Hungry Dragon

COMMENT from PROFESSOR WILLIAM LAURANCE

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland. He studies tropical forests across the planet.

Australian Geographic – May – June 2012, p 118-119

HUNGRY DRAGON

China has become a black hole for the world’s timber, much of it harvested illegally. Consumers should think twice before buying wood products made in China.

IN CHINESE FOLKLORE the dragon symbolises strength, and it is an apt symbol for a nation whose economic rise has been meteoric. But for the world’s shrinking forests, the dragon is something else entirely: voracious.

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