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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Business & Politics

Criminal charges still a possibility in Lakeland case

Prince George Citizen
February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Criminal charges could theoretically still be laid in the Lakeland Mills blast, but they are not the primary objective of provincial Crown. Government prosecutors are reviewing the case file presented late last week by WorkSafeBC, which is recommending regulatory charges only, and despite the fact the workplace safety agency presumably used the same investigational methods for Lakeland as they did for the Babine mill blast. Provincial Crown discredited the entire methodology and dismissed the Babine case without even attempting to bring it to trial.

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COFI Announces Board of Directors

Council of Forest Industries
February 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada West

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) announces a reconstituted Board of Directors consisting of 14 Chief Executive Officers representing forest companies operating in British Columbia’s interior. One of the CEO Board’s first actions was to establish a Management Committee consisting of senior operational staff from the industry. “My colleagues and I believe that having a Board comprised of the forest industry’s CEOs demonstrates our dedication to COFI and its representation of our sector,” stated newly elected board Chair, Ted Seraphim, President and CEO of West Fraser.

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Dana Hayden: Ambitious Albertan carves out wide-ranging civil service career with B.C. government

Business in Vancouver
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dana Hayden’s resumé includes stints in B.C.’s ministries of forests, advanced education and economic development Dana Hayden knows how to wield a chainsaw – and how to handle complex international trade negotiations. The accomplished civil servant, who has degrees in forestry and economics, has held numerous positions with the British Columbia government in a wide range of ministries, including forestry, advanced education and economic development.

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Western Forest Products gets new chairman

Victoria Times Colonist
February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products chairman Dominic Gammiero is retiring and leaving the company’s board of directors. Gammiero, who joined the board in 2006, served as Western’s CEO between October 2010 and February 2013, and as chairman thereafter. Taking over as chairman is Lee Doney, who has played a role in the company’s turnaround since its restructuring completed in 2004.

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Sawmill safety report coming: WorkSafeBC

Prince George Citizen
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC expects to release a public report on sawmill safety in the coming weeks, spokesperson Scott McCloy said. Following the deadly explosions at Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and Lakeland Mills in 2012, WorkSafeBC launched a series of inspections into the province’s sawmills. “We began a new phase of inspections… that started on Nov. 1 and concluded at the end of January,” McCloy said. “We will be able to have some information on that in a week or two.”

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Recycling plan generates criticism

Vernon Morning Star
February 23, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Spallumcheen’s former mayor has asked the township for support in asking the province to reconsider the Multi-Materials B.C. (MMBC) recycling plan. Will Hansma, owner-operator of the Okanagan Advertiser newspaper, said the new regulations were established with little or no consultation with stakeholders. …He believes the plan will be a severe detriment to the print and wood fibre industries. “There was no consultation with members of the printing industry, industry association or any of the large paper merchants which supply the paper needs in the province,” said Hansma.

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Conifex banking on new power plant to bolster bottom line

Business in Vancouver
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conifex Timber Inc. has posted a much-improved net income of $9.5 million in 2013, compared with a net loss of $16.2 million in 2012, the company reports in its 2013 fourth-quarter financials. The lumber company – which is in the process of diversifying into bioenergy – reports $1.1 million in net income for Q4 2013, compared with a net loss of $100,000 in Q3 2013 and a net loss of $3.6 million in Q4 2012. Conifex had increased sales overall in 2013 compared with 2012, due to increased lumber sales and better prices.

Conifex Timber reported 4Q net income of $1.1 million from Lesprom

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Conifex Looks at Running Second Mill in Mackenzie

250 News
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Conifex is considering putting a second sawmill on line in Mackenzie, a move which could double its current lumber output there. During a morning conference call to discuss the company’s fourth quarter financial results, Conifex CEO Ken Shields says the company is awaiting the results of a review of harvest levels in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area which is being conducted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Life after the mill

February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eugene Conrad was one of the hundreds to lose his job when the former Bowater Mersey paper mill closed two years ago. Through careful planning he and his family have been able to not only stay afloat but thrive. “We made our severance last us, we planned it out and we followed the plan and we never missed a beat,” says Eugene.Eugene was 45 when the mill closed, which can be a tricky age to find new employment or retrain. Fortunately he had worked as a small engine mechanic before starting at the mill in the 80s.  

