Category Archives: Climate Change

Climate Warming Warnings: time to be objective about forest bioenergy in Nova Scotia

For a few days, warnings of why we need to act quickly to reduce GHG emissions hold the headlines following the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Oct 8, 2018: Global Warming of 1.5 … Continue reading

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Worry about exotic forest pests and climate warming prompts talk about fertilizing deficient soils, reducing clearcuts and Assisted Range Expansion

Could we add a dozen or so species to our hardwoods to better adapt to climate warming and increase resilience to pests? A recent post on the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners Facebook page on how we might reduce … Continue reading

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Forest management group proposal for biomass heating provides an opportunity for Nova Scotia government to “get it right” on forest bioenergy

Minor edits made Sep 27 a.m. Can the Nova Scotia Government  set climate- and ecologically-smart standards for forest bioenergy? In a half page colour ad on page A12 of last Saturday’s (Sep 22, 2018) Chronicle Herald, North Nova Forest Owners … Continue reading

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Lack of Info about locations, times of forest management herbicide spraying on Nova Scotia Environment website

UPDATE Aug 12, 2018: Residents seek clearer information from province on herbicide spraying Mairin Prentiss for CBC News ——————— Woods and Waters NS has posted a copy of a notice about herbicide spraying by Northern Pulp, but as of yet, … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia forests, forestry and GHGs 2: Who accounts for the EU’s emissions from bioenergy generated from imported chips?

For chips from Canada, we do. Sort of. By not specifically addressing Land Use Changes associated with forest bioenergy in GHG accounting, industry and government avoid admitting that many of these schemes are net emitters of GHGs over timeframes  meaningful … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia contracts Western Climate Initiative Inc. to track GHGs for NS-only cap and trade system

NS Press Release (May 14, 2018); Nova Scotia joined the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc. today, May 14, as the province develops a new cap and trade carbon pricing program, required by the federal government by the end of the … Continue reading

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SMU Prof doesn’t think carbon offsets work but a recent analysis of the California carbon credits market suggests they do work

We need open, honest, non-personalized and non-politicized discussion of forest GHGs CBC made a post based on a CBC Info Morning interview with Dale Prest: Carbon offsetting could preserve N.S. forests, but researchers raise concerns CBC, May 7, 2018. The … Continue reading

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Letters, Op-eds and news items May 1-5, 2018

On clearcutting, The Mill, biomass and carbon emissions, and politicans tripping over themseleves on environmental issues There has been a steady stream of letters, op-eds, news items related to forests and forestry over the past week. It’s hard to keep … Continue reading

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Dale Prest on “Climate Forests”

The sooner The Climate Forest Company can get going in Nova Scotia the better it will be for our forests, small woodlot owners and our climate UPDATE May 8, 2018: CBC made a post based on its CBC Info Morning … Continue reading

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“Smartphone App Enables Family Forest Owners to Get Paid to Store Carbon” – but not in Nova Scotia (yet)

And some thoughts on the impacts on wood markets if Nova Scotian woodlot owners could benefit from carbon markets Addendum May 3, 2018: Listening to Dale Prest on CBC this morning, I realized I had not done my homework properly. … Continue reading

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