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Daily Archives: June 22, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Wood Worthy Blog – If the Shoe Fits

Wood Worth Blog
June 22, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

…Upon my arrival to the artist’s studio, I was greeted by a fascinating display of shoes and belts. A quick observation revealed these were no ordinary fashion designs – they had been handcrafted using Italian leather, bowling ball resin, and salvaged wood! The subtle leather combined with vibrant resin highlighted the natural texture and color of the rescued Redwood. It was refreshing and inspiring to see fashion accessories with an unexpected mix of materials that uniquely display the raw beauty of wood!

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Business & Politics

We can revive our forest industry by refusing to surrender

by Ben Parfitt
Cowichan News Leader
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As more and more raw, unprocessed logs leave British Columbia’s coast in ocean freighters bound for the far side of the world, a common refrain from some in our forest industry is that we have no choice. But there’s much to suggest that such a defeatist argument doesn’t hold water, and that the real problem is a lack of investment in mills here at home. Take the Ladysmith sawmill, for example.

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Preventing explosions focus of workshop

Pacific Coast University shares tips on dust hazard awareness including ways to keep mills safe
Alberni Valley Times
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dust safety drew 36 participants from the Central and South Island to Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences on Monday. The “How Much Dust is Too Much Dust?” workshop was presented by FireWise Consulting Ltd. of Shawnigan Lake, and featured John Astad, director of the Combustible Dust Policy Institute of Galveston, Texas. Participants included a large delegation from Western Forest Products, and other sawmill employers… and fire officials from Langford and North Saanich.

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Taiga improves its operating profits in fiscal 2012

Canada News Wire press release
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNABY, BC, – Taiga Building Products Ltd. today reported fourth quarter and March 31, 2012 fiscal year financial results. …Net earnings for the year ended March 31, 2012 were $3.7 million compared to $4.0 million last year. Pre-tax net earnings results were impacted by one-time charges of $2.1 million.

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Harmac pulp mill works on green initiatives

Nanaimo Daily News
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the ongoing slump in global pulp prices, work continues at Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill to make the operation more environmentally friendly and competitive. Harmac president Levi Sampson said work is well underway on the new $45-million electrical-generation plant at the mill, with the completion date scheduled for June of 2013. Employment from the building project is currently providing 85 full-time construction and other technical jobs.

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Timber reform will decide mill’s fate

Prince George Citizen
June 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The amount of trees left to cut in area forests will determine if Lakeland Mills rebuilds, a special committee made up of MLAs was told Thursday in Prince George by Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart. “The conditions to rebuild are favourable, but the outcome of this process plays a large part in that final decision,” said Stewart to the seven MLAs touring the province to examine timber supply. “We believe our currently available fibre supply would sustain a new mill.” There are three variables, however, to making that final decision.

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Taxpayer money to help struggling N.L. paper mill a waste: economists

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

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – As most 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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Economist discourages NL from funding mill

CTV.ca
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Economists in Newfoundland say more tax dollars to support the province’s last paper mill would be good money after bad. As workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are being asked to accept wage cuts, professors at Memorial University of Newfoundland say government help should be aimed at life after the mill. Economist Gabriela Sabau in Corner Brook says the plant is far from markets and can’t be easily retrofitted as global demand for newsprint falls.

From CBC News
Corner Brook mill’s fate still undecided, says CEP leader
A leader with one of the largest unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper hopes rejection of the owner’s latest offer by a smaller union at the mill doesn’t cause panic.

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Hardwood Lumber Demand, Prices Hold Steady

Woodworking Network
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Our outlook for summer lumber prices has grown a bit brighter as it has become less likely the industry will severely out-produce demand. Historically, sustained strength in poplar demand would have long since triggered enough production to swamp markets and prices, but not this time. Nor is the slowdown in summer shipments to Europe likely to have as large an impact as in the Hardwood Publishing offers Hardwood Review, Hardwood Leader, WoodLogics and other services for lumber buyers and sellers in the wood manufacturing industriespast, with Asian markets seemingly capable of soaking up any excess…even of the upper grades.

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Forestry companies back out of five-year merger deal

Business Day
June 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MTO Forestry and Boskor Sawmills, two companies in South Africa’s forestry industry, confirmed on Thursday that they would unbundle a merger transaction implemented five years ago, ending years of litigated and contentious proceedings. …The companies have not yet explained why they are abandoning the merger.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

PG Hardwood Nets $2 Million Investment

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Prefinished flooring maker PG Hardwood Flooring Inc. (St-Edouard-de-Lotbiniere, Quebec) recently announced it has secured $2 million in financing from The Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a development capital fund that works to contribute to Québec’s economic growth. 

