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Global shipment takes 23% longer now

Mon, 2021-11-08 01:39
In Q3 2021, the average global shipment took 12 more days, or 23% longer, than the same period last year, reported supply chain management platform E2open. Overall, lead times have steadily increased across all lanes during the last 12 months, requiring shippers to budget more time for transporting goods. Sources: Lesprom, E2open The two most significant factors were a rise in time between the booking to gate in at the port, up 43%; and the ocean transit time, up 36%. Overall lead times from North America to Asia took 17 days longer than from Asia to North America, or 25% longer. “Ocean transportation is the backbone for world’s largest supply chains and critical to the flow of goods that power global economies,” said Pawan Joshi, executive vice president of products and strategy at E2open. “Successful operations require an accurate understanding of how long it takes to ship freight, especially for just-in-time supply chains. Detailed understanding of the time required for containers to arrive at the port, clear customs and be ready for pick up by ground carriers is the key to streamlining port operations and decongesting logistics operations.” Transportation volatility – driven by high demand, container shortages and port congestion – has made historical lead times unreliable, increasing the risks of disruption in downstream production and customer service. Among other things, this quarterly index provides a new level of visibility so that shippers can better understand when to book capacity for goods to arrive at the required date.
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No home where the buffalo roam? Birds decline after bison return to conservation grasslands

Wed, 2021-10-27 03:00
American bison narrowly escaped extinction due to overhunting in the 19th century, but their populations have since rebounded thanks to modern conservation efforts. Today, bison are increasingly being reintroduced to new areas of their historic range. Many of these areas provide important nesting habitat for grassland birds, which are now among the most rapidly declining birds in North America.
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Timber trailer demand driven by international building activity

Mon, 2021-10-25 03:30
Continuous building activities as a result of fast urbanisation and population growth are leading countries to invest in private and public infrastructure, such as housing, which is driving up demand for timber and, as a result, driving up sales of timber trailers. Source: TechBullion This current analysis examines the global sales of timber trailers from 2016 to 2020, as well as forecasts for the years 2021-2031. Sales are likely to be particularly high in Asia, with India and China leading the charge. The widespread use of timber and round wood in various woodworking sectors for the production of furniture, crates, boxes, and other items provides a global market with a large client base. A timber trailer is a large truck that transports logs. The market is likely to benefit from increased production and consumption of wood products and wood energy throughout the forecast period. Various key players are designing semi-trailers for loading short and long timber with different advanced technologies in the market. The widespread use of timber and round wood in various woodworking sectors for the production of furniture, crates, boxes, and other items provides a global market with a large client base. Flatbed Timber Trailers with Large Payload Capacity are in High Demand. In the forestry industry, highly automated technologies are becoming the norm. The global market for timber trailer firms is expected to grow as autonomous tractors with trailers for transporting make their way into agriculture. Over the projection period, flatbed lumber trailers with high cargo capabilities are expected to be in high demand. Because flatbed trailers carried by semi-trucks can be utilised to pull a variety of stacking products, their appeal in the global market is expanding. Timber Trailers: Key Players Key manufacturers of timber trailers are actively engaged in offering new timber trailers and other equipment, imbued with the latest tree felling, cutting and trimming technologies. Kesla Oyj BMF (OÜ Lisako) Pitts Trailers ANSTER SPECIAL VEHICLES CO. Ltd TCF Engineering Vermeer Corporation Some other key players in the market are BODEX SEMI-TRAILERS MANUFACTURER Schmitz Cargobull AG Scania AS FORS MW WOODY EQUIPMENT S Maskiner Regional Analysis Includes: North America (U.S., Canada) Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of LatAm) Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain, BENELUX, Nordic, Eastern Europe) East Asia (Japan, China, South Korea) South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of South Asia) Oceania (Australia, New Zealand) Middle East and Africa (GCC Countries, South Africa, Turkey, Iran, Israel) The market is rapidly changing, with constant need for wood in a variety of businesses. Because of the presence of some international and domestic industry significant players, the market is consolidated globally. From time to time, new modern technologies are introduced with the goal of improving timber trailers. The report is available at https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=B&rep_id=4233
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I Played This Climate Change Game-and Lost Everything

Mon, 2021-10-25 03:00
This is not a game. Regarding climate change, that much is abundantly clear. Even at a few tenths of a degree shy of the aspirational ceiling of 1.5 degrees C (about 2.7 degrees F) of warming above pre-industrial levels, the often-overwhelming impacts of extreme weather driven by the changing climate have hit hard in North America and beyond. During "our summer of hell," as environmental author Jeff Goodell recently framed it in Rolling Stone, about a third of Americans have been hit by a weather disaster.
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The term 'Anthropocene' isn't perfect, but it shows us the scale of the environmental crisis we've caused

