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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and four environmental advocacy groups in the Pacific Northwest have launched a promotional campaign for forest practices and wood products that help lower carbon emissions. The Climate-Smart Wood Group says it wants to help builders, architects, and other buyers understand the difference between wood products on the market and make it easier to locate lumber that meets sustainable forestry standards. In a statement laying out its goals, the group said that growing interest in mass-timber construction underscores the need to choose wood products carefully. Promoters often cite timber as a less carbon-intensive building product than concrete and steel, the group notes, but that’s not necessarily the case.RELATED ARTICLESAll About Embodied Energy21-Story Mass Timber Building Proposed in MilwaukeeCan Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?Another Look at Embodied CarbonHow Green Are Mass Timber Buildings? “All wood is not the same,” the statement says. “Forest management affects carbon storage, human communities, water, and habitat. Climate-smart forestry—which relies on actions such as selective harvesting, longer rotation lengths, and tight restrictions on hazardous chemicals—can store more carbon than commonly practiced forestry.” Although not without its critics, the FSC manages an international certification program for lumber. In order to qualify and win the right to mark wood with the FSC stamp, forestry companies have to meet certain FSC tests that are designed to minimize damage to the environment and communities where the wood is harvested. Other groups involved in the Climate-Smart program are Ecotrust, Sustainable Northwest, the Northwest Natural Resource Group, and the Washington Environmental Council. These organizations all are in the Pacific Northwest. The group notes that in the pulp and paper industry, large companies have influenced forest management and supply chains through their purchasing policies. But the construction sector is not as organized, with many smaller players working independently. The Climate-Smart Wood Group is a way to bring these players together, its opening statement said. For now, the Climate-Smart Wood Group is using a part of the FSC website as the point of contact for people who are interested in buying wood products. As the program evolves, that’s likely to change. What are climate-smart forests? At its website, Ecotrust says that the guidelines for FSC’s certification are among the best examples of climate-smart forestry. They encourage longer growing rotations for trees, limit harvest sizes to no more than 40 acres, and tightly restrict the use of chemicals. The group said a study it carried out with the University of Washington compared Douglas-fir forests that were managed in compliance with forest-practices laws in Oregon and Washington to forests managed with key FSC requirements in mind. “We quantified the outcomes of these different forest-management approaches on 64 properties spanning western Oregon and Washington for a 100-year period,” Ecotrust said, “And here’s what we found: FSC scenarios always stored more carbon than business-as-usual approaches. We would produce more timber and store more carbon if we allowed trees to grow for a longer time before harvesting them.” But the study also found that market changes would have to take place before those forestry practices could expand. Letting trees grow longer before harvest and protecting woodland habitat “comes at a cost to forest owners,” the group said. “Conservation isn’t free.” Paying landowners $37 per extra ton of C02 they stored, or adding a 10% premium on timber they sold, would make FSC management practices as financially attractive as “business-as-usual” forestry. The FSC already maintains a searchable database of certified products for builders who want to use them. It allows buyers to search for certified lumber and other products by region and species. Well-managed forests serve many purposes The new climate-smart group was launched at a mass-timber conference in Portland, Oregon, in March. One of the reasons for that timing is the buzz in the Pacific Northwest that mass-timber construction is generating, said Brad Kahn, communications director for the U.S. arm of the FSC. Formation of the new group has been under discussion for some time. Although the FSC’s current partners all are in that region, the effort is aimed at users all over the U.S. and Canada, Kahn said, and the organization has enough reach to help builders and designers source wood just about anywhere. In addition to boosting the profile of FSC-certified wood and explaining the benefits of well-managed woodlands, the group also is hoping to promote the use of wood taken in what it calls “restoration projects.” As Kahn explained, this would include trees thinned from overgrown woodlots and trees threatened or damaged by insects. Lumber produced from this stream is on a much smaller scale than the international FSC labeling and chain-of-custody system, Kahn said, and the Climate-Smart Wood Group is unlikely to develop a wholly new labeling system for it. For now, Kahn said, it’s a “very custom, one-off choice” that involves a limited number of producers and a much more informal supply chain. Kahn hopes the group can do more than connect buyers and sellers of wood products by educating people about the value of forests. “We want to connect with people who are interested in building through a climate lens, but we also want people to remember that forests are more than just stacks of carbon,” Kahn said. “There’s a lot of ecosystem service and other public benefits that come from forests. We want to remind people that, yes, we need to address climate change, but we want to do it in such a way that maintains the integrity of our forests. Clear-cutting our forests and using wood in the name of climate is a bit short-sighted.”
