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Froggy Foibles

Christmas Ideas for Loggers

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December 11, 2015
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Business & Politics

Domtar’s award winning digital transparency site now available in French

December 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation has announced the latest update to The Paper Trail®, the company’s interactive site that helps customers trace the impacts of their paper purchases. As the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and with a corporate office in Montreal, Quebec, Domtar is proud to now offer The Paper Trail in French. The Paper Trail raises the bar for transparency within the industry by empowering customers to understand the impacts of their paper purchases. The site presents gate-to-gate impact estimates for Domtar products across five environmental categories, provides relevant context, and highlights both what the company is doing well and those areas it’s looking to improve upon.

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6th Vancouver Global Conference – Global Market Dynamics Amid Volatile Currencies

Wood Markets Group
December 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WOOD MARKETS Group is pleased to announce details on the topics and speakers for its 2016 Global Log, Lumber, Industry & Market Conference to be held in Vancouver BC on May 5-6 2016. Of note, the upcoming event will be a two-day conference to address the many market / industry issues and dynamics impacting the softwood log and lumber trade: Day 1 focus: Global Softwood Log and Lumber Market Trends and Trade Issues; Day 2 focus: exclusively on Russia & China: In-depth Industry Analysis & Market Assessment.

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Ben Parfitt: Here’s how cutting log exports could create B.C. jobs

The Province
December 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Seven years ago, workers at the Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo defied the odds and hung onto their jobs at a time when so many of their counterparts at other mills in British Columbia were losing theirs. ….Despite obvious successes, significant challenges still remain for the pulp mill, challenges that Arnold Bercov, head of the Public and Private Workers of Canada (formerly the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada) believes must be overcome if the mill is to continue to thrive. What distresses Bercov is the enormous number of raw, unprocessed logs that leave British Columbia’s coast each year, aided by export policies that act as a disincentive to investments in new mills that would put people back to work. In B.C., logs deemed “surplus” to domestic needs can be exported. Bercov says such policies actually encourage certain companies to take the easy way out — to close mills, put people out of work and export logs rather than make forest products here at home.

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Forest sector making gains

from TIMMINS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Timmins Today
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Timmins, ON —After a year of contracting employment, Northeastern Ontario will slowly begin to find its economic footing in 2016, though progress will lag behind much of the rest of the province, according to a new report released today by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario. Released with support from the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Economic Update 2016 highlights how some commodity markets are beginning to find their footing, which is a positive sign for the Northeast. The Northeast Economic Region covers the districts of Cochrane, Timiskaming, Greater Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Manitoulin, and Algoma, and is home to over 560,000 residents.

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Northern Pulp Boat Harbour cleanup ‘realistic’ but price tag not clear

Project manager hired to oversee remediation of Nova Scotia’s ‘environmental scar’
CBC News
December 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The manager of the Boat Harbour cleanup project in Pictou County, N.S., says it will take a couple of years before its known if the $52 million set aside will be enough to remediate nearly 50 years of pulp mill waste. Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has pledged to shut down the government-owned Boat Harbour treatment facility in 2020. It’s a promise made to the Pictou Landing First Nation, which sits next to the harbour. “It’s certainly a long-standing environmental scar. It’s important that situation is rectified,” says project manager Ken Swain, who also oversaw the $400-million Sydney tar ponds cleanup. He’s been hired on a $150,000 annual contract to oversee planning for the Boat Harbour remediation.

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Board plans to visit contested mill

Bonner County Daily Bee
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SANDPOINT — Bonner County commissioners postponed a decision Wednesday on a contested sawmill expansion so they can visit the facility before passing judgment on a conditional use permit. The board opted to conduct the site visit after nearly three hours of testimony, much of which revolved around the mill’s hours of operations and the noise it generates. A date for the site visit is pending. Commissioners are expected to reconvene afterward and deliberate the permit sought by Alpine Cedar to expand its operations. The expansion proposal has run into significant opposition from neighboring landowners who contend the mill is disrupting the bucolic serenity of the Selle Valley.

