that Dan Wolter, SPI’s current Millwork Sales Manager, has been named to the post of Structural Lumber Sales Manager. James Danielsen will head up SPI’s combined Specialty Lumber and Millwork Sales. Wolter and Danielsen will report to Aaron Sulzer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. These changes come amid Terry Kuehl’s announcement that he will retire at the end of 2015. Kuehl joined Sierra Pacific Industries in 1979, and led the Structural Lumber Sales group. For the past 20-plus years he was the head of the Specialty Lumber Sales group.

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Wood Waste Seeks Home as Mill Closes in Newberg, Oregon

Woodworking Network
November 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR – Tons of urban wood waste collected in Portland, Oregon are likely to end up in landfills following the suspension of production at a major paper mill customer in Newberg, OR. Some 60,000 tons of wood waste – construction lumber and panel, broken pallets, and other wood materials collected by the city of Portland were burned as bio fuel by SP Fiber Technologies at its Newberg linerboard paper plant. The mill received more than a hundred thousand tons of Portland’s salvaged timber last year, reports James Cronin in the Portland Business Journal. 

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Sawmill needs solutions, timber

Herald and News
November 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

It’s time for Lake County to wake up and support the families and businesses that have carried the burden of supporting our communities and county for the past decades. I’m talking about the curtailment of operations at Fremont Sawmill. If you have a stable income and no ties to the community, maybe there are no consequences for you. I feel the rest of us should show our appreciation for what the Collins family and Fremont Sawmill have done for us. We also need to look at the problem — an increasing percentage of low-value small, pine logs. If we don’t change this or there isn’t a new market developed, our future is bleak.

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Stakeholders vow to work together to lower costs for Maine’s pulp and paper industry

MaineBiz
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

…Eric Kingsley, vice president of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, a consulting firm with an office in Portland, set the stage for understanding the economic challenges all Maine paper mills, even the successful ones, now face in a global marketplace. Hired by the state to compare Maine’s pulp and paper industry costs against other leading states, the firm’s benchmarking report makes a factual argument that across the board Maine costs are higher than competing pulp and paper states in the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest. …Kingsley explains why pulpwood prices have remained strong, citing “a
confluence of events” at work in the region. These include “market
diversification” giving landowners, loggers and foresters more markets
for low-grade wood and “product diversification.”

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Paper corporation to step up forest conservation

Jakarta Post
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Pulp and paper giant APRIL Group announced on Tuesday that it would double its peatland restoration activities in Indonesia and invest $100 million for the next ten years in conservation and restoration activities. Tony Wenas, managing director of APRIL Group Indonesia Operations, said that the firm would increase peatland restoration activities to 150,000 hectares within the next decade, adding that the commitment was included in the Riau Ecosystem Restoration (RER) program. The firm is also to increase its restoration of peatland areas by 150,000 hectares, reaching a total 400,000, nearly six times the size of Singapore. The investment follows the company’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy announced earlier this year, in which it pledged to cleanse its supply chain of any link to deforestation.

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Former Gunns chief John Gay asks for insider proceeds case to be scrapped

The Sydney Morning Herald
November 30, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Convicted insider trader John Gay has asked the Tasmanian Supreme Court to scotch a further financial penalty sought against him by the Commonwealth. The former Gunns timber company chairman’s counsel told the court on Monday that Mr Gay probably lost well in excess of $36,586 by making the trade for which he was convicted. “Any additional measure of punishment is in our view misplaced,” his counsel, Neil Clelland, QC, said. “There was no benefit.” Mr Gay was convicted and fined $50,000 in 2012 over the December 2009 sale of around $3 million worth of shares shares, when he held price sensitive information contained in a monthly management report.

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Forestry company considers harvesting valuable timbers from north QLD’s Tinaroo Dam depths

ABC News Australia
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Tasmanian logging company that harvests rare and expensive timbers from the bottom of man-made lakes and dams could expand its operations to north Queensland. Forestry company Hydrowood uses a barge with an excavator to extract trees that were submerged decades ago, during Australia’s dam-building era. ABC’s Landline recently featured the company’s first attempts to harvest sunken timbers from the Pieman River Dam in Tasmania, where it hopes to soon uncover highly valuable 800-year-old Huon pine. Darryn Crook, from Hydrowood, said Tinaroo Dam on the Atherton Tablelands could hold riches of its own. “While we were doing our feasibility study for the operation we had some other dams of interest in Western Australia, New South Wales and Lake Tinaroo in north Queensland,” Mr Crook said.