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Life after the mill

February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Eugene Conrad was one of the hundreds to lose his job when the former Bowater Mersey paper mill closed two years ago. Through careful planning he and his family have been able to not only stay afloat but thrive. “We made our severance last us, we planned it out and we followed the plan and we never missed a beat,” says Eugene.Eugene was 45 when the mill closed, which can be a tricky age to find new employment or retrain. Fortunately he had worked as a small engine mechanic before starting at the mill in the 80s.  

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2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports

Jefferson Public Radio
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013 as Asian demand for American logs increased, according to new research from the U.S. Forest Service. The region’s lumber and log exports rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter. Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China — although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Sawmill construction imminent?

Underground utilities complete. Harris anticipates vertical construction to begin within 30 days.
Suwannee Democrat
February 21, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Klausner Lumber One LLC could soon begin construction on a sawmill that will be located at the catalyst site in Northwestern Suwannee County. Meanwhile, improvements continue on county owned land at the catalyst site. …According to County Administrator Randy Harris, the general contractor for Klausner is on site and ready to begin construction immediately. To date, the company has installed underground utilities and is ready to begin vertical construction.

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Hardwood industry branches out in Indiana

AgriNews
February 24, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association is working to create a sustainable industry, one tree at a time. There are an estimated 10,000 employees across 28 states and three Canadian provinces involved in the industry. The Indiana association itself has seen a large increase in members and interest in recent years. “IHLA is a relevant, member-driven trade association whose members share a passion for creating the world’s finest hardwood products,” said Ray Moistner, executive director of the association. 

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IKEA subsidiary loses forestry accreditation over harvesting of wildlife habitats

A subsidiary of IKEA that supplies timber to the furniture maker has been stripped of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation following an audit.
Supply Management
February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Swedwood Karelia had its FSC certificate suspended after an audit in Russia found a number of problems, including harvesting of “key biotopes”, or important wildlife habitats; the lack of a proper environmental impact assessment; and lack of protective equipment for workers. A report by the Rainforest Alliance, which carries out audits for the FSC, said: “During the field inspections, auditors found key biotopes had not been identified before harvest and harvested. Harvests of key biotopes were found also at the harvest areas of previous years. 

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Södra to invest SEK 4 billion ($610 million) at its pulp mill in Värö, Sweden

Lesprom Network
February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Södra’s Board of Directors made the decision to invest SEK 4 billion (around $610 million) to implement a major expansion of the pulp mill in Värö. Work is now starting to increase the current production capacity of 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy of pulp. This will make the mill one of the biggest in the world in terms of softwood sulphate pulp production, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “This expansion is a vital part of our strategy, and a must if we are to be able to develop our business.

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Shortage of logs spurs shake-up

Nelson Mail
February 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Restructuring is expected in the timber industry in the Nelson region as log exports bypass local sawmills. The New Zealand Timber Industry Federation believes that there will need to be changes to the structure of the Nelson and Marlborough sawmilling industry for the sector to grow in the face of challenges. “The ability of sawmills to get a secure and constant supply of logs to cut has been a major problem in the region and has forced some operations to take a long look at their production focus,” said the federation’s chief executive Brent Coffey.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is digital really greener than paper?

The paper industry is challenging the assumption that digital marketing is more environmentally friendly than paper
The Guardian
February 24, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

We’ve all received statements from our banks, telecommunication and utilities companies with a simple message at the bottom urging us to “Go paperless, save trees”, often accompanied by a picture of a winding river or a green tree. Implicit in these requests is the assumption that going digital is better for the environment. But the paper industry disputes this. It is pushing companies to remove these claims, which it says are misleading consumers and aren’t substantiated by adequate research. Two Sides, a membership organization representing the paper and print industry, recently announced that it has convinced more than 20 major US companies to remove their “anti-paper” green claims when promoting e-billing as more environmentally friendly than paper.

