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January 16, 2008
The United Church in Hughenden is surrounded by hoarfrost, like many other buildings in the area recently. Hoarfrost may sometimes be so thick that it might look like snow. This scene was captured by Linda Curr.
Landowners Cautioned About Carbon Trading Market
Farmers who are considering selling carbon credits to major emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Alberta should use caution and make sure they know what they are signing in a contract, says a crop specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Food.

Doon Pauly of Stettler was the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Natural Gas Co-op 52 Ltd. meeting at the Alberta Room in Provost on Thursday afternoon, January 10.

Some industrial groups emitting large amounts of CO2 are now being forced through provincial legislation to buy carbon credits from landowners.

Pauly showed a slide that indicated in a 2005 report that power plants are the highest emitters of CO2 at 47 percent, while oil sands trigger 18 percent, gas plants eight percent, heavy oil seven percent, chemicals seven percent and other activity 13 percent. There are approximately 100 large emitters in the province.

Most power plants burn coal while oil sands are burning high quantities of natural gas; the methane is burned, making CO2 and water vapour.

Alberta is a major emitter of greenhouse gases—leading the nation—and on a world-wide basis, greenhouse gases are perceived to be a threat for global warming Pauly told The Provost News.

The emitters could instead of buying credits, reduce their emissions or pay into a technology fund.

Full story and photos in January 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Elm Beetle Trapped May Have ‘Serious’ Consequences
A small European elm bark beetle, a possible vector of Dutch Elm Disease (DED), has been captured on a trap in Provost for the first time.

Full story in January 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Natural Gas Co-op Holds Annual Meeting
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This week we ask : "Are You Happy That Alberta Now Has Some of the Toughest Anti-Smoking Legislation in Canada?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Shannon Berthiaume, Ron Schumacher, Shayna Gernack, Dwayne Paulgaard, and Julia Hundal.
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