argylesock says… I think that mahogany is particularly vulnerable to consumers’ selective blindness, because it’s perceived as a luxury wood for coffins. You don’t want to insult your deceased loved person. So you support the killing of trees from an endangered species, and many other species in their ecosystem. Not to mention the effects of excessive logging on climate, water quality and human welfare. I’m gestating a blog post about greener options for funerals.
If the proclamations and rules coming out of CITES are even half-implemented, endangered species of various domains–aquatic, terrestrial, animal and plant–will find themselves on roads less perilous than the ones they have been on in recent decades:
Every species of mahogany and rosewood tree in Madagascar gained new protection on Tuesday against a rampant logging trade that threatens to wipe out some species before they are even discovered.
The 178 nations at the world’s biggest wildlife summit agreed unanimously to strictly regulate the international trade in mahogany timber.
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