Is Your Floor Made from Illegal Tropical Wood? | National Geographic


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The Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea is home to the world's third-largest rainforest, but a new report suggests that its government allows illegal exploitation of that resource. Some of that timber ends up in the flooring sold to the U.S.
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The components of a finished American home can take a long journey on the way to the building site. A new report by the watchdog organization Global Witness suggests that in at least some U.S. houses, the floor could be made made of tropical wood stolen from the other side of the world. A complex international chain involving Malaysian logging companies, the government of Papua New Guinea, Chinese manufacturers, and retailers in the U.S. may together be threatening the world's third-largest rainforest. Papua New Guinea is home to both biological and human cultural diversity. Some of its indigenous peoples live off the land, depending upon forests for food, water, and shelter. Industrial logging, sometimes with no legal permit, lays waste to these resources. Because the wood is then shipped overseas for milling, and then shipped again for sale, it's almost impossible for buyers to determine if tropical wood flooring imported from China was harvested sustainably, or illegally.
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