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Daily Archives: August 11, 2016

Business & Politics

Resolute Continues to Lead in Reducing Carbon Emissions

PR Newsire
August 11, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East

MONTRÉAL, – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced that it, along with Serres Toundra Inc, has entered into a definitive agreement with CO2 Solutions Inc. (TSX-V: CST) to deploy leading enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology at Resolute’s Saint-Félicien pulp mill. The C$7.4 million project involves the capture of up to 30 metric tons of CO2/day (tpd) from Resolute’s softwood kraft pulp mill, the majority of the CO2 being transported to Serres Toundra’s neighboring world-class vegetable greenhouse. By improving the performance of the greenhouse, while at the same time reducing the carbon emissions of the pulp mill, the reuse of the captured CO2 will provide tangible benefits to both Resolute and Serres Toundra.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood touted as next big thing in highrise buildings

by By Albert Van Santvoort
Business in Vancouver
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Have we been overthinking urban development? Could wood skyscrapers make tower construction shorter, quieter and less intrusive? Proponents of the technology think so. “It’s really a shift. People have realized that we’ve got a renewable building material here. Why don’t we use it?” said Bill Downing, president of Structurlam Products, a company that makes parts for mass timber construction. “Rather than bringing in steel from China, for example, maybe we should use the material in our own backyard.” The University of British Columbia is building the word’s tallest timber tower, which is going up significantly faster than expected.

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UBC puts final touches on world’s tallest wooden building

CTV News
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The University of British Columbia has just completed an architectural feat. The final wood panel was installed on Tuesday on the world’s tallest timber building, an 18-storey tower that will eventually become student housing. Timber buildings usually aren’t permitted to reach those heights, but the firms involved in the building’s construction used new laminated panels that helped the structure meet seismic code. “It was courageous of them and really groundbreaking,” said Paul Fast, founder of Fast+Epp Structural Engineering.

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Oregon cross-laminated timbers prove they can take the heat

By Jon Bell
Portland Business Journal
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Cross-laminated timber panels made by an Oregon company can contain fire and maintain their structural integrity for at least two hours, a key safety metric, especially considering the burgeoning use of CLT in modern-day construction. D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, the CLT manufacturing arm of Riddle, Ore., wood products company D.R. Johnson, announced in a release that it has become the first such manufacturer in the nation to achieve “significant fire safety requirements” for its CLT panels. QAI Laboratories in California performed a flame spread test on the panels and found that D.R. Johnson’s panels showed a minimal spread of fire, earning the highest safety rating. The Southwest Research Institute in Texas conducted a separate test to determine the panels’ ability to retain its structural integrity and contain a fire.

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Essex Crossing design competition proves wood is the future of sustainable architecture

By Zoe Rosenberg
Curbed NY
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The designs for the first four of Essex Crossing’s sites were revealed in January 2015, and progress has been moving steadily ahead on the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) that’s blighted the Lower East Side for decades. Although there’s already a solid plan for the area, architectural students nationwide were asked to envision a different kind of future for one of the sites. Design competition Timber In the City solicited plans for wood-forward structures that would be similar in amenities to SHoP’s forthcoming condo building, once set to be home to an outpost of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum (That plan crumbled some time ago.)

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Legal battles spark EPA to set emission standards for composite wood products

By Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Nearly 11 years after the survivors of Hurricane Katrina began blaming their FEMA trailers for their health problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new rule addressing what is believed to have been the main cause of their suffering — formaldehyde. The final rule, announced July 27, limits the emissions of formaldehyde vapors for composite wood products used to make kitchen cabinets, furniture and flooring. Motivated in part by the high levels of fumes found in many of the recreational vehicles shipped to the Gulf Coast after the 2005 hurricane, the new standards are touted as protecting the public from harmful exposure to the chemical.

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Mississippi State University architecture school to begin wood-based design studio

By Christie McNeal
Mississippi State Newsroom
August 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture is leading the charge in the Southeast on innovative wood research and design. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, recently awarded the school a $10,000 Community Partnerships grant for a design studio centered on wood technologies. The Mississippi Forestry Association and other industry partners pitched in a $12,000 match for the grant. MSU architecture assistant professor Jacob A. Gines will use a portion of the funding for a design studio, scheduled for this fall and tailored for fourth-year undergraduate students. The studio will focus on recent innovations in wood products and construction methods.

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Forestry

Help Stop the Destruction of Canadian Trees

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Government of Canada
August 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Ottawa, ON – Trees clean our air, filter ground water, increase property value, enhance our quality of life and contribute to economic prosperity in the forestry sector. Forests provide Canadians with places to camp, hike, bike and relax with friends and family. With all the benefits that our trees provide us, it is critical to keep them healthy for future generations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding everyone travelling to cottages and campgrounds of the potential damages that can result from moving firewood. Moving firewood spreads pests – destructive insects that attack and damage plants and trees. Once a tree is cut into firewood, it can be difficult to identify its species. This means that it can be hard to predict which threatening pests may be in or on the wood. If you move a piece of firewood from one area to another, the pests can be brought along too.