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Ewing takes forest safety helm

Scoop Independent News
December 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Getting people at all levels of the forest industry to think differently about how to create safe outcomes when working in a dynamic environment is a key objective of the new Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC). “Our overall aim is zero fatalities and zero harm. It’s an ambitious target, but we owe it to those who work in our forests and to improve the reputation of the industry,” says National Safety Director Fiona Ewing. She says the council is successfully pulling together a work programme to address the findings of the Independent Forestry Safety Review. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Successful inaugural conference on innovation and technology

FPInnovations Press Release
November 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Pointe-Claire, Quebec – FPInnovations is pleased to announce the success of the first edition of FPInnovates, a conference on innovation and the impact of new technologies that was held to inform, inspire, and change participants’ perspectives on innovation and collaboration between the forest industry and other sectors. The one-and-a-half-day event, which opened in Montreal on November 25, attracted 200 delegates from across the country who were all inspired by future change, informed by industry leaders, and educated and energized by innovators.

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Japan’s largest-ever wood building now under construction

BC Gov News
November 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry trade mission delegates got a close-up look at how British Columbia’s wood product technology and building expertise is being used in a new elderly care facility in Tokyo, Japan. The Hanahata Asuakaen facility, once finished, will be the largest 2×4 structure ever built in Japan, with a total floor area of 9,032 square metres and a net wooden floor area of 7,580 square metres. The first floor of the five-storey hybrid structure is built of reinforced concrete and the top four floors use 2×4 construction. The building design calls for almost 1,900 cubic metres of wood. In 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism selected the Hanahata Asukaen facility as the winner of its 2014 design competition for innovative wooden buildings. The use of Midply shear wall construction was a determining factor in that decision.

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Fire protection in council crosshairs

Sioux Falls Argus Leader
November 30, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A proposal to require tougher fire protections in new homes could be going up in smoke. Sioux Falls Building Services Department every three years updates the standards home builders and other contractors must adhere to when working in Sioux Falls. …The proposed building code, which would apply only to new homes constructed with pre-engineered wood trusses, seeks to buy home occupants and first responders more time in the event of a fire before main-level flooring collapses.

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Forestry

Christmas trees inspected for Gypsy moths, pine tree beetles: CFIA

CBC News
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

While the transportation of firewood is prohibited between districts in Ontario, Christmas trees from the south will soon be taking up residency in parking lots, homes and eventually backyards and fireplaces all across northwestern Ontario. But, unlike firewood, most Christmas trees are inspected for invasive pests before leaving the woodlot, according to the Canadian Food Inpsection Agency. Marcel Dawson, who manages forestry and plant protection programs with the agency, told CBC News two of the biggest threats are the gypsy moth, and the pine tree beetle. He called the gypsy moth “a cosmopolitan insect” that could be on any Christmas tree species.

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Bill comes due for emerald ash borer infestation

Simcoe Reformer
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


SIMCOE – Norfolk County’s appearance isn’t the only thing to suffer now that the emerald ash borer has made its mark on the landscape. The county is also about to take a hit in the pocketbook now that trees are dying on public property and posing a risk to public safety. A total of 1,300 ash trees on Norfolk land have been identified for removal so far. Plans are to remove them and plant replacements in 2016. County staff has provided a rough estimate of $638,000 to get the job done. The wild card in the county’s calculations concerns the cutting program beyond 2016.

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FWP recommends easements on more than 10000 acres in Flathead

The Missoulian
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEFISH – Public comments are in, and two proposed major conservation easement purchases in the Flathead Valley – including one that would protect the primary source of Whitefish’s water supply – are moving forward. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Monday recommended the FWP Commission immediately approve the purchase of a $16.7 million easement on more than 3,000 forested acres in Haskill Basin north of Whitefish. The agency also recommended the commission approve the purchase of a $9.5 million easement on more than 7,000 acres northwest of Columbia Falls in the Trumble Creek area once the conservation easement and associated management plan are finalized, and other due diligence is completed.

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Video: Poplars used to treat water, soil contamination

Washington State University News
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EVERETT, Wash. – Poplar trees, known for their fast growth and versatility, are being used for recycling treated wastewater and cleaning contaminated soil. A new video by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, a Washington State University Extension partner, explains how poplars are being grown by communities to improve water quality, reduce waste and prevent topsoil erosion.

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Lochsa land swap opponents overwhelm hearing in Grangeville

December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch had no illusions he would walk into the Grangeville Elementary School on Tuesday evening and hear a strong endorsement for a bill to exchange 39,000 acres of private timber land for national forest in north-central Idaho. For years a coalition of residents of Riggins and Grangeville, along with others near Moscow, have fought the Forest Service plan to trade 20,000 acres of national forest for the property owned by Boise-based Western Pacific Timber in the Lochsa River mountains. The national forest land is largely in Idaho County between Grangeville and Riggins; it is popular for snowmobiling, hunting, berry and mushroom picking, hiking and four-wheeling.

