Expansion of rubber plantations could have ‘catastrophic' biodiversity impacts

Expanding rubber plantations will exacerbate the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia and have impacts comparable with palm oil, says a new report, but tyre manufacturers disagree

by Conor McGlone
Some 11.5 million tonnes of rubber is consumed globally each year (photograph: Warangkana Ratchawat/123RF)
Some 11.5 million tonnes of rubber is consumed globally each year (photograph: Warangkana Ratchawat/123RF)

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