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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, June 17, 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.
News: Rolling Stone goes green with B.C. paper; Related News: Rolling Stone Opts For Carbon Neutral Paper, Not Recycled; Companies Have 'Unique Leverage' to Help Environment; Study Says Canada ’s Lumber industry makes money; Impacts of Industrial Logging in Central Africa Studied; Slowpokes win the race to cut emissions; Greenpeace hails B&Q China for hardwood curbs; China struggles to choke off illegal wood trade; Mexico murder shows grim face of illegal logging. Press Releases: The Rainforest Alliance Joins with Bolivia-base Wood Product Manufacturer ForestWorld; Bank of America and Redwood Forest Foundation Announce Nation's First Private Capital Forest Acquisition by Nonprofit

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June 17, 2007

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Rolling Stone goes green with B.C. paper
From The Vancouver Sun: Rolling Stone is the first mass-marketed magazine to be printed on carbon-neutral paper and it's doing it on paper made at Catalyst Paper Corp.'s Port Alberni mill.

Overall, Catalyst has reduced emissions at its four B.C. paper mills by 70 per cent since 1990, the equivalent of taking 250,000 vehicles off the road, according to the company. Catalyst also manufactures recycled newsprint.

At Portland, Oregon-based MetaFore, president David Ford said the absence of recycled fiber in its high-quality papers should not detract from the company's achievements. MetaFore works with business, government and other agencies in meeting environmental goals. Reducing the carbon footprint is increasingly becoming an issue for corporations, particularly publishers, he said.

"I would say Catalyst is ahead of the game because they have been looking at these issues for a number of years," he said.

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Related News: Rolling Stone Opts For Carbon Neutral Paper, Not Recycled

Companies Have 'Unique Leverage' to Help Environment
From Greenbiz: While it can be hard to get the U.S. government and even individual consumers to "go green," private industry has the power to significantly affect the environment in the near term, according to Gwen Ruta, director of corporate partnerships at Environmental Defense.

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Study Says Canada ’s Lumber industry makes money
From the Canadian Press: A new study says Canada’s lumber industry has remained profitable despite extensive restructuring and a barrage of recent trade and economic pressures.

The Statistics Canada study reveals that the industry has lost thousands of jobs since the turn of the millennium but intensified restructuring has resulted in substantial gains in labor productivity.

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Impacts of Industrial Logging in Central Africa Studied
From Science Daily: According to Nadine Laporte, an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and lead author of the work, "It has never been timelier to monitor forest degradation in Central Africa because there is still an opportunity to make a significant difference in reducing the amount of deforestation. The Democratic Republic of Congo contains most of the remaining forest and is the last frontier for logging expansion in Africa."

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Slowpokes win the race to cut emissions
From Globe and Mail: When it comes to going green, Catalyst Paper Corp. can say it walks the talk. The maker of phone-book paper and newsprint has one of the best records in Canada on greenhouse gases, cutting emissions by about one million tonnes annually, a 70-per-cent drop from what its mills released in 1990.

The reduction is more than 10 times the 6-per-cent commitment that federal Environment Minister John Baird complains is so economically ruinous under the Kyoto Protocol, and is equivalent to permanently hauling 250,000 cars off the road.

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Greenpeace hails B&Q China for hardwood curbs
From Reuters: Home improvement chain B&Q has stopped selling a popular but endangered hardwood in China, a move Greenpeace hailed as a crucial step towards protecting rainforests from the country's voracious appetite for timber.

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China struggles to choke off illegal wood trade
From Reuters: The World Bank estimates that in Myanmar alone, half of logging is unauthorized, and environmentalists say almost none is sustainable. Because Myanmar and China share a long, remote land border, much of the timber is also exported to China illegally.

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Mexico murder shows grim face of illegal logging
From Reuters: The brazen murder of an environmental activist by illegal loggers who are still free almost a month later has highlighted Mexico's failure to tackle powerful gangs decimating its forests.

Aldo Zamora was gathering information for environmental group Greenpeace when four men identified by witnesses and police as brothers in a logging gang ambushed his car on a forest road in the State of Mexico and sprayed him with bullets.

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Press Releases

The Rainforest Alliance Joins with Bolivia-base Wood Product Manufacturer ForestWorld
The Rainforest Alliance has signed a SmartSource agreement with SumaPacha Industrial S.A., a Bolivia-based wood product manufacturer, to help maximize the availability of wood that comes from responsibly managed forestlands certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the company’s use in the production of furniture, flooring and decking.

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Bank of America and Redwood Forest Foundation Announce Nation's First Private Capital Forest Acquisition by Nonprofit
Bank of America and the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) today announced the country's first forest acquisition by a nonprofit using 100 percent private capital to close the deal. The transaction preserves more than 50,000 acres of critical working timberland in the Usal Redwood Forest, just north of Fort Bragg in Northern California's Mendocino County.

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