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CLIMATE DOUBLE-WHAMMY IN NZ

With deforestation of New Zealand’s pine forests occurring at around 10,000 ha annually, commercial plantation owners are pressing the Government for a better deal on carbon pricing.

 

TREE EXTINCTION THREAT IN MALAYSIA

Malaysia’s reputation as a responsible manager of its natural forests is under further strain with news of timber species extinction fears following widespread ‘degazetting’ of reserves.

 

CARBON ALARM BELLS IN NEW ZEALAND

A blowout in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions has prompted the country’s commercial forest owners to call this week for an urgent meeting of all primary sector interests.

 

CERTIFICATION DOUBLE ACT

New Zealand wants PEFC accreditation

In these days of increasingly muscular illegal logging legislation, it pays to be a little over-dressed when it comes to certification of wood products. And New Zealand forest growers have just announced they want to extend their sustainability wardrobe.

 

READ IT AND WEEP

‘Money Logging’ continues to outrage

One of the most explosive books ever written about forest destruction and corruption in the logging business has its UK launch at about the time this article is posted. And there is every chance the event will create fresh fears for sections of the tropical timber industry.

‘DAYLIGHT ROBBERY’

New book’s shocking tale of Sarawak’s lost forests

Sarawak has long been the Achilles heel of Malaysia’s efforts to build an acceptable image as one of the world’s leading suppliers of certified tropical hardwood. And in November things got a whole lot worse.

BRAZIL BACK IN FIRING LINE

Claims illegal logging is out of control

The lid has been lifted on alleged “out of control” illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon – potentially implicating major international markets.

THIRD FIDDLE NO MORE

How Norway is making its own design mark

It helps to have massive oil and gas reserves just off your coast, but that is not the main reason the design scene in Norway is flourishing.

PITCHING HARDER

EPDs on the way for Aussie timber

Marketers of Australian timber products will be able to play much harder ball against competing building materials with the news that Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs) are on the way.

STRONGER AUSSIE FURNITURE

Australian furniture and joinery makers and designers are collaborating to build a globally recognised ‘brand Australia’ image.

SOMEONE STOLE MY WALL

Not quite Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, but for a New Zealand eco housing company there was a definite hole in one of its walls.

A BIGGER DANGER

New evidence of massive forest degradation

Those concerned about the future of the world’s forests are increasingly directing public attention to ‘degradation’ rather than ‘deforestation’. And with good reason, it seems.

OUT OF THE ‘DISPLAY CASE’

Plantation kauri instead of radiata pine?

New Zealand correspondent Michael Smith reports that a micro-organism threatening the giant kauri may bring species-saving commercial opportunities.

MDF STAIRCASE CLAIMS TRIPPED UP

Something of a spat has broken out following a claim that Australian manufactured MDF products are unsuitable for use as components for staircase construction.