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Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Westbank Museum unveils miniature mill

Kelowna Capital News
June 20, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The world’s smallest known operating sawmill is now on display at the Westbank Museum. Members of the BC Saw Filers Association were on hand for the unveiling of the artifact at its new home Wednesday. The entire mill was designed and built in the early 1960s by head saw filer Phil Quelch. It represents over 10,000 hours of work in a span of 11 years.

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Jogging in forest twice as good as gym workout for mental health

Zee News
June 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

A jog through a forest can cut the risk of suffering from mental health problems and is twice as good as compared to a trip to the gym, a study has found. Researchers found that anything from a stroll in the park to a run through woodland can have a positive effect on people suffering from depression and anxiety. The study also showed that the positive effect on people’s mental health was 50 percent more than they might expect from going to the gym.

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper: Playing the waiting game

Globe and Mail
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. isn’t a big company but it has a big following. Investors have been net sellers lately, but after the stock shed half of its value in recent months, many wonder whether it’s time to buy. From my perspective, the company is a “watch” – as in watch it but don’t buy it until you see concrete evidence of a turnaround. What makes Fortress intriguing is its founder’s knack for a good story. Chad Wasilenkoff started out by buying a paper mill that quite literally makes money: the Swiss franc, the euro and others.

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Fortress Paper to raise $40M in convertible unsecured subordinated debentures

Canadian Press
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Speciality pulp and paper company Fortress Paper Ltd. has signed a deal to raise $40 million in an offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures. The company said it plans to use the money to help pay for capital expenditures at its co-generation project at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill and its Lebel-sur-Quevillon Mill. The underwriters have also been granted an over-allotment option for up to an additional $6 million in debentures for 30 days following closing to cover over-allotments.

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NDP MLA should get the facts on raw logs

Letter from Joe Sawchuk
Nanaimo Daily News
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo-Cowichan MLA keeps blowing a gasket at the legislature in Victoria about his belief that raw log exports should cease and the logs should be milled here to create jobs for B.C. taxpayers. It would be appreciated if Doug Routley would do some research about previous NDP governments, listen to the facts, and stop his regular shooting from the hip propaganda comments.

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Mill, town will have to fight for trees

Prince George Citizen
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake residents have the most to lose in B.C.’s timber supply calculations, since the forestry-dependent community might end up with no major sawmill when the counting of trees is finished. A rally was held Tuesday and a petition collected signatures o give to the committee of MLAs working its way across the interior this summer, reviewing timber supply. … The title at the top of the petition displayed the community’s sentiment: “Lakes District Timber For Lakes District Mills.”

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Paper chief appeals to workers

Canadian Press
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fate of a financially troubled paper mill on Newfoundland’s west coast is now in the hands of its employees, the chief executive officer of Kruger Inc. warned Tuesday. In a letter to the workforce at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, Joseph Kruger appealed to unionized workers to ratify a new contract, which includes a wage cut and pension changes. “A vote against our proposal would be a vote against maintaining the mill,” Kruger wrote in the twopage letter, which was forwarded to media by the Montreal-based company.

Also
Kruger Issues Open Letter to Workers in the VOCM.com
‘In the worker’s hands’ The Western Star

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Return to the blast site

Five months after an explosion at Burns Lake’s Babine Forest Products, the destruction continues
Prince George Citizen
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Babine Forest Products mills site is alive with the sounds of machinery – eerie for a mill that is clearly, utterly dead. Through the gaping holes of what once were steel walls that were torn like paper in the explosion and fire five months ago today, it’s easy to piece together where the workers once stood at their stations, cutting trees into lumber. …The destruction continues but in slow motion. Four recycling trucks a day roll off the Babine site, each loaded with 58,000 pounds of steel and other metal.

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Catalyst gets second chance to restructure

By Gordon Hamilton – Supreme Court justice says needs of communities, pensioners and employees should be considered
Vancouver Sun
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper has been given a second chance to avoid selling its three B.C. mills to the highest bidder after a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled that the needs of communities, pensioners and employees should be weighed along with legal issues in a bitter restructuring battle among creditors over the fate of the coastal paper giant. …It’s a story of ordinary people in the communities of Powell River, Port Alberni and North Cowichan standing up to anonymous New York bondholders, fighting not only in the courts but at municipal council meetings, where they took their message that a restructured company is in everyone’s best interests.

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Nova Scotia Power mum on Brooklyn Power purchase plans

Chronicle Herald
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Power isn’t saying whether it’s interested in buying the Brooklyn Power co-generation plant from the Bowater Mersey paper mill. A utility spokeswoman said Tuesday the company has a deal that allowed it to buy power from the 24-megawatt biomass-fired facility. “We have a contract with Bowater Mersey and we’re not really able to go into the individual components of the contract except to say that the terms will be followed going forward,” Neera Ritcey said in an interview. “It’s early days. It’s too soon to talk about any other specifics.”