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Forestry

Scientist believes trees can save the world (book review)

CBC News
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

You could call Diana Beresford-Kroeger a scientific tree-hugger. She’s one of the most forward-thinking people in the world on the vital role trees play in the planet’s life. She’s also a renegade scientist because she tries to bring together Aboriginal healing, Western medicine and botany to advocate an unusual role for trees. She knows the science and the magic of what the trees hold within. She will tell you that trees have a larger genome than humans; that they talk to each other and they emit subsonic sound to attract migrating animals, birds and insects, and that they contain medicines that heal what we suffer from.

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Review to probe land use in B.C. wildlife habitats

Globe and Mail
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has called for a full review of lands owned by conservation groups, to determine how many areas that were set aside to protect wildlife habitat have been leased out by the Crown as cattle range. Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson promised the review Tuesday, in response to concerns raised by Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Nature Trust and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. …Under the proposed changes, grazing tenures, which ranchers acquire so their cattle can range freely on Crown land, would be extended to cover a period of 20 or 25 years, not 10 years.

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BCTS operations near Terrace, Prince Rupert pass audit

BC Forest Practices Board
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales and timber sale licensees in the Coast Mountain Resource District found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities complied with forest practices legislation, according to a report released today. “The BCTS program and timber sale licence holders did a good job,” said board chair Tim Ryan. “Auditors did find one cutblock where a timber sale licence holder did not deactivate a winter road and natural drainage patterns were interrupted, but all other activities fully met the requirements of forest practices legislation.”

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Forestry Symposium Will Draw International Students

250 News
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – More than 100 forestry students from around the world will stop in Prince George this summer, as part of an international symposium to see first-hand the unique issues surrounding foresty in BC… BC members of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), in collaboration with UNBC, Thompson Rivers University and UBC, will be hosting the 42nd IFS Symposium this summer. It will be the first time in several years the gathering has occurred in North America, and the first time it’s been held in BC.

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Reading the tea leaves about forest tenure in BC

250 News
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Minister of Forests Steve Thomson put forward the Mid-Term Timber Supply Action Plan in October of 2012, he made a pledge “to work closely with communities, First Nations and industry in a fair, open and transparent manner.” According to him, the Action Plan was supposedly based on the recommendations of the all-party Special Committee on Timber Supply, which had toured the province gathering broad input from the public. …Thus in one fell swoop, the most sweeping changes to forest tenure in the province in many decades was launched. But could the process and its conclusions regarding forest licensing be characterized as being carried out in a “fair, open and transparent manner” like the Minister claims?

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Kwakiutl First Nation protests BC government’s attempts to shirk treaty responsibilities

Nation says it will continue to occupy its traditional territory until provincial and federal governments agree to honour 1851 Douglas Treaty
Vancouver Observer
February 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Eight months after the Supreme Court of British Columbia declared that both the provincial and the federal governments have failed to honour the 1851 Douglas Treaty between the Crown and the Kwakiutl First Nation of Port Hardy, BC government has launched an appeal. Last June, the nation went to court to seek a judicial review of decisions made by the Provincial Crown in granting land tenures to logging company Western Forest Products.

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University education pays off, new report finds

February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Barrista, shmarrista. Ontario university grads have the best odds of landing jobs in their fields at good wages, according to a feisty new report from the Council of Ontario Universities that disputes any notion its members are glorified prep schools for a life making lattes. …Students in 23 university disciplines boast a 90 per cent employment rate within two years of graduation, noted the report, and a full 100 per cent are employed in dentistry, pharmacy, forestry, veterinary medicine and theology.

