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'Mega-fires' may be too extreme even for a bird that loves fire

Tue, 2019-08-06 05:15
Fire is a natural part of western forests, but the changing nature of fire in many parts of North America may pose challenges for birds. One bird in particular, the Black-backed Woodpecker, specializes in using recently-burned forests in western North America, but new research suggests that these birds actually prefer to nest near the edges of burned patches -- and these edges are getting harder to find as wildfires have become bigger and more severe.
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Event: Climate Week NYC 2019

Thu, 2019-08-01 08:44
Climate Week NYC 2019 will gather representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars.  Events taking place during Climate Week NYC 2019 are organized into 11 categories: 1) Youth and Climate Activism; 2) Energy Transition; 3) Industry Transition; 4) Clean Transport, Buildings and Infrastructure; 5) Food, Land and Nature-based Solutions; 6) Climate Finance, Investment and Carbon Pricing; 7) National Government Policy and Commitment; 8) State, City and Local Action; 9) Health, Equality and Justice; 10) Sustainable Travel and Leisure; and 11) Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change. Events include: Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2019 (25 September); AI Sustainable Development Summit (28 September); and  Equator Prize 2019 Award Ceremony (24 September). Climate Week NYC 2019 will convene on the side of the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), and support the UN Climate Action Summit by providing a space for organizations to extend week-long activities outside of the UN building and throughout the week. The SDG Summit and a High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) will also take place during the Week.  Launched by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC seeks to drive climate action forward. Information about Climate Week NYC 2018 is here. We will update this page as more information becomes available. To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on these and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.
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Amplify: Involving women in climate-change mitigation isn't only good policy - it's good for the planet

Fri, 2019-07-26 03:00
Living in a North American bubble of privilege, I was recently gobsmacked by a fact that anyone who works in or with the developing world has long known is true.
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STATEMENT: Leading Automakers and California Strike Deal to Make More Fuel-Efficient Cars in U.S.

Thu, 2019-07-25 04:41
STATEMENT: Leading Automakers and California Strike Deal to Make More Fuel-Efficient Cars in U.S. WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) -- Today it was announced that Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America struck a deal with California to produce more fuel-efficient cars for their U.S. fleets in coming years, coming very close to achieving the transportation pollution reductions from previous administrations. Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States: “This is an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Global forestry equipment market projection to 2026

Tue, 2019-07-16 04:56
The Global Forestry Equipment Market, valued at US$9,559.4m in 2018, is projected to reach US$13,109.9m by the end of 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.09%. The global market is estimated to grow, with an increasing focus on forest management activities according to a report by Fortune Business Insights. Source: Timberbiz The report titled Forestry Equipment Market Size, Global Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast 2019-2026 points to increasing emphasis of forest management and various goals have been taken into consideration by the forestry industry in order to enhance the quality and quantity of the yield. According to the report an increase in the investments across the forestry industry is supplementing the overall growth of the global forestry equipment market. However, the foresters and forest owners are looking after enhancing the silviculture, which allows them to inculcate forest management plans for the long-term economic, social, and environmental needs of the end-users. Furthermore, with the growth in the production of industrial roundwood, there will be a significant demand for forestry equipment during the forecast period. The felling equipment is anticipated to have the highest market share in 2018 due to the growing demand for harvesters, feller bunchers, etc. On-site processing equipment is estimated to grow significantly during the forecast period mainly due to the increasing production of wood pellets as a power plant feedstock. It is observed that companies are manufacturing modern machinery for forestry in order to increase the efficiency and productivity in all phases of forestry operations without hampering the quality or safety. Current innovations in logging methods combined with forest science to improve techniques for forest operations, including reducing fire risk, low-impact harvesting have been implemented across the forest industry. There has been an expansion in the sophisticated machinery in the forest that has the capability of providing multiple outputs. Forestry equipment companies are manufacturing machines that are purpose-built to be more efficient, safer, cleaner running, and have lower site impacts. North America is anticipated to emerge dominant in the global Forestry Equipment Market during the forecast period. Growth witnessed in the region is likely to be driven by the emergence of online retail facilities, availability of machinery on a rental basis, rising government investments in infrastructure development, reduction in capital investments. Asia Pacific generated a revenue of US$2,101.6m in 2018 and is expected to witness growth owing to increasing in government expenditure for upgrading and rehabilitating the forests across the countries of Asia Pacific. The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the forestry equipment market and detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market has been segmented by equipment type and geography. By equipment type, the market is categorized into felling equipment, extracting equipment, on-site processing equipment, cutting & loading equipment, and other equipment. Geographically, the market is segmented into five major regions, which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries. Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the price trend analysis, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, SWOT analysis, and key industry trends.  
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PRESS RELEASE: European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

