This week, a major paper mill in the United States announced it was halting its paper production, which has been going on for nearly two decades.
The US Paper Processing and Allied Industries (PPIA) announced it would shutter its mills in April, citing the effects of climate change and declining demand for paper.
It is the second time in just a month that the US paper mill industry has shut down.
PPAI’s closure follows a similar closure in February that followed the closure of a similar mill in Iowa.
The closure of paper mills in the US is nothing new, but the news comes at a time when climate change is a growing concern.
Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Iowa and the University at Buffalo reported that climate change was a major contributor to the decline of paper production in the region.
The report, published in Science Advances, said that the decline in paper production caused by climate change could affect the paper supply chain, with more paper mills losing customers and increasing prices.
The paper mills that closed were: Paper mill, Burlington, IA (May 15)