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July 26, 2010

US forest strategy boomerangs in Brazil

A recent ad campaign aimed at gaining Midwestern senators support for US climate change legislation has backfired in Brazil.

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July 9, 2010

Seeing the Forest for Its Hedges

FOR decades, some university endowments, pension funds and other big investors have put part of their money to work in the woods. They’ve bought large tracts of timberland, viewing them as an asset class separate from stocks, bonds and other forms of real estate.

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Jul 24th 2010

California legislature looks to ban the bag

California is poised to become the nation’s first state to ban single-use plastic and paper bags at supermarkets and convenience stores.

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July 26, 2010

US government fails on climate change

Not even intense international pressure, the BP oil spill, worsening floods, or the fact that the last six months have been the warmest on record globally was enough to push US climate legislation through the Senate. In the end the legislation died without a single Republican supporting it and a number of Democrats balking. Democratic Senate leader, Harry Reid, said they would continue to push climate legislation in the fall, but analysts say success then is unlikely given up-coming elections in November.

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26 July 2010

Climate Collaboration in the Americas Deepens

Washington - During a meeting with Chilean media in Santiago this month, the United States' special envoy on climate change, Todd Stern, was peppered with questions about last year's United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen and what the world should expect for the talks in Cancún, Mexico

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July 22, 2010

Latin America: Climate Change Swing States

Obama's climate change guy Todd Stern has just wrapped up a tour of Latin America. It wasn't vacation: more like a critical lobbying opportunity.

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July 22, 2010

That’s Billion Dollars, With a “B”

Most dividend announcements are in the range of pennies to several dollars, so when a company declares a special dividend of USD 5.6 billion, it tends to grab your attention, and that of shareholders.

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July 15, 2010

IRS Brings Son of Black Liquor Back From the Dead

The Internal Revenue Service may have handed U.S. pulp and paper companies a multibillion-dollar gift by ruling that black liquor produced in 2009 is eligible for an even more lucrative tax credit than the one claimed by manufacturers last year.

The June 28 ruling contradicts previous guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency that the molasses-like pulp byproduct could not qualify for Cellulosic Biofuel Producer Credits (CBPC) because it is not a motor-vehicle fuel or fuel additive. The new IRS ruling does not allow the same black liquor to receive both the original black liquor credits ("alternative fuel mixture") and CBPCs, the so-called Son of Black Liquor tax credits.

The exact impact of the ruling is unclear, but in theory it is be worth more than $10 billion to U.S. companies.

Publicly traded U.S. companies received more than $6.5 billion in black liquor tax credits last year by exploiting a loophole in legislation designed to subsidize "green" fuels. Privately held companies probably qualified for at least another $2 billion.

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July 16, 2010

Pressure Mounts on USGBC to Open LEED to SFI, Other Credible Standards

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter steered by Congressmen Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to the U.S. Green Building Council, 79 members of the U.S.

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June 28, 2010

Moving Forestry to the Forefront of the Carbon Market

An estimated 16% of the total global GHG emissions are directly attributed to the destruction of tropical forests.


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by Dr. Radut