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Efficient wood-pellet furnaces gaining popularity
The Associated Press via Epoch Times
With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens, New York, is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.
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Oregon timber payment bill passes House
Polk County Itemizer-Observer
A two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program — widely known as county timber payments — has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is slated for a vote in the U.S. Senate, likely later this month. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden negotiated to have the reauthorization attached to a bill that reforms how doctors are paid under Medicare. It passed the House on a 392-37 vote Thursday.
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Who's to blame for forest loss in Borneo timber concession?
Mongabay.com
The apparent loss of some 4,000 hectares of forested peatland in Indonesian Borneo is raising questions on who bears responsibility for forest clearing in unutilized concessions.
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Virginia Tech team engineers optimized synthetic enzymatic pathway for high-yield production of H2 directly from biomass
Green Car Congress
A team of Virginia Tech researchers and colleagues has demonstrated the complete conversion of glucose and xylose from pretreated plant biomass to H2 and CO2 based on an in vitro synthetic enzymatic pathway crafted from more than 10 purified enzymes. Glucose and xylose were simultaneously converted to H2 with a yield of two H2 per carbon, the maximum possible yield.
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Timber sale near Washington town proceeds after another look
The Associated Press via The Columbian
The state of Washington is moving forward with a $1.2 million timber sale on state lands in Snohomish County, following additional reviews of potential landslide risks. The Department of Natural Resources put the sale on hold this year after an environmental group raised concerns about a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area.
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Planet Ark report: Timber makes you feel good and helps you heal
Architecture & Design
Exposure to wood products and interiors could create similar health benefits to those created by spending time in nature, a new report commissioned by Planet Ark has found. Released in the lead up to World Wood Day on Saturday March 21, the "Wood — Housing, Health, Humanity" report explored numerous studies analyzing the health and well-being benefits of wooden interiors in homes, businesses and places of learning and healing.
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Beautiful eco-friendly timber frame home was built in just 10 weeks
Inhabitat
Architect Nick Leith-Smith transformed a post-war bungalow into a beautiful eco-friendly timber frame home in just 10 weeks. Located in Berkshire, the 240-square-meter Blackett-House is raised on a 1-meter-high brick plinth in response to site's flood zone designation. Topped with a split roof, the contemporary home achieves visual interest with the illusion that it comprises three separate volumes — a white-painted volume sandwiched between two larch-clad structures.
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AE5's kaga house in rural Japan displays louvered timber façade
Designboom
The kaga house, designed by AE5 partners, is located amongst the rural abundant landscape lined with rice terraces, mountains and a running stream. It can be found in Ishkawa, Japan, where the contemporary look of the house stems from the local climate, the culture and historical context. A distinctive feature of the house is the timber façade which sits behind an old persimmon tree. The wall is made up of wooden louvers arranged at random following the concept of "order and the unexpected."
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Why biofuel algae should 'eat' wastewater
Futurity
Scientists are among the first to investigate using city wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels. They report that they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae this way, while removing more than 90 percent of the nitrates and over 50 percent of phosphorus from the wastewater at the same time.
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