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Manufacturers make the most of veneers

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:44

When consumers shop for clothes, they often look at the tag to see what type fabric it is made from along with the size.
Categories: Europe, Forest

Manufacturers make the most of veneers

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:44

When consumers shop for clothes, they often look at the tag to see what type fabric it is made from along with the size.
Categories: Europe

Global Bioenergies makes first isobutene from biomass

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:39

Global Bioenergies announces having produced “second generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.
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Global Bioenergies makes first isobutene from biomass

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:39

Global Bioenergies announces having produced “second generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.
Categories: Europe, USA and Canada

Procter & Gamble fires up massive biomass investment

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:25

With companies like Apple and Google regularly stealing headlines for their solar and wind investments, it’s easy to forget “renewable” energy comes in many forms.
Categories: Europe, Forest

Procter & Gamble fires up massive biomass investment

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:25

With companies like Apple and Google regularly stealing headlines for their solar and wind investments, it’s easy to forget “renewable” energy comes in many forms.
Categories: Europe

Speech: The Future of Trade and the Retail Sector

Trade Europe - Thu, 2015-03-05 00:00
Speech: The Future of Trade and the Retail Sector
Categories: Europe

Fairies' woodland homes face planning control

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 22:07

Trustees say cherished elfin estate of up to 200 front doors, in Wayford woods, Crewkerne, is gobbling up too many tree trunks - and the spritely speculation must be hobbled

The first fairy door appeared more than a decade ago, a beautifully handcrafted work of art with a working handle, hinges and a little bed tucked behind it. But since then so many tiny doors have been fixed to trees in one Somerset wood that the custodians of this slice of sylvan paradise are having to bring in planning controls.

“The problem is there are just too many of them – and some are a little bit garish, they don’t fit in,” said Stuart Le Fevre, a trustee for Wayford woods, near Crewkerne. He said doors were being screwed into living trees, which could be damaging. “And some have been added to trees far away from the paths so children have been trampling over the bluebells. We don’t want to discourage children and we certainly are not anti-fairy – but we have to take some sort of action.”

"Fairy control" begins in woods to stop tiny doors being attached to trees http://t.co/6jdqzpl4dh pic.twitter.com/nkdHb4nfJB

A fairy door I found in the woods. pic.twitter.com/kvlI4UzBhO

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Fairies' woodland homes face planning control

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 22:07

Trustees say cherished elfin estate of up to 200 front doors, in Wayford woods, Crewkerne, is gobbling up too many tree trunks - and the spritely speculation must be hobbled

The first fairy door appeared more than a decade ago, a beautifully handcrafted work of art with a working handle, hinges and a little bed tucked behind it. But since then so many tiny doors have been fixed to trees in one Somerset wood that the custodians of this slice of sylvan paradise are having to bring in planning controls.

“The problem is there are just too many of them – and some are a little bit garish, they don’t fit in,” said Stuart Le Fevre, a trustee for Wayford woods, near Crewkerne. He said doors were being screwed into living trees, which could be damaging. “And some have been added to trees far away from the paths so children have been trampling over the bluebells. We don’t want to discourage children and we certainly are not anti-fairy – but we have to take some sort of action.”

"Fairy control" begins in woods to stop tiny doors being attached to trees http://t.co/6jdqzpl4dh pic.twitter.com/nkdHb4nfJB

A fairy door I found in the woods. pic.twitter.com/kvlI4UzBhO

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Categories: Europe

Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 21:14
Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. Researchers found that while the rate of photosynthesis was constant among trees on plots unaffected by drought, rates on the six drought-affected plots dropped significantly (as compared with before the 2010 drought). They also discovered that while the growth rates of drought-affected plots were unchanged, levels of tissue maintenance and the general health of trees were reduced.
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Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 21:14
Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. Researchers found that while the rate of photosynthesis was constant among trees on plots unaffected by drought, rates on the six drought-affected plots dropped significantly (as compared with before the 2010 drought). They also discovered that while the growth rates of drought-affected plots were unchanged, levels of tissue maintenance and the general health of trees were reduced.
Categories: Europe

Don’t do away with the fairies: we need to relearn our sense of the magical | Sara Maitland

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:52
Worries about proliferating fairy doors in Somerset’s Wayford Woods are misplaced. A sense of wonder can only be healthy for children and adults – and our woodland

If you go down to the woods today – at least in Somerset’s Wayford Woods – you are sure of a big surprise. It is not teddy bears this time, but uncontrolled immigration and house construction without planning permission – by fairies. More soberly, the trustees of Wayford Woods, near Crewkerne, are perplexed about what to do about the 200 or so tiny doors that have been screwed on to trees, and which purport to be entrances to the homes of the “little folk”. The 29-acre Somerset wood is accessible – legally as well as physically – and children have been leaving gifts and messages for the fairies for some years now, part of a wider trend for fairy doors.

