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September 16, 2022

 Climate

Climate Change

USAID allocates up to US$18.5M over five years to combat climate change by conserving forests in Papua New Guinea; New Guinea Rainforest is world's third largest and a major carbon sink, but PNG has lost 1.65 million hectares since 2000
Targeted News Service (09/15)

USDA names Winrock International to implement US$20M Growing Value for Producers Through Increased Access to Markets for Climate-Smart Commodities project; initiative will support US rice and beef producers in Arkansas, Missouri and tribal lands
American Carbon Registry (09/15)

Blue Diamond Growers awarded US$45M in USDA funds as part of federal investment to combat climate crisis and protect US lands and natural resources
PR Newswire (09/15)

Enviva welcomes European Parliament's continued recognition of primary woody biomass as a renewable energy source; it notes MEP's comment that wood-based biomass is needed for energy transition to meet EU's renewable energy and climate neutrality goals
Business Wire (09/15)

USDA includes reforestation, building forest products markets as part of US$2.8B investment in 70 projects through Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program; project will balance wood products demand with need for forest carbon sequestration
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) (09/15)

Carbon Sequestration

USDA's New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project will include large producers and small woodlot owners in bid to store more carbon in forests; New England Forestry Foundation, Robbins Lumber, UMaine and Mass Tree Farm Program partner in project
Associated Press (09/15)

Dairy Farmers of America's project involving scaling methane emissions reductions and soil carbon sequestration selected for the first pool of USDA's Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program
Dairy Processing (09/15)

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

LanzaTech, a carbon capture and transformation company, announces participation in the Summit on Biotechnology & Biomanufacturing for the American Bioeconomy at The White House; CEO highlights company's progress in biotechnology and biomanufacturing
Globe Newswire (09/15)

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

BlackRock CEO praises EU labelling natural gas as green, says phasing out hydrocarbons in next 20 years likely to be impossible; natural gas would play key role in global drive to cut CO2 emissions, as it's less pollutive than other forms of hydrocarbons
Reuters (09/15)

 Recycling & Waste

Recycling Centers/Materials Recovery (MRF)

California's recycling programs are hindered by decline in number of facilities, collection points; number of recycling centers has fallen to 1,262 from 2,441 in 2012, and state deposit program's recycling rate dropped to 68% after peaking at 85% in 2013
North Bay Business Journal (09/15)

 Logistics & Supply Chain

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

US railroads and unions secure tentative deal after 20 hours of talks led by Biden administration to avert rail shutdown; even if deal fails in union vote, rail shutdowns have been averted for several weeks due to the standard language included in deal
International Business Times (09/15)

 Food & Beverage

Packaged Foods

UK government postpones plans to enforce new labeling rules on EU imports by more than a year, amid concerns that rules would 'impose new administrative requirements on businesses which may pass on the associated costs to consumers'
just-food.com (09/15)

UK government reviewing measures in its anti-obesity strategy, which includes a ban on sugary snacks promoted at checkouts and in 'buy one, get one free' deals, as it looks to help families with the cost of living
Daily Mail (09/15)

 Health & Safety

Health Care, Pharmaceuticals & Wellness

Merck Sharp & Dohme requests FDA withdraw approval of applications for Vioxx rofecoxib tablets, Vioxx rofecoxib suspension, waves opportunity for a hearing
Targeted News Service (09/15)

FDA urges ‘judicious’ use of Siga’s tecovirimat Tpoxx monkeypox treatment, stating monkeypox virus is only one mutation away from making Tpoxx ineffective; US recently launched Phase 3 study to evaluate effectiveness of Tpoxx
FiercePharma (09/15)

 Industries
Interactive Graph Image Forestry/Timberland Agribusiness & Raw Foods Chemicals Automotive & Driving Packaged Foods Energy, Fuels & Utilities Paper, Pulp & Cellulose Packaging & Containers Publications & Books Tobacco, Cannabis & Deriv… Building Products & Wood Recycling & Waste Managem…

Agribusiness & Raw Foods

American Farmland Trust and partner organizations being awarded a US$30M grant from USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities to spearhead an effort to transition the US beef supply chain to carbon neutral
American Farmland Trust (09/15)