Thu, 2021-10-21 03:00
Earlier this year, scientists identified early warning signs of the collapse of the Gulf Stream, an ocean current that influences the climate of the North American east coast and much of western Europe.
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FSC leadership awards

Mon, 2021-10-18 03:23
Forest Stewardship Council has announced its 2021 FSC Leadership Awards in the US, recognizing uncommon excellence that advances responsible forest management and forest conservation. Source: Timberbiz “The depth and breadth of the award winners this year is truly inspiring,” said Chris McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer of FSC US. “With growing concerns about climate change and biodiversity, these leaders show that responsible forest management and sourcing are critical parts of any sustainability initiative.” FSC Leadership Awards celebrate forest owners, builders, architects, retailers, paper mills, manufacturers, environmental organizations and many others who contribute to the movement toward responsible sourcing and forest management. Winners of the 2021 FSC Leadership Awards are asfollows: Del Fuerte, a brand of Grupo Herdez for being the first sponsor of the FSCEcosystem Service Procedure in North America to ensure the forested watershed supplying water for their tomatoes is protected. Duke Forest Teaching and Research Laboratory at Duke University for 20 years of FSC certification to protect High Conservation Values and educate professionals. EcoTensil, Inc. for offering innovative cutlery to consumers and food retailers looking for a sustainable alternative to plastic cutlery. Michael Ferrucci for nearly 40 years of forestry leadership and deep expertise in FSC certification, driving positive outcomes in forests across four countries and 33 states. Finch Paper LLC for supporting responsible forest management since 1910 – and FSC certification since 2003 – in the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Adirondacks in New York. The Forestland Group for being the first Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO) to earn FSC certification on its entire US portfolio of more than two million acres. GreenFirst Forest Products for maintaining FSC certification across nearly five million acres of complex landscapes in Ontario and Quebec for more than 15 years. Hemlock Printers for becoming the first FSC-certified printer in the Pacific Northwest in 2004 to raise awareness about the importance of intact forest biomes and biodiversity. Mattel for achieving at least 95% recycled or FSC-certified fibre and wood use across its entire portfolio of iconic toy products and packaging. Swanton Pacific Ranch at California Polytechnic State University for using their FSC-certified forest as a teaching tool for generations of forestry professionals. Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue for using FSC certification as a tool to teach ecosystem management in Quebec’s boreal mixed-wood forest. Wagner Forest Management, Ltd for offering FSC certification to its clients across the eastern US and Canada and participating in more than 80 conservation initiatives. Yale Forests at The Forest School at Yale School of the Environment for 20years of FSC certification at Yale-Myers Forest on lands they have stewarded for100 years. In addition, the following construction and building projects were awarded a2021 FSC Leadership Award: Block Architects and Facing Homelessness for creating sustainable, affordable housing solutions in Seattle with the Block Project, using 90% FSC-certified wood. Crown Pointe Estates for using more than 90% FSC-certified wood and pursuingZero Carbon certification in the luxury home Zero 1 at Mari Sol Malibu. Epsten Group, Inc. for using 100% FSC-certified cabinetry, booth seating and wall elements in their new headquarters in Atlanta. Mahlum Architects for using 100% FSC-certified wood in their office remodel, including structural lumber, nearly all of it sourced from within their home state of Oregon. Michigan State University, Granger Construction Company, Integrated DesignSolutions, LLC, Ellenzweig, and Les Chantiers Chibougamau Ltee for using 99% FSC-certified wood in the 120,000-square-foot, mass timber structure MSUSTEM Teaching and Learning Facility as a demonstration of innovation and leadership. MSR Design and Distinctive Cabinet Design for earning FSC certification and using 100% FSC-certified millwork in the remodel of MSR Design’s office at 510 Marquette. Natural Resources Defense Council for using 100% FSC-certified wood in their model of its Washington, DC office and including FSC in design guidance to contractors. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Green Building Team,Woodpecker European Timber Framing, and the Molenaar Family for working tirelessly to source wood responsibly for a small, remote home pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. University of California San Diego and the Miller Hull Partnership for communicating the positive life cycle impacts of extensive FSC wood sourcing in the UCSD Centre for Coastal Studies project.
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USNR and Wood Fiber Group merge to create broad equipment offering

Fri, 2021-10-15 02:43
USNR and Wood Fiber Group will merge in a transaction that will create the world’s most comprehensive supplier of the equipment, technology, and essential tooling used in modern wood processing facilities. Source: Timberbiz USNR is an industry-leading global supplier of sawmill and plywood mill machinery, aftermarket parts, and technical and engineering services. Wood Fiber Group is the largest supplier of cutting tools, filing room equipment, and critical consumable products to the wood products industry, serving the North American market with well-known brands including Simonds International, Burton Saw & Supply, BGR Saws, Global Tooling, and US Blades. This merger will create a single company with unmatched product range, capable of delivering complete solutions from project conception to building/installing processing lines, to supplying the spare parts, technical services, ancillary equipment, and custom-engineered cutting tools that our customers rely on to operate their mills at peak performance. The complementary nature of the two businesses will provide an opportunity to offer new products and services to customers.
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Strong demand continues to push North American lumber prices up

