China’s Appetite for Wood Takes a Heavy Toll

More than half of the timber shipped globally today is destined for China, which has become the “woodshop of the world.” But unscrupulous Chinese companies are importing huge amounts of stolen or illegally harvested wood, prompting conservation groups to launch boycotts against rapacious timber interests. READ MORE

 

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China, in its relentless pursuit of timber, almost exclusively seeks raw logs, which are the least economically beneficial way for developing nations to exploit their timber resources, as they provide only limited royalties and little employment, workforce training, or industrial development. (Photo courtesy of William Laurance)

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