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Open Letter by Dave Coles, President of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

Canada News Wire press release
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – The closure of Resolute Forest Products in Liverpool Nova Scotia is a devastating body blow to hundreds of workers and their families, to the town of Liverpool and to the forest industry in this province. As investors turn their back on Nova Scotia, the rest of us are left to pick up the pieces. Is it possible that out of these ashes there may still be a future for forestry in Nova Scotia? I say yes, but only if the Nova Scotia government acts quickly and decisively to acquire the timberlands of Resolute and integrate them into Nova Scotia’s public forests.

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NS offices to help staff at Bowater

Chronicle Herald
June 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LIVERPOOL — The provincial government said Tuesday it has opened two offices to help workers affected by the shutdown of the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Queens County. “We want to help workers explore options and provide information that will help them make important decisions about the next phase of their careers,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More said in a news release.

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Workers at last pulp mill in NL consider tough vote

Chronicle Herald
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As workers at Newfoundland’s last paper mill prepare to vote on a take-it-or-leave-it contract offer, economists say more taxpayer cash for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper would be good money after bad. “I think this is money that goes down the drain,” Gabriela Sabau, an economist and chair of environmental studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus, said from Corner Brook. “This is a dying mill. It’s not going to be revived in any way,” without a massive retooling investment that doesn’t appear to be in the works, she added.

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Millwrights reject final Kruger offer

CBC News
June 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

One of the unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper has defied a plea from Kruger Inc. and turned down a final offer that the company says must be passed to ensure the troubled mill’s survival The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents a minority of unionized employees at the newsprint mill, said in a statement on Wednesday evening that it could not accept the offer. “This was a very difficult decision for everyone,” local president Ross Edison said. “The level of concessions and changes to the pension and contract language proved to be unacceptable.”

Also
Skilled workers reject Kruger’s offer from The Telegram
IAMAW union at CBPP rejects offer from Krugerr The Western Star

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Labels for building products gain traction

Journal of Commerce
June 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Everyone has seen the nutrition labels on packaged food sold in Canada. …The building industry is on its way to something similar, said Francesca Desmarais, director of the 2030 Challenge for Products. …Desmarais said that means that key players in the challenge are specifiers, product manufacturers, and supporters such as the Athena Institute. Although Athena president Jennifer O’Connor, in her remarks, called the organization “a small Canadian non-profit,” it has been influential behind the scenes in its advocacy for the concept of “life-cycle assessment,” or LCA, of the built environment.

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B.C. forest products industry recognizes wood demonstration project openings and events in British Columbia

Canada News Wire press release
June 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The B.C. forest products industry is pleased to recognize the openings and events of three wood demonstration projects in the province this week – North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre, Elkford Community Conference Centre and City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation. The important innovations demonstrated in each of these milestone projects are intended to accelerate the adoption of the wood design and engineering systems not only in B.C., but also nationally and internationally.

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Bill to Amend Lacey Act Withdrawn in Senate

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A bill that would have removed criminal penalties and all references to foreign law from the Lacey Act has been withdrawn from consideration in the Senate, according to the Hardwood Federation. …Last week, the Hardwood Federation urged supporters help oppose the bill by calling on lawmakers.

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Thermally Modified Urban Wood Used in New Bench Line

Woodworking Network
June 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

HAYWARD, CA – Tournesol Siteworks is giving urban wood a second lease on life in its new line of Boulevard outdoor benches. Wood for Tournesol Sitework’s benches is being sourced from domestically felled urban trees, which would typically be mulched and dumped in a landfill. Instead, the urban wood is being modified through thermal heat treatment in a special kiln, creating what Tournesol Siteworks describes as “a 25-year wood just as durable and attractive as the exotic species” it is being used in place of for outdoor benches.

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Weyerhaeuser Now Distributing Reclaimed Wood from Barnwood Industries

Beautiful materials from historic structures add beauty and charm to homes and buildings
PR Web (press release)
June 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the nation’s largest building material distributors, is now the exclusive distributor of Barnwood Industries reclaimed wood in northern California, and anticipates expanding distribution soon to other markets. Materials include reclaimed beams, timbers, wood flooring, doors, cabinets and millwork from aged barns and other wood structures. The products bring a sense of historic charm and enduring quality to homes and commercial and government buildings, and can help meet green building goals by reusing building materials. http://www.woodbywy.com, http://www.barnwoodindustries.com

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Redwood Siding Rising

Building-Producs.com
June 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

There was a time when redwood was among the more preferred and popular siding materials for fine homebuilding. … The increased acceptance of vinyl and the introduction of composite materials such as fiber cement have chipped away at the market share for all natural wood species. Vinyl now commands 40% of the $6 billion siding market, while wood products hover around 10%….Now, after more than a decade of declining demand, Redwood Empire is poised to help redwood reclaim lost market share.

