There is currently unprecedented demand for home grown timber, driven by rising import prices, greater use of timber and a desire from public and private businesses to use more assured homegrown timber products. The heat of the summer is reflected in the ‘heat’ in the timber markets from woodfuel (very hot !) though to sawn […]
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A new INBAR Regional Office will strengthen bamboo and rattan development in Central Africa. Sunday 2 September, Beijing – On 2 September, INBAR and Cameroon formally agreed to establish a new INBAR Regional Office in Central Africa, in a signing ceremony held at the Embassy of Cameroon in Beijing, China. Cameroon has been a member […]
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Representatives from government and non-governmental organizations are working together to ensure that growing more trees on agricultural land will increase protection of biodiversity as well as farmers’ livelihoods In the province of West Kalimantan in Indonesia, an...
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An unsigned editorial by a frustrated ALERT member:
Only in an upside-down country like Australia would the term “Liberal” actually mean far-right conservative.
Australia’s "Liberal Party" showed its true colors last week by toppling the country's conservative but mainstream Prime Minister — in an effort to install their own right-wing hero. A hero that nobody liked.
Thankfully, the attempt failed, miserably.
And in advancing this ill-fated coup, Australia’s hard-core conservatives haven't just failed themselves.
They’ve failed and embarrassed all Australians. And the Earth as well.
Heat-stressed sheep en route from AustraliaEmulating America?
For right-wingers in Australia, there seems to be only One True God: The god of mining and fossil-fuels — especially coal, the dirtiest of all energy sources, which Australia burns and exports massively.
The god of mining generously feeds and rewards Australia’s right-wingers – with a steady diet of millions of dollars each year.
In turn, the right-wingers fall all over themselves telling Australians that coal is good — and how efforts to slow global warming and promote renewable energy are ill-considered and economically bad.
But no matter what else might happen, the far-right conservatives have been looking to help themselves.
The latest political disaster — resulting in Australia’s seventh Prime Minister in just the past decade — shows just how bad things Down Under have become.
And Australia can thank its far-right extremists.
For this resounding humiliation.
For the growing comparisons of Australia to unstable, tin-pot dictatorships.
For the election of Australia to the annals of environmental shame.
It almost sounds like Trump’s America.
Donald Trump and Australia's loudest disciple of Big Coal, Tony AbbottNaughty, Naughty
Australians have never hesitated to wag their fingers at the environmental sinners of the world. Don’t destroy Indonesia’s rainforests. Stop the illegal logging of New Guinea.
Stop global warming before it kills off our Great Barrier Reef.
But those arguments are ringing hollow now.
Just a decade ago, things seemed different. In 2007, Australia named global-warming Icon Tim Flannery as Australian of the Year.
It seemed to herald a view that Australians saw the environment — and their role in protecting it — as a major priority.
But since then, good will has flown out the window, along with an unnervingly long list of national leaders.
The conservatives killed off Australia’s carbon-pricing scheme – making Australia the first developed nation ever to do so.
In Queensland, rapid broad-scale land clearing has roared back.
Massive heat-caused bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef
Heat-waves and droughts recently caused the largest dieoff of mangrove forests ever documented in Australia.
And Australia’s higher-altitude species — specialized for cool, cloudy conditions — are increasingly taking it in the neck as the thermometer rises.
The list of eco-calamities keeps growing. And the politicians from Australia's hard right — and their all-powerful mining god — can be thanked for much of it.Stop the Damage
With their clumsy, bully-boy tactics, the Australian far-right is not just hurting the country's environment and its booming outdoor-based tourism, lifestyles, and industries.
It's ravaging Australia’s credibility as an international leader — as a nation with enviable principles and conscience.
It surely isn’t worth it.
In the land Down Under, it’s time to stop upside-down thinking and give the right-wingers in the Liberal Party a great big boot into political obscurity.
On 24 August 2018, Minister of Industry Mika Lintilä opened a new plant extension at Vieremä. The factory extension marks a significant step in the development and competitiveness of Ponsse’s production.
Factory investment is the largest in Ponsse’s history as production facilities expand from 2.7 hectares to four hectares. Above all, investment means a leap in production technology.
– The new plant enables the development of quality, flexibility, safety and productivity. We are able to react more flexibly to changes in the market situation and to ensure the efficient customer variability of PONSSE forest machines under serial production conditions, says Juho Nummela, CEO of Ponsse Oyj.
Mika Lintilä, the businessman of the factory, announced in a banquet that the extension is an example of a future that has stamped Ponsse throughout its development.
– This will bring Ponsse’s competitiveness back to the next level. The continuous development of processes, the world’s best forest machines and the best quality for the customer, sound like excellent targets. But I am confident that Ponsse’s actual loss based on strong values and fair atmosphere. It always does, Minister Lintilä said.
Intelligent technology transforms warehouse logistics
The new factory also moved to the new intelligent inventory technology, which enables the components to flow smoothly into production lines. At the same time, the productivity of warehouse logistics increased significantly and the manual handling of components decreased. Storage automation includes 15,500 small stock storage sites and 3900 storage spaces.
The construction of the new plant started in late 2016. Brushes were exported in January, while 13,000 were completed. The PONSSE forest machine. All PONSSE forest machines are manufactured at Vierem in the world’s most modern forest machine factory.
Single-use plastics – paper industry shares MEPs’ perplexity on ill-defined “catch-all” product scope
The European Commission’s proposal on single use plastics products (SUPP), aims at addressing the marine pollution caused by the most littered plastics products. Yet an ill-defined product scope, open for interpretation, could consider any material using any sort of plastics layer or coating as plastics, whether the materials is in contact with food or for other functionalities.
During their first discussion on the SUPP proposal, members of the Environment committee of the European Parliament have expressed their perplexity regarding its definition and scope. The rapporteur Frédérique Ries stated that the Commission’s proposal is indeed too vague and open for interpretation.
Her colleague and shadow rapporteur Massimo Paolucci also questioned definitions and the lack of emphasis on recyclability. Mark Demesmaeker, also shadow rapporteur, even wondered whether cardboard boxes with plastic coatings should be also considered as plastic. Similarly the European Commission also admitted there is a grey area and that definitions should be improved.
Reacting to the debates, CEPI urges a clear and clean-cut definition to avoid other materials being inadvertently classified as plastics and an implementation chaos. “Leaving the text wide-open for interpretation with ill-thought definitions will lead to implementation chaos, not least for the SUP but also for the entire Packaging Waste Directive and products classification on the market” say Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of CEPI. The Directive is aimed at, and should therefore be focused on, the single-use plastics products most present in the marine environment.”
Paper packaging is not just recyclable but massively recycled, at a rate of 84.6% (Eurostat 2016), far and beyond any other material. It also does not show up amongst most littered application found on European beaches according the European Environment Agency surveys. There is no rational to mix-up the scope and cover other materials.
Note to editor: CEPI is the pan-European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry. Through its 18 national associations CEPI gathers 495 companies operating more than 900 pulp and paper mills across Europe producing paper, cardboard, pulp and other bio-based products. 84.6% of paper-based packaging is recycled in the EU and this level will further rise with the new packaging and packaging waste directive. Coated or not with plastics, paper-based packaging are recyclable and recycled.