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Wind energy fuels black market for balsawood in Ecuador

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Wind energy has boosted the consumption of balsawood in Ecuador and fueled a black market that is endangering the timber industry, in addition to environmental and social impacts on coastal and Amazonian areas.

Ecuadorian loggers have raised their voices following disproportionate growth in 2020 in the consumption of this precious tree, ochroma pyramidale in its scientific designation, and a parallel illegal market has developed because balsa is the main . . .

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