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Roseburg Forest Products announces ‘new organizational structure’

KPIC
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DILLARD, Ore. — In anticipation of Grady Mulbery’s transition to President of Roseburg Forest Products in 2016, Roseburg Forest Products plans to reorganize some of its business lines to maximize the effectiveness of its people and resources going forward, the company said in a news release Thursday afternoon. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Roseburg Forest Products will make the following changes to the organization: Composites Manufacturing Director Mark Avery will be promoted to vice president of the composite panel business and logistics….Vice President of Sales and Marketing Steve Killgore will assume the role of vice president of the solid wood business and marketing.

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Embattled Enviva Moves To Protect NC Forests

WUNC
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Enviva, the embattled wood-pellet manufacturer, has announced a $5 million conservation program designed to save some of North Carolina’s environmentally sensitive forests. Enviva has been under fire from critics for using whole hardwood trees to make the majority of the wood pellets it produces, instead of wood waste. At its two plants in North Carolina, more than 85 percent of the wood comes from hardwood trees. Enviva says the trees are not suitable “saw logs” and can not be used for furniture or lumber. …“The forests of North Carolina are extremely important to Enviva’s success and we are taking these steps so we can benefit the families and communities we serve and protect the forest,” says Enviva spokesperson Kent Jenkins. “Our goal has been to leave things better than we found them, and this program will take a big step in that direction.”

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Interfor restarts Georgetown sawmill in South Carolina

Lesprom Network
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor Corporation has resumed operations at its sawmill in Georgetown, South Carolina, following record rainfalls and extensive flooding in the area over the past two months, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. During the height of the rainstorms from October 1-5, two feet of rain fell in Georgetown County. The subsequent flooding damaged thousands of homes and businesses and caused the closure of roads and bridges across the state. The rainfall also softened the forest ground making it difficult for logging equipment to operate.

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Boise Cascade expanding in Chester

The Times and Democrat
December 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA – Boise Cascade Co., one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products, is expanding its existing operations in Chester County. The company is investing $23.5 million in the facility, creating 52 new jobs in Chester. In 2013, Boise Cascade acquired Chester Wood Products, effectively establishing the company’s first Palmetto State operations. Operating today as Chester Plywood, Boise Cascade has decided to expand its Chester County operations in an effort to better serve its growing customer base.

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New CEO, CFO for Frank Miller Lumber

Inside Indiana Business
December 10, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

UNION CITY – Union City-based Frank Miller Lumber has named Steven James president and chief executive officer and JoEllen Johnston chief financial officer. The company says these new appointments will help position itself for continued growth. James joined Frank Miller Lumber in 2012, serving as CFO. Johnston has been with the company since 2000 when she served as controller. “JoEllen and I are honored to be leading Frank Miller Lumber at such an important time in its history,” says James. “We look forward to building on the strong foundation that has been established and to position the company for continued growth and success.”

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Forestry

Alkali Resource Management looks to secure First Nations Woodlands Licence

Williams Lake Tribune
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the last six years the community of Esket (Alkali Lake) 45 minutes south of Williams Lake has been building capacity to manage the land. “It’s our number one focus,” said Gord Chipman, the forester who manages Alkali Resource Management (ARM). In 2001 Esket was awarded the second community forest in the province and this coming March will see it renewed for another 25 years. “In the community forest we manage 30,000 hectares,” Chipman said. “Half of it is mule deer winter range which from a harvesting and silviculture perspective has lots of restrictions.” Currently ARM is working on creating another tenure in the form of a First Nations Woodlands Licence which would give the band an additional 60,000 hectares.

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Slocan mill site up for grabs

Nelson Star
December 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The now-vacant mill site in Slocan is for sale. A sign on the property simply reads: “Available. 19.55 acres lakefront property” and provides an email address. Former mill manager Ralph Tomlin replied to a message from the Star, but declined to give any specifics. “We are primarily interested in talking with potential buyers,” he said. For nearly 50 years the property was home to a large sawmill — variously known as Pacific Logging, Triangle Pacific, Slocan Forest Products, Canfor, and Springer Creek Forest Products — until it was demolished last year. “There is no doubt that the site holds huge community value and there is an absolute tremendous potential for something special to happen there,” Mayor Jessica Lunn said. 