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McKenna announces $66 million in funding for Parks Canada sites in Cape Breton

Cape Breton Post
August 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

INGONISH —The federal government announced $66 million in funding this morning to improve Parks Canada sites on Cape Breton Island. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, made the announcement in Ingonish that will see money spent on trails, day-use areas, campgrounds and visitor facilities in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park interpretation centre. This funding will also be used on the preservation of buildings at the Fortress of Louisbourg and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Sites.

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Forest fire near Kejimkujik creating problems for Christmas tree woodlots

“Everyone is … taking all the precautions they can,” says Christmas tree farmer Mike Keddy
CBC News
August 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The owner of a woodlot in Seven Mile Lake, N.S., near Kejimkujik National Park says this week’s forest fire wiped out his 12-hectare Christmas tree lot. Department of Natural Resources officials say the fire has destroyed about 350 hectares of woodland. Dan Rowter owns land on the west side of Route 8 just north of the park. He figures about 80 hectares of that woodland is his. “It’s a loss,” said Rowter. “Nothing you can do about it. Nobody was hurt.” He harvests Christmas trees from two lots on that land and sells the trees to a retailer based in Lunenburg. He’s been driving from his home in Bridgewater to check on the lots, but it’s been impossible to get close enough to inspect all of the damage.

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Spruce budworm findings fuel concern over possible outbreak

CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists at Natural Resources Canada say that about 80 per cent of the spruce budworm moths they collected after a migration event in the Campbellton-Dalhousie area last month were female.  Millions of the moths descended on the area covering parking lots, gas stations and cars in the northern communities. Rob Johns, an insect ecologist with Natural Resources Canada, said his crews have gone through about 1,000 of the moths so far. When they started looking at the samples, he said they didn’t expect that nearly 800 of them would be female. Those are “moths that could be carrying eggs, that could potentially deposit those eggs in a very broad scale area and could potentially be a problem,” Johns said.

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Forest Service plan to create jobs near Drummond

by Susan Dunlap
Montana Standard
August 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A U.S. Forest Service decision on nearly 5,000 acres in the Flint Foothills, 6 miles southeast of Drummond, is expected to create 208 jobs and $8.9 million in labor income over the life of the project. Of the nearly 5,000 acres in the Pintler Ranger District in Powell and Granite counties, 1,086 will be harvested for timber. “Our main goal is to manage the land for timber production,” Pintler District Ranger Charlene Bucha said Tuesday. According to a record of decision released Aug. 4, a prescribed burn will take place on 1,644 acres. The Forest Service will thin 858 acres to reduce the density of the trees; 1,195 acres will be salvaged for dead and dying lodgepole pine, which will be harvested. Bucha said the work will reduce “fuel loading,” but declined to say that the work would help prevent forest fires.

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Forest Fires

‘Run ragged’: Annapolis Royal firefighters still battling Seven Mile Lake wildfire

By Ashley Thompson
Cape Breton Post
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

SEVEN MILE LAKE, N.S. – Firefighters continue their efforts to extinguish a stubborn wildfire that’s scorched about 350 hectares of woodland. As of 9 a.m. Aug. 10, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesperson Andrew Preeper said the Seven Mile Lake fire had grown from 240 to 350 hectares since the previous day but about 15 per cent of the blaze was contained. “They’re saying that there was good progress,” he said, noting that they’ve seen fire breaks in some key areas for the first time since the wildfire broke out last week. The latest online update from DNR said the weather forecast for Aug. 10 was not favourable.

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Firefighters, the firebreak and the orchid: Fighting the Seven Mile fire

By Jonathan Riley
Western Star
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Our chiefs had asked for volunteers the day before and three of us from Digby and four from Smith’s Cove arrived at the meeting point Aug. 9 for 8 a.m. I volunteered because I love that country up there – the Mersey River and it’s big towering hemlocks and pines. Last winter, I started exploring the new Medway Lakes Wilderness Area across the Mersey from the Seven Mile fire. I caught lots of nice trout up there in the spring. I’ve been in love with Keji and its woods and waters for years. I wanted to help. A dozen pick-up trucks and the tanker from Smith’s Cove filled the parking spot grubbed out of the woods,

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Firefighters make progress in containing Nova Scotia forest fires

By Susan Bradley
CBC News
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire at Seven Mile Lake has spread to 377 hectares but is 35 per cent contained. Firefighters battling blazes in Southwest Nova Scotia as well as Pictou County and the Annapolis Valley may get some relief Thursday afternoon with a 60 per cent chance of showers forecasted. The fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis County has spread to 377 hectares, the Natural Resources Department said Thursday morning. “Crews are making progress and the fire remains 35 per cent contained,” it said in a news release. The Trunk 8 road in Queens County remains closed due to active water bombing, the department said.

