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2006-08-15 08:35:00

BEIJING -- China on Tuesday denied accusations of plundering the world's rain forests to meet booming demand for wood. Environment groups say China is at the heart of a global trade for lumber it sells to markets in the United States and Europe and that much of its plywood exports comes from illegal logging. Domestic demand from a fast-growing economy only adds to the problem, they say. "As for the question that China's large demand for timber assists illegal logging and smuggling from Asia,...

2006-05-25 13:08:13

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations have got far better at protecting rain forests over the past two decades but are a long way short of doing enough to save the crucial global resource, a new report said on Thursday. While the area of tropical timber under sustainable management has surged to 36 million hectares from less than one million in 1988, that represents less than 5 percent of all tropical forests, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)...

2006-05-03 11:59:09

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - The world should double the area of forests under the control of local communities by 2015 as part of an effort to combat poverty, a new international group said on Wednesday. The Rights and Resources Initiative, backed by several governments and conservation groups, called for "an unprecedented effort to strengthen local rights to own and use forests and fight rural poverty, prevent illegal logging, and protect...

2006-04-24 14:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Chinese researcher who prompted officials to give greater thought to building dams and an activist who exposed timber plunder in Liberia were two of six recipients on Monday of one of the world's most prominent environmental awards. "These six winners are among the most important people you have not heard of before," said Richard Goldman, founder of the Goldman Environmental Prize. "All of them have fought, often alone and at great personal risk, to protect the environment...

2006-04-04 17:14:22

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Indonesia launched talks on Tuesday to curb illegal logging that threatens the Southeast Asian country's rain forests and advanced other initiatives that could lead to a free trade pact, top trade officials from both countries said. "Illegal logging depresses timber prices and damages the environment. Together we'll seek to take concrete steps ... to tackle the present environmental problem while facilitating trade," U.S....

2005-11-22 07:25:00

GENEVA -- EU countries are helping destroy major forests in poorer countries through massive imports of illegal timber, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday. It said Britain was "the biggest importer of illegal timber in Europe" and was responsible for the loss of 600,000 hectares of forest -- more than twice the size of Luxembourg -- each year in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Swiss-based body said the illegal logging that feeds the trade was depriving local communities of their...

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2005-11-08 15:56:44

MEXICO CITY -- As many as 200 million Monarch butterflies may migrate to Mexico this year - a nearly tenfold increase over 2004, when unfavorable weather, pollution and deforestation caused a drastic decline in the population, environmental officials said Tuesday. Last year, fewer than 23 million butterflies survived long enough to leave habitats in the United States and Canada for sanctuaries in the state of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, and neighboring Michoacan state. That was...

2005-11-03 18:56:13

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Illegal logging driven by an underground timber trade that stretches from Central America to the United States and Europe is destroying the forests of Honduras, a U.S.-based environmental group said on Thursday. The Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit watchdog, said demand in the United States and other developed nations fuels an illegal timber trade in the heavily forested Central American nation, abetted by corrupt...

2005-10-26 14:37:25

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested a gang that was forging thousands of logging permits in the Amazon, in the latest government effort to slow destruction of the world's largest rain forest. Over 400 federal police agents staged dawn raids across four Amazon states and arrested 35 people who produced and sold illegal permits to transport millions of dollars worth of hardwood timber. Brazil's government says its crackdown on illegal...

2005-08-26 16:12:28

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil said on Friday the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest was slowing, but environmental groups suggested much of the reduction was due to a slump in farming instead of government action. Using data obtained by satellite, the government estimated that 3,515 square miles were razed in the world's largest tropical forest between August 2004 and July 2005, down sharply from 7,229 square miles in the same period a year earlier. Officials attributed the...


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