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B.C. supports wood innovation with opening of WIDC

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 23:01

PRINCE GEORGE – The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, officially opened today, on budget and on time, further positioning B.C. as a leader in wood innovation and design.

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Amazon rainforest deforestation linked to extreme weather events

REDD monitor news - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 22:21
By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, 31 October 2014 | The Amazon rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazil’s leading scientists. In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in the government’s space institute, earth system science centre, says the logging and burning of the world’s greatest forest might be connected to worsening droughts – such as the one currently plaguing São Paulo – and is likely to lead eventually to more extreme weather events. The study, which is a summary drawing from more than 200 existing papers on Amazonian climate and forest science, is intended as a wake-up call. “I realised the problem is much more serious than we realised, even in academia and the reason is that science has become so fragmented. Atmospheric scientists don’t look at forests as much as they should and vice versa,” said Nobre, who wrote the report for a lay audience.

Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 21:47
Report says logging and burning of Amazon might be connected to worsening droughts such as the one plaguing São Paulo

The Amazon rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazils leading scientists.

In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in the governments space institute, Earth System Science Centre, says the logging and burning of the worlds greatest forest might be connected to worsening droughts such as the one currently plaguing São Paulo and is likely to lead eventually to more extreme weather events.

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U.S. Forest Service Harvests 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Minnesota

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 20:00
On a cold afternoon in late October, about 500 people, including local area third graders who had made ornaments for it, gathered to witness the cutting of the 88-foot, 13,000-pound 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota. To help stay warm and nourished, attendees were offered hot chocolate [...]

KapStone reports record Q3 results

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 17:14
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation today reported record results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

UPM achieves EUR 200 million profit improvement target

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 17:14
UPM has published its Interim report Q3/2014. Key figures from Q3 2014 compared with Q3 2013 include:

CIFOR Links Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Cameroon's Forests

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 17:13
Making links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report from Cameroon revealing that the impacts of climate change may negatively affect REDD+ outcomes.

What next? Brazil’s deforestation soared by 290% in September 2014

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 16:42
  Between 2004 and 2012, deforestation rates fell in Brazil. Dramatically. But then in 2013, the rate increased by 29%. And in August and September this year, the rate shot up by 190% compared to the same period last year. In September 2014, according to data from satellite images reported … read more

Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 16:42
Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

What next? Brazil’s deforestation soars by 290% in September 2014

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 16:42
  Between 2004 and 2012, deforestation rates fell in Brazil. Dramatically. But then in 2013, the rate increased by 29%. And in August and September this year, the rate shot up by 190% compared to the same period last year. In September 2014, according to data from satellite images reported … read more

Orient Paper halts production due to government mandate

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 15:16
Chinese Orient Paper recently announced that it will temporarily stop manufacturing operations for the period October 30 through November 12, 2014, in accordance with an executive mandate from the Baoding city government.

Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 14:48
by Aaron Minnick, Tesfay Woldemariam, Chris Reij, Fred Stolle, Florence Landsberg and James Anderson This article originally appeared on Insights.  At the UN Climate Summit last month, an alliance of governments, companies, and civil society issued the New York Declaration on Forests. This declaration includes a pledge to restore 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030. Several countries confirmed their commitment to restore millions […]

Improved cooking stove projects: Principles for successful project design

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 13:46

Projects introducing improved stoves that save firewood and reduce emissions and indoor smoke address real needs but have often not succeeded as expected. Soini and Coe opine that one of the reasons for this is that lessons have not been learnt effectively. In a paper published in Development in Practice, they review the only available […]

Catalyst Paper to buy two paper mills from NewPage

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 13:18
Canadian newsprint and magazine paper producer Catalyst Paper has entered into an agreement to...

China Paper 2015 to be held in Shanghai

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 11:20
With the success of the 2014 edition, China Paper 2015, the 22nd edition of the event will be held in Shanghai on October 14-16, 2015, and will continue in the leading position as the most important Pulp and Paper event in China.

Preparation of the Comprehensive CRGE National Capacity Support Programme for GGGI Ethiopia

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 11:19
LTS is undertaking a small assignment for Global Green Growth Institute on behalf of Ethiopian Government’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF). The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has … Continue reading →

Purchasing Newsprint from Sustainable Sources Highlighted at WAN-IFRA Conference

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 11:10
The environmental benefits of purchasing newsprint that originates from sustainably managed forests was the focus of PEFC’s Singapore-based consultant Michael Buckley’s presentation at the Printing Summit during the recent WAN-IFRA 2014 conference in India. The 22nd annual conference of...

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Preparation of the Comprehensive CRGE National Capacity Support Programme for GGGI Ethiopia

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 11:00
LTS is undertaking a small assignment for Global Green Growth Institute on behalf of Ethiopian Government’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF). The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has … Continue reading →

Preparation of the Comprehensive CRGE National Capacity Support Programme for GGGI Ethiopia

GFIS - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 11:00
LTS is undertaking a small assignment for Global Green Growth Institute on behalf of Ethiopian Government’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF). The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has … Continue reading →

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