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The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought

Global Forest Information Service - 7 hours 55 min ago

  The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the media and in policy forums like the UN Climate Change Convention. However, the role of deforestation in local climate change has received much less attention. Now, with southern Brazil suffering from unprecedented drought,... Read more

Categories: Forest

The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought

Metla Finland - 7 hours 55 min ago

  The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the media and in policy forums like the UN Climate Change Convention. However, the role of deforestation in local climate change has received much less attention. Now, with southern Brazil suffering from unprecedented drought,... Read more

Categories: Europe

Melbourne's trees bombarded with emailed love letters

Global Forest Information Service - 8 hours 49 min ago

City council gives identification numbers to its 70,000 trees which allow admirers to write Dear Tree letters – and get replies

If you’ve ever pondered what trees think about life’s major issues, the city of Melbourne has come up with an elegant solution – you can email them and find out.

The city council has devised an interactive urban forest map that provides individual data on each of the 70,000 trees that line the streets and parks of central Melbourne.

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Categories: Forest

Melbourne's trees bombarded with emailed love letters

Metla Finland - 8 hours 49 min ago

City council gives identification numbers to its 70,000 trees which allow admirers to write Dear Tree letters – and get replies

If you’ve ever pondered what trees think about life’s major issues, the city of Melbourne has come up with an elegant solution – you can email them and find out.

The city council has devised an interactive urban forest map that provides individual data on each of the 70,000 trees that line the streets and parks of central Melbourne.

Continue reading...
Categories: Europe

Event: World Environment Day 2015

Global Forest Information Service - 9 hours 32 min ago
This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.
Categories: Forest

Event: World Environment Day 2015

Metla Finland - 9 hours 32 min ago
This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.
Categories: Europe

Centre involved in climate dialogue for Asia-Pacific

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 48 min ago

A recent dialogue event for the Asia-Pacific region has highlighted the need for scientists, policy makers and practitioners to better work together on climate change, minimizing risks and building

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Categories: Forest

Centre involved in climate dialogue for Asia-Pacific

Metla Finland - 12 hours 48 min ago

A recent dialogue event for the Asia-Pacific region has highlighted the need for scientists, policy makers and practitioners to better work together on climate change, minimizing risks and building

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Categories: Europe

Encouraging farmers to adopt integrated soil fertility management

Global Forest Information Service - 13 hours 12 min ago

Despite the many advantages of integrated soil fertility management, adoption rates in sub-Saharan Africa are among the lowest in the world, according to an article on the blog of the Internati

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Categories: Forest

Encouraging farmers to adopt integrated soil fertility management

Metla Finland - 13 hours 12 min ago

Despite the many advantages of integrated soil fertility management, adoption rates in sub-Saharan Africa are among the lowest in the world, according to an article on the blog of the Internati

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Categories: Europe

It's A...Boiler!

Paper World - 13 hours 16 min ago
Our Green Bay, Wisconsin, facility recently welcomed an exciting new addition to the family – a 385,000-pound, 40-foot long . . . boiler! At nearly 30 feet tall and 23 feet wide, a traditional stork wouldn't do – the boiler arrived on a 436-foot cargo ship on December 11. Tightly swaddled in a blue over-wrap, this behemoth bundle was a sight to behold. The precious cargo safely made it down the Fox River and then to our Broadway mill on December 19. We’re not just biased because it’s our boiler, but we couldn't be more excited. The new natural gas boiler will produce steam for our mill’s operations and generate power. It will replace our largest coal-fired boiler, helping us to reduce our air emissions, meet future regulations and modernize our facilities. After it’s up and running in mid-2015, along with additional improvements at the mill, emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide will drop by 80 percent. This and other recent sustainability investments at Green Bay total more than $80 million, helping to ensure the continuing viability of the mill, which is turning 96 this year. Boy, we have a lot to celebrate in Green Bay! (Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

MWV Agrees to Sell European Tobacco Folding Carton Business to AR Packaging Group

Paper World - 13 hours 16 min ago
Company will continue to be a global leader in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging Photo: Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden. The business has annual revenue of approximately $190 million (€146 million), which is included in MWV’s Food & Beverage segment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next several months. “MWV has long been—and remains—committed to our customers in the global tobacco market,” said Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business. “This transaction gives us the opportunity to further focus our participation on our leadership position in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging markets around the world. Our strong teams and facilities in the folding carton space will flourish as part of AR Packaging, and MWV will continue to serve our global customers as the market for high-quality paperboard grows in many regions.” MWV’s European tobacco folding carton business specializes in the manufacture and printing of hinge-lid boxes, display cartons, and high-impact cigarette packaging, as well as folding carton packaging for some chocolate confectionery and consumer apparel segments. The business has deep customer relationships in western and eastern Europe and includes manufacturing operations at three facilities in Graz, Austria; Krakow, Poland; and Moscow, Russia, which have a total of 680 employees. Also included in the sale is the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MWV’s plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The Svitavy plant will remain part of MWV beyond the transition period. MWV will continue to produce high-quality solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard for global tobacco end markets at its Covington, Virginia, paperboard mill. (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Hunkeler Innovationdays: POLAR's efficient cutting solutions

