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2010-02-22 16:35:46

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Conventional wisdom among many ecologists is that industrial-scale agriculture is the best way to produce lots of food while preserving biodiversity in the world's remaining tropical forests. But two University of Michigan researchers reject that idea and argue that small, family-owned farms may provide a better way to meet both goals. In many tropical zones around the world, small family farms can match or exceed the productivity of industrial-scale operations, according...

2010-02-01 12:48:36

Well-designed plantations can mitigate social, economic and environmental pressures Not all plantations need to be the biological deserts that have come to characterize large-scale, industrial plantations. According to scientists in a paper out in February's issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, well-planned plantations can actually alleviate some of the social, economic and ecological burden currently being placed on natural forests. In addition, these biologically...

2010-01-28 03:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE) ("Sino-Forest"), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sino-Panel (China) Investments Limited has entered into a Master Agreement for the Purchase of Pine and Chinese Fir Plantation Forests (the "Guizhou Master Agreement") with Guizhou Sen Li Industry Company Limited ("Guizhou Sen Li"), which will act as the authorized agent for the original forest...

2010-01-12 04:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced the acquisition by one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries of HOMIX LIMITED ("HOMIX"), a company engaged in research & development and manufacturing of engineered-wood products in China, for an aggregate amount of US$7.1 million. The acquisition includes the company's facilities in mainland China and its patents. The transaction was funded with...

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2009-12-21 13:25:00

Conservationists have warned that the world has less than 20 years left to save the orangutan, AFP reported. Experts say the charismatic red ape will become extinct if no action is taken to protect its jungle habitat, as deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations have taken a heavy toll in Malaysia and Indonesia, where there are thought to be 50-60,000 orangutans still living in the wild. Tsubouchi Toshinori from the Borneo Conservation Trust said the orangutans' habitat is...

2009-11-12 07:00:00

MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- NewPage Corporation, North America's largest coated paper producer, announced today the release of a new On Paper podcast featuring Project POTICO. In this episode of On Paper, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and NewPage discuss the benefits of a corporate and non-profit partnership to drive real change in the global environment. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NEWPAGELOGO) Craig Hanson, director of people &...

2009-11-12 04:11:00

TORONTO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX:TRE) today announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009. All amounts in this release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Third Quarter 2009 Highlights - Revenue increased 25% for the quarter ("Q3") and year-to-date ("YTD") - Diluted Earnings Per Share increased 18% (19% YTD) - Wood volume sales increased 18% in Q3; up 33%...

2009-10-01 09:00:00

WASHINGTON and MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Palm Oil, Timber and Carbon Offsets (POTICO), a project of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the NewPage Corporation, is making progress toward conserving rainforests in Indonesia by creating an ecologically and fiscally sustainable palm oil industry. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091001/CL82739-a ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NEWPAGELOGO ) (Logo:...

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2009-09-15 11:31:04

Vegetation in an area may determine its usable water supply, ecologists find Ecologists have discovered that timber plantations in Hawaii use more than twice the amount of water to grow as native forests use. Especially for island ecosystems, these findings suggest that land management decisions can place ecosystems "“ and the people who depend on them "“ at high risk for water shortages. "Scientists used to think that forests in same environments use water in the same way," says...

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2009-09-13 07:47:15

Spain is one of the leading European countries, along with Sweden, in terms of wood production for paper paste, but this uses large amounts of energy. Spanish and Swedish scientists have compared the environmental load stemming from forestry operations, and have concluded that the Spanish sector uses more energy than the Swedish one. They are proposing improvements, such as the use of biofuels, in order to make forestry production more sustainable. In order to predict the consequences of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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