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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper surges on Domtar pulp mill relaunch

Financial Post
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Shares in Fortress Paper Ltd. are surging in Tuesday morning trading amid reports the paper maker will announce imminently that it has a plan to relaunch one of Domtar Corp.’s old pulp mills.  Stock in Vancouver-based Fortress rose 9% from the previous session’s close, to $37.24 in Toronto trading as of 10:30 a.m. The company has purchased Domtar’s Lebel-sur-Quévillon pulp mill in Quebec’s Abitibi region, according to a report on Radio Canada. Quebec Premier Jean Charest will make a formal announcement concerning the mill’s relaunch Tuesday afternoon, the news agency said.

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Catalyst Paper to file for creditor protection

by Catalyst Paper Corporation
Canada News Wire press release
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CTL) announced today that to facilitate an orderly restructuring of its business and operations, the board of directors of the company has approved a filing for an Initial Order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia to commence proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The terms and conditions of the restructuring plan have not yet been determined by the company.

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Catalyst Paper edges closer to court-ordered creditor protection

Workers at Crofton mill reject new contract, key to company’s plan to restructure $810 million in debt  By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Catalyst Paper’s voluntary restructuring plan is at risk after workers at the company’s Crofton pulp and paper mill rejected a new labour contract that was a crucial condition of the plan Catalyst negotiated earlier this month with bondholders.  Catalyst proposed its restructuring plan as an alternative to seeking court-ordered creditor protection. One of the conditions was that the company have a new labour contract by Jan. 31 with all the unions at its three Canadian mills. …The vote pushes Catalyst one step closer to seeking court-ordered creditor protection under the federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and is raising alarm bells by other unions that have accepted the concessionary contract.

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Catalyst Paper to file for protection

Canadian Press
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Struggling specialty paper producer Catalyst Paper Corp. (CTL-T0.01—-%) said Tuesday it has decided to file for protection from creditors as it moves to restructure its debt and operations.  The move came a day after workers at Catalyst, which has been struggling to emerge from its financial woes, rejected a new contract that needed to be ratified as part of the company’s new refinancing plan to stay alive. It had also failed to secure a second condition, support from two-thirds of the holders of some of its debt. “Without the new labour agreement, and without two-thirds support of 2014 noteholders, the economics of the previously announced consensual restructuring transaction was undermined,” president and chief executive officer Kevin Clarke said in a statement.

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Angry Babine Forest Products employees erupt during a public meeting

Caledonia Courier
January 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of locals poured into the Island Gospel Church on Monday night to ask questions of local officials, government representatives and Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika. Hampton Affiliates own a 90 per cent share of Babine Forest Products. After days of uncertainty following the Jan. 20 explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products sawmill, many said they had gone through enough. “We want answers and we want them now,” said Melvin Joseph to Steve Zika, Hampton Affiliates CEO.

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Former beetle boss to lead recovery at Burns Lake

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
January 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bob Clark, the top forester in charge of managing British Columbia’s mountain pine beetle infestation, has been recruited by the province to lead response efforts at Burns Lake after a sawmill explosion that killed two workers. Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell made the announcement Friday in Burns Lake where he and local MLA John Rustad are meeting with community leaders. Bell said Clark, who has left the forest service and is now a consultant, has the experience in working with inter-governmental issues to address the most pressing needs in Burns Lake: short-term employment for the workers who lost their jobs …

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Pulp mill claims it is being discriminated against by BC Hydro

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
January 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Pulp maker Mercer International has launched a claim against Canada
under the North American Free Trade Agreement, alleging that it is being
treated unfairly by BC Hydro over purchases and sales of green
electricity at its Castlegar pulp mill.  Mercer president Jimmy Lee
said in a news release that the company is being subjected to
restrictions that competing pulp mills do not face when it comes to
purchasing electricity from the grid and selling electricity from its
own biomass-powered generator at the Castlegar mill.  “We are
bringing the claim as, under provincial policy, the mill’s ability to
effectively utilize its own generation assets and to sell and purchase
energy is severely and unfairly restricted,” Lee said in the release.
“All other competing pulp mills in British Columbia receive more
favourable treatment with respect to their ability to purchase and sell
energy. This puts the mill at an unfair competitive disadvantage.”

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Timber trade fortunes hang on receding forest cover

Daily Monitor
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The informality of Uganda’s timber business has kept it away from the
proper scrutiny and standardization that is often associated with formal
businesses. But this has not stopped the business from becoming more
lucrative.   Recent statistics show that the forest sector is an important employer
in country, especially in the rural areas. The total employment
generated by the sector annually is currently estimated to be over
850,000 in full-time jobs. …If nothing is done to protect the forest cover, Uganda will have to
import more timber and related products at a much higher price than what
is available locally.

