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* Author, Title and source (URL or publisher information); * a brief summary of the content of the article; * an explanation of why you believe the articles you've selected refute or support the idea that sustainable development is an important issue. Author: Jane Qiu Title: Where the rubber meets the garden Source: www.nature.com/news/2009/090114/full/457246a.html Summary: Old-growth forests are increasingly being sacrificed for rubber plantations in Yunnan China. Rubber production has increased in recent years because the price of rubber has tripled in the last decade. In order to capitalize on rubber as well as support the Chinese auto industry, China plans to produce one-third more rubber by 2010 than it did in 2007. However, rubber plantations pose a serious hazard to the local environment. First off, deforestation to clear land for rubber plantations releases a large amount of carbon into the environment. Second, rubber trees require a huge amount of water, which has had the effect of reducing the water content in soil and drying up surrounding streams and wells. The overall effect of the increase in rubber plantations has been to reduce the surrounding forests by 50% (since 1973), as well as weather changes, which has made it more difficult for plants in the remaining forests to stay alive during winter months. Explanation: I think this article is an excellent example of a government acting in a way that indicates sustainability is not an issue. Due to the high price of rubber, both the local government and people are disregarding the fact that increasing rubber plantations will have detrimental effects on their environment and ecosystem. While it is a proven fact that the rubber plantations pose a serious threat to the local environment, those in positions of power have done nothing to prevent this destruction of the environment and surround forests. While China is currently in a period of growth, I do not think it is worth it to destroy the environment for a marginally higher growth rate. Author: Michael McCarthy Title: Rainforest razed so cattle can graze Source: www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/rainforest-razed-so-cattle- can-graze-1521677.html Summary: Brazil is currently the world’s largest beef exporter, producing 30 percent of the world’s beef. However, Brazil plans to expand its beef export industry to account for 60 percent of the world’s beef in the next decade. Most of this growth is expected to come at the expense of the Amazon rain forest, which will be razed and cleared to make way for pastureland.
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