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Over 60 fire fighters battle forest fire north of Mallorytown

CKWS
August 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fire fighters from all ten stations in the Leeds and Grenville region have been busy battling a massive forest fire. It’s believed the fire was caused by a lightning strike, a couple of days ago. And the current drought hasn’t helped. Fire Chief, Greg Halladay, Front of Yonge Township Fire Department“lot of hills, fencing, we just saw a tree fall in front of us. So, again some of the dangers of being back in here.” The dangers of battling a forest fire – this one north of Mallorytown has taken over 60 fire fighters to control. Lieutenant Rick Huck, Lansdowne Station 1 “It’s very hot. As you can see it’s a very smokey area right now. Very very dry. A lot of hot spots. We think we got the fire out, go to another sector and the next thing we’re back where we started from, hot spots flare up again.”

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Maine Forest Service battles wildfires statewide

WCSH
August 9, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States


STANDISH, Maine — Firefighters and Rangers with the Maine Forest Service battled fires across the state on Tuesday. The Forest Service tweeted out photos at many different fires including in China, Greenville, Wellington, and Carmel. Ranger Claudette Desautels said Rangers have responded to dozens of fires in the past two weeks. “Right now it’s really dry,” said Ranger Desautels. “We’re in high fire danger right now. It’s crazy, I mean we are busy right now.” She said people need to be conscious of any activity that could cause a spark, including using ATVs, our power tools outside, or camping. “We’ve had quite a few fires, just this last summer alone started by campfires not fully extinguished,” said Desautels.

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The french coast is being ravaged by the country’s worst fires in 2 decades

By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet, Gus Trompiz and Valerie Parent
Reuters in Business Insider
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MARSEILLE, France  – Forest fires raged through parts of France’s Mediterranean coast on Thursday, with the worst in almost two decades burning around Marseille, injuring seven people and forcing authorities to evacuate thousands from their homes. About 2,500 firefighters still battled the blazes that broke out on Wednesday, backed up by firefighting airplanes from France and neighboring Italy, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told journalists….The fires, fanned by strong northern winds known as the mistral, ravaged more than 2,000 hectares of the dry, pine-planted hills north of Marseille and were stopped just at the outskirts of France’s second-biggest city.

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Deadly forest fires ravage Portuguese island of Madeira

France24
August 10, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Three people were killed, two seriously hurt and around a thousand forced to flee overnight as fires ravaged the Portuguese island of Madeira, reaching the capital Funchal, rescuers said Wednesday. The three victims were all local residents who died in their homes, authorities reported, and one person remains missing. A fourth person was also reported to have died due to a wildfire in mainland Portugal. Regional governor Miguel Albuquerque said at a press conference that 80 people were in hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Fuelled by a summer heatwave and strong winds, the fires have destroyed approximately 40 homes and a five-star hotel in the hills above Funchal.

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Deadly Wildfires on Portuguese Island of Madeira Reach Its Largest City

By Raphael Minder
New York Times
August 11, 2016
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Firefighters on the Portuguese island of Madeira continued on Thursday to battle wildfires that have reached Funchal, the island’s largest city, killing three people and destroying over 150 homes, while the national government sought help to deal with nearly 200 blazes on the mainland. Prime Minister António Costa was scheduled to travel to Madeira on Thursday, and Portugal activated a European Union plan to receive emergency assistance. Italy has already sent one firefighting aircraft. Madeira is the largest island in an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that lies about 360 miles off the Moroccan coast, and about 600 miles southwest of Lisbon. The biggest fire on Madeira broke out on Monday and rapidly encroached on the residential outskirts of Funchal, home to about 110,000 people.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass Subsidies Could Intensify Deforestation

Industry pushes for carbon neutral designation and with it, subsidies
The Epoch Times
August 10, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Proposed legislation could, if passed, dramatically increase subsidies to America’s biomass industry. A slew of concerns comes with this potential rise in the burning of trees and similar organic matter for energy. Critics say growth in biomass fuel could greatly intensify deforestation. Every 1 percent increase in biomass electricity production requires an 18 percent increase in U.S. forest harvest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Air pollution is another concern. “Emissions from a biomass plant exceed those from a natural gas plant by more than 800 percent for every major pollutant,” according to a study by ecologist Mary S. Booth, Ph.D. On the other hand, biomass plants could arguably help prevent forest fires.

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