Fri, 2021-10-15 01:06
Continuing steady increases following the Labour Day long weekend, for the week of October 1, 2021 the price of Western S-P-F 2×4 #2&Btr KD (RL) was US$540 mfbm ($349/m³). This is up by +$30, or +6%, from the previous week when it was $510. Sawmills in the North reported challenges getting product into Southern markets […]
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Forestry Australia new directors join the board

Wed, 2021-10-13 03:14
Forestry Australia has appointed two new directors and re-appointed a third. The trio was announced at Forestry Australia’s AGM held last night in Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon welcomed new directors Mick Stephens and Jim Wilson, who was elected after serving via a casual vacancy over the past 10 months. “It’s a pleasure to be able to officially welcome two outstanding forestry professionals in Mick Stephens and Jim Wilson as our association continues to go from strength to strength under our new identity, Forestry Australia,” Mr Gordon said. Mr Stephens is a resource economist based in Queensland with 30 years’ experience in policy development, advocacy and applied R&D in forestry and agriculture. In 2008 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate agroforestry practices in North America and Europe, and in 2010 received a Gottstein Fellowship to look into active forest fire management in the United States and Canada. Mr Stephens is currently the CEO of Timber Queensland. “I am deeply passionate about the role of well-managed forests and forestry in developing and managing sustainable landscapes, which will be even more important in a carbon conscious world,” Mr Stephens said of his appointment. “I look forward to contributing to the growth of the organisation under the umbrella of Forestry Australia and working with the Board and executive team to implement this vision. This represents a great opportunity to promote the relevance and visibility of forestry with land managers, policy makers and stakeholders, given the broad reach of forestry with its multidisciplinary underpinnings and benefits.” Mr Wilson’s career has been focused in the private sector and he has invested his recent years working with Forico in Tasmania, as well as providing significant service to the forest sector in advocacy and leadership. Mr Wilson is a registered forestry professional. He is also an active farm forester with both plantation and native forest in Tasmania. His experience and knowledge in these areas will bring a new dimension to the board and his recruitment is part of the Institute’s succession plans. “We are increasingly recognised as an enabler to a significant climate change solution. My passion is with people and I’m interested in supporting the IFA/AFG as we mature into the merger, rebrand as a united entity, and recruit broader membership interest from all who are passionate about well managed forests,” Mr Wilson said. Mr Stephens and Mr Wilson join continuing directors Bob Gordon (President), Dr Michelle Freeman and Dr Kevin Harding (Vice Presidents), Blair Freeman, Jan Newport and Dr Lachie McCaw on the Board. Board observer Leon Holt has also been re-appointed. Mr Holt’s background is in native forestry and the public sector in Victoria. He was awarded the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forest Management in 2019. “I’m passionate about forestry and the future of our profession, and I have recently started out on what I’m sure will be an exciting journey as a tree grower. I think the IFA/AFG is increasingly providing a leadership role in our sector, and I look forward to being part of the institute as we continue to become more diverse, promote our brand, advocate for forestry, and deliver more and better member services,” Mr Holt said. Mr Gordon also paid tribute to outgoing director Dr Peter Volker, who has retired after 10 years on the Board over the past two decades, including serving as president between 2005 and 2011. “Dr Peter Volker has made a more than significant contribution to our association over the past years as president, director and an active volunteer. I would like to thank him on behalf of the Board, and all the members he has served so well,” Mr Gordon said. Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the latest results from the 2021 Forestry Australia member satisfaction study showed the association has experienced significant growth over the past 18 months. “Our latest member engagement studies show that member satisfaction within Forestry Australia is very high, and member retention is above 93%,” Ms Martin said. “Both these statistics demonstrate that the very ambitious three-year strategic plan is progressing well, with the association experience significant growth and momentum over the past 18 months.”
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Focal point for climate change is at the top of our world, and agenda

Wed, 2021-10-13 03:00
Improved climate modeling can predict fish stocks in the North Atlantic, as well as warming effects across the Northern hemisphere, for instance in Europe and North America.
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Empowering Indigenous youths with tradition and tech: Q&A with Dawn Martin-Hill

Fri, 2021-10-08 01:48
To the Haudenosaunee, water is life. In their creation story, deep water covered the Earth, until a woman, known as Sky Woman, fell from an island in the sky. Birds helped her land on a turtle’s back, while other animals brought mud and patted it down until eventually Turtle Island, or North America, was created. […]
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Sugar Pine Walk a thousand times better

