This is achieved first by removing protected areas from global circuits of capital, then by reintegrating them indirectly as sites to be innocuously consumed. Meanwhile, given the flexible and mobile nature of contemporary capitalist production (Brenner and Theodore, 2005; Harvey, 2010), manufacturing activities along these global commodity chains will persist beyond local crises by establishing new spatial fixes and shifting to new areas of resource exploitation. All the while, the sanctity (and productivity) of conservation enclosures is maintained for future generations of recreationists.
Following a sharp pull back in 2010, which extended into 2011, there are clear signs that the fundamental drivers of demand for forest products are gaining strength heading into the new year.
The most visible evidence of this strength is the improvement in U.S. housing demand reflected by the steady, gradual acceleration in sales of existing homes and the concomitant increase in their prices.
According to S&P Dow Jones, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reached 146.08 in October. That was its highest level since August 2010, up 4.3% year-over-year compared to +2.9% year-over-year in September.
According to David Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee of the S&P Dow Jones Indices, “looking over this report, and considering other data on housing starts and sales, it is clear that the housing recovery is gaining strength.”
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