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PRESS RELEASE: VCS releases robust accounting framework for <b>REDD+</b> Projects in Tropical <b>...</b>

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:42
31-Mar-2015. The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) has approved a comprehensive carbon accounting methodology for REDD+ projects in tropical ...
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Magical place of gin-scented foliage

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:30

Forest-in-Teesdale: This juniper forest is a botanical wonder

“KILLER ON THE LOOSE” warned the dramatic sign beside the disinfectant footbaths at the entrance to Moor House national nature reserve. As we followed the path towards High Force waterfall, the work of the killer, a microscopic fungus-like organism called Phytophthora austrocedri, was plain to see; we passed scores of dead and dying junipers.

With the warmth of spring sunshine on our backs, and a sense of wellbeing that comes with the knowledge that winter is over, we had followed the Pennine Way beside the river Tees, upstream from Wynch Bridge.

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Categories: Forest

Magical place of gin-scented foliage

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:30

Forest-in-Teesdale: This juniper forest is a botanical wonder

“KILLER ON THE LOOSE” warned the dramatic sign beside the disinfectant footbaths at the entrance to Moor House national nature reserve. As we followed the path towards High Force waterfall, the work of the killer, a microscopic fungus-like organism called Phytophthora austrocedri, was plain to see; we passed scores of dead and dying junipers.

With the warmth of spring sunshine on our backs, and a sense of wellbeing that comes with the knowledge that winter is over, we had followed the Pennine Way beside the river Tees, upstream from Wynch Bridge.

Continue reading...
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Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:01
By Nigel Sizer, Matt Hansen, Peter Potapov, David Thau, Rachael Petersen, and James Anderson This article originally appeared on Insights. New, high-resolution satellite-based maps released today by the University of Maryland and Google on Global Forest Watch, a partnership of over 60 organizations convened by the World Resources Institute, reveal a significant recent surge in tree […]
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A Fresh Look at Forests, 2011-2013

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:01
By Peter Potapov, Matt Hansen, James Anderson, and Rachael Petersen Note: This blog provides additional technical detail to “Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally,” particularly on the reprocessing of 2011-2013 data. Read the main story here. The release of new global tree cover loss data for the year 2013 from the University […]
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Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:01
By Nigel Sizer, Matt Hansen, Peter Potapov, David Thau, Rachael Petersen, and James Anderson This article originally appeared on Insights. New, high-resolution satellite-based maps released today by the University of Maryland and Google on Global Forest Watch, a partnership of over 60 organizations convened by the World Resources Institute, reveal a significant recent surge in tree […]
Categories: Europe

A Fresh Look at Forests, 2011-2013

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 06:01
By Peter Potapov, Matt Hansen, James Anderson, and Rachael Petersen Note: This blog provides additional technical detail to “Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally,” particularly on the reprocessing of 2011-2013 data. Read the main story here. The release of new global tree cover loss data for the year 2013 from the University […]
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Kickstart a forest in Times Square

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:47

Project Kickstarter aims to turn pavement into forest at Times Square in New York and it has reached its goal of US$25,000 on March 30. According to the plan, a forest will appear “overnight” in June 2016 and last approximately three weeks. Source: Business Insider It will provide a green meadow with towering trees, wildflowers, shrubs, and ferns giving “visitors an immersive natural area experience in the most un-natural place on the planet.” The project was started by NYC Wildflower Week, which “provides free educational and programming opportunities to engage urbanites with the wilds of the Big Apple,” because “New York City is so much more than taxicabs, the Empire State Building, and Jay-Z.” An installation of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other nature could actually happen in Times Square. Though many “elected officials, corporations, and philanthropic foundations” are interested in the project according to the Kickstarter, the group must first supply a proof of concept. While the group’s ultimate goal is a forest in Times Square, many of the funds from the Kickstarter are first going to a similar project in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, as a test, as well as planning and developing phase 1 of the Times Square installation. From there, Wildflower’s hope is that the Times Square Alliance business development coalition will plan the rest of the project. After meeting the original goal, the group’s new stretch goal of US$40,000 will go to expanding the Brooklyn concept into it’s own permanent display.