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Oregon Logging Conference: ‘A much better turnout from last year’

KVAL
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – Thousands of people visited the Oregon Logging Conference this weekend, higher attendance than the past two years. “It has been a great experience this year and a much better turnout from last year,” said Dan Brown of Crowley Equipment, a Eugene company that buys and resells machinery. …Over the course of three days, guests were able to view or take part in logging activities, such as cutting timber, experiencing machine simulators and sitting inside logging trucks and heavy equipment.

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Study of 2012 Central Oregon wildfire shows why forest should have been thinned

The Associated Press
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Oregon — A 2012 fire that caused hazardous air quality in parts of Central Oregon is a good example of why forests should be thinned to prevent scorching wildfires, a state study concludes. Fire suppression efforts left the woods in the Pole Creek Fire overgrown and prone to larger and more severe wildfires, says the study by the Oregon Health Authority and the state Department of Forestry. The Pole Creek fire was the largest in Central Oregon in 2012, burning on more than 41 square miles of forest late that summer and early fall, the Bend Bulletin reported.

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Timber veterans struggle to navigate Oregon’s land use law and make forestry profitable

The Oregonian
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mark Fritch talks fast and swears a lot, standing in ankle-deep snow in Government Camp. As he carries wooden pallets up icy stairs of the three-story log cabin he’s building there, he keeps talking about wanting justice. Fritch, 63, faces possibly losing his business if the politicians who say they want to help him fail to find a solution to his zoning problem. He’s become an example of how small-time farmers or foresters who fall through a crack in Oregon’s complex land use law must spend a lot of money and time to find their way out.

Fitting into Oregon’s timber land use law proves expensive, time-consuming for small-time logger from The Oregonian

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Iowa prepares for surge of ash wood

February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


What to do with the surfeit of wood likely to result as Iowa’s ash trees succumb to the emerald ash borer is a “big concern,” said State Forester Paul Tauke.  “That’s going to be a huge issue” in the next several years as most of Iowa’s approximately 55 million ash trees die, Tauke said. So far the state has recorded infestations of the tree-killing insects in eight counties, and Tauke and other officials expect the pest to kill almost all Iowa’s ash trees within a decade.

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Forest industry contributes $33 billion to economy in four northeastern states

The Conway Daily Sun
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The forest-based economy of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont is an important component of the region’s economic health, according to new research by the North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest Center. Forest-based economic activity annually contributes more than $33 billion and provides 178,000 jobs to the four-state region. “These reports show how integral the forests of the region are to the economic health of the Northeast,” said Steve Sinclair, chair of the North East State Foresters Association and state forester of Vermont. 

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Ancient woodland losses ‘not accounted for’, say campaigners

BBC News
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The scale of ancient woodland being lost to development in Britain is being made worse because of a lack of accurate data. The Woodland Trust says that systems are so poor, the government cannot say how much ancient forest has disappeared in the last 10 years. However, a new report from the Forestry Commission says that the UK’s tree cover has increased significantly. They say the amount of forest has more than doubled in the last 100 years. Ancient woodland is defined as forests that have been in existence since 1600.

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Massive logging leaves deep scars in Eastern Europe

Phys.org
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With its steep, forested mountains set against blue skies, Romania’s central Pojarna Valley once looked like a postcard landscape but illegal logging has turned the site into an ugly scar. “The guys who did this used excavators. They even destroyed the young trees,” said Gheorghe Ridichie, an official at Romania’s forestry ministry, pointing to thousands of stumps poking out of the valley’s now-barren slopes. Last year, authorities rallied to halt rampant deforestation in the Balkan state.

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Greenpeace accuses P&G over Indonesian forest destruction

Phys.org
February 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday accused US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of being responsible for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers. In an extensive new report, Greenpeace said the company was using Indonesian palm oil from suppliers with links to the destruction of ancient rainforest, haze-inducing forest fires and an orangutan “graveyard”. The company uses Indonesian palm oil in its popular household products, including Head & Shoulders and Pantene shampoos and Gillette shaving gel.