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Green Building Initiative’s Website at TheGBI.org Restructured and Streamlined to Focus on Products and Programs

BuildingOnline
June 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

If you’ve visited Green Building Initiative’s Website at TheGBI.org recently, you’ll notice things are a bit different. They have restructured the site to better direct visitors the pages and information you value most.

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Ikea won’t tell where it gets its wood — and Congress is about to

Grist
June 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Most Americans wouldn’t consider eating a burger made of chopped-up, unidentified meat that could include, say, monkey or mountain lion. . …Congress is about to make it even less likely that Ikea and similar companies will provide that information. I …Ikea argues that it’s next to impossible to track where the wood that goes into making these products comes from.

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LivingHomes secures LEED Platinum for multi-family project in California

LivingHomes, a US-based prefab green modular homes builder, has secured LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council for a new multi-family project in Los Altos, California.
World Interior Design Network
June 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The project is the first multi-family scheme in Silicon Valley to have achieved the highest LEED level. Designed by Southern California Institute of Architecture, the project has been developed at Lassen Street in Los Altos. …The homes feature FSC-certified wood modules and run on green power generated by means of photovoltaic panels.

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Test Drive The All-Wood SplinterBike At London Olympics

EarthTechling
June 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

We’ve featured lots of interesting concept bicycles over the years, from those that fold to those that generate their own electrical power, but none have the striking look and simplicity of the SplinterBike. As a joke, designer Michael Thompson bet a friend he could build anything out of wood, including a bike. Thompson made good on his claim, and the last summer the SplinterBike was viewed by over 320,000 visitors to the Power of Making exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It also set a new speed record for 100 percent wooden bikes in August 2011. 

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Forestry

Steer clear of cubs and save their lives, CO says

Kamloops Daily News
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservation officers hope the public will help save two bear cubs’ lives by staying away from Rivers Trail near the Cinnamon Ridge compost site on Tranquille Road. The fragile black bear cubs and their mother are safely tucked away along the bank of Kamloops Lake in a grove of poplar trees. But a recent conflict between a trail user and the sow has conservation officers fearing they may have to relocate the bears if the public doesn’t stay away.

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Investing $20 Million in First Nations’ Futures

TheTyee.ca
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

National Aboriginal Day can be a time when politicians polish their platitudes about cooperation between nations. Yesterday there was serious money attached to the pledges of good will, as the B.C. Aboriginal community received several education-related investments, both directly and indirectly, from the provincial government. Over $20 million in funding for Aboriginal education initiatives and student funding was announced by three separate ministries, encompassing all forms of post-secondary education from adult basic ed. to vocational to masters and post-doctoral programs.

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Forestry ‘vision’ plan sets sights on jobs and prosperity

Nanaimo Daily News
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Canadian forest products industry is decisively on the move. The sector has already been transforming itself by becoming more innovative, more environmentally friendly and more global in its reach. Now to build on the existing momentum, member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada are stepping up their game with the unveiling of Vision2020, which sets ambitious goals to propel the industry forward in the area of products, performance and people. This represents a vigorous effort by industry officials to ensure a vibrant path for the sector in the years ahead.

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Premier says $25 million loan not reactionary to Bowater closure

MetroNews Canada
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is shelling out 25 million clams to one of the region’s largest aquaculture companies. …That’s good news for a region that has been hit hard in recent times. Last week, Resolute Forest Products Ltd. announced the Bowater mill in nearby Liverpool will be closed indefinitely.  But Dexter said the timing was simply a happy coincidence for his government.  “This was actually scheduled for me to be at before we knew what was going on with Bowaters,” Dexter said. “The two are not related.”

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Band council seeks way to fund suit

The Chronicle Herald
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU LANDING — A small aboriginal community is weighing whether to make Nova Scotia legal history by seeking a court order for the provincial government to fund a lawsuit against itself. On Wednesday, Pictou Landing First Nation members will vote on whether to allow their council to use funds from the Boat Harbour Settlement Trust to apply to Nova Scotia Supreme Court for the order. In September 2010, the first nation launched a lawsuit against the provincial government, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp., and a handful of past owners of the Abercrombie Point pulp mill that has poured its effluent into the tidal basin known as Boat Harbour since 1967. 