Paper World - 13 hours 16 min ago
From 23 to 26 February POLAR will present efficient cutting solutions at the Hunkeler Innovationdays. Presentations will focus on three-side trimmer BC 330 (photo) and cutting machine 56 NET. At the shared booth of Heidelberg and ATS Tanner POLAR's machines will be integrated in the live production of a brochure and demonstrate how to combine high quality with economical manufacturing. One example is P-Net Compucut®. It integrates the cutting machine into the digital workflow by taking the relevant data from prepress and converting JDF files in the corresponding cutting programs. Such a program is started via bar code. Three-side trimmer BC 330 The robust, networkable POLAR three-side trimmer is the perfect machine to automatically trim adhesive-bound products. The BC 330 shows superior cutting precision and handles a wide range of sizes. Formats from DIN A6 to DIN A4 can be cut directly one after the other without machine conversion. The BC 330 is operated using an ergonomically positioned 18.5" touchscreen display. The clear menu guidance ensures easy operation. A cutting program is generated in less than 1 minute. Integrated in the digital workflow, the cutting data can be transferred directly. A great variety of setting options allows to optimize the production tailored to every product. Cutting machine POLAR 56 NET NET is a designation for cutting machines which can be integrated into the digital workflow. Of course, this is an important aspect when dealing with digital printing. P-Net Compucut® accepts the digital sheet layout and converts it into a cutting program which can be started directly via the integrated bar-code reader. The cutter is operated from a 18.5" touch-screen display with process visualization. A graphic display shows the material handling and reduces the risk of errors to a minimum.
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Smurfit Kappa CEO awarded European CEO of the Year by RISI

Paper World - 13 hours 16 min ago
Smurfit Kappa CEO Gary McGann (photo) has been awarded 2015 European CEO of the Year for the second year running by investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European and global pulp and paper industry. The consecutive awards follow Institutional Investor magazine naming Mr McGann Best CEO in the sector for 2013. Awarded by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, the criteria for nomination included leadership, vision and strategic accomplishment. In the first nine months of 2014, Smurfit Kappa delivered year-on-year growth in EBITDA of 6% and pre-exceptional EPS growth of 55%, reflecting the continuing benefits of the Group’s integrated business model, the strength of its international portfolio of businesses, the consistent delivery on cost reduction initiatives and a fundamentally improved capital structure. The US acquisition of Bates Container for US$158 million in October 2014 built on the previous acquisition of what is now Smurfit Kappa Orange County, and recent acquisitions in Colombia and Dominican Republic have further enhanced the Group’s footprint in the Americas region. In December 2014, the Group’s credit rating was upgraded to BB+ / Ba1 by both Moody’s Investors Service and by Fitch Ratings, which followed an upgrade by Standard & Poor’s in February 2014. Last year also saw the launch of Smurfit Kappa’s new, innovation-focused global brand strategy, ‘Open the future’. (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

emtec Electronic at the IMPS 2015 in Munich

Paper World - 13 hours 16 min ago
Innovative Solutions for Testing the Paper Quality This year the IMPS – International Munich Paper Symposium will take place the 24th time and emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the event with a booth in Munich, Germany. From March 11th until 13th, emtec will present different special technical equipment – interesting for all players within the paper, board and tissue industry. With the application of the special testing equipment it is possible to control and guide the complete process of paper, board or tissue production from the pulp to the finished product into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs. This year, the company, located in Leipzig, will present a measuring device for the wet end of production. There it is extremely important to have detailed information about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp. A further new development of the company is the innovative ACA – Ash Content Analyzer, which determines the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds without combustion of the samples, i.e. nondestructive. Beside these new measurement equipment, the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester will be presented, which makes it possible to predict the behavior of paper surfaces during converting processes like glueing, coating and printing. For the tissue industry emtec comes up with the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which determines the softness very fast and objectively. (emtec Electronic GmbH)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Sawbucks: BC’s Sturdy Forest Industry

Global Forest Information Service - Wed, 2015-01-28 22:41
Those of us involved in the forest products manufacturing sector already knew how important the industry is to the provincial economy. But did we know how important? How … more
Categories: Forest

Sawbucks: BC’s Sturdy Forest Industry

Metla Finland - Wed, 2015-01-28 22:41
Those of us involved in the forest products manufacturing sector already knew how important the industry is to the provincial economy. But did we know how important? How … more
Categories: Europe

Avery Dennison Declares Quarterly Dividend

Avery dennison - Wed, 2015-01-28 22:30
PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2015-- The Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share. The dividend is payable March 18, 2015, to shareholders of record on March 4, 2015. About Avery Dennison Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 26,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers with ...
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