Archive for the ‘USA’ Category

United Fiber (UFS) has announced that it has “put on hold” its plans to build a new pulp mill in South Kalimantan in Indonesia. The plan had been severely criticised by NGOs over several years and the company was mired in controversy – as this profile of the company, that I wrote three years ago, reveals.
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Dogwood Alliance has launched a sign on letter for US citizens to demand that Members of Congress act to stop the tax rebate payments to the paper industry.
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Last week, the University of Vermont announced that it would be using only 100% recycled toilet paper and paper towels. The decision is the result of a student campaign aimed at persuading the University to switch from toilet paper manufactured by Kimberly-Clark. Basil Tsimoyianis, a student at the University of Vermont, worked with Greenpeace for six months and on returning to college launched the “Forest Crimes Unit” to publicise the impacts of Kimberly-Clark’s logging.
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Two pieces of news. One involves a pulp and paper giant and the other an industry association. Both are lobbying government to further their interests.
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Chinese aid to Cambodia

Posted: 3 October 2006 in Cambodia, China, USA, World Bank

A few months ago I wrote an article for the World Rainforest Movement announcing a new WRM report about tree plantations in Cambodia. The article looks at how aid agencies give hundreds of million of dollars every year to Cambodia. Every year they go through the ritual of asking the Hun Sen government not to trash the forests, to respect human rights and generally be a decent sort of chap. Hun Sen always agrees and the aid agencies hand over the cash.

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Zambia and paper

Posted: 11 September 2006 in Paper consumption, USA, Zambia

Two photographs: one of massive overconsumption of paper and one of a desperate need for paper.

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