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Information There are a variety of estimates of varying validity for total world paper usage. I'll stick with US paper usage, which is 69 million tons per year, according to the EPA (Note, I have no idea if the linked site is no longer maintained due to old data or due to change in political climate. I will just have to assume it is correct). From here, the ...


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I'll start with my own answer including some examples I'm aware of to help set context, and I'll highlight in bold some uncertainties. This will be a community wiki so we can build this list together and clarify uncertainties over time. Actions Today Contribute to non-profits and charities focused on forest conservation, reforestation, and sustainable land ...


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Buy degraded/abused land in strategic locations (which should be cheap as a result). (Re-)Plant trees. Place a conservation covenant over the property so that future owners are legally required to preserve it. In Victoria, Australia, organisations like the Trust For Nature can help with this process. If you're not sure what a conservation covenant is, ...


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Deforestation per se, without replanting trees to compensate for the trees felled, is bad for the environment. Replacing steel and concrete with lumber/timber from trees for construction purposes is an old concept of sustainability. The manufacturing of steel and concrete is very energy intensive and the manufacturing of both currently produces a lot of ...


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Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. If you have a forest that is cleared with no intention whatsoever to re-plant a new forest, that is bad for the climate. You can't make all of the trees into lumber, you will have waste products like small diameter treetops (too small to make lumber from it, can be used as pulpwood), roots, branches and lots of sawdust. ...


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As others have suggested, it is illegal under World Trade Organisation rules to apply such tariffs on just one country without a specific trade treaty. And if the western countries did impose tariff's across the board on all beef imports, this would penalize the countries that aren't destroying their rain forests to supply beef. The onus is on Brazil to ...


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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verifies forest management practices and Chain of Custody (CoC) of forest products. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC certified forest products. It ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing, so customers purchasing ...


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There are simultaneous calls for not using paper in any form because it causes deforestation, but when it comes to building and making products from wood it is considered environmentally sustainable, as new trees are constantly planted. I don't think any paper manufacturer is using forestry practices where the forest isn't replanted. All of the major ...


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One of the things about substitutes is sometimes they don't match the real thing. I was first introduced to carob as an alternative to chocolate years ago. As nice as carob is, I still prefer chocolate. Likewise with coffee substitutes, they will only become widely used if people like them or prefer them to coffee. Coffee substitutes have been around for a ...


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I can't give any precise number here, but using wood for a long lifetime product (housing, some furniture, etc) is actually a form of carbon storage (though maybe not the most efficient). Whereas paper also stores carbon, but for a much shorter time. Also, making paper is actually a whole industry with its energy consumptions and pollutions that need to be ...


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If you see it this way, maybe it'll make sense to you: This could be a solution to make ranchers simply stop deforesting, and grow soy for their beast onto existing deforested land. Of course this means existing deforested land becomes less productive with time. And since no more deforesting, this also means production cannot increase. So this means ...


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