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Gunns wins reprieve

ABC News, Australia
January 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The deadline has been extended for Tasmanian timber company Gunns to repay its $340 million debt to banks.  A syndicate of banks led by the ANZ has given Gunns until the end of the year to repay its $340 million debt which was due today.  Gunns says the balance of its debt will be progressively reduced throughout the year as its asset sale is completed.  The company says the extension provides certainty as it finalises its $2.3 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill project.

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Activists launch cyber war on timber firm’s ‘veneer of eco-friendliness’

The Australian
February 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A NEW campaign will try to persuade some of Japan’s biggest home-building companies to boycott timber sourced from Tasmania’s native forests, outraging the state government.  The campaign launched yesterday by groups including Markets for Change and headed by a former state Greens leader will run in Japan and Australia and try to put pressure on customers of the Malaysian-based Tasmanian flooring veneer-maker Ta Ann.  The group is using a website — taann.com.au — that is very close to the name of the company’s site, and says it is confident of replicating the success of a similar campaign in Japan that contributed to Gunns Ltd’s decision to quit native forest woodchipping.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards

8th annual call for nominations deadline
Canadian Interiors
January 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The annual Wood Design Awards of BC aim to honour excellence in wood-based projects and to recognize the people and organizations that are pioneering and achieving this objective. The Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards bring together people from all sectors to recognize leadership and innovation in wood use. The awards also serve as an opportunity to publicly recognize and encourage continued excellence in the building and design community and in the forest industry.

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Commercial Interiors Worth Hundreds of Millions

Woodworking Network
January 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Expect custom store interiors projects to continue to unfold from two retailing giants: J.C. Penney and McDonald’s. McDonald’s. abut half way through a multi-billion dollar restaurant interior and exterior makeover, has already seen the financial benefits of upgrading its franchisees’ restaurants. McDonald’s splits the cost, averaging $500,000 per location, for a complete exterior and interior makeover. The interior design is to make McDonald’s look more like a Starbucks – with an emphasis on wood grain looks and even real wood paneling.

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OSU research may boost bamboo business

Daily Journal of Commerce
January 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

As architects and builders search for innovative materials to meet growing demands for owners’ sustainable projects, universities may provide a key connection. After visiting Bamboo Revolution’s showroom in Southeast Portland, two Oregon State University students were inspired to look more deeply into what they consider an up-and-coming sustainable material. Mike Pullen, owner of Bamboo Revolution, is donating materials to the research; he says the results could be a boon to his fast-growing business.

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FirePRO wins WPA “approved product” status

Timber Trades Journal
January 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Osmose’s FirePRO system has been classified as an “approved product” in the Wood Protection Association’s quality scheme for flame retardants.  FirePRO joins Arch Timber Protection’s Dricon flame retardant system as having approved product status.  Osmose FirePRO was awarded WPA approved product status as a humidity resistant (Type: HR) product with the ability to deliver Euroclass C or Euroclass B on plywood and solid timber covered in the scope of the WPA approval certificate.

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Forestry

Province Seeks Private Partners For MPB Reforestation

Opinion 250 News
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – With hundreds of thousands of hectares
of BC timberlands damaged by the mountain pine beetle and wildfires, the
province is hoping its come up with an innovative
silviculture solution.  According to the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource
Operations, BC has between 600- and 800-thousand hectares of damaged
forested land that cannot be commercially harvested.  In a bid to
encourage reforestation, Minister Steve Thomson has announced a request
for proposals from private parties interested in generating carbon
credits through silviculture efforts.  The credits could be sold on the
open market as the carbon storage value of the replanted areas increased
over time.

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Dog-and-pony show

Letter to the Editor by Len Dafoe
Calgary Herald
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Concerns expressed over clear-cutting proposal,” Jan. 27.
I attended the Spray Lakes/ Government of Alberta information session at the Bragg Creek community centre and came away with two observations.  The place was packed with hundreds of local residents and they are right-fully upset by Spray Lakes’ moronic plan to turn the West Bragg Creek recreational area into a deforested wasteland. According to the company representatives, Spray Lakes’ plan to clear cut the area is not motivated by profit, as I assumed, or even an attempt to eradicate the dreaded pine beetle, as we have been told previously.

