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For businesspeople focused on evaluating, selecting and manufacturing environmentally preferable wood and paper products, Metafore is a source of tools, information and innovative thinking. July 20, 2008, Issue 216

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Wal-Mart joins WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network
Commitment to improve the management of valuable and threatened forests
From The Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. joined the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) initiative to save the world's most valuable and threatened forests, WWF announced today. By joining the GFTN, Wal-Mart has committed to phasing out illegal and unwanted wood sources from its supply chain and increasing its proportion of wood products originating from credibly certified sources - for Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Clubs in the United States.

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State adopts nation's first 'green' building codes
From Business Journal: California on Thursday adopted the nation's first "green" building codes, hoping the new statewide standards will push builders to reduce energy use in their structures by 15 percent.

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Canada: Ontario to protect forest
From The New York Times: The Ontario provincial government said it would conserve a huge swath of the province's boreal forest to protect polar bears and other animals and help fight climate change. The plan would permanently protect an area that represents 43 percent of Ontario's land mass and is nearly the size of the United Kingdom. The goal is to make sure that forestry and mining do not destroy the northern forest's pristine ecosystems, and to protect polar bears, caribou, wolverines and other animals from climate change.

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Congo basin forest is biggest for approved logging
Building industry weighs in: How the FTC can combat green claims

From USGlass News Network: When members of the building industry met on Tuesday as part of a public workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine green claims in the building and textiles industry, one fact was certain: many companies are making general claims with no basis behind them. The workshop was really about the exchange of ideas to see what the FTC can do to combat this problem. It's not an easy task.

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'Greenfluencers' are small but powerful group of consumers
From The Environmental Leader: A peer set of small (4%) but powerful group of consumers,­ or "Greenfluencers," are driving trends and shaping purchasing decisions in the mass market, according to a study (PDF) of nearly 12,000 U.S. adults conducted by Porter Novelli.

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Small and midsize firms moving towards green supply chains

From The Environmental Leader: IDC recently conducted a survey of 250 decision makers at small and midsize firms and found they are adopting more applications that support sustainable supply chain initiatives.

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Airlines worldwide denounce carbon-trading program
From The Vancouver Sun: A controversial European carbon-trading program could have Canadians paying higher ticket prices to fly to popular destinations like London and Paris.

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U.N. to do global deforestation survey
From United Press International: A global survey to assess deforestation will be conducted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners, the U.N. organization in Rome said.

Concern has grown in recent years about deforestation, loss of carbon stored in forests and the role of forests in climate change, increasing interest in forest monitoring and tracking emissions created by deforestation, the United Nations said in a release.

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Pope says young inheriting scarred, squandered earth
From United Press International: A global survey to assess deforestation will be conducted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and its partners, the U.N. organization in Rome said.

Concern has grown in recent years about deforestation, loss of carbon stored in forests and the role of forests in climate change, increasing interest in forest monitoring and tracking emissions created by deforestation, the United Nations said in a release.

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Brazil seeks to rein in foreign influence in Amazon
From Reuters: With Amazon deforestation accelerating, Brazilian politicians and senior officials are increasingly portraying foreign groups working in the forest as a threat to national security that need to be reined in.

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Indonesia, Brazil say to cooperate on biofuel
From Environmental News Network: The leaders of Indonesia and Brazil agreed on Saturday that their developing nations, home to much of the world's remaining tropical forest, would cooperate on biofuels after talks covering climate change and food.

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Fighting illegal logging nearly impossible: ranger's office
From The Thanhnien News: Authorities in the Central Highlands are at a loss to stop loggers from illegally cutting down trees in the country's largest protected area.

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Using farm waste for ethanol may hurt crop yields
From Mongabay: Cellulosic ethanol proponents have pushed the idea of using farm waste as a way to boost biofuel production without impacting food crops, but such conversion may carry a hidden cost in areas with insufficient rainfall or lacking irrigation, warns a soil scientist from Washington State University.

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Press Release

WRI: A New Climate for the Forest Products Industry
The forest products sector holds an enormous stake in the coming economy defined by resource constraints, climate change policies, and shifting consumer values. What was once a simple business of turning trees into lumber and paper is now uniquely positioned-or exposed to-political and economic forces that are reshaping regulatory and market landscapes.

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Print product recyclability boosted with new deinking scorecard
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) has adopted a new assessment scheme, the deinkability scorecard, to promote the eco-design of printed products, which will ensure their recyclability and also promote sustainable production processes.

The scheme is designed to allow printers, publishers and other members of the paper value chain to identify which types of printed paper products have the best recyclability when they are deinked. Five parameters - luminosity, colour, cleanliness, ink elimination and filtrate darkening - are considered in a widely accepted standardised test, Method 11, developed by the International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE).

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