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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Froggy Foibles

A man, a plan, a log, a chainsaw: bear sculptures

Washington Post
June 26, 2014
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

SALISBURY, N.Y. — Rembrandt worked in oils. Michelangelo carved marble. Mark Tyoe chainsaws big tree trunks. At his home just south of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Tyoe carves soaring eagles, grizzled mountain men and wolves from white pine. But he mostly carves bears, his specialty. Tyoe earns a living as a chainsaw artist, turning big logs into improbably fluid sculptures with nothing more than a tool that some use to cut firewood. …Chainsaw art has been growing in popularity and Tyoe is among more than 100 artists nationwide who make it a full-time occupation, said Milton Lowden, who runs the chainsawsculptors.com website from Iron River, Michigan.

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Business & Politics

Forest products industry poised to develop more cutting edge innovations

Digital Journal
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

CALGARY – The Forest Products Association of Canada says Canada’s forest companies are well positioned to develop new innovative technologies by taking advantage of the renewed Investments in Forest Industry Innovation program. At a news conference in Calgary today, the Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford, invited forest companies to start applying for funding from the $90 million program for projects aimed at innovative commercial-scale technologies. He also announced that West Fraser will be receiving IFIT funds for its pulp operation in Hinton, Alberta to build Canada’s first plant to recover lignin from its pulp production stream. The lignin initiative is possible because of years of research work undertaken by FPInnovations, among the world’s largest private non-profit centres working in forest research.

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Jemi Fibre buys 50,000 hectares in the Kootenays

Western Investor
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Montreal-based forest manufacturer Tembec has closed the sale of approximately 17,700 hectares of forestland in the East Kootenays to Vancouver and Nanaimo-based Jemi Fibre Corp. The sale, originally announced April 24, totaled $15 million and is the first of a planned two-phase sale. The second phase, which is expected to close in September 2014, will sell Jemi approximately 31,800 hectares for a price of $20 million.

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Tembec completes sale of land in British Columbia

Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec today announced the closing of the sale of approximately 17,700 hectares of land located within the Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia, to Jemi Fibre Corp. (“Jemi”), which sale was previously announced on April 25, 2014. Total consideration for the transaction was $15 million. The transaction is the first part of a two phase sale. The second phase of the sale, which is expected to occur in September 2014, relates to the sale to Jemi of approximately 31,800 hectares for a price of $20 million. This second phase remains subject to Jemi obtaining adequate financing. There can be no assurance that the second phase of the sale will be consummated in whole or in part. The transaction is part of the BC Land Sale Initiative. 

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E.S. Fox awarded $2-million contract for Irving modernization

Pulp and Paper Canada
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As part of the Irving Pulp & Paper modernization announced in March of this year, E.S. Fox Ltd. of Saint John, N.B., has been awarded a contract of more than $2 million. The company is undertaking the design, fabrication, delivery, site installation, and testing of modular utility racks. The racks are comprised of a structural steel frame with long pipe sections and will connect the existing facilities with the new continuous cooking plant at the Irving Pulp & Paper mill in Saint John. …“As a New Brunswick company, we are committed to using qualified local suppliers in the $450-million pulp mill modernization underway in Saint John,” said Mark Mosher, vice-president of Pulp & Paper at J.D. Irving, Limited. 

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Bill Mauro cabinet appointment welcomed by hunters, First Nations

CBC News
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Many northerners are hopeful now that the Natural Resources portfolio is once again in the hands of a northwestern Ontario MPP with the appointment of Bill Mauro as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mauro was sworn in Tuesday as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new cabinet. “We’re particularly pleased with Bill’s appointment, and, Bill gets it,” said Glenn Rivard, president of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. …While pleased with Mauro’s appointment, Regional Chief of Ontario Stan Beardy said there are many outstanding issues he plans to take up with the new minister soon, the most important being meaningful participation for First Nation in forestry decisions.

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Businesses clamour for mill to cut emissions

The Pictou Advocate
June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Business owners in Pictou want assurances that Northern Pulp’s air emissions will improve.
An exceptionally thick plume hanging over Pictou’s waterfront on June 6 prompted more than 30 people to gather on June 12 for a meeting; the outcome was a call for the pulp mill to reduce its emissions and for Nova Scotia’s government to make sure it does. …“We don’t want the mill to close,” she said. “We want it to clean up its act so we don’t lose more businesses. ” …Randle and Davidson moved to Pictou County four years ago from Powell River, B.C. where they said the pulp mill there is a tourist attraction where tours of the plant are conducted and its effluent bears no comparison to what they’ve experienced here.