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Province seeks partners for replanting pine-beetle-damaged forest areas

Under the program, organizations could generate carbon credits for reforestation effortsby Brian Morton
Vancouver Sun
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Private investors are being asked to replant land damaged by such things as pine beetles and wildfires in return for selling carbon credits.  Under a silviculture program announced Friday by Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, partners including banks, carbon finance companies, silviculture firms and First Nations would not only create forestry jobs and fight global warming, but reduce their carbon footprints in the process. …he ministry estimates that a 1,000-hectare forest carbon-restoration project would cost $1 million to $1.5 million and store an additional 160,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from enhanced tree growth over its 70-year lifespan, creating 12 silviculture jobs in the near term and up to 100 forestry jobs in the long term. 

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Tria Donaldson: Occupy Cortes Island’s old-growth forests?

The Georgia Straight
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ancient cedars and giant coastal Douglas-fir trees of Cortes Island are under threat by the same multinational corporation that kicked Occupy Wall Street protesters out of New York’s Zuccotti Park.  In what is shaping up to be a David versus Goliath battle of epic proportions, concerned islanders are facing off against Island Timberlands and its parent company, Brookfield Asset Management. …You can also find stellar examples of the most threatened ecosystem in Canada: coastal Douglas-fir (CDF). I have been hiking in and researching coastal Douglas-fir forests in B.C. for a long time, and the forests on Cortes are the biggest trees and an unparalleled example of a healthy CDF ecosystem.

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Libs Threaten Hard Won Logging Agreements Simpson

Cariboo North MLA alarmed government may lift ‘constraints’ in Land Use Plan
The Tyee
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the government looks for ways to provide more timber to mills in communities affected by the mountain pine beetle kill, it will set precedents for logging companies in other parts of British Columbia, said the MLA for Cariboo North, independent Bob Simpson.  “To me what they’re asking for is a fight,” said Simpson. “I have no problem being upfront and getting shot between the eyes on it, because it’s bullshit.”  The government is considering lifting the “constraints” set out in the Land Use Plan for the Cariboo-Chilcotin, said Simpson.  That plan, in place since 1994 and built on the Commission on Resources and Environment process that dates back to 1992, “incorporates the interests — and meets the needs — of the community and its people,” according to the government’s website.

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Climate change drying out forests in western Canada

Canadian Press
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Research shows northern forests in the three prairie provinces are drying up and shrinking from drought caused by climate change, while the eastern boreal forest is holding its own.  A paper published Monday suggests the forests of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are already emitting more greenhouse gases than they absorb.  The finding could overturn assumptions that global warming would improve growing conditions for trees in the North.  “We found the boreal east and the boreal west is a totally different story,” said University of Montreal biologist Changhui Peng, lead author of the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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Natural Resource Road Act update

Clearwater Times
January 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Faced with very pressing timelines, Natural Resource Road Act (NRRA) Phase 2 working groups are thinking and working hard on key issues raised during the Phase 1 public and industry consultation process.  The 14 Working Groups include wide representation from industries, agencies and organizations that have a stake in the future direction of B.C. resource roads. Groups are discussing issues such as the elements of an effective safety framework, how to balance rights to use resource roads with the authority to restrict, the attributes of a fair and efficient cost-sharing mechanism, adopting standards, and how to integrate industry, commercial interests and public access management needs.

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Plan Nord draws opposition

Critics, conservationists want to hold province-wide debate over $80B project
Montreal Gazette
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The debate over Quebec’s Plan Nord came Monday to Montreal, where a provincial cabinet minister defended the plan from accusations it is little more than a marketing strategy aimed at selling off the province’s natural resources at a discount to foreign companies.  The Plan Nord is Quebec’s vision for the future development of more than 70 per cent of the province. Under the plan, announced last May, more than $80 billion in public and private money is to be invested in the region over the next 25 years in energy development, forestry, mining, transportation and tourism.

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Oregon timber industry group files lawsuit over marbled murrelet habitat …

The Oregonian
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The marbled murrelet may be hard to detect in west coast forests, but lawsuits over its fate have found nesting grounds in the courts.  A Portland timber industry group filed a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongfully designated millions of unsuitable acres as critical marbled murrelet habitat. Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, said the agency designated land that not only isn’t being used by the bird now, but doesn’t have the old forest characteristics murrelets prefer.  The agency cannot “tie up currently unsuitable land hoping it turns into habitat that will support an endangered species,” Partin said in a prepared statement.

