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The Rise of Rubber Takes Toll On Forests of Southwest China


Environment  (tags: environment, destruction, habitatdestruction, habitat, forests, ecosystems, world, wildlife, protection, humans, green, pollution, politics, nature, trees )

Cal
- 442 days ago - e360.yale.edu
In one of China's most biodiverse regions, the spread of rubber plantations to supply the country's burgeoning automobile industry is carving up habitat and harming watersheds and tropical forest ecosystems



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Dave C. (216)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 10:49 am
sad.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
Very sad and unacceptable!!! Ty Cal!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:53 pm
Noted and read with sadness at more and more destruction of Mother Earth.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 3:49 pm
This is dreadful news. We must try to persuade China to stop it.
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:24 pm
Thanks, al. China seems doomed to repeat mistakes of other countries.
 

GGmaSheila D. (172)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:31 pm
China is just like other countries - Act first, deal with repercussions/fallout later. Meaning, it's the people in most cases that suffer. Noted with no surprise. Thank you.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:47 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Monica D. (580)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:54 pm
Humanity must restrain its demands on nature, so that other species can continue to survive.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 2:18 am
noted
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 4:51 am
noted
 

Gloria picchetti (296)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 7:02 am
What a train wreck.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 8:54 am
Noted.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 9:47 am
Like a few other countries, China never gets it right.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 10:39 am
Thank you.
 

Linda Rust (68)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 11:27 am
This is what happens when societies adopt the religion of consumerism. Even when they speak of inter-planting crops to reduce the effects of the erosion caused by the rubber plantations, they talk of coffee, tea and cocoa. Aren't those luxury crops designed more for export to rich countries rather than crops to feed the poor who live there? The exploitation of the land lifts some of the poor out of poverty, be it rubber, cotton or oil, but in the end the land gives out and those people have nowhere to turn. We have to start implementing sustainable forms of agriculture, and adjust our consumer demands to a level the planet can support.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (183)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:10 pm
Niestety to Chiny
 

Birgit W. (146)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:11 pm
Well, I guess we are all guilty as we are all driving a car, and a car cannot drive without tires.
 

Natasha Salgado (537)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:46 pm
If they're having trouble breathing now---wait til the trees are all gone. Thx
 

S J. (119)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 3:10 pm
Sadly noted, thanks Cal.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted & posted.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:18 pm
So sad. Hate reading anything that takes away the beauty that Mother Nature created. THanks Cal
 

Winn Adams (192)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:34 pm
Very sad.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 7:47 pm
Is there any other way to run a vehicle on a road and not use rubber tires?
 

Dianne D. (460)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 10:22 pm
If man isn't destroying one thing, it's something else. We need fewer humans in this world.
 

Inge Bjorkman (143)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 11:31 pm
Noted

Love
 

Nikki B. (129)
Monday August 5, 2013, 12:58 am
Noted. :(
 

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:35 am
very sad
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:17 am
OMG - so sad
 

Lona Goudswaard (71)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:37 am
Their solution to this man-made problem is converting under-producing rubber-plantations back to natural forests. Sounds good, doesn't it? On paper, that is. How do they think the biodiversity is coming back after it has been destroyed? The balance is out of whack already and what's gone is gone for good. Reforesting some patches here and there is good for oxygen levels, but that's about it.
 

C N. (24)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:28 am
The problem is too many humans on the planet - we are out of balance with all other animal groups. Our footprint on the planet's resources is too great. All this talk of development, feeding the world with GM crops and fueling it with man-made products is not natural to the universal laws of life! We have forgotten how to connect with nature and respect the diversity of life forms we live amongst. We are too busy consuming everything within our grasp to understand that we have forgotten to maintain balance. Greed creates its own downfall. It is too late really... the scales are tipping down and we are well on the road to our own extinction.
 

Vita Pagh (36)
Monday August 5, 2013, 2:41 pm
Very sad indeed...
Thank you for sharing.
 

Jeanne Rogers (703)
Monday August 5, 2013, 4:04 pm
Noted.
 
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