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New gov’t rule: 3 million truck, bus drivers must electronically record hours behind wheel

Associated Press Canadian Business
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – An estimated 3 million commercial truck and bus drivers must electronically record their hours behind the wheel under a new government rule aimed at enforcing regulations designed to prevent fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the long-awaited rule on Thursday. Drivers have been required to keep paper logs of their hours dating back to 1938, but accident investigators and safety advocates have long complained that it’s easy to change the logs or keep two different sets of records to evade restrictions on hours. Electronic logging devices automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information.

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Dumping Money on Fire

CATO Institute
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A bill before Congress would practically give the Forest Service a blank check for firefighting. HR 167, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, proposes to allow the Forest Service to tap into federal disaster relief funds whenever its annual firefighting appropriation runs out of money. It’s not quite a blank check as the bill would limit the Forest Service to $2.9 billion in firefighting expenses per year, but that’s not much of a limit (yet), as the most it has ever spent was in 2006 when it spent $1.501 billion. …The best solution would be to stop subsidizing national forest management altogether and let forest managers figure out how much to spend on fire out of the user fees they collect. Short of that, the Forest Service could contract out its firefighting needs to state forest fire agencies, which the BLM and other Interior agencies sometimes do to save money.

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Trees either hunker down or press on in a drying and warming western US climate

University of Washington Today
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the face of adverse conditions, people might feel tempted by two radically different options — hunker down and wait for conditions to improve, or press on and hope for the best. It would seem that trees employ similar options when the climate turns dry and hot. Two University of Washington researchers have uncovered details of the radically divergent strategies that two common tree species employ to cope with drought in southwestern Colorado. As they report in a new paper in the journal Global Change Biology, one tree species shuts down production and conserves water, while the other alters its physiology to continue growing and using water. As the entire western United States becomes warmer and drier through man-made climate change, these findings shed light on how woody plants may confront twin scourges of less water and hot weather.

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Busenbark clear cut debated at Douglas County Commission meet

The News-Review Today
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Busenbark Park was made a martyr to the cause of environmentalists when the county chose to clear cut it, local activist Richard Chasm told the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday morning. The logging at the park has generated controversy among both environmentalists, who say the county has lost an old-growth forest with trees as many as 500 years old, and residents of the Camas Valley and Tenmile area who used the park for weddings and memorials. It’s an issue that is likely to be brought up again, as the county is creating a parks master plan which includes the possibility of logging at some other county parks including Iverson Park, just up the Coos Bay Wagon Road from Busenbark.

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Guest Column: Harvest the lumber before it’s too late

by JERRY RAGON
The News-Review Today
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I want to add some depth to the News-Review’s article about the Tiller Ranger District’s tour of the Stouts Creek Fire which I and several other members of the local timber industry as well as other interested members of the public participated in last week. The tour was the subject of a front page article in The News-Review (in late November). Many in our industry’s work force have been working on the fire and have told us the Forest Service has been building large decks of high quality, large diameter logs to be used later for “Restoration Projects.” …. We have made repeated attempts to view these decks for the last month to see if they are as full of valuable logs as has been claimed by those who logged them. We have been met with road blocks, literally, and with guards at those road blocks.

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‘It’s coming’: Maine readies for new battle with spruce budworm

Bangor Daily News
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

With a couple clicks on his computer, Robert G. Wagner finds the page he’s looking for and cues up a video loop. On a weather map, a huge snowstorm builds, blowing across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec into New Brunswick. Except, it’s not a snowstorm. The weather map shows a scene from July 2013. And that’s an enormous flight of spruce budworm moths. “It’s astonishing,” said Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine and the director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests and the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. “It turns out that Doppler radar, which we use to show rainfall and snow, can actually pick up [spruce] budworm flights.”