Mon, 2019-07-15 01:00
In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.   Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.   For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%. CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.   Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.   Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.   However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).   “Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.   For more information, please consult our latest market data here.    For further information, please contact Ariane Crêvecoeur, CEPI Statistics Manager at For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at   
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Decades-long butterfly study shows common species on the decline

Wed, 2019-07-10 03:00
The most extensive and systematic insect monitoring program ever undertaken in North America shows that butterfly abundance in Ohio declined yearly by 2%, resulting in an overall 33% drop for the 21 years of the program.
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Great Plains' Ecosystems Have Shifted 365 Miles Northward Since 1970

Wed, 2019-07-03 03:00
Ecosystems in North America's Great Plains have shifted hundreds of miles northward in the past 50 years, driven by climate change, wildfire suppression, energy development, land use changes, and urbanization, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

Mon, 2019-07-01 09:45
Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Why the beetle populations first explode to decline naturally after a few years is largely unknown. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into the dynamics of bark beetle populations. They believe that more needs to be done also in view of climate change.
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The boreal forest is North America's bird nursery - and we must protect it

Fri, 2019-06-28 03:00
Canada is not immune to the global biodiversity crisis. A new report on the state of Canada's birds that shows perilous declines in birds from a wide range of Canadian habitats makes that abundantly clear.
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Uptick for lumber demand

Tue, 2019-06-25 03:57
The uptick in demand for lumber continued in early 2019, with most of the major­ lumber exporting countries increasing their shipments as compared with early 2018, reported Wood Resources International in its Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Sources: Lesprom, Timberbiz Out of the top 10 exporting countries, the largest year-over-year increases (in %)­ were in Ukraine, Russia, the US, Chile and Germany. Lumber exports from Ukraine­ have taken off dramatically after the country banned practically all exports of­ softwood logs in 2017. North America­  The free fall of lumber prices in the US came to a halt in early 2019, when prices­ were close to a four-year low. During the spring prices rose modest in both the US­ South and the US West. However, prices were substantially lower than their record­ highs in the 1H/18. Overseas supply of softwood lumber to the US has always been­ a fairly small share of the total import volume. Canadian supply has historically­ accounted for 94-97% of total imports, only declining when US lumber prices have­ been high, thus attracting imports from Europe and Latin America. However, non-Canadian imports have increased for six consecutive years and in 2018 reached­ their highest level seen in 11 years. Softwood lumber exports from Canada were down 6% year-over-year in 2018, with the biggest decline being in shipments to­ China. Despite efforts by Canada’s lumber industry to diversify its export­ shipments, 80% of total exports were destined for the US market in the 3Q/18 – a­ three-year high. However, this share fell to 76% in the 1Q/19 when exports to China­ rose again. Northern Europe­  For the first time in five years, Swedish exports of softwood lumber fell year-over-year­ in 2018. The biggest declines from 2017 to 2018 were in exports to Asia and­ the MENA region, while shipments to the European market remained practically­ unchanged. The European share of total exports from Sweden reached 67% in­ 2018, the highest level seen since 2011. The MENA region accounted for just over­ 18% of total shipments, the second lowest share in 10 years. Export prices (in­ US$) have stayed high during 2018 and actually averaged the highest level seen­ since 2014. China­  Despite much uncertainty in the near future for the Chinese economy, lumber­ imports rose unexpectedly in the 1Q/19 by as much as 14%, as compared with the­ same quarter in 2018, according to the WRQ. Most of the increase was due to­ increases in shipments from Russia and Canada, while supply from Europe and­ Latin America declined. Import prices took a substantial hit in the past year, falling­ from an average of $335/m3 in March 2018 to $288/m3 in March 2019. Russia­  Russia increased exports of softwood lumber by 7% from 2017 to 2018 to reach­ almost 30 million m3. This was the sixth consecutive year that exports have gone­ up from the previous year. Of the five largest export markets (China, Uzbekistan,­ Egypt, Azerbaijan and Japan), only Japan imported less lumber from Russia in 2018­ than in the previous year.­
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British Columbia Sawmill Curtailment and Timber Supply Update