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Forestry Commission endorses proposal to restore 20 jobs

by John Lyon
Arkansas News Bureau
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK — The state Forestry Commission voted today to endorse a legislative panel’s recommendation to restore 20 positions at the agency. …“I think they’re on the right trail,” said Commissioner Aubra Anthony of El Dorado.  The agency’s director, John Shannon, had proposed the restoration of 21 jobs, but the legislative subcommittee declined to recommend hiring a financial expert to handle the commission’s federal grants.  The subcommittee also did not recommend a proposal by Shannon to raise the state’s forest fire protection tax from 15 cents per acre to 20 cents per acre to fund the jobs. The subcommittee did not recommend any funding source.  Chairman Allen Bedell of Hot Springs said after the meeting he favors raising the tax, which is paid annually by private owners of forest land and has not been raised since the early 1990s.

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Daniel Boone Nat. Forest to see new management guidelines

Times Tribune
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

In early March new guidelines that will govern the management of national forests and grasslands will take effect.  The new rules will cover logging, recreation and renewable energy development among other things. …Michael Goergen, of the Society of American Foresters said the new rules should be given a chance to work. He added that the scientific advances in the past three decades should put that knowledge to work. “Outdated rules aren’t going to help us,” he added.  The new rules, according to environmentalists and scientists, were hopeful for the guidelines.  They include additional scientific safeguards. But, the rules give local supervisors discretion in implementing.

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Shawnee National Forest Plan Would Trade Away Endangered Bat Habitat for Strip Mining

Center for Biological Diversity press release
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HARRISBURG, Ill.— Conservation groups submitted comments today opposing a proposal by the Forest Service to trade away a parcel of the Shawnee National Forest that is home to two kinds of endangered bats to a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Company. The company intends to strip-mine the parcel for coal. The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club oppose the land swap, which would put nearly 400 acres of wooded river bottom and upland forest along southern Illinois’ Saline River into the ownership of American Land Holdings, in trade for three other privately owned tracts within the national forest boundary.   The groups also filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Forest Service today for failing to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure that the land exchange and other actions affected by the Shawnee Forest Plan do not illegally hurt endangered species.

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Ark. Forestry Commission Agrees With Legislators On Proposal To Restore 20 Jobs

FM 89.1 KUAR Public Radio
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is supporting a legislative sub-committee’s plan to restore twenty fire-fighting jobs, even though the lawmakers’ plan provides no source of funding. When the state forestry commission had to lay off 34 workers earlier this month due to the loss of key federal funding, that left many of the state’s forested areas understaffed to protect against forest fires. 

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Ark. forestry agency backs plan to restore jobs

Associated Press
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Forestry Commission on Monday backed a legislative panel’s proposal to restore 20 firefighting jobs to the agency even though the recommendation doesn’t call for a way to fund them.  The commission voted to support a recommendation made by a budget subcommittee formed to look at the agency’s finances. The agency’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is expected to go before the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.  The legislative panel last week declined to include a proposal by State Forester John Shannon to increase the fire protection tax to pay for the new positions. Shannon proposed raising the tax, paid for by private timberland owners, from 15 cents an acre to 20 cents.

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Tas sawmill forced into shutdown

ABC News, Australia
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of Tasmania’s largest family owned sawmills has been forced to suspend it’s operations and stand down staff because it has no where to send its woodchips. The sawmill used to sent it waste to a mill at Triabunna but that mill has been closed since last year and the other mill where the woodchips were being sent is going into a temporary shutdown.

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Forestry Commission Scotland launches pilot starter scheme

Farmers Weekly
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Commission Scotland has taken the first step towards building bridges with the agricultural industry with the launch of a pilot “starter farm” tenancy scheme for young farmers who are keen to get on the first rung of the farming ladder.

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Forestry Director Seeks to Gazette Kigoma’s Masito-Ugalla Forest

All Africa
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ONE of the country’s largest natural forest reserve, Masito-Ugalla in Kigoma rural district which is threatened by charcoal and timber traders exporting to neighbouring countries, is not legally protected and now Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is seeking to gazette it. The 70,000 hectares natural reserve which spans across Kigoma and Rukwa regions is one of the several others which are not protected by law hence allowing loggers and corrupt forestry officials to cut down natural trees, causing degradation. 

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Logging stoush heading to trial

ABC News, Australia
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A dispute over logging near the Errinundra National Park in far East Gippsland, in south-east Victoria, is heading for a Supreme Court trial.  Conservation group Environment East Gippsland argues VicForests has been illegally logging in an area of national rainforest significance.  VicForests has agreed not to log in the forest block until the Supreme Court trial later this year.  Liz Ingham of Environment East Gippsland says her group successfully pursued another logging case through the Supreme Court in 2010.  “We saw from the Brown Mountain case that if Environment East Gippsland hadn’t taken VicForests to court they would have illegally logged an area,” she said.