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To reduce wildfire risks, start local

The Longview Daily News
November 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Important momentum has been created by the Wildfires and Us Summit, the accompanying exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and also the museum’s forest learning project at Squilchuck. We’re making progress. Participants came away from the summit with a clear understanding that there is no easy fix and that it will take an integrated approach that involves local, along with state and federal, actions over a period of time to reduce the threat and impact of fires on our communities. The summit in particular succeeded in putting North Central Washington at the center of the discussion about how our country might creatively address our wildfire issues, which is no small achievement in today’s polarized political environment.

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Green Living: Forest restoration and political spending

KATU
November 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 11 million acres of dry forest in Oregon and Washington need to be restored. According to a new study from Scientists for the Nature Conservancy and the US Forest Service, about 9.5 million acres need to be thinned or burned right now. The study says that alone won’t be enough to save the forests — about 6 million acres will simply need the time to grow older and larger trees.

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My Turn: Walker’s first year as governor a disappointment

Juneau Empire
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Reflecting on Gov. Bill Walker’s first year in office (today is his one-year anniversary), he has for the most part been a real breath of fresh air after recent administrations. Walker is a true “man of the people” and has the potential to be one of the best governors in Alaska history. …The Walker administration is currently seeking to transfer some 2 million of acres of prime old growth forest habitat from the Tongass National Forest to the state, so that these areas can be subjected to the same unsustainable clearcut logging that has ravaged much of the rest of the coastal temperate rainforest of Alaska.

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Sen. Heinrich: We can’t afford to put wildfires on the back burner

Las Cruces Sun-News
November 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the seasons change in New Mexico, it’s a good time to reflect on what might have been possible during this wet and green year to prevent future devastating wildfires if we had a fire budget that made sense. Wildfire seasons have grown longer and more intense, forcing the U.S. Forest Service to cut back on other essential programs to pay for fighting fires – many times taking away from the very forest health and restoration projects that help prevent catastrophic fires in the first place. This is a unique problem because wildfires in the West are not treated the same way in the federal budget as other natural disasters like tornados in the Midwest, hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, and floods in the Northeast.

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Panel won’t recommend LePage’s timber harvest plan

Bangor Daily News
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative commission won’t recommend Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to fund energy upgrades for low-income Mainers with revenue from increased timber harvesting on public land. It wasn’t among suggestions in a draft of a report to be presented to a legislative committee this month by a panel formed to study the state’s Public Reserved Lands Management Fund, making LePage’s plan unlikely to advance in 2016. The commission cited the opinion of Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, who has said that taking $5 million from the fund — which had a $7 million balance in July and contains money from sales of timber on state property — for that purpose may not hold up if challenged in court.

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ANF timber harvests may rebound, benefit local municipalities

The Bradford Era
November 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It’s no secret that the economic recession of 2008 and the subsequent decline of the housing market chopped demand and timber prices. Local, rural municipalities, comprised largely by Allegheny National Forest, are still feeling the squeeze financially as they rely on timber revenue allocations to balance in the budget in lieu of business and property tax revenues that cannot be generated on federal lands within their borders. However, there may be grounds for optimism looking to the future with ANF timber harvests projected to rebound soon and over the next decade.

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A place where rural towns have jobs: Editorial sketchbook

The Oregonian
November 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

On a trip to my home state of Mississippi earlier this month, my wife pointed out the Esco plant in Newton as we drove by. A few days later, Portland-based Esco announced that it plans to stop production at its Northwest Portland plant. It expects to move some of the work to the Mississippi plant, as well as to overseas facilities. The timing was ironic, but Esco isn’t the first Oregon company to move some of its operations to the part of Mississippi where I grew up. About five decades ago, when it was still based in Portland, Georgia-Pacific opened a plywood plant in my hometown of Taylorsville, about 40 miles from Newton. GP still operates that plywood facility, as well as other operations in the same complex. Another Oregon company, Roseburg Forest Products, has an adjacent particle board plant.

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Albania Bans Logging to Save Forests

Balkan Insight
December 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Albania will impose a 10-year moratorium from January 2016 that will ban logging in all forests and the export of timber. The draft law prepared by the environmental ministry is likely to be approved by parliament in December and will allow only municipality representatives to cut down trees to meet the needs of people who burn wood for winter fuel. After the ban is imposed, all manufacturers using wood to produce goods will be forced to import it. The draft legislation envisages a fine of around 36,000 euros for offenders who flout the ban.

