No one has been left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the negative feelings you are probably harbouring towards the virus, it is undeniable that it’s been a catalyst for change. The pandemic has prompted the forestry industry to rethink its ways and accelerate its evolution.

Designers and regulators are increasingly rationalizing for climate change in stream crossing designs. While the baseline practice in forestry is “add 20% to the design flood”—which originates from a 2012 Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Guidance publication—professionals are now starting to use publicly available climate tools that give more localized estimates.

Scientists cracked the code for kraft lignin made from black liquor in the 1940s, but with global attention on climate change and governments around the world focused on lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while supporting sustainable economies, efficient lignin production and improved quality have never been hotter topics in biorefinery circles than they are now.

FPInnovations recently launched the 2019 edition of the Canadian CLT Handbook, a completely revised version aimed at reflecting changes made in Canadian codes and standards since the 2011 edition, and helping support a larger use of cross-laminated timber (CLT).

PIT Group’s comprehensive market review of electromechanical brakes (EMBs) for commercial vehicles, namely Class 8 trucks, completed for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations, reveals that the cost of a sufficiently safe, redundant and robust system, as well as the regulatory framework, are currently impeding the development and use of EMBs.

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