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72% of Myanmar’s timber exports go ‘unlogged’

New analysis of the Myanmar Government’s forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole – indicating widespread criminality and official corruption. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today released the new briefing Data Corruption: Exposing the true scale of logging in Myanmar, scrutinising official figures on log harvests and…
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Former timber kingpin a threat to orangutans and investors

Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warned today. The company, Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), currently holds a land…
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Cheap green supercapacitors – made from wood

When you think of advanced electronics or heavy-duty electrical storage, trees may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But a team from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has used wood waste to produce super capacitors that are as effective as advanced activated-carbon units. This offers extremely cheap and green opportunities for energy storage from wind and solar…
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Breakthrough in biofuels from wood

Norwegian scientists have made a breakthrough in the production of biofuel from wood. The new process reduces the time that it takes to convert woodchips or sawdust into ethanol from weeks to just hours. This not only makes wood based biofuels economical to make but could reduce the competition between biofuel and food. “The time when we…
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How many trees are in the Amazon?

If you’ve ever pondered on how many trees are in the Amazon rainforest an international team of researchers may be able to answer your question. 89 institutions across the world came together to answer 2 fundamental questions – how many trees are in the Amazon rainforest and how many different species are there? Trying to estimate the…
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Eat less food or the forests gets it

A new study to be published in PlosOne has tried to model the relationship between deforestation, agricultural production, food consumption and the number of people on the planet. The conclusion is we’re eating too much food to reverse the decline in forests being chopped down. The model predicts that unless we substantially boost agricultural production or we consume less…
Indonesia's crack anti-corruption team are looking into payments by Satorus to police officers.

Crack anti-corruption team turn their sights on loggers

Indonesia’s crack anti-corruption agency are set to investigate financial dealings between police officers and arrested timber trader Labora Sitorus. The trader is suspected of handing over millions of dollars to police officers at all levels as part of his illegal logging, money laundering and fuel smuggling operations. Sitorus was an Adj. First Inspector in the Indonesian police force when he…
urban ecology

Urban vegetation helps beat crime

It is becoming increasingly accepted that urban vegetation does not just look nice and is good for wildlife but also benefits people’s sense of well-being. There is lots of research that shows that people with a view of greenery feel much better. Children with access to green space – and even just a view of green space…
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Rosewood listing could help tackle illegal logging

Violence and gun fights between law enforcement agencies and poachers of tigers, elephants and rhino are well known and occur often but increasingly there are armed conflicts between loggers and law enforcement agencies. As the price of hardwoods rocket driven by high-end furniture demand in China the listings on CITES Appendices of a number of hardwood…
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Crooked willows make better fuel

There’s always something in nature to amaze and a new study has shown that willows which grow at a diagonal are much better for biofuel production than willow trees that are left to grow normally. The difference can be substantial with the crooked tree producing 5 times more bio-fuel than their more straight cousins. While…

British Ecological Society joins open access revolution

Papers published in the 5 scientific journals published by the British Ecological Society will now feature in the open access journal Ecology and Evolution that is maintained by the science publishers Wiley. The arrangement will see Ecology and Evolution become one of the leading ecological online open access libraries with 11 of the top 20 ecological…