Borneo’s majestic rainforest is being killed by the timber mafia

November 12, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Reforestation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article from the Guardian.

Felling trees to meet British demand for garden furniture is devastating villages, livelihoods and food supplies, and threatening endangered species

Tracy McVeigh in West Kalimantan, Borneo Sunday October 24 2010 The Observer

The cows are afloat, with squawking chickens sharing their sturdy bamboo rafts. Children splash and swim in and around their homes, keeping away from the deeper channel of peat-coloured water that powers through the village of Meliau. Adults tightrope-walk across makeshift paths of hardwood thrown over huge floating logs. Others paddle around in long wooden boats. Everything that floats is lashed to everything that doesn’t.

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