Sale of forests to private loggers could create (a global) ecological crisis

It's Europe's lungs and home to many rare species. But to Russia it's
?100bn of wood

Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow Friday September 19, 2003

A plan by the Kremlin which would allow Moscow to sell off the 843m
hectares of Russia's forests to private logging companies has raised fears
of an ecological disaster. Forest makes up 70% of Russia's territory and
spans 12 time zones. It is known as Europe's lungs and is second only to
the Amazon in the amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs, and is home to many
rare species....,13369,1045070,00.html

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