Category Archives: Climate Change

What’s wrong with clearcutting?

To be more specific: Whats wrong with clearcutting the Acadian Forest in Nova Scotia? Outside of Nova Scotia, apparently, “we spend 80 to 150 years growing a tree in Canada – some of the longest growth rates in the world”… … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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“Climate mitigation benefits of preserving family forests are potentially massive”

So says Brian Kittler in an article on Ecosystem Market Place. “Making up nearly half of the forestland in the country, family forests are a crucial part of the carbon sink. Relative to other private forest ownerships, the per-acre carbon … Continue reading

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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

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Readings from Maine: Mitch Lansky on managing forests to increase carbon capture and reduce carbon emissions

There is a lot of talk in the forest industry about using more wood in construction as a means of creating more markets and capturing more carbon to reduce climate warming. Unlike the claim that using forest biomass to generate … Continue reading

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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

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From molecules and cells to trees, forests, and tall buildings made of wood

Of all of the existing and potential uses of forest products, use of wood in construction is seemingly the most compatible with using our forests and forest products to sequester carbon and building on the natural strengths of a species … Continue reading

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Comment Period NOT Expired (Update)

I had been waiting for the PTA (Pre-Treatment Assessment) for the planned cut of Crown Land Block HX060122 NE of Halifax since I requested it in early November which was within 5 days or so of when it was posted. … Continue reading

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