Wednesday, 17 October 2018
FSC in the News
And other important environmental topics
Tariffs - a knotty problem for forest products industry
September 24, 2018
The US-China trade dispute is shifting the supply and demand channels for the forest product industry. With the trade war escalating, it is likely that both China’s inputs like lumber and logs will come from sources other than the U.S. and outputs like furniture and manufactured wood products will seek markets other than the U.S.
Sustainability standards provide benefits for trade in timber products
September 28, 2018
At furniture giant IKEA, they like to say they’ve gone “all-in” on a more sustainable future. As the purchaser of one full per cent of all wood sold worldwide, they know that what they do matters. To positively influence others and also contribute to the important work of ending deforestation, IKEA actively promotes the adoption of sustainable forestry methods by ensuring that all of their wood comes from more sustainable sources by 2020 – meaning from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forests or recycled sources.
Good news for big cats
October 1, 2018
Research shows well-managed logging concessions can benefit jaguar populations. Africa has the lion and Asia has the tiger, but in the Americas, the undisputed king of the jungle is the jaguar. Elusive, enigmatic and strikingly beautiful, this top predator is revered as a symbol of power and strength in many indigenous cultures. But jaguars are more vulnerable than they appear.
Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor
October 9, 2018
New work at the intersection of atmospheric science and ecology is finding that forests can influence rainfall and climate from across a continent.
New U of MN study indicates warmer climate will also be a drier, with negative impacts on forest growth
October 9, 2018
Warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will lead to drier soils and reduce tree photosynthesis and growth in forests later this century, according to a new University of Minnesota study published in the journal Nature.