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Weather impacting logging industry

ABC 10 News
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHANNING — Living here in the Upper Peninsula, we know all too well how the weather can effect just about anything from travel plans to the economy. The current above average temperatures are having a big impact on U.P. logging companies. The lack of a frost line has made it difficult for workers to get their trucks to spots that they usually can get to. This has led to a slow start for one of the busiest times of the year for loggers.  “Winter is the best time for logging in the U.P.,” said Ryan Carey, President of J. Carey Logging, Inc. in Channing. “All of the low land swamp areas usually freeze over and we can access them. This time last year I think the high temperature was 1-degree, so that was easy, easy logging then. But 45-degrees and rain; that’s no good at all for us.”

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Forest fire in Wairau Valley, Marlborough, reaches 1150 hectares gallery video

Stuff.co.nz
December 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An out of control fire in Marlborough has engulfed about 1000 rugby fields of pine forest, making it the biggest fire in the region in 15 years.  The 1150-hectare fire has been burning in the Wairau Valley, west of Blenheim, since about 11.30am on Thursday. Blooms of smoke over the Waihopai Valley are understood to have caused some people to leave their homes. Marlborough principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara said it was the biggest fire in Marlborough since the Boxing Days fires of 2000. “This is a big fire and it’s moving quickly. But although it’s a dynamic situation we can assure residents in the upper Waihopai Valley that there’s no direct threat to houses or buildings.”

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Corruption, poverty hinder fight to save Africa’s forests

Reuters in Business Insider
December 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ZINGUINCHOR, Senegal – When Idrissa Balde, mayor of a small community in southern Senegal, blew the whistle on illegal logging in a nearby forest reserve, he says the government agent charged with protecting the trees proposed a deal to keep him quiet. What Balde says was on offer typifies the problems many African countries face in enforcing high-minded policies supposed to counter deforestation and its effect on environments already vulnerable to climate change. With a small change of wording, the forestry official said, the official paperwork could be made to show the trees were felled outside the Dabo national reserve in unprotected forest, allowing the mayor’s office to take a cut of the proceeds.

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Global Forest Certification Scheme Comes to Nz

New Zealand Scoop
December 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), one of the world’s leading forest certification schemes has, this week in Switzerland, endorsed the New Zealand Forest Certification Scheme. “We are delighted to be the 37th national scheme endorsed by PEFC and to be able to offer this scheme to New Zealand forest owners and managers, processors and others in the value chain”, says Dr Andrew McEwen, chair of the NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dr. Jack Saddler receives Green Fuels Industry Award

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
December 2, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) honoured the hard work and dedication of industry leaders during a ceremony at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference in Vancouver, BC. …the Green Fuels Awards recognize achievements in the development, commercialization and promotion of low carbon renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in Canada. …The Green Fuels Industry Award was presented to Dr. Jack Saddler, Professor, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Forestry – University of British Columbia. …“It is an honour to receive this award from the CRFA, who has been at the forefront of ‘encouraging’ Canadian society to ‘green-up’ and ‘carbon-down’,” said Dr. Saddler. “I am, and have been, fortunate to work with some very smart, innovative and driven people. 

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LETTERS: Readers respond to Tom Fletcher’s climate change column Victoria News

Story contains for letters from BlackPress readers
BC Local News in Victoria News
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Tom Fletcher pointed out, there are many questions on climate change. I’m not sure that B.C. or Canada is the problem, but the B.C. government is on the right track with the carbon tax, because it is apparent that Canadians need to lead on the environment, and be seen as leading. We need to be able to market our resources and lead in sustainability. The B.C. carbon tax has pluses and minuses. Some of the carbon tax burden is returned to lower income earners – this is a good thing. The tax, however, does little to reduce CO2 emissions. 

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Cellufuel turns lumber into renewable biofuel

Cellufuel, based in the former Bowater Merset paper plant, says the ‘game changer’ fuel is carbon neutral
CBC News
December 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia company says it’s the first in the world to create biofuel completely out of a forestry product. Cellufuel moved into the former Bowater Mersey paper plant in Brooklyn, N.S., after the plant closed in 2012, throwing around 2,000 people out of work. Since then, Cellufuel has been developing biofuel that could be used in vehicles and for heating. Company president Chris Hooper says it has succeeded in creating a biofuel similar to petroleum-based diesel — but is carbon neutral. “For the Canadian forestry industry — absolutely a game changer,” Hooper said.  The plant transforms otherwise low-value wood fibre into renewable diesel fuel for the refinery market.

