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Slaughter Ancient Forests? Why Yes, It’s a Thing Authoritarian National Leaders Just Have To Do

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  1. Worth burning a NYT visit for the pics.

    It has been more than a year since the European Court of Justice ordered an end to logging in the forest, finding that it posed a clear threat to the United Nations World Heritage site.

    The scars, though, are still visible — from the tracks gouged into the earth by the heavy machinery used to cut down thousands of ancient trees to the gaping holes in the canopy created by their removal.

    The ruling was a major defeat for Poland’s governing Law and Justice party, which supported the logging. Warsaw initially defied the court order, but relented when faced with a fine of 100,000 euros, about $124,000, for each day it violated the directive.

    The battle over Bialowieza is just one of many being waged by the right-wing government against the European Union, which has accused Poland of posing a risk to democratic values and the rule of law by trying to pack its courts and restrict press freedoms.

    Now there are fears that the Polish government is once again drawing up plans to increase logging in the area, skirting the ruling by increasing the quota for wood in hundreds of square miles in the forest that lie outside the boundaries of the World Heritage site.

    1. This was one of the major dilemmas of treehugger.org. when they started the deals to move property to
      the state and feds.
      Do we have, or can we get, the resources [ $$$ ] to protect this system/watershed/landscape for the foreseeable future?
      No.
      Who does have the resources?
      The goverment.
      But will they? For how long?

  2. Now there are fears that the Polish government is once again drawing up plans to increase logging in the area, skirting the ruling by increasing the quota for wood in hundreds of square miles in the forest that lie outside the boundaries of the World Heritage site.

    I'd say "how can they do that?" if our POTUS weren't, you know…

    /FFS

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