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Forestry’s Safe-Start Initiatives Save Lives

Scoop Independent News
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ‘Safe-Start’ initiatives, now common in the forest industry, are proving effective at reducing injuries in the forest in the January/February period of each year. Prior to “Safe-Start” initiatives, …forestry accidents had shown a spike upwards in the January/February period. “Each and every logging contractor or crew foreman reminds their crews daily that safety is paramount and they must go home safely every night,” says Jacob Kajavala, President of the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) “so the great part about the annual Safe-Start functions is how they show the alignment of the forest owners with the contractors’ own messages on safety”.

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Using Google to save Earth

Malaysia Star
January 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PETALING JAYA: Google Earth, the virtual globe, map and geographical information program, is proving to be a favoured tool by environmental groups and the authorities to check on illegal forest clearing and land occupation. Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said had said last week that the state government was using it to detect illegal occupation of government-owned land in the state, adding that stern action would be taken from this year against the culprits, which included civil servants.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bad feedback loop: climate change diminishing Canadian forest’s carbon sink

Mongabay.com
January 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Climate
change, in the form of rising temperatures and less precipitation, is
shrinking the carbon sink of western Canada’s forest, according to a new
study released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(PNAS). Tree mortality and a general loss of biomass has cut the carbon
storage capacity of Canada’s boreal forests by around 7.28 million tons
of carbon annually, equal to nearly 4 percent of Canada’s total yearly
carbon emissions.  
“Recent climate changes in this region may have had substantial impact
on the carbon balance of Canadian boreal forests as a result of
increased fire frequency, an unprecedented expansion of insect
outbreaks, and widespread drought-induced tree mortality,” the authors
write, but focused their study on drought.

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Climate change drying out forests in western Canada

Canadian Press
January 30, 2012
Category: Forestry, Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Research shows northern forests in the three prairie provinces are drying up and shrinking from drought caused by climate change, while the eastern boreal forest is holding its own.  A paper published Monday suggests the forests of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are already emitting more greenhouse gases than they absorb.  The finding could overturn assumptions that global warming would improve growing conditions for trees in the North.  “We found the boreal east and the boreal west is a totally different story,” said University of Montreal biologist Changhui Peng, lead author of the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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Finding a Way to Put a Zebra in Your Tank

New York Times
January 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

NEW ORLEANS — Prowling the animal cages at the Audubon Zoo with tweezers and sandwich bags was an unusual and somewhat disconcerting experience for David A. Mullin and his graduate students. “I’d never stood next to a giraffe before,” recalled Dr. Mullin, a professor of molecular biology at Tulane University. “They’re huge.” Dr. Mullin was collecting manure from giraffes and other exotic ruminants at the zoo, a few blocks from his laboratory. He was looking for microbes capable of breaking down cellulose and converting it to biofuel. “Nature is very good at this,” he said.

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TRI validates wood-waste to biofuels process; commercialization …

Biofuels Digest
January 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

n Washington, a process to convert wood waste and forest residue into renewable fuel has been validated by Energy Department partners at ThermChem Recovery International (TRI).
This data will benefit two pulp and paper mills in Wisconsin who will
be integrating the gasification and gas-to-liquids technology to produce
diesel fuel and paraffin waxes. The next step for TRI is full-scale
commercialization.

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Climate Change Commission says Wales on right path, but more action needed

BBC News
January 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Wales is “on the right path” towards tackling climate change, but the Welsh government needs to do more to target additional emissions, a report says. The Climate Change Commission for Wales has set out 37 recommendations in its first annual report. The body, which advises the Welsh government on climate change, wants to see houses being made more energy efficient and businesses to go green. But one business says there is no clear agenda. The Welsh government deny this.

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Leaders Help Address Climate Challenges

All Africa
January 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

ABSENCE of renewable energy in place of fuel wood has accelerated deforestation which in turn has contributed to climatic changes currently being felt all over the world. The Permanent Secretary, Environment, Vice President’s Office, Sazi Salula made the observation in Bagamoyo on Saturday at the Climate Change Workshop, the event also graced by Members of the National Assembly. “Deforestation is a big challenge in fighting climate change, people are not able to use renewable energy because they are poor, the only source of energy they can afford is wood which destroys environment”, said Salula.

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Sri Lanka lifts ban on tea estates harvesting timber

Lanka Business Online
January 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A Sri Lanka state decision to allow commercial timber to be harvested will increase the supply of fuel wood for use in tea driers helping cut production costs, an industry body representing private managers said. “We are confident this decision by the government will benefit not only the estate sector but the country as a whole, Lalith Obeyesekere, chairman of the Planters Association, which represents private managers said in a statement.
Plantations industries minister Mahinda Samarasinghe had intervened to lift the ban he said.

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