China emerges as main threat to Asian forests – Geoffrey York

From The Globe and Mail: Illegal for cheap plywood, furniture is destroying old-growth tracts, reports say.

The world’s last remaining rain forests and old-growth forests are being rapidly destroyed by illegal loggers to feed the voracious appetites of Chinese plywood and furniture exporters, two new reports have warned.

In just the past few years, China has emerged as the biggest threat to the planet’s tropical rain forests, consuming nearly 50 per cent of all timber logged in threatened rain forests around the world, according to a report by Greenpeace this week.

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