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    Logging threatens Congo biodiversity – campaigners

    Environmental groups have warned of a climate and biodiversity catastrophe if the Democratic Republic of Congo lifts a moratorium on new industrial logging permits.

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    Last month, the DR Congo government said it planned to end the ban which was imposed 19 years ago.

    Campaigners said more than one-million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest growing on peat swamps could be handed over to loggers.

    If disturbed the swamps could release more than 10-billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, worsening global warming, they said.

    Endangered species including gorillas, forest elephants and okapi would be under threat.

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