Wed, 2021-09-29 04:07
More than a thousand pine seedlings have started their decades-long journey to replace the iconic Sugar Pine Walk in Bago State Forest, which was sadly lost in the 2020 Black Summer bushfires.  Source: Timberbiz The former site was planted in 1928 as a range of different exotic species were being trialled for the forestry industry, later growing to become a majestic landmark for tourists and locals alike, said Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Silviculture manager, Roger Davies. “These tiny seedlings have a long way to go, but this is an important step in rebuilding the site and the tourism experience of the area,” Mr Davies said. “The new site will also incorporate a number of large towering Radiata Pine that survived the bushfire to form part of the new Bago State Forest tourism precinct. “This project is funded by the NSW Government to enhance visitor experience in the forest.” Around 1,500 new seedlings were planted at the site last month, these initially self-seeded after the devastation of the bushfire, and later collected and propagated to form the 2021 Sugar Pine Walk planting cohort. “The new Sugar Pine seedlings literally grew from the ashes, so are somewhat symbolic for the region’s recovery and also necessary for the replacement walk,” Mr Davies said. “The species is threatened in its native North America and biosecurity prevents seed from being imported into Australia. “Locally, the hefty cones are also a favourite food source for cockatoos, so getting replacement seedlings has been no small feat. “I am excited that future generations will be able to experience the magic of walking amongst giants.” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said upgrades and replanting of trees at the Sugar Pine Walk was made possible through the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund. “The Black Summer bushfires dealt a huge blow to ecotourism in fire affected areas and the NSW Government is backing projects that will bring nature-based tourism activities back to life and support regional economies,” Mr Barilaro said. Grant-funded works include new and upgraded visitor areas, amenities and sculpture works under the guidance of project partners including Sculptures by the Sea. “Replanting of the new Sugar Pine walk is the first step in ensuring this unique and beloved visitor experience endures,” Mr Davies said. “The RGETF grant-funded project will ensure that future visitors have an engaging and memorable forest experience in this special part of the world.”
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When North America locked down, birds filled the gap left by people

Tue, 2021-09-28 09:50
An analysis of bird sightings in Canada and the U.S. showed that many North American species, from mighty eagles to diminutive hummingbirds, gained ground during COVID-19 lockdowns as humans sheltered in place. “Bald eagles changed their use of the entire North American continent,” said Nicola Koper, professor of conservation biology at the University of Manitoba […]
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Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows

Tue, 2021-09-21 07:17
Figures from EU monitoring service for August are highest since it began measurements in 2003August was another record month for global wildfire emissions, according to new satellite data that highlights how tinderbox conditions are widening across the world as a result of the climate crisis.The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service of the EU found that burning forests released 1.3 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide last month, mostly in North America and Siberia. This was the highest since the organisation began measurements in 2003. Continue reading...
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Extinction of indigenous languages leads to loss of exclusive knowledge about medicinal plants

Mon, 2021-09-20 07:25
A study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland shows that a large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is linked to threatened indigenous languages. In a regional study on the Amazon, New Guinea and North America, researchers concluded that 75% of medicinal plant uses are known in only one language.
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Pepé Le New: Meet the acrobatic spotted skunks of North America

Wed, 2021-09-15 06:04
The familiar striped skunk of North America (think of the cartoon Pepé Le Pew) has a lesser-known cousin: the spotted skunk. These polka-dotted relatives are smaller, about the size of a fat squirrel, and do impressive handstands to warn predators before they launch their stinky spray. And now, this skunk group has a few more […]
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New autonomous method precisely detects endangered whale vocalizations

Wed, 2021-09-15 03:00
The North Atlantic Right Whale (Right whale) is one of the most endangered whale species in the world with only about 368 remaining off the east coast of North America.
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When COVID shut Broadway, award-winning actress Jane Alexander went birding

Tue, 2021-09-14 05:23
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shut theatres across North America and beyond. What’s the receipt of two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and nominations for four Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards to do? For Jane Alexander, an acclaimed film and stage actress who is up for her eighth Tony Award nomination […]
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500-million-year-old fossil represents rare discovery of ancient animal in North America

Thu, 2021-09-09 03:00
Many scientists consider the "Cambrian explosion"-which occurred about 530-540 million years ago-as the first major appearance of many of the world's animal groups in the fossil record. Like adding pieces to a giant jigsaw puzzle, each discovery dating from this time period has added another piece to the evolutionary map of modern animals.
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Wolf Populations Drop as More States Allow Hunting

Tue, 2021-09-07 03:00
Gray wolves once roamed the entire North American continent, from the scrubby deserts of Mexico to the boreal forests of Alaska. But by the 1950s decades of overhunting and habitat loss had nearly extirpated the species in the contiguous United States.
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