China is at the heart of a trade that is pushing some tropical trees towards extinction, environmental groups say. One such is the tropical merbau tree, says Greenpeace.
Merbau trees that are mostly felled illegally are being shipped to China, where import rules are lax, the group claims. This timber is then turned into finished products before being exported to Europe, North America and Australia. Environmental campaigners want Chinese manufacturers and Western retailers to help end the illegal logging….[Full Text]