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Climate change comic with Indian superhero launched in Paris

Economic Times
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

PARIS: To make children understand the challenging issues of climate change in unique and entertaining ways, a comic book featuring an Indian superhero was launched today at the climate change summit here.  The comic “Chakra climate change” features an Indian superhero “Chakra — The Invincible” created by Stan Lee and Sharad Devarajan, and addresses climate change through his adventures and his best friend “Mighty Girl”. …Heroes for Change was released in September … and distributed globally in 16 different languages … and has already recorded over 120,000 downloads, a press statement said.  “As a kid, I loved comic books. Now, I see how they inspire people. The United Nations and superheroes are both focused on saving humanity from war, injustice, baby aliens and blobs,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a pre-recorded video.

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Heat Saps Trees’ Beneficial Benefit

Truthdig
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

PARIS—The vegetable world—especially in the form of forests, one of the great counters to climate change—may not be able to keep pace with global warming. New research suggests that although increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can and do deliver extra fertilisation and more vigorous growth, the effect may have been over-estimated. And a second study offers a new way of exploring the trade-off between temperature and photosynthesis, the process that converts atmospheric carbon into timber and food on the table. …But William Kolby Smith, an ecologist at the University of Minnesota, and colleagues report in Nature Climate Change that the foliage may not be able to keep up the good work. And that may be because, as the planet warms, plants face other challenges.

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Delegates at Climate Talks Focus on Saving the World’s Forests

The New York Times
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

LE BOURGET, France — The climate deal being negotiated here is meant to begin a transformation of the world’s energy systems, but it has another goal that has received far less attention: a sweeping effort to save the world’s forests. Dozens of countries put forests at the center of the plans they submitted ahead of the conference, near Paris. As the talks began, more than 60 heads of state emphasized their commitment to forest conservation. …The last of those rules have been in near-final form for months, and they were formally approved on Thursday at the meeting in Le Bourget. Forests are also likely to be mentioned briefly in the main document being negotiated here. The completion of that broader climate deal could give extra momentum to the forest countries’ plans after 2020.

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Rainforest: Up to Half the Global Warming Solution

Huffington Post
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

As climate negotiators in Paris struggle to agree on how to avoid the catastrophic consequences of global warming, a big part of the solution is hiding in plain sight: trees, specifically the trees of the rainforest. Conserving tropical rainforest isn’t just about protecting spectacular wildlife and unparalleled biodiversity, though that’s reason enough. Saving the rainforest is also the key to fighting global warming because of the trees’ immense capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it within their trunks, branches, and underlying soil. While mankind has yet to devise an economical technology to capture and store carbon, millions of years of evolution have perfected trees to do just that. And the trees of the tropical rainforest, because of ideal, year-round growing conditions, are nature’s gigantic carbon collectors.

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Brazil fiddles in Paris while the Amazon burns

The Conversation UK
December 10, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…If the world is to effectively combat climate change then it’s no surprise Brazil is considered a major player. The country has the third most trees in the world and – unlike Russia and Canada’s taiga – most Brazilian forests grow on fertile ground that could otherwise make good farmland. This means they’re disappearing – fast. …A more fundamental question is whether forests can be bought and sold without considering the communities who live there, as indigenous groups have had very little effective participation in the negotiations. …Despite the billions of dollars devoted to forests, there isn’t much evidence of this commitment within the conference buildings. 

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General

Domtar’s award winning digital transparency site now available in French

December 11, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation has announced the latest update to The Paper Trail®, the company’s interactive site that helps customers trace the impacts of their paper purchases. As the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and with a corporate office in Montreal, Quebec, Domtar is proud to now offer The Paper Trail in French. The Paper Trail raises the bar for transparency within the industry by empowering customers to understand the impacts of their paper purchases. The site presents gate-to-gate impact estimates for Domtar products across five environmental categories, provides relevant context, and highlights both what the company is doing well and those areas it’s looking to improve upon.

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