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New US Forest Service rule could speed up treatment of beetle-kill areas
Some public lands with beetle kill in Summit County, Utah, soon could be fast-tracked for U.S. Forest Service treatment under a new rule.
The federal agency would use the rule to designate land affected by insect and disease epidemics all over the country for expedited review, which would mean less environmental analysis and more required community collaboration. “Folks have been asking for a long time how can we get this work done faster without undermining some of the environmental safeguards,” said Noah Koerper, Central Mountains regional director for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.
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Loggers worry about future of $21 billion industry in Tennessee
Memphis Business Journal
Tennessee loggers support a federal bill that would allow teenagers to work in the industry.
As WPLN Nashville Public Radio supports, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 bars anyone younger than 18 from working with logging equipment. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho has proposed letting teenagers start logging at 16, saying the current law denies children of loggers "the opportunity to work and learn the family trade until they reach adulthood."
Algenol's algae-based biofuel: The next generation in renewable energy
Nature World News
Algenol, an up-and-coming company that specializes in algae-based biofuels, has developed and perfected its revolutionary technology, likely securing its spot as the next generation's leader in renewable energy.
In collaborating with University of Toronto scientists, CEO Paul Woods developed Algenol's patented Direct to Ethanol technology, which enables the production of the four most important fuels (ethanol, gasoline, jet and diesel fuel) for around a mere $1.27 per gallon, according to the company's website.
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Multifunctional nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs. Ames Laboratory scientists have developed a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production of green diesel, an alternative fuel created from the hydrogenation of oils from renewable feedstocks like algae.
Pellet stoves: More eco-friendly than gas
Though they sound like something an owl or hawk might use to heat their nest, pellet stoves are actually a clean-burning home heating option that has grown in popularity in recent years. Although pellet stoves have been around for decades, they have become increasingly popular in recent years as a result of soaring oil prices.
Biomass can reduce business heating costs by 50 percent
Biomass boilers can reduce heating costs for businesses by up to 50 percent, a recent conference on Biomass Information and Demonstration in Donegal, Ireland, was told.
The event was attended by business and industry executives from across the Northwest region who heard how combined heat and power technologies can generate electricity for industry.
Sustaining Northern hardwood forests
Northern hardwood forests give many gifts to many people. Natural beauty, recreation, a source of lumber, wood pulp for paper products, raw material for biofuels. They also generate jobs and sustain rural economies. There's a system in place for assuring the productivity of northern hardwood forests: it's called the selection silviculture system, a method of using partial harvests done to a strict formula to sustainably manage the trees. It's been around centuries, and it works — there's only one problem.
Rubber for latex and wood: A long-term option
The emergence of rubber wood as an internationally established wood product has often been termed a "success story." Various factors have contributed to this development, first and foremost the fact that rubber wood represents a relatively sustainable alternative to tropical woods extracted from natural forests.
Furthermore, rubber wood has proven to be very versatile in its use in furniture manufacturing and the wood-based panels industry.
Drax announces progress with biomass projects, co-firing
Drax Group plc released an interim management statement on May 9, reporting progress with its biomass energy operations and the development of its U.S. pellet plants.
In its statement, the company noted that is making good progress with its biomass transformation and that overall, capital investment remains on schedule and budget.
Coal use 'overshadowing progress'
Growing global use of coal for electricity is putting the world on the "wrong path" to delivering clean energy supplies economically , experts have warned. Trillions of pounds more will be needed than previously estimated to secure a global low-carbon energy system, a report by the International Energy Agency said, warning that the longer the world waits, the more expensive it will become.
Obama Climate Change report points to bioenergy for forest health
Ethanol Producer Magazine
The Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. The report was developed over four years by hundreds of climate scientists and technical experts and took into consideration input from thousands of public and outside organizations, and details current and future impacts of climate change on every region of America, as well as major sectors of the U.S. economy.
Feds delay LP buyout of Ainsworth Lumber
Louisiana-Pacific's proposed buyout of Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. has been delayed as the two companies face a possible legal fight with U.S. and Canadian regulators over the merger. The acquisition would expand the LP's engineered wood building materials' reach in the North American housing market with additional oriented strand board capacity.
Jet fuel from sugar cane? Boeing, Embraer to open biofuels research center in Brazil
Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing is reaching out to the world’s biggest user of biofuels, Brazil, to help the company meet its goal of 1 percent biofuel use in commercial jetliners by 2016.
Boeing and competitor Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft builder, on May 12, announced plans to open a joint research center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to develop an aviation biofuel industry.
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