September 16, 2021

DHA eNews - China's Trade Accelerates Imbalance, Despite COVID

China's Trade Accelerates Imbalance, Despite COVID

In August, China’s exports and imports were much stronger than anticipated due to vigorous demand. Customs data showed that exports rose 25.6% to $294.3 billion, an increase from July's 18.9% growth. Imports rose 33.1% to $236 billion, an increase from growth in July of 28.7%. Imports of American goods grew 33.3% to $14 billion, up again after a 25.5% gain in July.

Global Plywood Charged $205,000 For Lacey Act Violation

The now-defunct Global Plywood and Lumber Trading LLC pled guilty to violating the Lacey Act by buying illegally harvested or shipped hardwoods from three Peruvian suppliers in 2015. The company will pay $205,000 in restitution and fines alone.

Forest Industry Weighs In On "Waters Of The U.S." Expansion

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have requested comments on the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The American Forest & Paper Association recommends a durable WOTUS rule but states that wastewater treatment and ephemeral waters should be excluded.

Oregon's Forest Industry Lost Nearly $6 Billion From 2020's Labor Day Wildfires

Oregon's forest industry lost nearly $6 billion as a result of the Labor Day wildfires in 2020. The fires, which burned more than one million acres, also destroyed logging equipment and wiped out earlier efforts to restore forestland.

August U.S. Manufacturing Continues Recovery

Manufacturing employment increased by 37,000 in August alone. Year-to-date gains have reached 190,000, resulting in a total of 12,421,000 manufacturing workers in August. The average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers rose 5% over the past year.

Canada Publishes Composite Wood Products Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations

The Canadian government has published its official regulations governing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. These regulations, which take effect on January 7, 2023, are very similar to U.S. EPA TSCA Title VI. For more information, read DHA's write-up about these new regulations and how the new rules compare to TSCA Title VI.

Capital Testing Expands Team

Capital Testing is pleased to announce the recent hire of James Fishenden as a lab technician and chemist. A graduate of the Virginia Tech nanoscience program with a minor in chemistry, James will perform formaldehyde emissions and physical property testing and assist with certification and inspection.

30% Of Global Tree Species Are At Risk Of Extinction

A new report shows that approximately 17,500 species of trees – about 30% of the world's tree species – are at risk of extinction. 440 species have fewer than 50 individuals remaining in the wild. The number of threatened tree species is double the number of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles combined.

Invasive Earthworms Are Remaking Our Forests

While earthworms are beneficial for growing food, studies show that they are harming our forests and could be contributing to climate change. Earthworms are not native to most of North America.

Murders Of Forest Defenders Reach Record High

Global Witness research shows that violent resource theft continued unabated despite the pandemic. In 2020, 227 people were killed while trying to protect the forests, rivers, and other ecosystems that their livelihoods depended on.

A Machine Captures Carbon From The Air - Just Like Trees

A machine designed to extract carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into rock began operating earlier this month in Iceland. The machine can draw 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide out of the air every year, which is equivalent to the carbon dioxide captured by four square miles of forest.

Former Reddit CEO Urges Removing CO2 From The Atmosphere Now In Highly Scalable Ways

Massive global reforestation is our best option, says Yishan Wong. It’s the fastest, most efficient, and least risky solution to climate change.

Tree Planting Efforts Aren't Enough To Replace Burned U.S. Forests

Replanting efforts just can't keep up as the ferocity of forest fires increases. Just one of the many reasons is that insufficient seed collection and limited nursery capacity have resulted in too few seedlings. 

Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention

Florida leads the U.S. in managing forests through controlled burns that clear vegetation that could fuel future wildfires. Policies codified prescribed fires years ago; for the past two decades, nearly 70% of all controlled burns occurred in the Southeast. Now, some Western states are implementing Florida's policies.  

The Feds Own 57% Of California Forests. When Will They Act To Reduce Fire Risks?

The editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune spoke out in a strongly worded article to encourage the federal government to properly maintain its California forestland.

This Prime Foliage Map Shows When & Where To See The Most Colorful Leaves
See Who Won The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Enjoy a laugh with the winners of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, who captured some seriously amusing shots.

Pending Home Sales Fall 1.8%
Annual Home Price Gains Hit Record High
One Reason House Prices Could Stay Sky-High
Private Residential Spending Increases
Home Building Geography Index Shows Multifamily Suburban Shift
Soaring Canada Real Estate Prices Result In Promises To Build More Homes
Canadian Consumer Confidence Slides For Third Straight Week
Cabinet Sales Rise 7.2%
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