New York Times: Not every scientist would choose to spend a peaceful summer Sunday morning perched on a jittery scaffold 40 feet up a red oak tree, peering through a microscope to jab a leaf with a tiny glass needle filled with oil. But Michael Knoblauch, a plant cell biologist at Washington State University, is in the stretch run of a 20-year quest to prove a longstanding hypothesis about how nutrients are transported in plants. He is also running out of time: He’s nearing the end of a sabbatical year, much of...
Guardian: There’s a scene in the newly-restored science fiction classic The Day the Earth Caught Fire (premiered last week in the summer open air cinema at the British Museum) when The Daily Express’s fictional, bull-nosed science reporter, Bill Maguire, barks at a newsroom junior to fetch him information on the melting points of various substances. It’s to illustrate a spread in the paper which is investigating how massive nuclear tests have shifted the planet on its axis, causing chaotic weather and a heat...
SciDevNet: The destruction of natural habitats in the Amazon is increasingly forcing vampire bats into contact with people and even into cities, causing more outbreaks of the deadly rabies disease, say scientists.
In remote parts of the Amazon, rabies is usually controlled by vaccination of local populations in response to human deaths from the virus. But that has not succeeded in preventing further outbreaks, says Benjamin Stoner-Duncan from the University of Washington, who co-authored a recent review...
Given the favourable market conditions, the Russian Forest Service intends to hike forest rent in order to increase the profitability of forestry, as Russian Forestry News reported. In 2009-2014, these rates remained unchanged. The draft resolution provides for the indexation of payment rates based on the forecasted level of inflation and taking into account the […]
Until 2016, growth in construction in Europe is mainly expected for the North and Baltic Sea region. Meanwhile, the unprecedented housing crisis in Southern Europe has at least hit the bottom. This is the forecast published during the 77th Euroconstruct Conference in Oslo, as Holzkurier reported. No big jumps are expected in the German-speaking countries. […]
Huhtamaki has invested approximately EUR 7 million to acquire New Zealand based Interpac Packaging. The acquisition is part of the company’s plan to expand its product offering.
RedOrbit: Unless global red meat and dairy product consumption is reduced, greenhouse gases resulting from food production will increase by 80 percent in the years to come, a team of researchers from the UK reported Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
This dire warning comes as an increasing number of people all over the world are “adopting American-style diets, leading to a sizeable increase in meat and dairy consumption,” said BBC News environmental analyst Roger Harrabin. If this continues,...
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The Nordic Council of Ministers, the BAT Group under the Working Group for Sustainable Consumption and Production, has requested the consultant to prepare a report on Best Available Techniques (BAT) in wood preservation with chemicals in the Nordic countries. The … Continue reading →
One of the Finnish environmental technology flagship projects gaining international attention is the new gasification based waste-to-energy plant solution, developed by Valmet.
Huhtamaki has acquired Interpac Packaging Limited based in Auckland, New Zealand. Interpac manufactures folded carton packaging for the fast-moving consumer goods and retail products as well as the foodservice market in New Zealand.
This new report highlights the Best Available Techniques (BAT) in wood preservation with chemicals in the Nordic countries. The Nordic wood preserving industry produces around 2.1 million m3 of impregnated wood per year, which is about one third of the total supply of pressure-treated wood in Europe. This report describes the present status of the used technologies, their emissions and impacts on the environment and technologies that can be considered BAT.
Building work has begun on the first phase of our construction of the Sylva Wood Centre. A semi-derelict agricultural building is to be converted into an enterprise hub for wood-using businesses.
In order for smallholder forest plantations in Ghana to be successful, incentives for managing secondary forests are needed, as well as an increased knowledge in marketing constraints, pests and disease management, the role of trees and a better definition of ownership of trees on farms. These were some of the conclusions withdrawn from the discussions during the inception workshop of the Landscape Restoration Project, organized by Tropenbos International on August 5, 2014 in Kumasi, Ghana.
Confor welcomes the recent decision from the international Forest Stewardship Council's Board of Directors to make their proposed Online Claims Platform voluntary. The platform (OCP) has been the subject...
Finnish forest industry group Ponsse’s consolidated net sales for the 1H 2014 amounted to Euro 183.6 million, which is 26.4% more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 73.5% of net sales, according to Lesprom Network.
BOGOR, Indonesia — Fry a tarantula, save the rainforest? Forest-based goods such as bamboo, rattan, and yes, edible spiders — a delicacy in Cambodia — can provide an incentive to protect tropical forests in the Southeast Asian country. But formalized programs to promote sustainable trade in such products while boosting local people’s incomes have left... Read more
To feed the estimated 9 billion people who are expected to inhabit our planet by 2015, we need to invest in women. “It’s not enough to say we are gender neutral,” said Catherine Bertini, as she delivered the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address in Canberra, Australia on 27 August 2014. “We need to constantly ask […]
The work of a private company in Lao PDR to develop agroforestry plantations that actively engage local communities is the topic of a post on the blog of the
A climate-smart village is to be established in Guinayangan in the Philippines Province of Quezon, to demonstrate how a food-secure village can also sustain the environment.