Oliver Balch, The Guardian, in Buenos Aires
Paper mills can bring much needed money into poorer countries but a backlash against the environmental costs is gaining force …
When President Néstor Kirchner of Argentina travelled earlier this month to Gualeguaychu with his entire cabinet to lead a protest of 100,000 people against neighbouring Uruguay building two giant pulp paper mills, it was only the latest shot in an increasingly bitter dispute between the two Latin American states. What is being called the “pulp war” is sucking in Spanish and Finnish multinational companies, igniting passionate debate about global environmental standards, and leading to accusations of widescale environmental destruction on the back of potential financing by the World Bank.
Cathy Alexander’s earlier report on TT: Pulp fury: in Argentina