Tree Frog Forestry News

A surprising solution to the environmental burden of electronic devices

Tree Frog Forestry News
May 4, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

More kudos for “sustainable, versatile wood”. The University of Wisconsin has a “surprising solution to the environmental burden of electronic devices” – biodegradable computer chips made from wood. And the Urban Land Institute has a story on the “hidden features of sustainable mass timber – faster project delivery, 30 to 90 days off a construction schedule”.


California’s Senate proposed a “new and more ambitious carbon credit cap-and-trade system this week, challenging Ontario and Quebec to do the same or get left behind“. Quebec and California have a linked carbon credit market that expires at the end of 2020.
And last but certainly not least, we have today’s Softwood Lumber digest (less the dozens of references at all-candidate debates throughout BC). A few thought-provoking commentaries include:

  • Trump revives lumber wars (Vick Needham, The Hill)
  • Timber! Trump latest president to fall for lumber lobby (Bogdan Kipling, Chronicle Herald)
  • On softwood, Canada must avoid the negotiating table (Carl Grenier, Globe and Mail)
  • The hard facts on B.C.’s softwood lumber dilemma (Roslyn Kunin, Troy Media)
  • Lumber and Loonies (Kellyn Brown, Flathead Beacon)

But our favourite is a letter to the editor by Gord Marshall. “I am sure this sounds overly simplistic, but if the US wants our softwood lumber to cost more, I believe we should accommodate them”.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor