Volume 12, No. 02 - September 12, 2016

NCASI releases Practical Guide for the Beneficial Use of Forest Products Residuals (GuBu)

NCASI has recently released a Practical Guide for the Beneficial Use of Forest Products Residuals (GuBu), a Microsoft Excel®-based tool intended to help member companies navigate through the significant amount of information on the beneficial use and characterization of forest products manufacturing residuals.

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NCASI study on process parameters and emissions of volatile organic compounds

NCASI recently released Technical Bulletin No. 1035, Effects of Process Parameters on Emissions from Wood Products Dryers. The information in this Technical Bulletin helps in understanding the conditions under which pollutants are formed. Although specific chemical formation mechanisms are not discussed, it is hoped that the information in this report will be useful to industry and regulatory personnel where pollution prevention measures are under development.

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Screening life cycle assessment of unconventional use pathways for woody mill residues

NCASI Special Report No. 16-02, Screening Life Cycle Assessment of Unconventional Use Pathways for Woody Mill Residues, applies a screening life cycle assessment method to evaluate the potential environmental impacts and benefits of a wide range of management options for woody mill residues, including heat production from value-added fuels (pellets, syngas, methane), combined heat and power generation from these same value-added fuels, transport fuel, use in metallurgy, and use as horticultural growing media.

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NCASI publishes paper on the use of range mapping in assessing extinction risk

NCASI staff recently undertook an analysis of recent and historical range estimates for threatened and endangered terrestrial vertebrates in Canada, the results of which have been published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin

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NCASI, Memorial University publish paper on a review of systematic conservation planning

Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP) is an approach to protected areas planning that follows a step-by-step process. In order to determine how well the process has been applied in conservation programs globally, NCASI and Memorial University of Newfoundland conducted a review of the literature on SCP. The findings suggest that protected areas plans varied in how well they considered data uncertainty, and many used so-called “data free” conservation targets without clear rationales, which have been shown to under-represent natural features. 

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International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph 109: Outdoor Air Pollution

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and was created in order to evaluate the carcinogenic risk of chemicals and other agents (e.g., biological and physical agents) to humans. In 2013, an IARC working group met to evaluate the carcinogenic risk to humans of outdoor air pollution. The findings of the working group are published in Monograph 109. 

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