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Handcrafted OakBridge Timber Frame Addition Revitalizes 150-Year-Old Cabin

Inhabitat
June 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States


Timber framing is one of the oldest still-used building techniques for the simple reason that it is an efficient and elegant use of materials. Unlike most timber framers in the states, OakBridge does most of their cutting and assembly by hand. The result is very tight joinery which is very strong and durable without the need for steel fasteners. The Jenkins Home started as a 150 year old log cabin which was refurbished – a new two-story addition and breezeway updates the home but does not detract from its original feel.

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Metsä Group plans to invest Euro 15 million in Joutseno pulp mill in Finland

Lesprom Network
June 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Metsä Group will invest Euro 15 million in developing the production process at the Joutseno pulp mill. With Metsä Group’s product and process development work, the world’s largest single-line softwood pulp mill, located in Joutseno, Finland, will adopt a new pulp manufacturing process – polysulphide cooking. Polysulphide technology has never been applied on such a large scale before, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Forestry

Leave Old Growth Alone Says Union

Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers union says proposal to log protected areas goes too far.
The Tyee
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A major forest sector union is coming out against proposals from the British Columbia government that could see protected areas opened to logging.  It’s just short term gain for probably long term pain,” said Arnold Bercov, the forest resource officer for the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada, which represents some 2,000 workers in the sector in the province. “As I tell the guys, [if we] cut them all down tomorrow we’re screwed and we don’t cut any down.”

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Greenpeace ad turned down by billboard company

Edmonton Journal
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

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New regulation to protect sensitive alpine areas

BC government press release
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Sensitive alpine areas in the Okanagan Region will benefit from more protection starting July 1, when a new regulation under the Wildlife Act comes into effect prohibiting the use of motor vehicles above 1,700 metres, except on existing roads and trails.

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Bitterroot National Forest tacks pheromone pouches to trees to combat beetles

NBC Montana
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. – The Forest Service is tacking verbenone patches to protect campground trees from Mountain Pine Beetles. Verbenone is a pheromone, or chemical, that tells beetles to go away. The beetles should be arriving in a couple weeks. The Forest Service doesn’t have much time to get the word out. Foresters are stapling verbenone patches to Charles Waters’ campground’s beautiful old pine trees. “It’s like a big no vacancy sign,” said forest service spokesman Tod McKay.

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Hope Builds For Forest Compromise

OPB News
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After sharing more than an hour of negative forest economy stats, hope arose when Boise Cascade spokesperson Lindsay Warness changed gears and spoke of short-term and long-term timber monetary fixes afoot in the U.S. Congress. The bad news can be encapsulated in the fact that 75 percent of Eastern Oregon lies within federal forest boundaries and, between 1986 and 2010 according to Oregon Dept. of Forestry records, timber harvests here have been reduced 95 percent. A harvest of 743 million board feet in 1986 has shrunk to 35 million board feet in 2010.

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Colorado firefighters get break from hot weather

Associated Press
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLVUE, Colo. — Authorities grounded firefighting aircraft battling an out-of-control blaze scorching central Colorado on Wednesday, reacting with caution to witness reports of meteor sightings. The temporary move came amid several reported sky sightings near the fire burning 1,100 acres, or nearly 2 square miles, west of Colorado Springs.  Chaffee County Sheriff W. Peter Palmer said his office received multiple reports, including one person who thought a meteorite might have landed in a wooded area north of Buena Vista. Palmer said officials could not confirm that report.

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Deadly Colorado wildfire surpasses 100-square-mile mark
A cool snap on Wednesday gave fire crews in northern Colorado a chance to take the offensive against a deadly wildfire that has scorched over 100 square miles of rugged mountain terrain north of Denver and ranks as the state’s most destructive on record.

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Makawao Forest Fire 100% Contained

Maui Now
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters gained 100% containment of a fire that has been burning in the Makawao Forest Reserve since Monday morning. Twelve fire fighters from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and crews from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife worked to extinguish hot spots late Tuesday. The forest reserve will remain closed to the public due to safety concerns through at least Thursday, and possibly longer, according to officials with the state DLNR.

