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Rosewood trees are a mainstay of tropical forests across parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. But their future looks bleak. Their fragrant, red-hued heartwood is prized by makers of luxury furniture, and illegal loggers and timber trafficking networks are systematically obliterating rosewoods from forest landscapes the world over to feed this demand. Halting the illegal rosewood trade, which mainly supplies markets in China, is tricky: it’s a big business. The value of the illegal international trade in rosewood timber exceeds that of ivory, according to a 2020 report from the U.N. Office …

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