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Domestic demand strengthens US hardwood sector

China Daily
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

More shipments likely this year as some countries impose tougher curbs on exports. Hardwood exports from the United States to China will surge this year on the back of renewed domestic demand and dwindling timber shipments from Brazil, Myanmar, Ghana and Gabon, industry sources said on Wednesday. Mike Snow, executive director of the American Hardwood Export Council, said hardwood exports from the US will see a steady uptick this year despite the lackluster performance of the real estate industry in China. “China has entered the second phase of urbanization, which will trigger fresh demand for hardwood and timber products, especially in second-and third-tier cities,” Snow said.

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Pictures of Faith at Work: This Family Waits, Prays for Obamacare Ruling

The Daily Signal
June 26, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Supreme Court is expected to decide as early as today whether the government can force two family businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, to provide employee health plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices. Countless other faith-based family businesses face devastating fines under Obamacare if they don’t break their moral and religious convictions and comply with the same mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services… Last year, a federal District Court judge’s ruling in favor of Seneca Hardwood gave the family temporary relief from the HHS mandate. 

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Interfor to shut down operations in Beaver, Forks until market conditions change; 90 workers to be affected

June 25, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Citing tough market conditions and a challenging fiber supply, Interfor announced Tuesday that it will curtail operations at its Beaver sawmill and at its planer in Forks. The Beaver operation will wrap at the end of the day Friday. Interfor’s planer in Forks, which works hand-in-hand with the sawmill, will run for an additional seven to 10 business days to process remaining inventories before shutting down as well. The shutdown affects 52 employees at the Beaver sawmill and another 38 workers in Forks. The shutdown is temporary, the company said, without providing a date for resuming operations. The shutdown will remain in effect indefinitely until market conditions change, company officials said. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanomaterials Up Close: Forest of carbon nanotubes

University of Cambridge
June 26, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

This image shows a ‘forest’ of carbon nanotubes – thousands upon thousands of tiny rolls of carbon atoms, grown on a scrap of copper foil. James Dolan explains how easy it is to run across beautiful scenery such as this when attempting to fabricate new electronic devices for the first time.

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Forestry

Harper Government Celebrates Canada Day with Free Admission at Parks Canada Sites

Parks Canada News Release
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced free admission on Tuesday, July 1 at all national parks, national marine conservation areas and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites across the country in celebration of Canada’s 147th birthday. Through initiatives like these, the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan is taking concrete action to connect Canadian families to our natural spaces in order to foster an appreciation for nature and build a “community of stewards” among Canadians of all ages.

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Minister Rickford Announces Call for Proposals for the Next Phase of Investments in Forest Products Innovation

Natural Resources Canada
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced that a Call for Proposals is now open for companies to submit applications to benefit from the renewed Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. The Harper Government announced funding of $90.4 million with funding to be allocated to projects that support jobs and implement highly innovative commercial-scale technologies. The Minister made the announcement in advance of meetings with his provincial and territorial forest minister counterparts.

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Forest fires cause state of emergency in Krasnoyarsk region

Voice of Russia
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

The authorities of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region in central Siberia have declared a state of emergency due to forest fires, most of which are blazing in hard-to-reach terrain, the region’s acting Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Yelena Vavilova told reporters on Tuesday. Hot and dry weather causes forest fires to grow, she said. More than 50 forest fires covering a total of 2,000 hectares have been registered in the region, of which 45 are in areas that are hard-to-reach for aircraft. The northeastern districts are the worst-hit. At present, the wildfires pose no threat to communities. Over 800 people, dozens of firefighting systems and 24 aircraft are battling the forest fires.

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Awarding of new woodlots on Gambier on hold again

Bowen Island Undercurrent
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On June 18th, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) sent out a letter stating that it would announce the winning bids for two new woodlots on Gambier Island. More than 100 people wrote letters protesting this step forward in the process that would lead to 25 percent of Gambier being actively logged. On June 24th, the Gambier Island Conservancy applied for judicial review in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in an effort to freeze the process. Later that day, the deputy minister, Craig Sutherland informed the Conservancy that it would be at least a few more weeks before any woodlot licenses would be awarded.

