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Is there any link between deforestation and paper use?

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 ...
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How can an individual support mass reforestation?

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 ...
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How can an individual support mass reforestation?

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 ...
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Is cutting down trees and building something from them good or bad for the climate?

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 ...
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How is lumbering bad for the climate?

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 ...
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Why western countries do not heavily tax beef imports?

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'...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

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 ...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

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, ...
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Would choosing coffee alternatives reduce deforestation? What is the deforestation rate associated with the coffee industry?

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 ...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

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 ...
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What do developing nation farmers do when agribusiness stops sourcing products from deforested land?

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 ...
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