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Britain’s forest area hits almost 3m hectares

UK Forestry Commission
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission has published new maps and statistics showing that Great Britain has about two and a half times more forest and woodland than it had 100 years ago. They show that Britain has almost 3 million hectares (7.5 million acres) of forest and woodland, representing 13 per cent of the total land area, and equivalent to almost 4 million football pitches. It is estimated that a century ago woodland cover was between only 4 and 6 per cent.

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Gauging what it takes to heal a disaster-ravaged forest

Phys.org
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives. Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature’s recovery and guide human intervention. The epicenter of China’s devastating Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 was in the Wolong Nature Reserve, a globally important valuable biodiversity hotspot and home to the beloved and endangered giant pandas. Not only did the quake devastate villages and roads, but the earth split open and swallowed sections of the forests and bamboo groves that shelter and feed pandas and other endangered wildlife. 

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China on track to meet 2020 forest targets, but concerns linger

Asia One
February 24, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING – China is on track to meet its 2020 target for expanding the nation’s forests to cover 23 per cent of its landmass to combat climate change and soil erosion, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) said on Tuesday. But some observers are critical of the massive reforestation, saying China is focusing on plantation forestry and ignoring the restoration of natural forests, which are still being lost. 

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China’s State Forestry Admin. reports on forest resource inventory (Video)

CCTV
February 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China’s State Forestry Administration is briefing the media on its resource inventory and protection efforts. The Director, Zhao Shucong, is to release the Eighth National Forest Resource Inventory Report. The report is issued every five years. The Seventh National Forest Resource Inventory Report was released in 2009. It covers the period 2004 through 2008. It states that China’s forested area covers 195 million hectares with the forest stocking volume at 13,721 million cubic meters. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rothschild biomass plant only getting 10 percent of fuel from forest waste as proposed

Only 10 percent of power coming from forest waste as proposed
Central Wisconsin Business
February 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

ROTHSCHILD — The recently built power plant at Domtar paper mill is getting only 10 percent of its fuel from logging waste, which originally was supposed to supply nearly all of the plant’s energy needs. The 50-megawatt, $255 million power plant went online in November to provide steam for Domtar’s paper operations and a clean source of power for WE Energies. The plant will burn 500,000 tons of biomass annually, said Cathy Schulze, a WE Energies spokeswoman. WE Energies told the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in its permit applications, which were required to build the facility, that logging waste would supply the vast majority of the plant’s fuel.

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Climate change’s longer growing season won’t mean more carbon capture

Tree canopy may be green, but chronic water stress reduces tree growth
Indiana University Bloomington Newsroom
February 24, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Forests may stay green longer due to global climate warming, but it doesn’t mean those same forests will actually grow more. In fact, new research in two papers published by scientists at Indiana University finds that even though trees may keep their leaves on longer during warm years, how much they grow depends on how much rain they receive. And with drier conditions predicted to become more common across much of the Midwest, the degree to which forests can store carbon and slow climate change will be reduced. 

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Drought, fires impact ability of Amazon to hold carbon dioxide

Phys.org
February 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Fires in the Amazon could jeopardize the forest’s ability to soak up carbon dioxide emissions even as deforestation there slows down, according to a Penn State geographer. In an invited commentary in the Feb. 6 edition of Nature, Jennifer Balch, assistant professor of geography, noted that dry weather conditions, coupled with fires, may mean that over time the Amazon forest will lose its ability to take in more carbon dioxide than it releases—going from being a carbon sink to a source.

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General

University education pays off, new report finds

February 26, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Barrista, shmarrista. Ontario university grads have the best odds of landing jobs in their fields at good wages, according to a feisty new report from the Council of Ontario Universities that disputes any notion its members are glorified prep schools for a life making lattes. …Students in 23 university disciplines boast a 90 per cent employment rate within two years of graduation, noted the report, and a full 100 per cent are employed in dentistry, pharmacy, forestry, veterinary medicine and theology.

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