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China's Appetite for Wood Takes a Heavy Toll on Forests


Environment  (tags: pollution, environment, destruction, ecosystems, habitatdestruction, green, habitat, world, trees, politics, nature, humans, forests, CO2emissions, climate, water, government )

Cal
- 986 days ago - e360.yale.edu
More than half of the timber now shipped globally is destined for China. But unscrupulous Chinese companies are importing huge amounts of illegally harvested wood, prompting conservation groups to step up boycotts against rapacious timber interests.



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Cal Mendelsohn (968)
Friday November 18, 2011, 1:59 am
From the article:

In its fervor to secure timber, China is increasingly seen as a predator on the world’s forests.

China is now overwhelmingly the biggest global consumer of tropical timber, importing around 40 to 45 million cubic meters of timber annually. Today, more than half of all timber being shipped anywhere in the world is destined for China.
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:37 am
"China is seen as a predator..." Because it is!
It's going to take governments to change this problem, if it's even possible.
Petitions have there place, but China ignores them for the most part, or retaliates as it did in its cyber attack on change.org over their petition campain for the release of Ai wei wei (spelling?). That was so bad even the FBI was brought in, but I don't know where that went.
I guess we have to stop this one at the source/supply of this wood, not the demand. :-(
Thanks Cal
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:38 am
China('s powers-to-be, may they soon become history!) have also already de-forested (e.g.) most of Tibet.

" ..motorroads were built after the Chinese invasion. The main reason for these roads is to enable the invaders to cart Tibet's resources away. The Chinese have felled over 60 % of Tibet's already scant trees [before 1990 !]. The forests of eastern and southern Tibet were twice as large as the British Isles. Up to one thousand truckloads a day depart from these areas to China, leaving behind irreparable ecological damage. The effect on the eight main rivers of Asia, which have their sources here, are already catastrophic. " -- "Tibet [Survival of the Spirit] (1990)"
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:07 am
We have'nt seen nothing yet when it comes to consumption in China. When they become fully industrialized China will surpass. the states consumption by far.

 

Carol H. (229)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:27 am
sadly noted. thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:56 am
thanks, noted sadly
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:19 am

Thank you Cal, I will cross-post in our group Forests and Trees. If anyone is interested to join, feel welcome, this is the homepage:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ForestsandTrees
 

Gary C. (5)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:57 am
Noted thankyou..China's appetite for everthing is a huge toll on everthing ,legal or illegal it doesn't matter, just look at what they have done to the Rhinos and Sharks...
 

pam w. (191)
Friday November 18, 2011, 9:00 am
What gary said....
 

Sue Matheson (69)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:00 am
noted with thanks.
 

Kay M. (351)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:14 am
sad
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:56 am
Thanks for sharing, Cal - and yes, Gary C, I agree with that statement!
 

Vicky P. (462)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:33 am
sign, China is horrible with the environment and animals and no one says anything to them out of fear.
 

Victor M. (236)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:35 am
Let´s stop them!
 

Annette O. (24)
Friday November 18, 2011, 1:13 pm
Boycott china and all their cheap crap! Most of the people are depraved. I've seen it in the way they treat each other, non-chinese and animals. I recently saw a video of a chinese woman roasting a puppy, ALIVE! I was shocked. They have no regard for life. These people do not deserve to be a world power.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:25 pm
If a positive news story ever came out about China, I'd collapse on my keyboard.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:29 pm
STOP cutting down the trees, this is destroying our forests. This is done so someone else can profit from it. This NEEDS to STOP NOW before it is too late.
 

Hector R. (3)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:58 pm
China wants a world polluted and all animals on their plate.
Hell on earth.
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:23 pm
I agree with you Cal thanks for sharing.
 

Mm M. (445)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:26 pm
Thank you Cal!
 

KS Goh (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:11 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:55 pm
THIS country is shipping OUR LUMBER to China? What? What kind of outrage is THAT? Why doesn't China use its OWN timber for whatever they want--probably toilet paper? I'm getting sick and tired of this kow-towing to China. What is the government THINKING? What are we gonna do, folks, end up as a Third World country? Let these idiots have their way, and we will.
 

Taylor B. (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:25 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:20 pm
The nations -- greedy, chomping mouths.
 

Dave C. (213)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:24 pm
very sad....and am afraid it may only get worse....the Chinese seem to have little regard about the environment and peoples outside their country except as a way to make more money or gain more power....

only when the last tree is finally cut down will we realize how we have abused and used our planet.....there is no other planet for life...lets hope we can save the one we have....
 

Fay F. (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 7:40 pm
China's destroying the environment? Shocking...
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:04 pm
Sorry to sound so dramatic - but China will be the death of us all. Its appetite for our wood, minerals and land is alarming - and our Governments are happy to sell our birthright for what? We will have nothing of consequence shortly.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:35 pm
Thanks Cal--the frightening small thing is all those billions of disposable chopsticks.
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:51 pm
What were you expecting? They are making every thing. Wood has to be a raw product. They are growing their own forests to still have a supply after the other supplies are gone.
 

michael vickers (6)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:38 pm
China has no respect for the worlds diminishing number of wild animals such as tigers, elephants and rhinos so why would care about the precious forests of the world-tragic!
www.tigersintheforest.com
 

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:46 pm
Thanks Cal for the article..hoping for China to lessen their appetite for everything.
 

june t. (64)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:58 pm
China's appetite for everything will continue to take a toll on the rest of the planet, and companies are salivating at the thought of the money that they will make. The environment is only a factor for the rest of us.
 

Jana Repova (63)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 2:47 am
Sad. Thank you for sharing.
 

Cedar K. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:37 am
Sadly noted.
 

. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:28 am
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Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:22 am
Noted. a dreadul stste of affairs!
 

Yvonne F. (163)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:32 am
And why doesn't this surprise me???????? This never going to end well!
 

Rita White (55)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:57 am
thanks, noted
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:08 am
It is shipping everyones trees! Look at Madagasca recently, as soon as they had that Coo there, down came the forests of rare woods and off it went to China. sorry I dont know how to spell Coo.
 

Catherine O Neill (73)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:20 pm
China has no regard for anything IMO
 

Erin Sheffer (2)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 2:17 pm
Interesting article.
 

Monica D. (580)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:27 pm
We humans must restrain our numbers and demands.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 12:22 am
OUTRAGEOUS
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 5:16 am
So sadly noted...
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 4:53 am
Very disturbing.
 

Muriel Servaege (39)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 1:35 pm
Chinese are real predators. They destroy the environment, deprive wild animals from their habitat, kill animals in a horribly cruel way, ... and what does the rest of the world say to them?
 
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