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Increases in notified areas of final felling in Sweden

In Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 18% and amounted to 34,369 hectares in November, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. It is the highest monthly recorded data for November since 200
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New paper provides agricultural harvesting residues in Europe

A new and spatially accurate forecast of the available waste biomass from agricultural activity in Europe has been made, with the results soon to be published. This data, gathered as part of a Rehap project, can be used by the second-generation bioconversion industry to drive Europe t
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Renewable and biodegradable straws

Stora Enso and Sulapac are combating the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20,000 tech enthusiasts from around the world. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is
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Norske Skog to invest $7m in NZ

The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD$7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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Brazil timber and construction companies promote domestic timber

Brazil’s Wood Technology Reference Centre in the Institute for Technological Research (IPT) recently brought together professionals and representatives from the timber and construction industries to discuss promoting greater use of wood in domestic construction. Participants from diff
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Confor forestry prize to UK Masters student

Lorna Johnson, a Masters student at Harper Adams University, has won Confor’s first Future of Forestry writing prize. The 22-year-old, also a graduate agricultural consultant with ADAS, won £500 and a certificate, presented by the UK Forestry Minister David Rutley MP at a Westminster
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Best practices, best science could stop forest fires

The recent horrific Californian wildfires were caused by years of neglect in forest management that created dead and dying timber, according to a leading US Government official. The Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, a former Navy seal who fought in Iraq, said
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FSC hosts Chinese forestry delegation

FSC Australia was asked to host a Chinese State and Provincial forestry delegation to learn more about FSC, how standards are developed and what are the drivers for certification.  Adam Beaumont, APAC Regional Director provided an introduction to FSCI (globally), followed by FSC Austr
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Australian forestry delegation in Japan for trade relationship

An Australian forest industries delegation is in Japan this week meeting with Japanese industry leaders and government officials. The trip is aimed at forging stronger trade ties and to reinforce Australia’s sustainable forest management practices. The delegation will update Japanese
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Lignin for all things bio

Using the testbed LignoCity in Kristinehamn, Sweden, RISE together with partners has shown how lignin can be used to produce both bioplastics, biocoatings, bioresins, biofuels as well as carbon fibre for lightweight applications and energy storage. Now, a new project is being launched
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