So what exactly is the problem here? A few screws are not going to damage the trees; this is not ancient woodland or a site of special scientific interest; no wildlife is, so far as I can determine, being threatened. Environmental art (of widely varying degrees of merit) is now common, indeed encouraged, in woodland. We say we want children to get out into nature, to encourage the creative play of their imaginations; and I bet the little doors are increasing children’s “footfall”. In many ways indeed this is an appropriate place for such goings-on because the wood was originally part of the garden of Wayford Manor, designed by Harold Peto – a landscape architect of the Arts and Crafts movement, of which the fairytale revival was a central theme.

A fairy door I found in the woods. pic.twitter.com/kvlI4UzBhO

Related: Do you know the names of the trees in your neighbourhood? | Sara Maitland

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Don’t do away with the fairies: we need to relearn our sense of the magical | Sara Maitland

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:52
Worries about proliferating fairy doors in Somerset’s Wayford Woods are misplaced. A sense of wonder can only be healthy for children and adults – and our woodland

If you go down to the woods today – at least in Somerset’s Wayford Woods – you are sure of a big surprise. It is not teddy bears this time, but uncontrolled immigration and house construction without planning permission – by fairies. More soberly, the trustees of Wayford Woods, near Crewkerne, are perplexed about what to do about the 200 or so tiny doors that have been screwed on to trees, and which purport to be entrances to the homes of the “little folk”. The 29-acre Somerset wood is accessible – legally as well as physically – and children have been leaving gifts and messages for the fairies for some years now, part of a wider trend for fairy doors.

So what exactly is the problem here? A few screws are not going to damage the trees; this is not ancient woodland or a site of special scientific interest; no wildlife is, so far as I can determine, being threatened. Environmental art (of widely varying degrees of merit) is now common, indeed encouraged, in woodland. We say we want children to get out into nature, to encourage the creative play of their imaginations; and I bet the little doors are increasing children’s “footfall”. In many ways indeed this is an appropriate place for such goings-on because the wood was originally part of the garden of Wayford Manor, designed by Harold Peto – a landscape architect of the Arts and Crafts movement, of which the fairytale revival was a central theme.

A fairy door I found in the woods. pic.twitter.com/kvlI4UzBhO

Related: Do you know the names of the trees in your neighbourhood? | Sara Maitland

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Categories: Europe

Rebuilding after Wildland Fire – New Developments Outpace Rebuilding in Burned Area

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:27
When wildland fires destroy buildings, do people rebuild? Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers have been tracking construction in areas burned by wildland fires and the findings reveal that new development outpaces reconstruction of burned buildings.
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Rebuilding after Wildland Fire – New Developments Outpace Rebuilding in Burned Area

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:27
When wildland fires destroy buildings, do people rebuild? Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers have been tracking construction in areas burned by wildland fires and the findings reveal that new development outpaces reconstruction of burned buildings.
Categories: Europe

California’s terrifying climate forecast: It could face droughts nearly every year

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:08

Beverly Law, a specialist in global change biology at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, co-authored a study of megadroughts three years ago. It showed that a drought that affected the American West from 2000 to 2004 compared to conditions seen during the medieval megadroughts. But... (more)

Additional Information: Full StoryBeverly Law
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California’s terrifying climate forecast: It could face droughts nearly every year

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:08

Beverly Law, a specialist in global change biology at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, co-authored a study of megadroughts three years ago. It showed that a drought that affected the American West from 2000 to 2004 compared to conditions seen during the medieval megadroughts. But... (more)

Additional Information: Full StoryBeverly Law
Categories: Europe

2015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C.

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:07
04 Mar 20152015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C.

Innovative architectural and structural design in large wood buildings, including mid-rise and commercial structures, headlined the 2015 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 2, 2015.

The 11th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. More than 360 people attended this year's celebration of wood, including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government and industry sponsors. 

To view the 2015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C., click here. 

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2015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C.

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-03-04 20:07
04 Mar 20152015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C.

Innovative architectural and structural design in large wood buildings, including mid-rise and commercial structures, headlined the 2015 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 2, 2015.

The 11th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. More than 360 people attended this year's celebration of wood, including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government and industry sponsors. 

To view the 2015 Wood Design Award Winners in B.C., click here. 

Categories: Europe

DOE Biomass Advisory Committee Mtg. 3/5-6 Wash,DC

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-03-04 19:57
By Erin Voegele | February 27, 2015 U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. According to … Continue reading →
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