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation

BY PETER O’NEIL, VANCOUVER SUN
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

OTTAWA — A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has title 1,750 square kilometres of land in south central B.C. …The unanimous ruling from all eight judges was written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. “Aboriginal title confers the right to use and control the land and to reap the benefits flowing from it,” she found. However, the ruling also made clear that economic development on title land can continue – either with consent, or if there is no consent when the Crown has proven that the project has a “compelling and substantial” public interest.

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Tsilhqot’in Nation Welcomes Recognition Of Full Aboriginal Title For The First Time In Canadian History

Inter Continental Cry Magazine
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC –  The Tsilhqot’in Nation welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision overruling the BC Court of Appeal’s judgment on Aboriginal title. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the 2007 ruling of the BC Supreme Court and declared Aboriginal title to approximately 2000 km2 in the heart of the Tsilhqot’in homeland, in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling ends a long history of denial and sets the stage of recognition of Aboriginal title in its full form. Rejecting the BC Court of Appeal’s impoverished view of title as specific, intensely used sites is a step towards true and lasting reconciliation for all First Nations. The Tsilhqot’in Nation has worked tirelessly with many organizations to make this a reality.

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Alberta forest loss worst in foothills, not oilsands area: satellite imagery

Forest loss worst in foothills, not oilsands area
Kelowna Daily Courier
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – A report based on new satellite imagery says forests on the slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are disappearing more quickly than anywhere else in the province — including the oilsands area. The Global Forest Watch data, to be released Thursday, suggests industrial development is cutting through forests on the eastern slopes at twice the Canadian average and faster than countries that include the United States, Russia and Brazil.
“By any measure or comparison, this is a large amount of forest loss,” said Global Forest Watch spokesman Peter Lee, who reached that conclusion using a database of hundreds of thousands of satellite pictures. 

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Forest fire exhibit recalls heroic ranger who perished in huge blaze

Cowichan Valley Citizen
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

“And in his hand, so tightly clasped, we found his Badge of Service as if to say, ‘I’ve done my duty.'” Through August, the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre is celebrating, if that’s the right word, The Bloedel Fire aka The Sayward Fire aka The Campbell River Fire which is remembered by many, simply, as The Great Fire of 1938. “Burning Snags and Raining Ashes” also honours the B.C. Forest Service and it struck me that this would have been a great opportunity to acknowledge Ranger Oliver Gosnold Clark, killed in the line of duty after performing a “deed of heroism unsurpassed in British annals”. Late spring of 1925 had been unusually hot and tinder-dry, and outbreaks in the Qualicum, Ladysmith and Capilano areas soon spread out of control.

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Serious commitment

tbnewswatch.com
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Bill Mauro is taking his new post seriously. The Liberal MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan was named to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet Tuesday as the Minister of Natural Resources, a portfolio that includes forestry. Mauro said forestry is a key component of the ministry and much of its role in the industry is to foster economic development. “Here in the North, our economy in Thunder Bay and region has been very, very good for three, four, five years. 

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As ash tree damage peaks, Barrington officials unveil removal, replanting plan

Barrington Courier Review
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The toll of the Emerald Ash Borer on ash trees in Barrington has been far greater in 2014 than in any year since, according to Public Works Director Mark Werksman. So far this year the village has removed 550 ash trees in public parkways and subdivisions, including Fox Point and Wyngate, Werksman told the Village Board and audience members Monday. Last year 128 ash trees were removed in the village, and in 2012 the total of trees removed was just 39.

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N.S. urged to review forestry

Crown lands planning may leave key biodiversity areas at risk, scientists say
The Chronicle Herald NS
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of a government-assembled science team are concerned key biodiversity areas are at risk in the Natural Resources Department’s western Crown lands planning process. The conclusion was revealed in a freedom of information request that the Ecology Action Centre made public Wednesday. The biodiversity science advisory team, consisting of staff from Natural Resources’ wildlife division and from the Environment Department, expressed concern that biodiversity is being sacrificed for harvesting.

