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Friday, September 5, 2014
In 2010, the last standing mill in Josephine County, Oregon closed its doors due to a precipitous decline in federal timber supply. Rough and Ready is a 92 -year-old family owned business, and when it shuttered its small diameter mill, 85 employees lost their jobs in a county that already carried one of the highest...
Friday, September 5, 2014
AES Hawaii Power Plant, the only coal-fired plant in the state, has been asked to convert some of the energy being produced at the plant in to biomass from coal. "Hawaiian Electric believes that AES could provide superior optionality for the Oahu power system to optimize between cost and Renewable Portfolio Standard should...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Parts of Nova Scotia could be facing significant firewood shortages this winter with suppliers already turning away customers. Michael Nowe is a firewood supplier near Liverpool, Canada. His woodlot is about half as full as it should be for this time of the year. He says he started turning customers away in June because...
Friday, September 5, 2014
There are about 80 nature-based preschools in the United States, up from 19 in 2009. Numerous other preschools employ some sort of eco-friendly approach. Schools range from taking simple steps to basing their entire curriculum around nature and having students spend time every day in natural settings. At the Sunflower...
Friday, September 5, 2014
The American Southwest faces a dry and dusty forecast, with a 90 percent chance of a decade-long drought searing southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico this century, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The drought risk for southern portions of California and Nevada is nearly as great, with an...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wild boars roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption.   They radioactive boars are...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Clemson University has formed a new institute whose founders hope to change how commercial buildings are constructed in the United States. Clemson’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D) will leverage the university’s assets in forestry, architecture, construction science and engineering to design, test and market...
Friday, September 5, 2014
The home of West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen is the first all-inclusive cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure in the United States.   Here's a sneak peek at the 8,000-square-foot home...
Friday, August 29, 2014
In the city of Detroit, rainwater does not naturally percolate through soils, instead flowing over land into storm drains and into our Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system. During these increasingly frequent heavy rains, millions of gallons of water overload the system into storm sewers and basement drains that can cause...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Beijing will plant 66.7 square kilometers of forest in 2015, in a step to guarantee the capital city's water security and improve local eco-systems. The forests will cover areas along Beijing's Miyun Reservoir, the city's major source of drinking water, and the upper reaches of Guanting Reservoir on the Beijing-Hebei...

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