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Issue date: 
Aug. 19, 2010

Groups oppose genetically engineered eucalyptus trees

Environmentalists are challenging the plans of a S.C.-based biotechnology firm to grow genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in the South, saying the fast-growing Australian species could spread uncontrollably.

ArborGen LLC won federal permits in May to plant 330 acres of a eucalyptus hybrid in South Carolina and six other states. The test sites include Marlboro County, S.C., about 75 miles southeast of Charlotte.

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Aug 17, 2010

Uruguay Tries to Solve Its Forestry Puzzle

MONTEVIDEO, Aug 17, 2010 (Tierramérica) - "A Uruguayan consumes 40 kilos of paper per year, compared to 400 kilos consumed by someone in Finland. We produce wood pulp to feed foreign consumption," says sociologist María Selva Ortiz, representative of the environmental group Redes-Friends of the Earth Uruguay.

"But the ecological baggage of that consumption is the damage to our water, our soil, our farmers," she told Tierramérica.

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July 22, 2010

Scientists sound warning on forest carbon payment scheme

Scientists convening in Bali expressed a range of concerns over a proposed mechanism for mitigating climate change through forest conservation, but some remained hopeful the idea could deliver long-term protection to forests, ease the transition to a low-carbon economy, and generate benefits to forest-dependent people.

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July 5, 2010

Italy-China Partnership: Poplar-based Agroforestry Benefits Millions

Nestling on the North Jiangsu Plain, with a population of 1 million inhabitants, Siyang County is an ideal showcase of the integrated capacity of poplar forests to restore marginal flood plains, stabilizing the banks of the Yellow, Huai and Yangtze rivers and, directly and indirectly benefiti

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July 06, 2010

Forest loss in India likely worse than conventionally believed

Researchers have questioned 2009 findings by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) that found that India's forests were, unlike many tropical Asian nations', on the rebound. According to the FSI, Indian forests had grown by almost five percent from the 1990s. Yet, were these finding too good to be true?

According to Jean-Philippe Puyravaud and Priya Davidar of Pondicherry University, and William Laurance from James Cook University, the findings were very likely too optimistic.

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May 25, 2010

ArborGen cleared to field test genetically engineered eucalyptus in US south

Eucalyptus trees with a foreign gene that helps them withstand cold weather could become a new source of wood for pulp, paper, and biofuels in the Southern timber belt, said a report in the New York Times.

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June 22, 2010

Sino-Forest ups stake to 53.7 pct from 19.9 pct Omnicorp Ltd

 * To pay about $53.7 mln for 230 mln shares

* Says deal to help meet growing wood demand in China

* Sino-Forest V-C to become CEO of Omnicorp on completion

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June 21, 2010

Detailed Summary of the American Power Act of 2010 Offset Provisions

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May 06, 2010

Tree-planting drive to earn Kenya revenue

Investors from industrialised countries are racing to strike financing deals with Kenya in partnerships set to open new avenues for donor support as the world switches to green economy.

Survival of the fittest – also true for the forest, paper and packaging industry?

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) published its annual review of the Forest, Paper and Packaging industry in January 2010

Named “Forest, paper and packaging: CEO perspectives <of the year>”, PWC is doing quite a challenging annual job. And every year the report is coming up with astonishing intimate insights. But let us have a closer look to the latest report (the 2010 version):


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by Dr. Radut