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Chernobyl’s silent exclusion zone (except for the logging)

Chernobyl’s silent exclusion zone (except for the logging)

The road through the forest, abandoned, is at times barely discernible, covered with the debris of fallen tree limbs, vines, leaves and moss pushing up through cracks in the crumbling asphalt.

The moss is best avoided, says our guide, Artur N. Kalmykov, a young Ukrainian who has made a hobby of coming here to the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, set aside in perpetuity after the catastrophe in 1986. It can be radioactive, having carried buried radiation to the surface as it grew.

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A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers

A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers

The engine started, the propeller began spinning, and with a high whine the drone shot into the air—before quickly crashing to the ground. It took a few more tries before the drone flew straight, but when it did, it soared into the azure skies above southern Guyana’s grasslands, and the small crew on the ground cheered.

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A win for wood: US Green Building Council to give credit to wood from more certified forests1

A win for wood: US Green Building Council to give credit to wood from more certified forests

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it has created a new alternative compliance path in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard to encourage more responsibly-sourced building materials. This new path, for the first time, will give a LEED credit to wood from American Tree Farm System (ATFS) certified forests and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified forests.

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Talking timber - America's first-ever Mass Timber Conference draws 500 wood-loving builders to Portland

Talking timber – America’s first-ever Mass Timber Conference draws 500 wood-loving builders to Portland

Portland architect Thomas Robinson is leading a revolution by bringing cross-laminated timber construction of high-rise buildings to Portland and the rest of the United States. His two new multi-story building projects — Albina Yard in North Portland and Framework in the Pearl District — are setting the pace for cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction. He hopes it will start a trend.

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