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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, April 29, 2007

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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.
The deadline approaches: Metafore's Innovation Awards; Time Inc., UPM to study logging effects on Acadian forest; IBM and Nature Conservancy Team Up To Save Major Rivers; Ten Lessons for Corporations Working with Activists; California backs lowering formaldehyde in wood; First step to sustainability; NYC pledges 1 million new trees by 2017; Expert: Paper recycling lags in U.S.; Mergers changing face of forest industry; E.U.: Green Fuel Targets Will Damage Environment; WWF-Canada and Domtar Announce Ambitious Agreement For Forest Conservation; Neenah Paper Joins Sustainability Panel at CRO Conference May 10 in NYC

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April 29, 2007

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The deadline approaches: Metafore's Innovation Awards
Metafore’s second annual Innovation Awards will recognize outstanding product and service innovations that reduce or offset climate change. The deadline for award submissions is Friday, May 18, 2006.
For award criteria, how to enter and more, click here

News

Time Inc., UPM to study logging effects on Acadian forest
From CBC News: A New Brunswick forest will be the focus of a study by magazine giant Time Inc. and one of its paper suppliers, UPM.

The study, to be conducted by a PhD student at University of Moncton, will examine the impact of forestry on biodiversity in the Acadian forest and will focus on a section of Crown land managed by UPM. Researchers will scour the forest for song birds, woodpeckers and lichen in the hopes of determining how those species are affected by logging.

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IBM and Nature Conservancy Team Up To Save Major Rivers
From GreenBiz.com: Projects launched at the two organizations, The Nature Conservancy's Great Rivers Partnership and IBM's Big Green Innovations project, will work together to create an elaborate computer modeling framework that will give governments, community organizations and individuals unprecedented access to detailed information about the world's threatened Great Rivers.

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Ten Lessons for Corporations Working with Activists
From GreenBiz.com: Ten years ago, top executives of three major corporations, faced with a boycott by the radical group Rainforest Action Network, dedicated to destroying their corporate name, did exactly the opposite of what most corporate lawyers, PR, and crisis professionals advised them at the time: they sat down and engaged in a dialogue with the group's leaders.

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California backs lowering formaldehyde in wood
From Reuters: California regulators adopted new standards on Thursday to slash the amount of formaldehyde allowed in wood products, a move they say will save hundreds of people from getting cancer every year. The California Air Resources Board approved new rules they say will reduce the total amount of formaldehyde released into the air in the state to 150 tons annually, down from the current 650 tons.

86 to 231 per million adults develop cancers from exposure to formaldehyde and that the numbers would drop by 35 to 97 lifetime cases per million under the first phase of the new rules. Formaldehyde can also cause eye, nose and throat irritation.

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First step to sustainability
From the The Gazette: The newspaper you're reading is the product of a journey that starts in the boreal forest, hundreds of kilometres northwest of Montreal, and ends when you and I toss yesterday's news into the recycling bin. Whereupon, in most cases, it begins a new journey, perhaps one day to land on another reader's doorstep.

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NYC pledges 1 million new trees by 2017
From Yahoo News: One million new trees will join the urban landscape of New York City by the year 2017 to reduce air pollution, cool temperatures and help improve the city's long term sustainability, officials said Saturday.

The tree program is one of 127 environmental proposals that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to outline Sunday in a speech at the Museum of Natural History, timed with the observance of Earth Day.

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Expert: Paper recycling lags in U.S.
From the Hutchinson News: The U.S. and international markets for using recycled paper products are huge and growing, but the recovery of paper in the U.S. has flattened, according to an industry expert.

Opportunities for improving recycling efforts for virtually all paper products abound, but the challenge, said Grogan, is in recognizing the payoff.

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Mergers changing face of forest industry
From the Vancouver Sun: Mergers and acquisitions -- some of the largest of which involve Canadian companies -- are tearing down the vertically integrated global forest industry and rebuilding it as regionalized, specialty businesses, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey.

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E.U.: Green Fuel Targets Will Damage Environment
From the New York Sun: European Union green fuel targets will accelerate the destruction of rainforests in Southest Asia and threaten the habitat of endangered species, such as the orangutan.

The European Commission has said the objective, which aims to cut CO2 emissions, may have the unintended consequence of speeding up the destruction of tropical rainforests and peatlands in Southeast Asia — actually increasing, not reducing, global warming.

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Press Releases

WWF-Canada and Domtar Announce Ambitious Agreement For Forest Conservation
WWF-Canada and Domtar have taken their partnership to new heights with an ambitious agreement that solidifies their joint commitment to ensuring the long-term conservation of the Canadian boreal forest, a globally significant forest region. This agreement marks an important milestone for both organizations that serves as a testament to the impact of collaborative business-NGO partnerships, which benefit both business and the environment.

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Neenah Paper Joins Sustainability Panel at CRO Conference May 10 in NYC
Neenah Paper, which has long taken a proactive stance on the environment, will represent the premium paper industry on a panel on sustainability at The CRO Conference on May 10 in New York City. Neenah ’s Trip Jobe and Interface Group’s Neel Bradham will face off with sustainability advocates on ways corporations can engage in a higher level of sustainable practices. 

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