Rainforest are too important and fragile to log. In the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, the source of ipê, 80% of logging is done illegally. Logging is the primary factor leading to tropical deforestation, the largest cause of mass extinctions of animals and plants on Earth. As well, tropical deforestation contributes up to 30% of human-caused greenhouse gases. Toms River's Ortley Beach boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which was bolstered by climate change. Other towns' use of tropical hardwoods over the last three decades has helped change the climate. Now Toms River wants to add to that equation, making future destruction more certain.
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