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Kickstart a forest in Times Square

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:47

Project Kickstarter aims to turn pavement into forest at Times Square in New York and it has reached its goal of US$25,000 on March 30. According to the plan, a forest will appear “overnight” in June 2016 and last approximately three weeks. Source: Business Insider It will provide a green meadow with towering trees, wildflowers, shrubs, and ferns giving “visitors an immersive natural area experience in the most un-natural place on the planet.” The project was started by NYC Wildflower Week, which “provides free educational and programming opportunities to engage urbanites with the wilds of the Big Apple,” because “New York City is so much more than taxicabs, the Empire State Building, and Jay-Z.” An installation of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other nature could actually happen in Times Square. Though many “elected officials, corporations, and philanthropic foundations” are interested in the project according to the Kickstarter, the group must first supply a proof of concept. While the group’s ultimate goal is a forest in Times Square, many of the funds from the Kickstarter are first going to a similar project in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, as a test, as well as planning and developing phase 1 of the Times Square installation. From there, Wildflower’s hope is that the Times Square Alliance business development coalition will plan the rest of the project. After meeting the original goal, the group’s new stretch goal of US$40,000 will go to expanding the Brooklyn concept into it’s own permanent display.

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Something rotten with Make it Right

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:45

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation built more than 100 energy-efficient, modern homes in the storm-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. But some of the wood used is beginning to rot. Source: WWLTV The foundation has filed a lawsuit against the wood manufacturer, Timber Treatment Technologies (TTT). The group says TTT claimed its glass-infused wood boards were, “an effective permanent barrier… to rot, decay and common wood problems.” The lawsuit claims the company refused to replace the defective wood or pay the cost of repairs and reconstruction. “This action presents an egregious example of a manufacturer’s repeated misrepresentations, breaches of warranty and knowing deceptions,” the suit stated. Vanessa Rogers, who lives on Tennessee Street in the Lower Ninth Ward, said her front stairs and decking had to be rebuilt because of the faulty wood. “A lot of it got rotten really fast,” she said. “It got so bad, I fell down the stairs.” The floorboards under Rogers’ home are also decaying. “I have all around the bottom that has to be replaced,” Rogers said. “All the back porch and the deck’s got to be replaced, up and down. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done because of the kind of wood it is. It’s really bad.” Neighbors say nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, thanks to the Make It Right Foundation, they finally feel home again. Make It Right is seeking more than US$500,000 in damages.

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Something rotten with Make it Right

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:45

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation built more than 100 energy-efficient, modern homes in the storm-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. But some of the wood used is beginning to rot. Source: WWLTV The foundation has filed a lawsuit against the wood manufacturer, Timber Treatment Technologies (TTT). The group says TTT claimed its glass-infused wood boards were, “an effective permanent barrier… to rot, decay and common wood problems.” The lawsuit claims the company refused to replace the defective wood or pay the cost of repairs and reconstruction. “This action presents an egregious example of a manufacturer’s repeated misrepresentations, breaches of warranty and knowing deceptions,” the suit stated. Vanessa Rogers, who lives on Tennessee Street in the Lower Ninth Ward, said her front stairs and decking had to be rebuilt because of the faulty wood. “A lot of it got rotten really fast,” she said. “It got so bad, I fell down the stairs.” The floorboards under Rogers’ home are also decaying. “I have all around the bottom that has to be replaced,” Rogers said. “All the back porch and the deck’s got to be replaced, up and down. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done because of the kind of wood it is. It’s really bad.” Neighbors say nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, thanks to the Make It Right Foundation, they finally feel home again. Make It Right is seeking more than US$500,000 in damages.

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Lumber Liquidators in class action

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:44

  A Michigan couple is among the plaintiffs in a federal class-action filed against Lumber Liquidators over free home tests the company has provided to customers to see if their wood flooring has high levels of formaldehyde. Source: Detroit Free Press The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California claims that the kits under report the chemical levels and are not from a third party, but from the Virginia-based chain itself as part of a cover-up. It accuses the company of falsely labeling the made-in-China laminate wood flooring as safe, despite high levels of formaldehyde, a common glue ingredient in the composite laminate flooring base layer. It’s a chemical linked to increased risk of nose, sinus and lung cancers and leukemia when there’s long-term exposure. Kenneth and Casandra Barrett of Allegan County, bought about 1500 square feet of 12-millimeter Dream Home Ispiri America’s Mission Olive Laminate Flooring at a Lumber Liquidators in Grand Rapids for their home, flooring they were led to believe was safe. Both Barretts suffer from allergies and she is a breast cancer survivor. Soon after the flooring was installed, the Barretts started having chronic runny noses and frequent headaches, symptoms of consistent formaldehyde exposures. When they contacted the company, a representative maligned the “60 Minutes” report and assured them the flooring was safe, what the suit calls “a deliberate attempt to foster a false sense of security.” The other plaintiffs in the class-action suit are two women in California and a Florida couple. According to the lawsuit, Lumber Liquidators launched “a campaign of disinformation” after the episode, attacking the report and offering free home testing kits to customers who’d bought the controversial flooring. “The third party providing the home testing kits is not independent, but is being paid by Lumber Liquidators,” the suit said. “The testing kits being offered do not use testing methods that are commonly accepted and that CARB recommends. “The tests Lumber Liquidators is offering are inherently unreliable, designed to under report the formaldehyde levels present in the composite flooring, and are not designed to measure formaldehyde emissions from a particular source.” The plaintiffs’ allegations against Lumber Liquidators include fraudulent concealment; violation of the federal law governing product warranties; unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business acts and practices; violations of California’s Business and Professions Code and Consumer Legal Remedies Act; violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act; and Violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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Lumber Liquidators in class action

