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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, December 17, 2006

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
Dell completes implementation of global free recycling; China vows anew to curb wasteful investment; Climate change catching voter attention around world; Brazil expands protected forest areas; Driving sustainable forestry in Russia; Potlatch plans to sell 120,000 acres in Northern Idaho; Study shows airline industry could save thousands of dollars by recycling; Canadian Forest Products Industry Responds to Statement by ForestEthics and Limited Brands; Environmentalists forge agreement with Chilean companies to protect world’s oldest tree species and most endangered fox

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December 17, 2006

Editor’s Note: Due to the upcoming holidays, the next issue of In Focus will be sent January 7, 2007.


Dell completes implementation of global free recycling
From GreenBiz:
Dell has launched free recycling in several additional markets worldwide, meeting a timetable set in June to provide free recycling of any Dell-branded product for consumers worldwide as part of its global recycling policy.

This recycling offer is designed for consumers and includes responsible recycling of used Dell-branded computers and peripheral equipment at no-charge.

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China vows anew to curb wasteful investment
From Planet Ark:
China will make highly polluting and energy-intensive industries pay more for power and water in a bid to deter wasteful capital spending and force firms to move up the value chain, the economic planning agency has announced.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) singled out steel, non-ferrous metals, coal, power, oil and chemicals.

The story in full…

Climate change catching voter attention around world

From Reuters:
Political leaders worldwide are chanting a new mantra based on growing alarm about global warming.

Mainstream parties in Germany, Britain, France, Canada, the United States and Austria believe tackling climate change is a vote winner while established Green parties in Germany and Austria are experiencing a renaissance.

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Brazil expands protected forest areas
From World Resources Institute:
The governor of the Brazilian State of Pará, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, has just signed a law that creates a network of protected areas covering over 16.5 million hectares, an area larger than England.

The law creates the largest set of protected areas in Pará's history. Under the new law, 59 percent of the state (an increase of 13 percent) and 42 percent of the Brazilian Amazon are now protected. The law is intended to slow and stop the loss of biodiversity and illegal deforestation.

Earlier this year, WRI and Imazon released a comprehensive geospatial analysis of human activities and their impacts on forest degradation and conversion. Imazon used an updated human pressure analysis to help identify and prioritize new protected areas.

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Driving sustainable forestry in Russia
From Packaging Essentials:
A coalition of two Russian logging companies, four of the world's largest users of paper products and one of the most important paper producers just released a project report "From Russia with Transparency" documenting the key success factors in enhancing business practices, labour safety, and sustainable forestry in the Russian forest sector. The report is the outcome of a three-year joint effort to improve environmental and social performance in the Russian wood supply chain.

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Potlatch plans to sell 120,000 acres in Northern Idaho
Company says some forest parcels in four states are worth more for development than for timber
From The Idaho Statesman: Idaho's largest private landowner, Potlatch Corp., said last week that it plans to sell up to 120,000 acres of timber land in North Idaho.

Potlatch said it has completed an analysis that identified lands worth more for development than than for timber. The company said it is striving to draw the maximum value from its lands.

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Study shows airline industry could save thousands of dollars by recycling
From ENN:
The airline industry wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by discarding 4,250 tons of aluminum cans and other items that could be recycled, a new report says.

The two-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council examined recycling efforts at 30 U.S. airports. The report found that the industry threw out 9,000 tons of plastic and enough newspapers and magazines to fill a football field to a depth of more than 230 feet.

Details…

Press Releases

Canadian Forest Products Industry Responds to Statement by ForestEthics and Limited Brands
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), has commented on the decision by Limited Brands (parent company of Victoria's Secret) to no longer work with suppliers who source paper from any caribou habitat range in Canada unless these forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

"There is a complex mixture of influences on the Canadian landscape that are affecting forest management & biodiversity management in the boreal and around woodland caribou specifically," said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC. "It is unfortunate that Forest Ethics has decided to present a very simplistic and biased version of the issue. Their approach, while grounded in good values, is based upon distorted information. It has pressured Limited Brands into adopting a policy that discriminates against over 300 forestry dependant communities across Canada. These communities are committed to sustainable forest management and continual improvement."

The full release…

Environmentalists forge agreement with Chilean companies to protect world’s oldest tree species and most endangered fox
Led by ForestEthics, environmentalists from the U.S. and Chile joined Chilean companies Arauco and CMPC to announce the creation of new private protected areas in Chile's Nahuelbuta region, home to the world's oldest surviving tree species (araucaria araucana) and its most endangered fox species (pseudalopex fulvipes). The new protected areas will quadruple the existing protection in Nahuelbuta, adding more than 80,000 acres to the current 17,000 acres protected. It will be managed through an innovative model involving collaboration among the landowners, the Chilean government, indigenous communities, scientists and environmentalists.

The release in full…

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