19 Jul '12, 8pm

There's No Such Thing as Sustainable & Profitable Logging in Rainforests

There's No Such Thing as Sustainable & Profitable Logging in Rainforests

You can have one of the two, but not both: Either you can commercially cut down trees in a tropical rainforest that has minimal impact on the ecology of the forest, or you can cut down trees in a way that is profitable, at the expense of the forest. That's the word from a new study in Bioscience . Mongabay has its usually thorough account of why this is the case, but the gist of it is as follows. We know that clear-cutting rainforests, either for logging or converting them to agricultural purposes is bad. But even so-called low impact logging actually has a significant impact on the ecology of a rainforest. Doing so generally leaves 20-50% of the forest canopy open, which increases the risk of fire (otherwise naturally very rare) and changes the composition of the forest in negative ways. Truly sustainable logging of a rainforest can be done, the report argues, but it woul...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/theres-no-such...

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