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A Working Forest – Video Documentary

Its Future with Fire, People & Wildlife
A Working Forest
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

“This visually stunning film powerfully captures the contributions of family-owned woodlands to American society. It will build a strong understanding of all the ways that these woods contribute to our well being. From habitat for wildlife to drinking water to fighting climate change all American’s have a stake in the health of these lands. This film does a terrific job at bringing that home through the eyes of real people”, Tom Martin President & CEO American Forest Foundation

Also see You Tube for several video excerpts:
Excerpt from “A Working Forest, its future with Fire, People & Wildlife.” Documentary about sustainable forest management. Regions: South Jersey. Georgia. South Carolina. Wisconsin and more. Special thanks to host, Chuck Leavell. 

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: State’s forestry tax system works for all of us

The Register-Guard
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a native Oregonian and co-owner, with my husband, of 400 acres of family forestland in Lane and Douglas counties, I was offended by Tim Hermach’s June 14 column blasting the timber industry and just about everyone else. Like many Oregonians, I want to see a balance between economic opportunity and environmental protection rather than anti-business and anti-­forestry rhetoric.

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126K acres of Olympic Peninsula would be protected by new bill

The Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic River Act of 2012 was introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton.
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Key leaders of Washington’s congressional delegation introduced legislation intended to protect Olympic Peninsula forests and rivers from logging, dams and other development. Three years in the negotiating, the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic River Act of 2012 was introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton. 

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US Forest Service to investigate why controlled burn consumed 21,000 acres

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

NEW BERN, N.C. — A wildfire that has burned in the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina since last week is now 60 percent contained. …The Forest Service says it will investigate why a controlled burn got out of control and scorched 21,000 acres in the forest. …The original plan was for a controlled burn of 1,500 acres.

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Forest Service, conservation groups bet on river restoration

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

Over thirty years ago, the Sitkoh River watershed on Chichagof Island was logged, damaging the local salmon habitat. Now, the US Forest Service is partnering with environmental groups to restore the river — and they say the project is a perfect example of broader changes taking place on the Tongass. …This restoration represents a dovetailing of interests for the Forest Service and Sitka Conservation Society, who have not always seen eye to eye. Now, the two groups collaborate closely on some projects, and SCS is pushing the Forest Service to shift priorities on the Tongass, and manage the forest for salmon, not timber.

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All sides claim victory in logging lawsuit ruling

Associated Press
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A mixed ruling by a federal judge has all sides claiming victory in a proposed Lolo National Forest logging project whose collaborative approach toward forest management has pitted conservation groups against each other. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service’s 2,038-acre Colt Summit Project near Seeley Lake passes muster except in one area: the agency did not adequately analyze the project’s cumulative effects on lynx habitat. The judge sent that portion of the proposal back to the Forest Service for further consideration.

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Crews seek upper hand on raging Colorado wildfires

Associated Press
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BELLVUE, Colo. — Colorado firefighters are ramping up their attack on a lightning-sparked blaze that has spread across more than 100 square miles of tinder-dry terrain and left officials to believe it could be weeks, or even months, before the fire is finally controlled. The offensive that started Wednesday on the massive wildfire west of Fort Collins comes after gusty winds fanned flames during three straight days of heat that saw temperatures reach into the 90s. The fire started June 9 and was 55 percent contained. “Mother Nature has allowed us this window, and we have responded very aggressively,” said Brett Haberstick, a spokesman for fire managers.

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Debate over fire retardant toxicity rages in West

Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Forest Service officials insist firefighting won’t be hindered by new rules meant to prevent millions of gallons of retardant dropped onto scorched landscapes each year from poisoning streams and killing fish and plants. …Still, the company, which operates almost half of the U.S. private fleet of large tanker planes, agrees for the most part that the new regulations won’t set back firefighters. Basically a fertilizer, ammonium phosphate has been known to kill off fish, though documented cases of fish killed by fire retardant are relatively rare. 

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Indonesian ministry forbids Greenpeace to hold rallies

eco-business.com
June 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Indonesian Legal and Human Rights Ministry has forbid Greenpeace Indonesia to hold rallies to criticize Indonesian policies and public companies. “The reason is that Greenpeace Indonesia only holds an association legal permit in Indonesia,” said an official from the ministry’s Abriana Kusuma Dewi in a discussion with the Anti-Foreign NGOs Student Alliance coordinator, Rudi Gani, here Wednesday. “As an association, Greenpeace Indonesia is not allowed to hold any demonstration or rallies, and as an association, Greenpeace Indonesia can only express ideas, social and cultural,” said Abriana.

