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It was big news for elephants last week when China announced that ivory sales will be banned at the end of 2017. However, U.S., European, and Japanese consumers remain a key threat to endangered species around the world -- everything from endangered fish on the dinner table to vulnerable hardwoods in furniture and flooring to the replacement of rainforest with palm oil plantations for cookies and cosmetics. Environmental economists traced local environmental losses to their final destination on the world market. The map below shows the impact of U.S. consumers; the linked article includes maps detailing the impact of European and Japanese consumers. news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/maps-reveal-how-global-consumption-hurts-wildlife/
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