A new World Bank study on illegal logging raises new concerns and calls the problem a “global epidemic”. Considering that every two seconds a football field of forest is clear cut illegally – that may be an understatement. According to the World Bank, organized and very sophisticated criminal networks are operating with impunity, often bribing influential and high placed officials who look the other way. In some countries, close to “90% of all timber felled each year” is carried out illegally. They cite the probability of illegal loggers being held accountable at “less than 0.1%”. Perhaps the only good news is that illegal logging is garnering more attention and more countries are beginning to impose stricter legislation. For more information or to access the full report, just follow this link. World Bank Report:
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