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Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

The Missoulian
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation wants to increase its revenue from about 550,000 acres of state land scattered across the western half of the state. That includes 39,000 acres in the Stillwater State Forest considered security habitat for grizzlies and bull trout, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Scientists call on Obama to order national policy to conserve old growth forest

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

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – More than 75 U.S. and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America’s old-growth forest. The scientists include two former chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service, Jack Ward Thomas and Mike Dombeck. They say less than 10 per cent of the old-growth forest before European settlement is still intact. Only fragments remain in the eastern United States and the largest trees in the Pacific Northwest were targeted more than a century ago. 

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California drought helps state save oak trees from deadly pathogen

As farmers abandon crops amid dust bowl conditions, scientists find ways to fighting contagious spores of ‘sudden oak death’
The Guardian
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s drought is worsening and turning farms to dust, but it is also helping to save oak trees from a deadly fungus and keep beaches clean from bacteria-saturated water. The lack of rain has impeded a disease which kills the state’s signature tree and reduced the amount of bacteria-laden water which contaminates the coast, according to reports this week. The good news did not dispel alarm over the wider crisis. Almost 33% of California is now suffering “exceptional” drought, the highest category, according to the US Drought Monitor. 

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Molloy gives feds until 2018 to complete lynx recovery plan

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

BILLINGS – A federal judge on Wednesday set a 2018 deadline for the government to complete a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states. Wildlife advocates had asked U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to push the government into faster action on the snow-loving big cats, which were added to the list of threatened species in 2000. But after federal officials said budget issues and competing priorities were slowing their work, Molloy indicated Wednesday in an order that he was reluctant to second-guess them. 

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US declares wood storks no longer endangered

Associated Press
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TOWNSEND, Ga. — The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it’s getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday. The tall, bald wading birds that nest in swamps and coastal marshes from Florida to the Carolinas are now a “threatened” species, a step up that indicates the wood stork is no longer considered at risk of extinction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced during a visit to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large wood stork colony on the Georgia coast.

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Forestry lobbyist on his bike to pedal a CSIRO message

The Canberra Times
June 27, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Many may wonder why a lobbyist for the multi-billion dollar forestry industry would hop on a bicycle, partially made of timber, to ride across Canberra to deliver a letter. But as Ross Hampton explained, he wants to save some scientists. The chief executive of the powerful Australian Forest Products Association – addressed by Tony Abbott in March when the Prime Minister said Australia already had too many forests locked up – is lobbying the CSIRO to reconsider cutting the jobs of forestry scientists.

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Forest protesters crackdown: On-the-spot fines debate begins

ABC News
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Debate has started on plans by the Tasmanian Government to crack down on forest protesters by introducing on-the-spot fines. The Government wants to introduce on-the-spot fines of up to $10,000 and mandatory three-month jail sentences for second offences. It said the laws were a reasonable attempt to help the forest industry and Tasmanians have had enough of of “workplace invasion”. The move was labelled “draconian” by the Tasmanian Greens, with Greens MP Nick McKim saying they were an attack on freedom of speech.

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Fears tree bill will benefit loggers

Radio NZ
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservation Minister Nick Smith says legislation being rushed through Parliament will only allow storm-damaged trees to be harvested on conservation land. Parliament has gone into urgency to debate changes to the Conservation Act to allow the harvesting of some of the tens of thousands of native trees felled by a storm in April on the West Coast. Environmental group Forest and Bird says the urgency is a smokescreen to allow loggers access to rimu forest on the West Coast.

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SDGs should feature two forest-specific targets – CPF chair

CIFOR
June 25, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

(CIFOR) — Crafting a lasting global development framework that supports sustainable forest management is a challenge for policymakers juggling the competing interests of a range of resource sectors. Measurable international development targets due to replace the current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 have been under discussion since 2012. After two years of debate, a proposed list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly in September and finalized next year.

