Carbon Markets for Rainforest Protection, But First Tame the Logging Beast
Here is a news article entitled “How to tame the logging beast” I wrote in today's Independent (UK) in response to proposals to harness carbon markets for rainforest protection. I was asked to write the piece in response to proposals to be made at the current Montreal climate meetings by the Papua New Guinea government and others. My basic point is that carbon trading and other payments to rainforest countries to promote rainforest protection are admirable and overdue. However, given the scope of the legal and illegal logging industries in the world's remaining large forest wildlands, the continued existence of these carbon stores are far from assured unless dramatic efforts to tame logging are made immediately. My article below is currently linked as the lead article on the Independent's web site at http://www.independent.co.uk/ . The Independent is carrying out some of the best, ground-breaking environmental journalism on a regular basis at http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/ .