Mon, 2019-06-10 03:00
As the home building and construction season for 2019 marches on, seasoned players in the production, sale and purchase of North American softwood dimension lumber products continue to be surprised by the very low demand for solid wood commodities. Lumber prices continue to drop persistently from the soaring highs experienced just a year ago.
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Healthy reefs, healthy people: Community-based marine conservation in Papua New Guinea (commentary)

Fri, 2019-06-07 11:44
A blessed country of spectacular landscapes and the most diverse array of cultures on Earth, Papua New Guinea is also a global hotspot for biodiversity. Just in terms of species, the South Pacific nation has more birds than all of North America, over three-quarters of the world’s hard corals, and at least 2,000 reef fish. […]
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Older forests resist change, climate change, that is

Fri, 2019-06-07 07:24
Older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests, particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity, new research finds. The study analyzed how climate change is expected to impact forests across the eastern US and Canada. It found that increased forest age reduces the climate sensitivity of forest carbon, timber, and biodiversity to projected increases in temperature and precipitation.
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The Great Insect Dying: Vanishing act in Europe and North America

Thu, 2019-06-06 12:09
The insects of the EU and US are the best studied in the world, and it is here that a strengthening case can be made for an alarming insect abundance decline.
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Komatsu Forestry provides quick equipment oil analysis

Thu, 2019-05-30 04:56
Komatsu Forestry’s Komatsu Oil Wear Analysis (KOWA) is now the official forestry fluid analysis provider for North America. KOWA serves its North American customers through partnerships with oil analysis laboratories, Fluid Life and Bureau Veritas. Source: Timberbiz KOWA has been an established Komatsu program for more than 40 years. The company’s construction and mining customers have used KOWA as an effective preventive maintenance and diagnostic tool through their North American Komatsu distributors. Analyzing engine oil and other fluids is an effective way to identify the health of a machine’s engine and powertrain to make informed repair and maintenance decisions. Proper oil and fluid analysis can extend component life, identify minor problems before they become major failures, and help customers make informed reselling and purchasing decisions. “The Komatsu Oil & Wear Analysis (KOWA) program allows customers to pinpoint and solve equipment problems by providing a full range of information on both the lubricant and the machine to support operations and maintenance decisions,” Tom Pietruszka, KOWA business manager said. “KOWA is the best defence for proactively maintaining your forestry equipment.” KOWA’s testing facilities are ISO-accredited to ensure high-level accuracy and offers ‘Next-day Turnaround’ upon receipt of samples for routine analysis. To eliminate maintenance guess work, oil analysis results are compared with Komatsu guidelines. The program features an online web portal for customers and dealers to view oil analysis results within minutes once testing has been completed. Customers can contact a local Komatsu distributor to order kits to begin using the program. All Komatsu Forestry equipment data has been loaded into the KOWA database.
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At 2,624 years, a bald cypress is oldest known living tree in eastern North America

Thu, 2019-05-16 06:35
Ancient bald cypress trees tower along the Black River in the state of North Carolina in the United States. Many of these living trees are over a thousand years old, researchers had estimated in the late 1980s. But there are much older trees still growing tall. One bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) in the Black […]
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North American Softwood Lumber Prices Bounce in Early May

Tue, 2019-05-14 03:02

The latest data from May 6 show US construction employment is up significantly. Likewise, the latest update from regional producers is that recent log cost increases in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) require similar increases in manufactured lumber prices. While no one in the North American lumber industry was celebrating sales volumes last week, the resurgence of demand and plumper sawmill order files were encouraging.

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Native plants regenerate on their own after invasive shrubs are removed

Fri, 2019-05-10 05:29
Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound.
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Oldest known trees in eastern North America documented

Thu, 2019-05-09 07:51
A stand of bald cypress trees in North Carolina, including one least 2,624 years old, are the oldest known living trees in eastern North America and the oldest wetland tree species in the world. They show evidence of severe flooding and drought during colonial and pre-colonial times.
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