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2010-08-02 06:39:50

Australian scientists researching environmental restoration projects have found that the reforestation of damaged rainforests is more efficient at capturing carbon than controversial softwood monoculture plantations. The research, published in Ecological Management & Restoration, challenges traditional views on the efficiency of industrial monoculture plantations. "Carbon markets have become a potential source of funding for restoration projects as countries and corporations seek the...

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2010-07-27 10:48:58

Shade-grown coffee farms support native bees that help maintain the health of some of the world's most biodiverse tropical regions, according to a study by a University of Michigan biologist and a colleague at the University of California, Berkeley. The study suggests that by pollinating native trees on shade-coffee farms and adjacent patches of forest, the bees help preserve the genetic diversity of remnant native-tree populations. The study was published online Monday in the Proceedings of...

2010-07-08 09:30:00

LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the recently released Greenpeace report regarding the Indonesian forestry industry, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is exposing the unequivocally inaccurate and deliberately misleading claims made against Indonesian sustainability policy and APP. "APP is absolutely committed to the sustainable development of Indonesia and is dedicated to supporting the government to achieve its environmental and development objectives," said Aida Greenbury,...

2010-07-08 07:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill is collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. (WWF) to undertake an assessment of its palm oil suppliers in Indonesia as part of its continued commitment to sustainable palm oil production. The assessment will help gauge current progress amongst Cargill's suppliers to implement the principles and criteria established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). "We are committed to helping lead efforts to move the palm oil industry...

2010-06-22 15:47:00

PLANTATION, Fla., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- C3, a global contact center provider, announced today plans to open its newest contact center in Twin Falls, Idaho. As part of this expansion, the Company expects to bring between 600 and 1200 new jobs to the region to support several of its newest clients in the healthcare industry. Located at 851 Pole Line Road in Twin Falls, the new center is approximately 48,000 square feet in size. The first 600 jobs will be comprised of customer service...

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2010-06-07 13:26:41

The commercial paper industry's plans to plant forests of genetically altered eucalyptus trees in seven Southern states have worried critics that a large introduction of a bioengineered nonnative plants could throw natural ecosystems out of whack. ArborGen got U.S. Department of Agriculture approval last month for field trials involving 250,000 trees planted in 29 sites during the next few years.  Much smaller lots of the genetically altered eucalyptus trees have been growing in some of...

2010-05-28 18:00:28

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma and the Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have found that reforestation and afforestation -- the creation of new forests -- may lower the potential of forests for climate change lessening. Yiqi Luo, professor of ecology in the OU College of Arts and Sciences Department of Botany and Microbiology, and Changzhang Liao, Bo Li and Changming Fang, professors of ecology in the Fudon University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, examined...

2010-05-13 15:34:00

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. and ROTORUA, New Zealand, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ArborGen, LLC and New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion have agreed to extend their multi-million dollar partnership in gene discovery and molecular breeding for forest trees. Begun in 2006, the partnership has been successful in identifying gene-traits associated with wood quality improvements in pine. The partnership has identified more than one hundred new genes to test in Loblolly Pine research being conducted at...

2010-04-30 04:18:00

TORONTO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX:TRE), a leading, commercial forest plantation operator in China, released today its yearly forest valuation report conducted by Poyry (Beijing) Consulting Company Limited ("Poyry"), an international forestry consulting firm. Poyry has estimated the value of Sino-Forest's forest assets on 491,000 hectares ("ha") of area, based on a single rotation(1) using a pre-tax discount rate of 11.5%, to be...

2010-02-23 03:30:00

TORONTO/>, Feb. 23, 2010/> /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Allen Chan/>, Chairman & CEO of Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX:TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China/>, was presented a "2009 China Forestry Persons of the Year" Award by the China National Forestry Industry Association and the China National Forest Products Industry Association in January, 2010. The China National Forestry Industry Association is chaired by Mr. Jia Zhibang/>, Director of the State...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'