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House bill transfers 65,000 acres of Tongass to Alaska Native corporation

Alaska Dispatch
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Legislation known as the Sealaska bill designed to help the struggling timber industry in Southeast Alaska by giving 65,000 acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to the Alaska corporation Sealaska Corp., passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Alaska Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, sponsored the bill as part of a larger one.

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Appeals Court upholds firing of Franklin County forester, reverses local court ruling

The Republic
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Franklin County forester who opposed a logging plan pushed by the state. The decision overturned a 2010 order by Franklin County judge who found the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s firing of Stephen Oglesby was wrong. According to court records, Oglesby was at odds with the commission over the logging plan.

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First fee increase for Forest Practices permits since 1993 prevents program cuts

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIA — On July 10, several changes in the state Forest Practices Act will go into effect. The 2012 Legislature set increased fees for the Forest Practices Program to prevent cuts in service to the public. Additionally, in a continued effort to streamline state agencies, changes to the processing of Forest Practices permits will take place immediately and continue over the next couple of years.

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Texas Forest Service Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Wildland Firefighting

Texas Forestry Service
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas Forest Service was presented last week with the Pulaski Award, a national honor for outstanding service in wildland firefighting. The award, commending the agency for its response during the 2011 wildfire season, is presented annually by the National Interagency Fire Center. It was announced at the Southern Group of State Foresters annual conference in Louisville, Ky.

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‘Protesters’ Gather to Push Bulgaria’s Debated Forestry Act

Novinite.com
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“Protesters” from the several Bulgarian mountain towns have gathered in the capital Sofia to stage a rally in support of the country’s controversial Forestry Act that was vetoed on Saturday. The rally is widely believed to be instigated by Bulgaria’s ruling centrist-right GERB. The “protesters” are from the towns of Samokov, Smolyan, Berkovitsa, Dupnitsa and Bansko. Even though Wednesday is a working day, they have been organized and transported to the capital’s downtown by their respective municipal authorities.

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Challenges mount as forest carbon payment approaches move from theory to practice

Mongabay.com
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The concept of paying tropical countries to reduce destruction of their forests is succeeding as an idea but suffering from implementation challenges, argues a new review by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). …The new book from CIFOR examines this transformation, analyzing REDD+ design and early implementation. It identifies a number of challenges that need to be overcome to ensure REDD+ is equitable, cost effective, and actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  

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Govt tables forestry peace deal bill

ABC Online
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government has outlined how new forest reserves will be created if a peace deal is struck. Long-awaited peace deal legislation has been tabled in Parliament to meet a Commonwealth deadline. As expected, the legislation does not detail which forests will be protected from logging because environmental and industry groups are yet to strike a final agreement. The bill also allows the Government to change the amount of wood it will supply sawmillers, if the groups agree on a different quantity.

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Rio Earth Summit opens under shower of criticism

FRANCE 24
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Thousands of activists staged a protest in Brazil on Thursday against the UN’s Rio+20 summit, where world leaders are discussing measures to reduce poverty and protect the environment. Greenpeace has called the summit “an epic failure”. World leaders attending a UN summit in Rio on Wednesday weighed steps to root out poverty and protect the environment as thousands of activists marched through the city center in protest. UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that “time is not on our side” for fixing a mounting list of problems as he formally opened the UN summit on sustainable development.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon Calculator helps to boost timber pallet recycling and jobs

Transport and Logistics News
June 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Costs of disposal of end-of-life wood pallets and packaging crates are a huge problem for many NSW businesses. It is estimated that there are 140,000 tonnes of waste wood pallets and crates sent to landfills in Sydney alone each year. Stephen Mitchell, sustainability program manager with the Timber Development Association of NSW, has launched the online end-of-life wood pallets and packaging diversion calculator at Direct Pallets and Recycling, a new recycling centre at Ingleburn in Sydney’s south-west.

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GMO Trees and the Green Economy – Green Deserts for All?

AllAfrica.com
June 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

While the highly controversial “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative is underway today at Energy Day at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the international STOP GE Trees Campaign is demanding a global ban on the release of destructive and dangerous genetically engineered trees (also called GE trees, GMO trees or GM trees) into the environment. Brazil is one of the most active countries in promoting the development of GE trees for the production of “renewable” bioenergy.

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Biomass industry in Sweden – accountable for generating 20% of all energy consumption in Sweden

Your Industry News
June 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass is responsible for generating 20% of all energy consumption in Sweden and wood-fired district heating systems satisfy more than half of the residential heat demand. The industry became robust because of a combination of factors and has evolved since its beginning. …Sweden’s abundant forest resources make biomass feedstock the largest renewable energy source as 60% of Sweden is covered in forests, and woody biomass including timber residual feedstock.

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