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In this picture taken on 9 August, 2019 a security personnel stands guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. Photo: AFPBig queues formed in Indian-administered Kashmir’s main city on Saturday outside cash machines and food stores as authorities eased a crippling curfew to let the Himalayan region prepare for a major Muslim festival, residents said.But huge numbers of troops remained on the streets a day after security forces used tear gas to break up a demonstration by about 8,000 people against the government’s move to revoke Kashmir’s autonomy, they added.The Eid al-Adha festival on Monday looms as the next big test for the week-old Indian lockdown in the Muslim-majority region, where the government has ended decades-old rights to property and jobs for local Kashmiris.Internet and phone lines have been cut and curfew restrictions have been imposed to prevent unrest over the constitutional move which prime minister Narendra Modi said was needed to bring peace and prosperity to the troubled region.More cars and pedestrians were on the streets Saturday.A woman stands next to a broken window of her house that was allegedly damaged by Indian security personnel after clashes between protesters and security forces during restrictions after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the government in Srinagar, 10 August, 2019. Photo: Reuters”We can do more but it is still tough, everyone is closely watched,” said one resident. “Our lives are still dominated by razor wire and checkpoints.””Bank machines are running out of cash so there are queues at every machine where notes may be available. People also need food for Eid,” added a second resident.Trains halted Modi said in a nationwide speech this week that Kashmir people would have “no problem” for the festival.But media reports said authorities would only decide Sunday whether restrictions would be eased for what is one of the most important Muslim festivals of the year.After weekly prayers on Friday, about 8,000 people gathered for a protest on the edge of Srinagar that was broken up by security forces with tear gas and shotgun pellets, residents said.”About 12 people were hurt, but none seriously,” said one witness.The home ministry denied any protest took place.In this picture taken on 9 August, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in downtown Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. / AFPKashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947. Both have fought two wars over the former kingdom. An insurgency against New Delhi’s rule in Indian-administered Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past three decades.Islamabad has been infuriated by New Delhi’s moves and has expelled the Indian ambassador and halted the little bilateral trade between the arch-rivals.Pakistani ministers have also halted cross-border transport services and the last trains and buses crossed the frontier on Saturday.The last Friendship bus left New Delhi early Saturday carrying just two passengers for the trip to the Pakistani city of Lahore.The service had been running since 1999 except for a two-year suspension after a militant attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 carried out by two Pakistan-based groups.In this photo taken late on 9 August, 2019, police personnel check luggages of travelers of the Thar express at Bhagat ki Kothi railway station in Jodhpur. The last Thar Express train left the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur early 10 August but had to wait more than 12 hours to get clearance to cross the border, officials said. Photo: AFPA Pakistan Tourism Department official in Lahore told AFP: “Today was the last day for the Friendship bus service. The bus service is suspended until further notice, we are making refunds to all passengers.”The last Thar Express train also left the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur early Saturday but had to wait more than 12 hours to get clearance to cross the border, officials said.The train has run every Friday night since 2006 from Jodhpur to Karachi. It is one of two rail services to cross the frontier between the rival states. The Samjhauta Express was halted on Thursday by Pakistan’s railways minister Sheikh Rasheed.”As long as I am railway minister, the Samjhauta Express and the Thar Express will not operate,” he vowed to reporters on Saturday.
Kolkata: The body of a man, aged around 50-55 years, was found hanging from the staircase at a residential building in Regent Park on Monday morning. A few residents of the building saw the body and informed police.According to sources, on Monday around 8:40 am a resident of the building found the body hanging. Immediately he informed others. After bringing the body down, police searched the garments of the deceased but found nothing that can reveal his identity. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed, sleuths found multiple injury marks on the body. But, it is not confirmed yet whether those injury marks are connected with the death of the man. Question arose how the person went inside the building and hanged himself and no one noticed. After a few hours the body found, the homicide section of Detective Department went to the spot and investigated the matter. Sleuths are waiting for autopsy report to confirm the cause of death. It is suspected that the person came there with an intention of theft. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at the Regent Park police station.