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Southem Online 254: Hillary Clinton, climate change and forest fire season

Southem Online 254: Hillary Clinton, climate change and forest fire season

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Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefs
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SOUTHEM ONLINE
Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal Online news briefsSOUTHEM Online - Issue 254 – 7 November 2010Hi and Hola - Welcome to this edition Southem Online.The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited “down under”recently as a part of her tour through Asia. For this part of the world, it wasquite a big deal actually, particularly New Zealand which has had a bit of anawkward relationship with its American ally since banning visits by nuclear warships. While in the New Zealand capital, Mrs Clinton and New ZealandPrime Minister John Key signed the “Wellington Declaration”. Commentatorswere quick to highlight it as a mostly “feel good” document, with the mainfocus being on participation in military activities. However, a key sentence inthe declaration states “The partnership will also see us working together incritical areas like meeting the challenges of climate change, the pursuit of renewable energy initiatives, and disaster recovery initiatives within theregion.” Although the two countries are at opposite ends of the KyotoProtocol debate, behind the scenes a number of activities have beenunderway on climate change.Subscribers can download a transcript of Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Key’s announcement.Fire authorities in key southern hemisphere countries look to be making everyeffort to be prepared for the looming summer season. Australia and Chile, inparticular, have beefed up their forest fire fighting capacities, as noted in our headlines below. One area of uncertainty does remain – arson by disgruntledor disenfranchised members of the community remains a problem. Lower than usual new forest planting levels in Australia may have at least onepositive spin-off - less publicity promoting the expansion of eucalypts near rural communities may lead to a reduction in the number of arson attacks.Cheers and Saludos from Down Under Mike SmithEditor and Director Email:info@southem.comURL:www.southem.com
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TIMBERLAND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE
Center for Forest BusinessUniversity of GeorgiaMarch 23-25, 2011The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds PlantationLake Oconee, Georgia, USA
Save the Date!
Forestry Climate, Investments and Opportunities are changing! Join us for our 2011 Timberland Investment Conference where we will provide you the latestForestry topics, speakers and opportunities. See details of the conferencebelow or go to the web site.www.ugatimberlandinvestment.com
Seeing the Forest for Its Hedges
Bob Izlar from the Center for Forest Business was one of the experts recentlyquoted by the New York Times on the long-term benefits of investment inforestry.http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/seeing-the-forest-for-its-hedges/(SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CONFERENCE)
FOURTH FOREST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE – WHITE RIVER,SOUTH AFRICA, April 5-7, 2011
First Announcement“INNOVATION IN FOREST ENGINEERING -ADAPTING TO STRUCTURAL CHANGE”The Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University,South Africa in conjunction with IUFRO, is proud to announce thepresentation of the 4th Forest Engineering Conference in April 5-7, 2011 atthe Protea Hotel, The Winkler, in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa.For further information please contact Hannél Ham (hamh@sun.ac.za) or Pierre Ackerman (packer@sun.ac.za).(SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS)
ARGENTINA AND AUSTRALIA COUNTRY REPORTS
Updates are now available of Southem Argentina and Australia CountryReports. For more information, emailinfo@southem.com ****************************************
 
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
Items headlined in SOUTHEM Online are drawn from a number of sources.The source of the item is quoted, either by publication or organisations in linewith the practice of fair reporting. Items originally published in Spanish aretranslated by TMS Ltd. Every effort is made to ensure use of paid wireservice material is avoided at all times. Should users wish to utiliseSOUTHEM Online on their own web sites, we request that this is done toaccurately reflect the current layout to ensure attribution is appropriate.
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AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS IN GIANT NASA BUSHFIRE STUDY
Scientists in the Australian island state of Tasmania will take part in a NASAstudy of giant bushfires across three continents, ABC has reported. Professor David Bowman, from the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania, will lead Australia's involvement in the research, which will studyfire behaviour in south-eastern Australia, the Amazon in Brazil, and in westernUnited States. The news comes as southern hemisphere countries preparefor the summer fire season.http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1237&Itemid=5
FIRE AUTHORITIES PREPARING FOR SUMMER
Meanwhile, authorities in Australia have been gearing up for the coming fireseason. More than 100 members of brigades in the state of Victoria recentlyparticipated in a joint group exercise during which a number of fire scenarioswere held.http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1236&Itemid=5************************************************
CHILE STEPS UP TECH TOOLS TO FIGHT FOREST FIRES
Meanwhile, in Chile, government agency Conaf and forestry companies havetaken initiatives to better combat summer fires. Six new generationhelicopters thermal sensor thermal cameras able to penetrate smoke or fogare part of the new technologies with which Conaf and the forests companieswill combat forest fires which last year cost US$50 million.http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1235&Itemid=5************************************************
ARGENTINE WOOD AGENCIES WORK FOR A COMBINED FUTURE
Argentine wood industry agencies have signed an agreement to work closetogether for the benefit of the whole value chain.http://www.southem.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1234&Itemid=5

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