Environment, Carbon and Forests
Martin Breed; Andrew Lowe; Nick Gellie, and Peter Mortimer, Chinese Academy of Sciences Earth is in a land degradation crisis. If we were to take the roughly one-third of the world’s land that has been degraded from its natural state and combine it into a single entity, these “Federated States of Degradia” would have a […]
This document represents the full technical summaries of “Research to support recovery and long term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta”, which was supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and government and industry partners (listed in Appendix A). This project was undertaken and completed over a three year period (2011-2014) by a multi-disciplinary research team within the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program as part of an ongoing long term program within provincial grizzly bear range in Alberta.
This report is presented in chapter format by research themes and the authorship of each chapter identified within each subject area.
Readers are referred to published papers listed for additional detail if required.
On behalf of our research team and all those who assisted with many aspects of this 3-year research effort, I want to thank our program partners for supporting this research effort.
During the March/April 2016 period, there was an overall decrease in both pine stumpage prices and hardwood prices throughout the US South. Pine pulpwood saw the biggest decrease (-4.69 percent) dropping to $10.03/ton. The next two largest decreases were seen in pine chip-n-saw (-3.17 percent) and hardwood pulpwood (-3.14 percent). Pine sawtimber prices (<1 percent) remained steady while hardwood sawtimber prices (+1.01 percent) saw the only increase during the time period.
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Earlier this month, an intrepid team from Forestry Commission Scotland raised over £1,400 for TREE AID. Their ‘Blue Barrel Challenge’ was done during their annual leave, and consisted of paddling the 95 kilometre Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness. It took five wet and windy days, camping each night. Led by Malcolm […]
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New research uses spatially and temporally explicit data to better understand deforestation trends in South America.
A new pilot facility known as a slurry hydrocracking plant is currently being built at SP ETC in Piteå to produce green fuels based on forestry products. It will contribute to the aim of making the transport sector fossil fuel-free by 2030.
"The plant will contribute to the development of viable new technologies for conversion of e.g. lignin to hydrocarbons, suitable for downstream processing in a traditional refinery. Here institutes, academia and the business community can test and verify different concepts before they become commercially available," says Professor Olov Öhrman, head of research at SP ETC in Piteå.
An important focus of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) lies on governance, trade and investment in value chains and the effects on smallholders and small-scale rural businesses. One of these chains is cocoa, where FTA researchers at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Bioversity International have looked at recent developments towards more sustainability, coming from global […]
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Under Bradley’s leadership B&Q has moved to 100% responsibly sourced timber and is working towards all products being peat-free
Quiet tenacity, impressive determination and outstanding leadership are just some of the qualities Rachel Bradley’s colleagues point to when asked why they nominated her to be the Guardian Sustainable Business Unsung Hero 2016.
The reader-nominated award, the winner of which is chosen by public vote, recognises an employee who has gone beyond the call of duty to drive sustainable change in his or her organisation. In Bradley’s case, she has managed a number of significant projects in her 11 years at B&Q, including completing the transition to 100% responsibly sourced timber that began in 1991, working towards the company’s products becoming peat-free, and adopting the RHS Perfect for Pollinators label to help customers choose the best flowers for butterflies and bees.Continue reading...
Government asks International Fund for Agricultural Development to continue support for agroforestry
Risky business: Uptake and implementation of sustainability standards and certification schemes in the Indonesian palm oil sector
Authors: Gnych, S.; Limberg, G.; Paoli, G. Evolving international sustainability norms demand greater environmental and social responsibility from business across global commodity chains – from countries of origin to countries of consumption. Conventional commandand-control regulation has had limited success in addressing negative environmental and social impacts. As a result, advocacy groups and NGOs have championed a diversity of market-based and […]