Sunday, April 01, 2007

China Drives the Illegal Logging Train

Check out this article from today's Washington Post that exposes China's rampant expansion into the world of illegal logging. This damaging expose will certainly send chills up and down your spine.

In 1998, when devestating floods killed 3,600 people in China's Yangtze River Valley, the government launched a massive reforestation program to help turn the tide for the nation's environment. Unfortunately, as logging production decreased in China, Western appetite for cheap wood products did not, leading to China's increased importing of wood from some of the world's hotspots of illegal logging, including Indonesia, Burma and more. And unfortunately, some of the West's greenest companies are scooping it up, with little or no knowledge of its origins.

Read the full story here.

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