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Almost 126,000 employed in renewable energy UK

The UK’s renewable energy industry, including heat, power and transport, employed a record 125,940 people in 2015/16, according to a new report. Source: Bioenergy News The report is called REView 2017 and is the sector’s  annual publication. The number of jobs grew by 2.5% between 201
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Supersized firefighter

The Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aerial firefighter in the world – has received interim approval from the US Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) to fight fires in the United States. Source: Timberbiz The 17-month approval is si
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Brazil to open 860,000 acres of protected Amazon forest

The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging. Sources: Reuters, The Independent UK The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecolog
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First quarter 2017 log exports

The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Ajot Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the c
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Forestry to protect incomes after Brexit

Brexit is probably the biggest political and economic event of recent times facing Ireland’s economy and, also, its forestry sector. Source: Agriland Given the Irish agricultural sector’s dependence on the UK market, particularly for beef exports, farmers may need to look at alternati
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North Korea launches missile from timber truck

North Korea appeared to use a Chinese truck originally sold for hauling timber to transport and erect a ballistic missile that was successfully launched on Tuesday, highlighting the challenge of enforcing sanctions to curb its weapons program. Source: Japan Times North Korea state tel
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Recognising tree species via laser scanning

A joint research project by Tampere University of Technology’s mathematics laboratory and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has developed a new method of recognising tree species based on laser scanning measurements. Source: Luke The method enables the calculation of clas
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China’s forestry trade volume increased

China’s forestry trade volume reached US$70.97 billion in the first half of this year, up 10.8% year on year, official data showed. Source: China Daily Total value of the forestry sector’s output reached 2.77 trillion yuan, up 7.4% year on year, according to the State Fore
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China’s smog eating city of trees

The smog levels in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou are not yet dire but if the city fails to deal with its pollution, it will only get worse over time. Source: Business Insider Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti believes that building a neighborhood with plant-covered t
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Portugal looks at Aussie style fire warnings

Fire experts in Portugal are citing the need for Australian-style warning systems after the most devastating blaze in decades left 62 people dead. Locals in the town of Pedrogao Grande are struggling to understand how so many people died as they tried to flee the inferno. Source: news
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