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Obama plan offers help to U.S. cities on climate's front lines

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses and wipes his forehead as he speaks about his vision to reduce carbon pollution while preparing the country for the impacts of climate change, at Georgetown University in Washington, June 25, 2013.

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Missing red panda found in Washington D.C. neighborhood

An endangered red panda named Rusty is seen in this undated handout photo released by the Smithsonian National Zoo June 24, 2013.


Timber Industry Begins Rebound, Aided by Recent US Housing Recovery.

The fortunes of the timber industry wax and wane with that of the housing industry, so it isn't surprising that as the housing industry begins its recovery, the timber industry is recovering as well.


Private sector emerges as key potential funder of sustainable forest management

As countries around the world struggle to find the necessary funds to sustainably manage their forests, the private sector is emerging as a key source of financing that, if tapped properly, could result in benefits for the environment along with profits for businesses.17 April 2013.

Timber Product News

  • South African wood treaters and timber product manufacturers can compete on the world stage, in terms of both quality and variety. This is evidenced by the success of Timba Garden Products, a company based in White River, Mpumalanga, which specialises in the manufacture of niche products such as fencing and garden furniture. Over the past five years, it has successfully exported its fencing and wooden dustbins, among other products, to markets in Europe.

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  • Accoya® is a world leading high technology wood with properties that surpass the best tropical hardwood -thus reducing their depletion. Accoya® wood is manufactured via a non-toxic treatment and uses fast growing timber from sustainable sources. The wood has very high durability and dimensional stability allowing for reduced maintenance and a viable alternative to even high-energy man-made materials.

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    The Accoya wood production process takes sustainably-sourced, fast growing softwood and, in a non toxic process, creates a durable and stable wood. You may remember hardening ‘conkers’ with vinegar as a child; this process works in much the same way.

    The technology behind Accoya is based on acetylation, a process that has been studied by scientists around the world for more than 75 years. This method of improving wood has been proven to deliver such superior performance that it has long been used as the “gold standard” against which other methods are measured.

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