Category Archives: Biomass

Are biofuels from Nova Scotia forests good for the environment? Show us the science!

A recent opinion piece in the LocalXpress by Rod Badcock of BioApplied Innovation Pathways extols the potential benefits of a high-tech “bioeconomy” for Nova Scotia. He cites Cellufuel in Brooklyn N.S, as “forging a new innovative path, developing a renewable … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biomass, clearcuts, Climate Change, Economics, Show Us the Science | Leave a comment

We can “cut less and do more” to foster a healthy forest economy in Nova Scotia

So said Robert Taylor, President of Taylor Lumber Co., in a presentation to the Nova Scotia Legislature Resources Committee today. The theme of the session was sustainable forestry. The other presenter was Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of Forest Nova Scotia. … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Economics, NSDNR, Private Woodlots, Pulp & Paper, Social Values, Wood Construction | Leave a comment

Call of the Forest documentary screens in Halifax tonight (Mar 24, 2017)

“Call of the Forest comments on the state of the world’s old growth forests and reminds us that trees provide emotional and physical benefits to those ever in its presence.

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biomass, Biophilia, Conservation, Old Growth | Leave a comment

NSDNR seeks markets for SW Nova Scotia’s “fibre basket”

Minister Lloyd Hines is making the rounds seeking input from local business people on how to bring back forestry and mineral industries to SW Nova Scotia. He’s encouraging an open discussion: “The best discussions happen when people can bring any … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biomass, clearcuts, Economics, NSDNR | Leave a comment

UK study identifies IPCC greenhouse gas accounting rules issue

UPDATE Mar 16, 2017: Burning wood for energy ignites fierce academic row (BBC Mar 15, 2017). “Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have become embroiled in a war of words over energy from trees.” —- Feb 23, 2017 post: … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Climate Change | Leave a comment

Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Plan cites full-tree harvesting, other requirements to make it competitive

Nova Scotia’s Biorefinery Plan cites a condensed softwood sawmill industry, full-tree harvesting, a 2+% mandate for biodiesel, slacker Allowable Gross Vehicle Weight regulations to make it competitive, but is vague on role of primary forest biomass and short on carbon … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Economics, NSDNR | Leave a comment

Hefler sale complicated, biomass power plant separated out

Is, or could the biomass plant become, a net emitter of GHGs compared to coal? Details of the sale of Helfler Forest Products operation in Lower Sackville NS are just emerging. The profitable biomass power plant will apparently be run … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Climate Change, Economics | Leave a comment

Nova Scotia’s Biofuel Bonanza

Using our forests to produce liquid fuels could well liquidate the forests themselves A NSDNR Press Release yesterday announced “A new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable … Continue reading

Posted in Acadian Forest, Biomass, clearcuts, Climate Change, Conservation, Economics, NSDNR, Social Values | Leave a comment

Hard times for wood pellet industry in Nova Scotia

“It’s déjà vu all over again in Middle Musquodoboit as former wood pellet plant operator Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company’s assets go up for grabs…The wood pellet industry as a whole is hurting because a long-anticipated European growth in demand for … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, Climate Change, Economics | Leave a comment

Natural Resources Canada GHG Calculator confirms Nova Scotia forest bioenergy schemes are worse than coal

Just under a year ago a Press Release from NSP (Nova Scotia Power) indicated NSP planned to increase the proportion of electricity derived from biomass to 7% of the total, up from 2.8% in 2015, while reducing use of fossil … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, clearcuts, Climate Change, NSDNR, Show Us the Science | 1 Comment