Category Archives: Climate Change

Diseased beech increasing, other hardwoods declining in NE North America – could a 2nd exotic beech pest to enter NA via Nova Scotia redirect change again?

There’s lot’s about tree pests and diseases to observe and think about as we approach a new season in Nova Scotia’s forests American beech, although highly affected by the beech bark disease that got its start in Nova Scotia in … Continue reading

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Executive Director of Climate Change at Nova Scotia Environment challenged on the “renewable energy” status of Pt Tupper biomass facility

In a letter to Mr. Jason Hollett, Executive Director of Climate Change at Nova Scotia Environment, Energy Analyst Peter Ritchie begins: As you are no doubt aware, the biomass boiler owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI), located … Continue reading

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Carbon Opportunities Conference in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia March 7 & 8, 2018

A notice has been circulating about a Maritime Forest Carbon Opportunity Conference, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association (NSLFFPA) and the Cape Breton Privateland Partnership (CBPP) to be held in Port Hawkesbury March 7 and … Continue reading

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Will our governments enable Forest Smart, Climate Smart and Dollar Smart opportunities for private woodlot owners in Atlantic Canada?

New Brunswick based Forest International’s efforts to promote carbon offsets as an income generator for private woodlot owners in Atlantic Canada is featured in the business section of today’s Chronicle Herald. Atlantic Canada’s woodlot owners could benefit from the growing … Continue reading

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Increasing carbon capture & storage should not be complicated for Nova Scotia

A letter in Voice of the People from Helga Guderley reminds us of Nova Scotia’s greatest assets for removing carbon from the atmosphere: …the best technology for reducing atmospheric CO2 was invented long ago. Trees, grasses, marine and terrestrial plants … Continue reading

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New Brunswick co. a leader in new forest assessment technology

This item on a news feed caught my eye: Fredericton’s Leading Edge Geomatics Ready for Takeoff With New Investment (by Cherise Letson in huddle.today, Nov 20, 2017). …The three men had worked in geomatics in Afghanistan and they knew those … Continue reading

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Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued..Nov 3, 2017 – “Bad forestry practices compound climate challenge”

Jamie Simpson contends that clearcutting has “borealized” much of the Nova Scotian forest; it’s a concept accepted by at least some federal forestry scientists but not by NSDNR “Bad forestry practices compound climate challenge” says forester/environmental lawyer Jamie Simpson in … Continue reading

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Time to plan ahead: the future of the Acadian Forest in an era of climate warming

In a paper published in Forest Ecology and Management in September and highlighted recently by a Canadian Press report (Oct 27, 2017), Anthony R Taylor of the Canadian Forest Service and six collaborators use a forest ecosystem simulation model to … Continue reading

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Canadian company patents new technology for monitoring GHGs

I have often wondered when science & technology will come up with much better means of monitoring GHG (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) balances than the laborious, assumption-laden auditing processes we rely on currently. A Toronto based company, dynaCERT Inc. (Carbon Emmision … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia-only Cap & Trade system announced

There appear to be no incentives (or disincentives) for forestry “Nova Scotia’s Environment Minister has announced that the province will go it alone for now in creating its new carbon pricing plan.” View N.S. lays groundwork for cap and trade … Continue reading

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