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The potential consequences of Drax's legal defeat on biomass subsidies

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 19:40
Drax had thought it was favourite to get two 'contracts for difference', designed to encourage investment in renewables

It is hard to keep up with the twists in the tale of Drax's attempts to win fixed-price government subsidies to help convert two of its dirty coal-fired units to run on biomass pellets.

Short version: the company thought it was nailed-on favourite to get two so-called contracts for difference, which are designed to encourage investment in renewables by guaranteeing prices on generated electricity for 15 years. It applied for two units and they were ranked joint first in the provisional ranking of projects last year.

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UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:50
The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.
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ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:49
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16 - 31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.
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Invasive Species May Spread Via Wildlife Corridors

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:04
Nature World: Invasive species such as fire ants may be able to spread via wildlife corridors - strips of land used to reconnect habitats separated by human activity - according to a new study. Wildlife corridors are supposed to promote biodiversity, but researchers from the University of California show that they in fact can sometimes be a sort of gateway to the spread of invasive species. The findings, published in the journal Ecology, are particularly relevant to Florida, where invasive species like Cuban...
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Smokey Bear, Iconic Symbol of Wildfire Prevention, Still Going Strong at 70

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 18:00
“Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” For more than 50 years, that iconic catch phrase grabbed the hearts and minds of generations of children, spurred a series of books, games and gifts, helped to change the face of wildland firefighting and prompted more than one child to grow up to be [...]
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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:45
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focused on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.
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India, US Consult on Climate Change

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:39
High-level officials from India and the US have met to discuss bi- and multilateral cooperation on climate change. The meeting, held on 30 July in New Delhi, India, constituted the first round of bilateral consultations under the India-US Joint Working Group on Climate Change. Discussions focused on two aspects: enhanced dialogue on an ambitious post-2020 climate agreement; and strengthening bilateral efforts in the areas of clean technology, smart grids, energy efficiency, adaptation strategies, and sustainable forestry and REDD+.
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Landmark for wildlife crime database EU-TWIX

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:34
Cambridge, UK 7th August 2014—EU-TWIX (European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) has reached the landmark of 40 000 records in its database of illegal wildlife seizures.
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UPM posts strong Q2 2014

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 17:13
UPM recently published its Interim Report Q2/2014. Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 186 million, 7.6% of sales (138 million, 5.5% of sales), due to the successful profit improvement programme.
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Singapore passes trans-boundary haze act

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2014-08-07 15:59
Jakarta Post: The Singaporean Parliament has passed the 2014 Trans-boundary Haze Pollution Act , which will enable regulators to sue individuals or companies in neighboring countries that cause severe air pollution in Singapore through slash-and-burn agricultural practices. The act was first proposed in 2013 after a huge rise in the number of forest fires on the neighboring Indonesian province of Riau spread smoke to Singapore, adding to the city-state’s pollution levels. Global Director of Forestry Programs...
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In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2014-04-26 07:00
Government protections are helping Asian elephant numbers rise, but forests are rapidly giving way to rubber and other cash crops.
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Final Thoughts

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 21:48
Wednesday was my final day of classes.  Ever.  I finished up four years of intensive law and graduate school and walked away from the Forestry School, feeling a bit dumbfounded.  This was the first semester in which I had no...
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Arbor Day

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
“Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.”  Quote by J. Sterling Morton, Co-founder of Arbor Day It’s been a significant week for the environment, with the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere exceeding 401 ppm on Monday. This record-breaking carbon dioxide level is a clear signal that our world is […]
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Lessons from the 2013 northern Colorado flood: Past, present, and future

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 19:23
The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have teamed together to produce a science bulletin on the 2013 northern Colorado flood. The Bulletin notes how the Research Station and National Forests are working together to inform recovery efforts and provide information on what to expect into the future.
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My Dunkin' Would Be Deforestation-Free

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 19:08
While Dunkin’ Brands is poised to lead the fast-food industry for responsibly sourcing palm oil, they have been promising to release a new policy for nearly a year. Tell Dunkin’ Brands to be true to their word.
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First Meeting of the UNECEFAO Team of Specialists on Wood Energy (16 Jun 2014)

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 19:00
The first meeting of the Team of Specialists on Wood Energy will take place on 16 June 2014 from 900am to 1200pm in room VIII of the Palais des Nations in Geneva The participation in the meeting is restricted to the members of the Team of Specialists The meeting documentation is under preparation for more information please contact the ToS secretary Alicja Kacprzak ...
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Implementation of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program – Phase 3

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 18:24
The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia in order to reduce rural poverty, enhance biodiversity conservation and strengthen climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices. The … Continue reading →
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Nile Story

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 17:30
The objectives of the Nile Story are: (i) to develop new ways to describe the results of the Nile program in qualitative and quantitative terms at the program and project levels, including the outcomes and impacts of the support. (ii) … Continue reading →
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16JuneGeneva (16 Jun 2014)

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 17:00
The Team of Specialists on Forest Products Statistics meeting will be held in room VIII of the Palais des Nations Geneva 15001800 For more information contact Anvar Nigmatov ...
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WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-25 16:27
The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.
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