China Trade Threatens Tropical Trees – Michael Bristow

From BBC News: 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 […]

The Hidden Cost of Your Hardwood Floor (Part two of China’s Great Grab) – Evan Osnos

From Chicago Tribune: The demand for Chinese goods is driving destructive logging around the globe. Part two of a Tribune special report. Night and day, the timber ships reach this Yangtze River port, one of the world’s busiest clearinghouses for logs from every corner of the globe: Southeast Asia, the Amazon, Russia, the Congo. Soon, […]

Forestry Authority Denies Timber Claims – China Daily

From China Daily via China Net: China has strengthened efforts to crack down on illegal logging and timber trading, the State Forestry Administration (SFA) said yesterday. Its spokesman Cao Qingyao denied accusations of China plundering the world’s rainforests to meet its booming demand for wood. “The statement concerning the question that China’s large demand for […]

Jonathan Watts: China consumes forests of smuggled timber

From the Guardian: The forests of Zhangjiagang are horizontal: tens of thousands of felled, stripped trees lying on the quayside of China’s biggest timber port, far from their roots in Indonesia, Russia, South America and Africa. The trunks of pine, maple, merbau and zebra wood are dead, but this forest is growing. Every year, more […]

WWF: China Timber Demand Threatens World’s Forests

Reuters reports on a report by the WWF which says China’s timber imports are threatening the world’s forests: China’s soaring demand for timber, driven by its rapid economic expansion, is a major threat to the world’s forests as illegal loggers make fortunes supplying the mainland, conservation group WWF said on Tuesday. China’s timber imports have […]

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