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:44

  A Michigan couple is among the plaintiffs in a federal class-action filed against Lumber Liquidators over free home tests the company has provided to customers to see if their wood flooring has high levels of formaldehyde. Source: Detroit Free Press The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California claims that the kits under report the chemical levels and are not from a third party, but from the Virginia-based chain itself as part of a cover-up. It accuses the company of falsely labeling the made-in-China laminate wood flooring as safe, despite high levels of formaldehyde, a common glue ingredient in the composite laminate flooring base layer. It’s a chemical linked to increased risk of nose, sinus and lung cancers and leukemia when there’s long-term exposure. Kenneth and Casandra Barrett of Allegan County, bought about 1500 square feet of 12-millimeter Dream Home Ispiri America’s Mission Olive Laminate Flooring at a Lumber Liquidators in Grand Rapids for their home, flooring they were led to believe was safe. Both Barretts suffer from allergies and she is a breast cancer survivor. Soon after the flooring was installed, the Barretts started having chronic runny noses and frequent headaches, symptoms of consistent formaldehyde exposures. When they contacted the company, a representative maligned the “60 Minutes” report and assured them the flooring was safe, what the suit calls “a deliberate attempt to foster a false sense of security.” The other plaintiffs in the class-action suit are two women in California and a Florida couple. According to the lawsuit, Lumber Liquidators launched “a campaign of disinformation” after the episode, attacking the report and offering free home testing kits to customers who’d bought the controversial flooring. “The third party providing the home testing kits is not independent, but is being paid by Lumber Liquidators,” the suit said. “The testing kits being offered do not use testing methods that are commonly accepted and that CARB recommends. “The tests Lumber Liquidators is offering are inherently unreliable, designed to under report the formaldehyde levels present in the composite flooring, and are not designed to measure formaldehyde emissions from a particular source.” The plaintiffs’ allegations against Lumber Liquidators include fraudulent concealment; violation of the federal law governing product warranties; unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business acts and practices; violations of California’s Business and Professions Code and Consumer Legal Remedies Act; violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act; and Violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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SA in housing recession

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:41

Residential building approval data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the dire state of South Australia’s new housing activity.  Source: Timberbiz “While the rest of Australia is experiencing a new home building boom, South Australia is in a new housing recession,” said HIA’s Executive Director Robert Harding. “Importantly, while residential building activity is carrying state economic activity and productivity in other states, South Australia is missing the boat. “Today’s figures show that approvals declined by 41.4% in February, confirming the significant downward trend which new residential housing has experienced following the State Government decision to withdraw the Residential Housing Grant from December 2013,” said Mr Harding. “South Australia has been in serious decline for over a year now.” The new home building approval figures follow new home sales figures released recently, showing a further contraction in activity across the state. “It’s time the South Australian Government realised the economic opportunities that other states are gaining, and acknowledged the important role that residential building activity could be playing in kick starting the recovery of our economy,” said Mr Harding. The HIA has called on the State Government to work with the industry body to quickly implement policy incentives to kick-start the industry from its current depressed state.

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SA in housing recession

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-04-02 02:41

Residential building approval data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the dire state of South Australia’s new housing activity.  Source: Timberbiz “While the rest of Australia is experiencing a new home building boom, South Australia is in a new housing recession,” said HIA’s Executive Director Robert Harding. “Importantly, while residential building activity is carrying state economic activity and productivity in other states, South Australia is missing the boat. “Today’s figures show that approvals declined by 41.4% in February, confirming the significant downward trend which new residential housing has experienced following the State Government decision to withdraw the Residential Housing Grant from December 2013,” said Mr Harding. “South Australia has been in serious decline for over a year now.” The new home building approval figures follow new home sales figures released recently, showing a further contraction in activity across the state. “It’s time the South Australian Government realised the economic opportunities that other states are gaining, and acknowledged the important role that residential building activity could be playing in kick starting the recovery of our economy,” said Mr Harding. The HIA has called on the State Government to work with the industry body to quickly implement policy incentives to kick-start the industry from its current depressed state.

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