China timber trade ‘fuels climate change’
The economic giant’s hunger for timber reportedly causes illegal destruction of forests needed to stop global warming.
Jennifer Duggan Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 17:58
Shanghai, China – China’s skyrocketing demand for timber to fuel its economic boom is driving illegal logging and contributing to the destruction of forests in Asia and Africa, needed now more than ever to halt climate change, a new environmental report says.
China is now the biggest international consumer of illegal timber, according to the report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), which adds that the trade is causing the destruction of vast tracts of forest in developing countries.
Globally, the trade in illegal timber is worth between $30 billion and $100 billion a year, according to an Interpol and United Nations Environment Programme report.
Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change, as the trees that soak up carbon dioxide disappear.
“Illegal logging now accounts for between 15 and 30 per cent of the global legal trade and significantly hampers the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) initiative,” the Interpol-UNEP report said.
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…my brother claims that climate change is not “human made”…! that it could be from other reasons, like astronomical, or other!
…i believe in CO2 and the Green House effect…! that is if you don’t! and in “intoxi-c(k)ate” World envi-ronment pollution and fucked up Jungles and Oceans, because of need and greed of a failed World Economy structure logic based on taking anything to make money or even trade! Because Governments do not give enough to live well!