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  • Cement develops an appetite for C02

    Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again. Sometimes, human agency is at work, but nature takes care of it anyway – as one of the studies reveals in the case of cement, the world’s most widely-used building material. Zhu Liu, postdoctoral scholar at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Forest Certification to Help Ensure the Sustainable Use of Southern Mediterranean Forests

    Desertification is one of the major environmental problems faced by Maghreb. The sustainable use of forests in these countries would help to mitigate and adapt to this global change. This is why MENFRI, the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation, gathered together forestry experts in Barcelona this summer to discuss opportunities and challenges ...


    By PEFC International

  • Preventing forest fires with tree power

    MIT researchers and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can power a network of sensors to prevent spreading forest fires. What they learn also could raise the possibility of using trees as silent sentinels along the nation's borders to detect potential threats such as smuggled radioactive materials. The U.S. Forest Service currently predicts and tracks fires with a ...

  • Sweden discovers diesel in its forests

    After six years of research and 300 million krona ($47 million CAD), Sweden's largest oil company Preem has announced it's latest alternative fuel will enter the domestic market in April 2011.  Preem Evolution Diesel is being touted as the world's first truly green diesel. While bio-fuel is not a new invention, it has been accompanied with controversy as the biomass is often derived from an ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • BTEC and RPG Awarded Grant by U.S. Forest Service

    The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Resource Professional Group (RPG) today announced that they were awarded a $70,000 grant by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). The project will promote energy cost savings and environmental improvement of commercial buildings by educating building architects and biomass appliance manufacturers on wood energy. ...

  • Pöyry acquires 60% of Brazilian forest-based consulting

     PÖYRY PLC          Press Release 22 November 2010 at 1:15 p.m. Pöyry has acquired 60 per cent of the shares of Silviconsult Engenharia Ltda, a Brazilian forest-oriented ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

    While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific's forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia's forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report released today. "This region accounts for nearly half of global trend emissions," ...

  • Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

    Managing the world's forest resources is today both a local and global undertaking, and technology has provided Global Forest Watch with an unprecedented opportunity to connect not only information and data but people, whether they be forest managers, businesses and private sector, or consumers across the globe. The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google,UNEP and a group of more than 40 ...

  • Rejuvenating arid badlands: from barren slopes to living forest in 80 years

    A reforestation project has revitalised its surroundings just 80 years after its inception. In the late 1920s, the Saldaña badlands in northern Spain were a barren region, with a thin layer of intensely weathered soil, and only 5% vegetation cover. Now that cover has increased dramatically to 87%, the soil quality is improving, and the water flow in the area has stabilised, bringing ...

  • FireIce Successfully Used by US Forest Service to Control Timber Fire in Washington State

    GelTech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: GLTC), creators of FireIce, a revolutionary water-enhancing fire suppressant that has the potential to change current firefighting techniques globally, announced that FireIce was chosen over water and long term retardant to combat the Mount Barney fire burning in heavy timber north of Winthrop, Washington in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. FireIce was ...


    By Marketwire

  • Enterprise rent-a-car foundation to plant 5 millionth tree in 2010 as part of 50 million tree pledge with Arbor Day foundation and U.S. forest service

    The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation will plant its 5 millionth tree in 2010 as part of the 50 Million Tree Pledge, a private/public/nonprofit partnership between Enterprise, the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. For the fifth consecutive year since the program's launch in 2006, 1 million trees will be planted in national forests in countries in which Enterprise operates. ...

  • Responsible Forestry and CSR – The Business Case

    The significance of responsible timber sourcing practices to promote sustainable forest management and combat climate change will be the focus of the keynote speech by Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International Secretary General at the forthcoming World Engineers Summit (WES) in Singapore next week. Sustainable forest management is key to maintaining the forest carbon stock ...


    By PEFC International

  • Natural fortification against typhoons

    “The low number of casualties of this typhoon compared to Haiyan can be attributed to good disaster preparedness and timely evacuation, and the fact that there was no storm surge”, states Merijn van Leeuwen of Wetlands International, who is currently in the Philippines. Although the fatalities are less, the impact of typhoons like Haiyan and Hagupit can be disastrous to infrastructure ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EPA Settles Lawsuit Against North Georgia Landowner for Violations of the Clean Water Act

    The Duvall Development Co., Inc., Duvall & Son Livestock, Inc. and the president of both companies, Jeffrey H. Duvall, will pay a $30,000 penalty and have purchased five acres of forested land that was donated to the Chattahoochee National Forest in order to resolve federal Clean Water Act (CWA) violations. “This enforcement action sends a strong message about the importance of ...

  • `Mirror, mirror on the wall, who`s the `greenest` of them all?`

    Today, Dogwood Alliance and ForestEthics, released the 2010 Green Grades Office Supply Report Card, an important vehicle for educating consumers and large purchasers of office supply products about the big paper sellers' environmental practices. This year's report shows strong progress from the traditional office supply ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 4th annual green grades report card finds FedEx, staples and office depot leading and Amazon and Costco lagging on key eco-issues

    Major office supply companies and retailers received their report cards today, and while the sector saw overall progress on critical sustainability issues such as Endangered Forest protection, several prominent brands continue bad habits that harm the world's forests, air, and water. Now in its 4th year, the Green Grades report card informs American consumers and large purchasers of paper ...

  • Tree planting robot helps faster reforestation

    One keeps wondering what went through designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist mind when she planned the tree planting robot. Was she alarmed by people"s lack of interest in tree planting or was it just an attempt to make already existing planting machinery efficient and flexible. Whatever may be her real objective the end result, a tree planting robot seems fundamentally useful. The four legged ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • GKN Wheels feature on world’s fastest tractor

    Wheels from GKN Land Systems have helped a 7.7-tonne vehicle set a new record for the world’s fastest tractor. Four JMJ Forest wheels supplied by GKN Land Systems’ facility in Denmark featured on the Valtra T234 tractor when it achieved the record on an emergency airfield approximately 20km from the city of Sodankylä in Lapland. The tractor was driven by four-times World Rally ...


    By GKN Land Systems

  • Timberland commits five million trees in five years to help solve critical issues in high-risk environments

    The Timberland Company (NYSE: TBL) believes it can help alleviate hunger, create jobs, protect wildlife and preserve the environment...all through the simple act of planting a tree. Make that five million trees - in five years. It's a bold pledge in support of a bold vision. And although the notion is pretty simple - plant some trees, do some good ...

  • Cross-Section Averaged Spray Characteristics

    A new ASTM International standard, E2872, Guide for Determining Cross-Section Averaged Characteristics of a Spray Using Laser-Diffraction Instruments in a Wind Tunnel Apparatus, will be used to guide characterization of nozzles and atomizers using laser diffraction instruments. E2872 is primarily applicable to aerial agricultural spraying, ...


    By ASTM International

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