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March 2019

Sarawak government to sign MoU with Edge Global Norway

22-03-2019
MoU, Sarawak, Norway

The decision by the Sarawak government to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Edge Global Norway As. has caught everyone’s as well as the media's attention. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties will undertake ecosystem mapping, baseline emission studies, carbon stock assessments and soil condition analysis in order to determine …

Editor’s pickPrefab net-zero energy timber complex built in Beijing

22-03-2019
Pre-fabrication, timber, Beijing

Beijing-based architecture firm SUP Atelier has completed the Xuhui Demonstrative Project, a solar-powered community complex that serves as a demonstration project for net-zero energy technologies in Beijing. Built to follow BREEAM and LEED standards, the complex boasts an array of sustainable features ranging from low-waste …

Scientists simulate forest and fire dynamics to understand area burn of future wildfires

21-03-2019
Climate change, forest fires, study, Sierra Nevada,

Climate change and wildfire -- It's a combustible mix with costly devastation and deadly consequences. With a goal of understanding the link between the two variables, researchers over the years have studied the effects of climate and wildfire interactions in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. That research has evolved into learning about the …

Global softwood lumber trade fell 7% in 2018

20-03-2019
#softwood #lumbertrade #marketreport

US lumber prices took a roller coaster ride and China’s wood demand slowed in the 2H/18, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Global Softwood Lumber Trade In 2018, global trade of lumber fell for the first time in five years, with total trade down 7% year-over-year. The four largest importing countries, the US (-18%), China (-5%), the …

China steps up protection of forests, grassland

18-03-2019
China, forestry

An official report has shown that China has channelled more energy into the protection of forests and grasslands last year – the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) cracked down on violations such as illegal logging in 2018, launching a special campaign code-named “Hurricane No.1”, and imposing fines totalling …

Malaysia plants hope for palm oil's future in dwarf trees

18-03-2019
palm oil, forestry

Test tubes holding plants line shelves in a Malaysian laboratory, the heart of a breeding programme for dwarf palm oil trees which scientists hope will cut costs and limit the environmental damage caused by the controversial industry. Palm oil has become a key ingredient in everyday goods from biofuels to chocolate, leading to a production boom …

Dr. Mario Kordt strengthens the Weinig Management Board

18-03-2019

Photo from left to right: Gregor Baumbusch, Dr. Thomas Bach, Dr. Mario Kordt and Gerald Schmidt Michael Weinig AG, the leading technology provider for the solid wood and panel processing industry and small operations, has complemented its Management Board. Following the appointment of Gregor Baumbusch as CEO as of 1 January 2019, the Supervisory …

EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel

15-03-2019
Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation and its use in transport fuel should be phased out, setting the bloc on a collision course with major palm oil producers Malaysia and Indonesia. The Commission published its criteria on Wednesday for determining what crops cause environmental harm, …