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.

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Impacts on Endangered Forests

Impacts on Endangered ForestsMany of the worlds most endangered forests, including those in Northern Canada, the southeast United States, Indonesia, and South America, are feeling severe impacts associated with book and newspaper publishing.

In each case highly diverse forests are being either cleared or altered with devastating effects on the people and wildlife that  depend on them.  Read More

Impacts on Climate

Impacts on Climate Paper releases greenhouse gas emissions throughout its lifecycle. Paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Furthermore, the trees that are used to make paper, pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, and when paper degrades in a landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Read More

Impacts on People

Impacts on PeoplePeople all over the world are impacted by the decisions made by those in the book and newspaper industries.

Indigenous communities that have relied upon the forests for sustenance for thousands of years are being devastated by industrial logging practices that are transforming the landscape on which they depend. Read More

 

 

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