Land O'Lakes and American Farmland Trust announce project that will deploy funding from USDA and matching funds from grant partners to scale production and demand for climate-smart corn, soybean, wheat, cotton and milk production 
PR Newswire (09/15)

Automotive & Driving

Biden tours Detroit Auto Show, highlighting electric vehicle push
AFP World News (09/15)

Tesla pauses plans for slated battery factory in Germany as it studies tax breaks for US manufacturing resulting from new Inflation Reduction Act; domestic battery manufacturing could make Tesla eligible for new tax credits
AFP World News (09/15)

Strong dollar affecting price of Canadian vehicle exports to US; value of Canadian vehicle exports to US declined from US$29.7B in 2020 to US$26.5B in 2021 as value of US dollar rises from C$1.23 in October 2021 to C$1.29 on August 20, 2022
Ward's Auto World (09/15)

Building Products & Wood

Funding of US$2.5M from US Forest Service Wood Innovations Grant and Community Wood Grant programs will help four Maine businesses invest in high-demand forest products including CLT, new pine resources, wood biomass fuels
Congressional Documents & Publications (09/15)

Chemicals

Louisiana judge tosses quality permits for Formosa Plastics' US$9.4B complex in the state; company's local arm aims to build 10 chemical plants, four other major facilities on 2,500 acres in St. James Parish
Associated Press (09/15)

Commentary: EPA's proposal to remove 12 chemicals identified as PFAS from list of inert ingredients for pesticides will do little to prevent PFAS contamination from spreading across agricultural land; EPA should prohibit all PFAS in any pesticide products
Targeted News Service (09/15)

Forestry/Timberland

Manitoba's Misipawistik Cree Nation hopeful current political climate will pave way for Indigenous-led protected area; designation would allow First Nations to maintain harvesting rights, manage area without government interference
Winnipeg Free Press (09/15)

OSU College of Forestry, Pacific Northwest tribes partner on US$5M, three-year forest restoration project being funded by US Dept. of the Interior; project will include collecting seeds of culturally and ecologically significant plants on BLM land
Oregon State University (09/15)

British Columbia has failed to deliver action plan reflecting progress on old-growth strategic review recommendations; also, C$185M commitment is inadequate to allow forestry-dependent communities a real choice to defer old-growth logging: green groups
Abbotsford News (09/15)

Packaging & Containers

China calls for further efforts to prevent over-packaging of goods, says a whole-chain administration system on over-packaging will be established by 2025, with improvements to be made in laws and regulations, standard systems, industrial management
TendersInfo - News (09/15)

Paper, Pulp & Cellulose

IP settles IRS tax dispute, will pay about US$260M in federal income taxes, plus interest of US$50M, for US$310M total; details of dispute not clear, but IP said in SEC filing that payment had to do with '2015 timber monetization restructuring tax matter'
Memphis Commercial Appeal (09/15)

Tobacco, Cannabis & Derivatives

Navada's classification of cannabis as Schedule 1 drug has been ruled unconstitutional by district judge; state's medical marijuana policy acknowledges valid medicinal use, ruling out status as a Schedule 1 substance
Las Vegas Review-Journal (09/15)

Macro Economics

Corporate Economics

Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio expects stocks to fall 20% if Fed raises interest rates to 4.5% to tame inflation; higher rates on economy will bring private sector credit growth down, which will bring private sector spending and economy down with it
Reuters (09/15)

 In the News
Interactive Graph Image U.S. Dept. of Agriculture… American Farmland Trust First Nations/Indigenous … U.S. Food and Drug Admini… Bureau of Land Management European Parliament Federal Reserve International Paper Co. Oregon State University U.S. Environmental Protec… U.S. Forest Service Land O'Lakes Inc. Merck & Co. Inc. Formosa Plastics Corp. Enviva Inc. LanzaTech Inc. Tesla Inc. U.S. Agency for Internati… Blue Diamond Growers Inc. U.S. Dept. of the Interio… U.S. Dept. of the Treasur… Dairy Farmers of America BlackRock Inc. Bridgewater Associates Winrock International
 Roundup

Commentary: US Senate must revive Journalism Competition and Preservation Act after it was pulled from consideration after amendment; if bill can be reintroduced, it would be a lifeline for hundreds of newspapers, allow local news to get back on its feet
The Dominion Post (09/15)

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