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Prosecutors take issue with Brazil's new forestry code

Brazil's updated forestry code faced a constitutional challenges  from federal prosecutors afraid that it threatens the Amazon rainforest. Prosecutors went so far as to demand it be partially suspended on grounds it "reduces and abolishes areas previously viewed as protected". Using the Supreme Court the amnesty granted to those who illegally cleared forest land prior to 2008 was also challenged, a contentious points of the new code. Science Daily online has an interesting overview at:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140424143735.htm

 



November 2014

 

EUTR

The EU Timber Regulation became fully effective in March 2013. Designed to curtail trade in illegally logged wood this new regulation requires EU importers to carry out due diligence on the legality of wood and wood products before placing orders. The pulp and paper industry is just one of several sectors now charged with identifying the species of trees used and the legality of their harvest, information not previously covered by commonly used Chain of Custody processes such as FSC, PEFC and SFI.

The EU is currently undergoing a Review Process for this legislation, which includes the topics such as what goods are covered and is also examining methods for a more even EU-wide implementation.

 

January 2015

 

Record breaking Solar Panels

A new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity was established in late 2014. A multi-junction solar cell achieved 46 per cent efficiency, an increase from the previous 43.6%.

This represents a new generation of multi-junction solar cells, developed specifically for concentrator Photovoltaics. Development work was carried out by Soitec and CEA-Leti (France), with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.

 

More information at:  REneweconomy online

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/new-world-record-for-solar-cell-efficiency-set-at-46-73582

 

February 2015