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Chinese economic growth puts merbau tree at risk of extinction


With prices of merbau logs soaring to more than $600 per cubic meter, the rare tree could soon face extinction as cash-flush China imports the luxury hardwood at a record pace. Most of the 2 million cubic feet of merbau logs imported to China in 2006 were smuggled, according to Greenpeace.

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