Paper is the 4th largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused C02 emissions.

When paper degrades in a landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas emission that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Globally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestrial biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia’s exports of forest products.

Over the course of its lifecycle, postconsumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestrial biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia's exports of forest products.

In 2010, it is expected that 25% of global pulp exports will be from South America.

The southeast U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world. Already 15% of the forest (32 million acres) consists of single-species tree plantations.

 

   

Endangered Forests

Canadian Boreal Forest

Canadian Boreal ForestSpanning across the entire northern portion of Canada, the 1.3 Billion acres of the Boreal Forest in Canada make up one of the last intact forest ecosystems on Earth. This vast habitat is relied upon by more than one million people and  provides crucial habitat for bears, wolves, lynx and caribou.

It is estimated that 2.5 million acres of the Canadian Boreal Forest  are logged each year, and  that 65% of the cut is specifically for paper products such as books, newsprint, magazines, catalogs, copy paper and tissue products. Eighty percent of paper produced in the region is destined for U.S. markets. Read More

 

 

Indonesia

Indonesia Tropical ForestIndonesia’s Tropical forests support a unique and endangered ecosystem, which is relied upon by numerous endangered species and an estimated 30 million people who depend on the forest for their livelihood. The rainforests of Indonesia are among  the most diverse in the world. Despite occupying just over 1% of the Earth's surface, Indonesia provides habitat for 12% of all mammal species, and 17% of all reptile, bird and amphibian species.

Surprisingly, pulp and paper accounts for about 50% of forest exports from Indonesia where about 4.5 million acres are logged each year—a significant portion of which is harvested illegally.  Read More

 

 

Southeast U.S.

Southeast U.SIn the Southeast U.S., highly diverse forests are being converted into single-species tree farms at an alarming rate.

Already 15% of southern forests (32 million acres) consist of plantations. As the source of one quarter of all paper, the southeast U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world.

The paper industry logs an estimated 6 million acres in the region each year, and book paper is one of the top 10 paper products that are derived from this region accounting for 6-10% of regional paper production. Read More

 

 

South America

South AmericaThough South America consumes relatively little paper (In 2006 all of Latin America accounted for 6% of consumption) it is increasingly becoming a source of pulp for the rest of the world.

It has been estimated that by 2010 14.6 million tons of pulp will be produced annually in the region, and  pulp exports from South America will account  for 25% of global pulp exports.

Much of this pulp production is supported by monoculture tree farms which replaces diverse forests, and often requires displacing entire communities. Read More

 

 

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