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Japanese scientists develop biofuel from inedible oranges
Scientists from Japan's Mie University have developed biofuel from inedible oranges and have received promising results due to its efficiency and less corrosive nature, media reported.
The team has been carrying out the project for more than a year in the western Japanese prefecture of Mie, taking advantage of its high orange production.
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2008 Lacey Act Amendment successful in reducing US imports of illegally logged wood
Recently published research by U.S. Forest Service economist Jeff Prestemon supports the contention that the 2008 Lacey Act Amendment reduced the supply of illegally harvested wood from South America and Asia available for export to the U.S.
Using monthly import data from 1989 to 2013, Prestemon, Project Leader of the Forest Service Southern Research Station Forest Economics and Policy unit, applied alternative statistical approaches to evaluate the effects of the 2008 amendment.
MENA imports $56.3 million worth of US hardwood lumber
The statistics, which have been compiled from the latest data released from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reveal an increase in value of 19.5 percent over the January to September period of 2013 and an increase in volume of 6.4 percent. In addition, direct exports of U.S. hardwood veneers to the MENA reached a total value of $22.5 million during the January to September period of this year, rising by 20 percent from the same period in 2013.
Massachusetts restricts transportation of firewood as emerald ash borer spreads
Telegram & Gazette
With the dreaded emerald ash borer pest spreading across the state, a statewide quarantine was instituted Nov. 17, prohibiting the transportation of all hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and ash lumber.
The emerald ash borer, a beetle that targets ash trees, has spread from Berkshire County to Essex County and most recently Suffolk County, where the tiny insects were spotted at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain in Boston.
Wood adhesives and binders market to reach $17.77 billion by 2020
According to the report, the global wood adhesives and binders market was valued at $13.15 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $17.77 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 4.4 percent between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the global wood adhesives and binders market stood at 16,207.7 kilo-tons in 2013.
Turning woodchips into electricity
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
In the not so distant past, it was not uncommon for sawmills to burn their waste products such as woodchips and sawdust in teepee burners.
One of these rusted relics still stands at the sawmill in Encampment, Wyoming.
The practice of burning timber leftovers ended in the 1970s when stringent air quality regulations were enacted, so the timber industry began turning their wastes into forest products such as particleboard and mulch.
Norway to host world's first fixed biofuels airport
Avinor's Oslo Gardermoen, Norway, is the first airport in the world to supply biofuels on a regular basis.
Through an agreement with Avinor, Statoil Aviation will deliver 2.5 million gallons of biofuels to tanks at Oslo Airport between March 2015 to March 2016. These 2.5 million gallons will be used to produce a 50 percent biofuel mix, which will fuel approximately 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen.
New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Joshua Otaigbe's research blends chemical engineering with materials structure and properties, most recently in trying to develop new and stronger composites that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The longtime National Science Foundation-funded scientist, a professor in the University of Southern Mississippi's school of polymers and high performance materials, is collaborating with researchers at Oregon State University on a new technology that uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials.
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Usage of sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers can increase biomass production
The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have carried out a joint research work to determine the fertilization effects with sewage sludge compost into cynara productivity during three years. The results showed that the usage of this fertilizer has clear positive effects since the biomass production and the oilseeds increased up to 40 percent and 68 percent respectively, being this a substantial increase of energy crop production.
Ethanol credits for 2014 rise to 3-month high on biofuel
Certificates that track how much ethanol is used in U.S. gasoline jumped to the highest since August as rail congestion and export demand helped lift prices for the biofuel.
Corn-based ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers rose 13 percent to 53.5 cents, the highest level since Aug. 7, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Lumber prices creeping higher
IHS via Spend Matters
Spot lumber prices, as reported by Random Lengths, have been on the rise, but slowly and unsteadily. Softer than expected demand from housing and elevated inventories to date have helped alleviate some of the upward pressure on prices.
EPA reconsidering biomass
The Environmental Protection Agency signaled recently that it may be more open to considering timber byproducts and other biomass as an energy source that fits within the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
In a memo to all of the agency’s regional air directors, Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, wrote that the agency is developing a framework to evaluate the carbon dioxide emissions from biomass, with the expectation there will be climate policy benefits to using biomass to generate energy.
Timber industry in Tongass no longer relevant, environmentalists say
Alaska Dispatch News
Environmental groups that have stopped most logging on the Tongass National Forestt in Alaska, with decades of opposition and lawsuits are now saying most of what remains could easily be done away with as well.
They're urging the U.S. Forest Service to stop spending its money on timber sales, and instead devote its limited budget to promoting tourism, fishing and other growth industries.
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