Not all woods are created equally



Dear EarthTalk: Which woods are okay to purchase and which are not, in the interest of preserving forests and not harming those who depend upon them? — Jon Steiner, Boise, Idaho.

Deforestation continues to be one of the world’s biggest environmental problems, especially in fast developing regions like South America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Cutting down large numbers of trees erodes land and silts waterways, displaces native people and wildlife, and releases tons of carbon diox...

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