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Timber Bill must support local business and community

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
June 26, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It is disappointing but not surprising the Government is refusing to amend urgent legislation to ensure West Coast people and businesses benefit from windfall timber, Labours MP for West Coast-Tasman MP Damien OConnor says. Conservation Minister …Timber Bill must support local business and community. It is disappointing but not surprising the Government is refusing to amend urgent legislation to ensure West Coast people and businesses benefit from windfall timber, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor says.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Report suggests climate change bad for Alberta frogs, beneficial for crows and coyotes

Calgary Herald
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A first-of-its-kind report suggests Alberta’s amphibians will be most vulnerable to climate change, while coyotes and crows could actually benefit. The report, Climate Change Vulnerability of Alberta’s Terrestrial Biodiversity: A Preliminary Assessment, by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, studied the sensitivity of amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and plants to the average predicted temperature increase of between 2.5 C to 3.5 C in the next 40 years. “Our challenge was to understand which species may be most affected by climate change, either negatively or positively,” said Chris Shank, lead author of the report.

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Obama says his plan to combat climate change is making a difference, but more to be done

US News Associated Press
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad, despite steadfast opposition from much of Congress. “When you take those first steps, even if they’re hard, and even if there are politics sometimes, you start building momentum and you start mobilizing larger and larger communities,” Obama said. “Every step makes a difference.”

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‘Tackling’ Climate Change

Media Post Blog
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Just as sports fans around the globe are being riveted to their barstools by the World Cup, complete with spectacular goals and tackles, comes word that the World Bank believes that “tackling climate change” could be a huge economic driver for world economies. Why is it, you may wonder, that the word “tackle” is now used with increasing frequency in relation to climate change? By design, actually. The folks at BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), a consortium that includes Nike, Levi’s, and numerous other global brands, launched a Climate Declaration campaign in 2013 that reframed climate change as an economic opportunity. The headline was “Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century – and it’s simply the right thing to do.”

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Groups seek protection of iconic Alaska tree, saying climate change threatens yellow cedar

Associated Press
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four conservation groups have petitioned the Interior Department to list an iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change. Yellow cedar for centuries has been carved by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people for canoe paddles and totem poles. They could remove a lengthwise strip of bark from a living tree to use for weaving baskets and hats, and as backing in blankets because the trees can compartmentalize the damage and heal themselves. Yellow cedar can resist insects and rot and live more than 1,000 years but their shallow roots are vulnerable to freezing. Climate warming over the last century has been deadly.

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RWE pellet plant in Georgia is up for sale

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

RWE Innogy initiated a sales process for the Georgia Biomass pellet plant in Waycross,Texas about four weeks ago. Information as to the recent status quo of the sales efforts has not been supplied. The planned divestiture is, by the company’s own account, associated with the altered strategy of RWE Innogy, whereupon the business with biomass plants is not part of the core business anymore. Georgia Biomass was put into operation in mid-May 2011. With a capacity of around 750,000 t/year, it is still today’s largest operating pellet plant in the US.

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Will Climate Change Hurt Tropical Rainforests? Scientists Study the Effects of Warming on Puerto Rican Forest

Michigan Tech News
June 26, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Did you know that there is a tropical rainforest in the United States? It’s in Puerto Rico—the El Yunque National Forest—and Michigan Technological University researchers are joining U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists there to get a handle on the impact that climate change—particularly warming—is likely to have on the tropical forests of the world. The Tropical Response to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) research project is supported by the U.S. Forest Service with an additional three-year, $960,000 grant from the US Department of Energy.

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Biomass scheme sparks huge demand for top timber firm’s wood pellets

North Wales Extra
June 25, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A TOP North Wales timber company is reporting red hot demand for its speciality line of wood pellets sparked by government cash incentives for people to install the environment friendly biomass heating systems they burn. Award-winning Clifford Jones Timber, based in Ruthin, annually churn out 30,000 tons of the pellets – which it describes as the “fuel of the future” – at a purpose-built 20,000 square foot factory at its Brickfield Lane home.

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General

NZ is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs

June 25, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

New Zealand is now the world’s largest supplier of softwood logs with exports increasing fourfold to almost two billion dollars in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. More than 20 percent of the world’s softwood log trade originates from New Zealand. In 2013, the country exported 57 percent of the country’s timber harvest and the value of the trade had tripled in five years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. A majority of the log volumes were destined for China, but South Korea, India and Japan were also sourcing logs from New Zealand last year. …While timberland owners have … benefited … domestic sawmills have not seen the same surge in export volumes. In 2008, the total value of exported lumber equaled that of exported logs at approximately 500 million US dollars. Since that time, the export value for lumber has gone up a respectable 30%.

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