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World’s Worst Emitter Seeks Funds in Paris to Tackle Peat Fires

Bloomberg
November 30, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

President Joko Widodo is using a meeting of leaders in Paris on climate change to seek funds to restore Indonesia’s forests, after fires turned the country into the world’s worst polluter in recent months. But while the Paris talks could produce broad agreements for the leaders present, Widodo may come up short on funds unless he produces more detailed plans on how to reduce mass deforestation of peat forests, and on boosting clean energy, said Fabby Tumiwa, director at the Jakarta-based Institute for Essential Services Reform. Like some other emerging market countries, Indonesia has tied progress on tackling climate change and environmental devastation to help from others.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The Boreal Is Burning

TakePart
November 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

There is a vast forest that covers millions of square miles, an endless tract of pine, spruce, larch, and fir. It helps sustain life on Earth and fight climate change by absorbing huge quantities of the carbon dioxide we spew into the atmosphere. It’s home to rarely seen wildlife and has sustained indigenous people for millennia. And it’s under assault from a dizzying array of forces, which seem to be vying to see which can carve it up, flood it, or burn it down the fastest. This threatened landscape is the boreal forest. While remote, it’s also close to home. As close as Canada.

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Forest industry a key part of Alberta’s green future

Edmonton Journal
December 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Nov. 22, Premier Rachel Notley took a bold step to address climate change, an issue that has the potential to limit Alberta’s economic growth and harm our natural environment. The reality is that now is the time to act to ensure our air remains clean and that Alberta’s brand as an environmentally responsible supplier of resources remains strong. Alberta’s forest sector will play a key role in the climate change strategy, and for good reason — our sector has the expertise to sustainably harvest a renewable resource and turn it into building materials, electricity, pulp, paper and other materials essential to our province’s growth. We also work closely with government to manage Alberta’s best defence against climate change, our forests.

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An embattled EPA declares biofuels volumes for 2016

By Chris Mooney
The Washington Post
November 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The EPA called on Monday for an increase in the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into the nation’s overall fuel supply next year, but stopped far short of mandating the volume of biofuels once envisioned for 2016. The agency has been walking a tightrope between the demands of ethanol producers, who have generally supported the ever increasing statutory requirements, and the petroleum and refining industries, which have said that absorbing more biofuels into the fuel supply is not feasible. Thus on Monday the EPA set out a goal of 18 billion gallons of renewable fuels overall for 2016, an increase from what the agency had suggested in June but far less than the renewable fuel level anticipated by the statute at issue, a 2007 law that envisioned 22.25 billion gallons by 2016.

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Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney Responds to Climate Central Report Card

Lake Powell Life
November 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

According to Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney the state is in fact making great strides in its efforts to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire in Arizona. “Unfortunately, the national forests within Arizona’s borders have suffered decades of mismanagement by the federal government,” said Whitney, “flawed forestry practices and a lack of a timber industry in our state have resulted in forests that are densely overgrown and prone to disease, insect infestation, and catastrophic wildfire.”

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Researchers want wildlife considered in climate change talks

The Missoulian
November 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Wild animals have as much at stake as people do in the climate talks underway this week in Paris, according to research gathered by the National Wildlife Federation. “Hunting and fishing is one of the biggest economic engines this state has,” NWF Northern Rockies regional representative Dave Dittloff said during a news conference Monday that featured scientists studying moose, cutthroat trout and mountain goats. “The climate impacts to our hunting and fishing heritage could be a game-changer.”

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Australian biofuels sector projected to double by 2020

ABC News Australia
November 30, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australian biofuel businesses hope the UN Paris Climate Conference commitments will translate into clear policy and incentives. The sector says it could double its output of electricity and transport fuels from agriculture, forestry, and biological waste streams by 2020 if the Prime Minister was serious about harnessing technological innovation to reduce Australian emissions. Bioenergy Australia CEO Steven Shuck said a suite of advanced biofuels were in development and significant investments in bioenergy were being planned for Australia. “There’s just a whole range of new technologies for heat, power and transportation fuel,” Dr Shuck said.

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Britain’s Prince Charles calls for forest protection

USA Today
December 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

PARIS — Appearing at climate change talks on Tuesday, Britain’s Prince Charles joined delegates and envoys to call for more action to protect the world’s forests from predatory corporations. Charles took part in a meeting with South American indigenous leaders and other dignitaries to highlight shrinking global forests from South America to Russia and Africa. “Accelerated action — to reduce deforestation and degradation, and to restore forests — is needed now more than ever,” the prince, a longtime environmental advocate, said. “It remains the case that many of the world’s largest companies — and their financial backers — pay scant, by which I really mean no, attention to the deforestation footprint of their supply chains. Unsurprisingly perhaps, this is especially true in markets where there is limited consumer pressure to do the right thing,” he said.

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