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Indonesian forest fires could endanger region, warns scientist

SciDev.Net
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA – An Indonesian scientist has warned of a growing danger of forest fires in the western Indonesian island of Sumatra engulfing neighbouring countries in resulting haze, as occurred in 2006. Eris Risandi, a climate scientist at Indonesia’s Agency of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) said earlier this month that the agency’s latest calculations indicated an increased chance of forest fires in Riau, Central Sumatra — even though this is one of the country’s most deforested provinces.  

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Time for forest activists to be held accountable for actions

Australian Forest Products Association
June 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Forest Products Association is deeply concerned by the latest round of misinformation being spread by extreme green groups to damage manufacturing and cause job losses in Australia. Dr David Pollard, chief executive officer, said, ’Targeting customers with misleading information about legitimate, legal and certified timber product organisations must stop’.

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Forest reserve bill ‘betrays’ Aborigines

ABC Online
June 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has labelled forest peace deal legislation a betrayal of Aboriginal people. Long-awaited legislation was tabled in the Lower House yesterday outlining how new reserves will be created if a forest peace deal is struck. … The Aboriginal Centre’s Michael Mansell says the bill has not properly considered Aboriginal management of reserve areas. “It means that not only that Aboriginal people cannot manage the land that is agreed between government, industry and the Greens but it means that Aboriginal people could be charged with trespass on practising, or trying to protect, our own heritage on crown land.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tacoma pulp mill seen as environmental model

The News Tribune
June 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

From the outside, Simpson Tacoma Kraft’s Tideflats pulp mill with its industrial age profile, outsized machinery and roaring boilers seems an unlikely place to find the latest in environmentally friendly technology. But the pulp mill’s pioneering renewable energy plant is significant enough to attract the federal Department of Energy’s number two executive for a personal tour on Thursday.

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New tool helps foresters and landowners assess forest climate change impacts and options

June 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

There is a lot of climate change information available – some reliable and accurate, some not. The gold standard, if you will, for highest quality climate change information is peer-reviewed research – studies that have been reviewed and validated by other scientists.
A relatively new web-based tool gives forestry professionals, landowners and educators an excellent way to access natural resources climate change research and connect that information to forest planning. 

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Outreach effort proves successful for proposed biomass plant

Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine
June 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A community outreach program spearheaded by Weston Solutions, an environmental consulting company, has a proposed biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility one giant step closer to completion in Springfield, Vermont. Dan Ingold, senior technical director for Weston Solutions, has spent nearly three months this year stationed at the proposed site, named the North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project (NSSEP), every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions or ease concerns of local citizens and city officials

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China offers climate change programs

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

BEIJING – China will offer training programs on climate change to 1,000 officials and technicians from developing countries from 2012 to 2014, a Chinese official said here Thursday. The move aims to help other developing countries combat climate change and enhance their capabilities for sustainable development, Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said at the closing ceremony of a seminar on climate change and environmentally-friendly, low-carbon development.

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Increased forest cover doesn’t always mean better carbon storage

Climate Change Articles
June 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The currently dominant opinion is that the more forests we plant the more carbon it will be stored. This is true in most cases but not always as the latest study by the University of Exeter shows. Dr Iain Hartley from the University of Exeter argues that the fact that Arctic is becoming more and greener isn’t beneficial for climate change because the carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, which could exacerbate climate change impact even further.

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Energy minister launches bioenergy initiative

All Media Scotland
June 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Fergus Ewing MSP, minister for energy, enterprise and tourism, will launch an ambitious venture to help the Highlands and Islands become the UK’s leading region for bioenergy. …Already popular in Austria and Scandinavia, bioenergy is generated from organic materials like wood waste. Correctly managed, it is a sustainable energy-source that can deliver significantly lower carbon emissions than energy produced through fossil fuels. It can also benefit rural economies by allowing revenue to remain in the local area rather than going to external energy companies.

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Deforestation accounts for 10 percent of global carbon emissions, argues new study

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

Tropical deforestation accounted for 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions between 2000-2005 — a substantially smaller proportion than previously estimated — argues a new study published in Science. 

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Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
June 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new study with NASA participation has sharply reduced previous estimates of how much carbon was emitted into Earth’s atmosphere from tropical deforestation in the early 2000s.  …They combined satellite data on gross forest loss and forest carbon stocks to track emissions from deforestation in the world’s tropical forests. The resulting gross emissions estimate of 0.81 billion metric tons of carbon emitted per year is approximately one third of previously published estimates, and represents just 10 percent of the total global human-produced carbon emissions over the time period analyzed (2000 to 2005).

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