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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by XUN ZHOU

    ... Xun Zhou says the smog and dust that now plague Beijing can be traced back to the massive deforestation during the Great Leap Forward that left China scarred by environmental disaster ... amount of steel. Forests were destroyed as trees were felled to feed backyard furnaces. Many of the mountainous regions throughout China were deforested. Deforestation had devastating ...

  2. News - Asia

    Indonesia now beats Brazil in yearly forest destruction, scientists say

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:52pm by Reuters

    ... losses, the scientists wrote on Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Deforestation in Indonesia in 2012 alone was 8,400 square kilometres versus 4,600 square kilometres in Brazil, it said. ... the scientists wrote. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas blamed for causing global warming, as they grow and release it when they are burnt or rot. By UN estimates, deforestation may ...

  3. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Rate of destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest has risen by almost a third

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 09:50pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brasilia Urgent action demanded after destruction of the Amazon rainforest rises by almost a third Deforestation on the rise in Brazil Brazil's environment minister demanded urgent action to reverse double-digit rises of as much as 52 per cent in the rate of deforestation in some Amazon regions over the past year. Agricultural production has been ...

  4. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Four dead as floods paralyse Jakarta

    Posted Jan 17th 2013, 01:02pm

    ... deforestation in the hills to the south of the city, chaotic planning and hundreds of rivers and waterways combine to cause floods, which expose the country’s poor infrastructure even as it posts ...

  5. News - China

    China at the centre of global illegal timber trade, NGO says

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 04:48pm by Reuters in Singapore

    ... wood-processing industry, reliant on imports for most of its raw materials supply. It is in effect exporting deforestation,” the group said in the report. It said China’s state-owned companies played ...

  6. Lifestyle - Technology - ECOLOGY

    Mekong area as lost third of its forest cover since 1970s, WWF finds

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by GUARDIAN

    ... The Guardian Mekong region has lost third of its forest cover Five Southeast Asian countries have lost nearly one-third of their forests in the last 35 years and could be left with less than a fifth of their original cover by 2030- with devastating effect ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How China's purchasing power can save the world's forests

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by KEES KODDE

    ... of deforestation are different in each. But what they have in common is an increasing focus on China as the main export destination. In the Amazon, expanding cattle fields and soya bean plantations have led to serious deforestation. Seventy per cent of the soya beans produced in Brazil are exported to China, feeding its burgeoning industry of pigs and poultry. In the Congo, logging for timber ...

  8. Logging threatens planet

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cameron Dueck Solid wooden furniture and floors are a feature in many Hong Kong homes. This fondness for wood has contributed to the growing problem of deforestation, and this problem is particularly serious in Asia. Malaysia and Indonesia are leading exporters of wood that has been harvested in their forests. But a lot of this logging is illegal. Logging can cause various problems. ...

  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China's 80 billion disposable chopsticks a 'burden' on forests

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 02:43pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A National People’s Congress member has highlighted the dire situation of China's deforestation during a parliamentary meeting, saying that the country produces as many as 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year, state news agency  Xinhua reported .  Bo Guangxin, chairman of state-owned timber firm Jilin Forest Industry, said ...

  10. News - World - CLIMATE CHANGE

    Carbon buried deep underground poses global warming threat: study

    Posted May 26th 2014, 10:15pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Buried carbon poses climate threat Stocks of organic carbon buried deep underground could pose a global warming threat if disturbed by erosion, farming, deforestation, mining or road-building, a study warned. Scientists from the United States and Germany discovered one such reserve in Nebraska, up to 6.5 metres under the surface, composed mainly of vast ...




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