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Daily Archives: October 19, 2015

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest adds voice against US duty on imports of Canadian glossy paper

Canadian Business
October 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest has added its voice to Nova Scotia’s complaints against a U.S. duty imposed on a certain type of Canadian-made glossy paper products. The Montreal-based company says it believes the U.S. Commerce Department failed to consider all the relevant factors and incorrectly applied the rules when it calculated the duty on Resolute. The duties were imposed after U.S. producers complained that their Canadian rivals were getting government subsidies that provided an unfair advantage under international trade agreements.

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Lessons learned — and ignored — from a fire that destroyed 3,000 homes

Conditions that contributed to the Oakland Hills fire 24 years ago re-emerge
Market Watch
October 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For Jim and Veronica Harris, the morning of Oct. 20, 1991 in the hills just above Oakland, Calif. was hot, dry and ominously windy… For more than 3,000 homeowners in Oakland and Berkeley, whatever they could pack quickly — photos, heirlooms, pets — would be the only things that would survive. The Oakland Hills fire of 1991, while burning is still California’s most devastating wildfire. It burned only 1,600 acres, but killed 25 people — including an Oakland police officer and an Oakland firefighter, while nearly a dozen residents died along Charing Cross Road in Oakland when they were caught in their cars by the fast-moving fire. The damage was estimated at $1.5 billion in 1991 dollars. 

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SC Forestry Commission estimates $65 million loss from flood

Gaffney Ledger
October 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA—South Carolina Forestry Commission officials estimate a loss of at least $65 million in the forest industry’s economic impact because of last week’s historic flooding. The estimate was derived from forest planting and inventory data, aerial surveillance, mill reports and consultations with loggers and landowners. The assessment does not include what are expected to be additional millions of dollars in damage and repair to private forest roads, which is currently unknown. “Some mills have reported shortages of wood deliveries and difficulty shipping finished products because of closed roads, bridges and rail lines,” said State Forester Gene Kodama. “Many loggers in the flood zone have not been able to operate since the storm because of wet ground and inaccessible roads and bridges. These conditions are not likely to improve soon.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Gov. Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The wilderness fire was “a real wake-up call” to reduce the carbon pollution “that is in many respects driving all of this,” he said. “The fires are changing…. The way this fire performed, it’s not the way it usually has been. Going in lots of directions, moving fast, even without hot winds.” “It’s a new normal,” he said in August. “California is burning.” Brown had political reasons for his declaration. He had just challenged Republican presidential candidates to state their agendas on global warming.

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