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2009-09-02 06:35:00

MADRID, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The atmosphere of racism surrounding Haitian sugar cane cutters in the Dominican Republic and the ongoing affronts of child labor, human trafficking, statelessness, and extreme poverty are nothing new to Catholic priest and human rights champion Fr. Christopher Hartley, who spent ten years ministering to inhabitants of Vicini Company bateyes (slum-like settlements). This toxic situation, he maintains, has been aggravated by recent "inventive" human rights...

2009-07-14 14:02:00

BEDFORD, Mass., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced the publication of the South American Tree Farm Update: Opportunities for Investment in Forest Industry and Biomass Energy Plantations. This new study updates and expands on the South American section of an earlier RISI study -Global Tree Farm & Managed Forest Industry. The report describes in detail how the convergence of the timberland, bioenergy, and...

2009-07-06 08:12:00

TORONTO, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced today that it has received notices from Mandra Forestry Finance Limited ("Mandra") purporting to terminate the Operating Management Agreement and Master Sales Agreement, each dated May 11, 2005, between Mandra and a subsidiary of Sino-Forest. Management of Sino-Forest believes that such termination notices are without merit and intends to dispute the...

2009-06-11 06:55:00

TORONTO, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sino-Panel (China) Investments Limited ("Sino-Panel"), has entered into a Master Agreement for the Purchase of Pine and Chinese Fir Plantation Forests (the "Jiangxi Master Agreement") with Jiangxi Zhonggan Industrial Development Company Limited ("Jiangxi Zhonggan"), which will act as the authorized agent for...

2009-04-02 06:39:00

TORONTO, April 2 /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 Forest Industry Consulting Ltd ("Poyry"), an international forestry consulting firm. Poyry has estimated the valuation of 335,000 hectares ("ha") of Sino-Forest's forest assets, based on a single rotation(1) using a pre-tax discount rate of 11.5%, to be US$1.64 billion as at...

2009-03-31 07:00:00

TORONTO, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX:TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced today that its subsidiary, Guangdong Jiayao Wood Products Development Co, Ltd., has signed an equipment assignment contract with an arm's length third party purchaser to sell the particleboard manufacturing equipment at its plant in Gaoyao, Guangdong Province for a total price of approximately US$30 million. The contract provides...

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2009-03-24 13:27:51

Oil palm cultivation is a significant driver of tropical forest destruction across Southeast Asia. It could easily become a threat to the Amazon rainforest because of a proposed change in Brazil's legislation, new infrastructure and the influence of foreign agro-industrial firms in the region, according to William F. Laurance, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Laurance and Rhett A. Butler, founder of environmental science Web site Mongabay.com, warn in...

2009-02-05 08:00:00

WASHINGTON and MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Resources Institute (WRI) and NewPage Corporation today announce a partnership to protect forests in Indonesia. NewPage will substantially fund WRI's "Project POTICO" (Palm Oil, Timber, Carbon Offsets), an initiative to combat illegal logging and preserve virgin rainforests in Indonesia by diverting new oil palm plantations to degraded lands. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NEWPAGELOGO ) To view the...

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2008-12-18 13:50:00

Scientists say that as climate change increases, the world's chocolate supply could start to run low. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree and in recent years demand has risen worldwide. But diseases destroy a third of the world's cacao crop every year, and it's getting worse. Cacao is a rainforest tree with shallow roots that responds poorly to drought, and droughts have hit harvests hard in recent years. However, the biggest chocolate company in the world, Mars Inc., has...

2008-11-03 09:00:24

ST. LOUIS and SAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In the face of long-term changes driving greater global demand for food and biofuel sources, Monsanto Company is investing in a new large-acre row crop, sugarcane, to diversify its existing core crop portfolio and to leverage its experience in bringing innovations to the agricultural marketplace through breeding and biotechnology. Monsanto announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aly...


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