Since the start of 2021, deforestation in the Amazon has razed some 430,000 acres of rainforest. That is an area about 30 times larger than Manhattan in New York. This destruction is having a profound and catastrophic effect on the
Over the past decade, millions of trees have been dying at a frightening pace across the US and Canada. Some estimate that over 60 million acres of forest – from New Mexico in the US to British Columbia in Canada
In 2020, more than two dozen financial institutions worldwide warned Brazil’s government about the conservation of its rainforest. “We recognize the crucial role that tropical forests play in tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity and ensuring ecosystem services”, the investors wrote.
Deforestation affects all of us. Forests are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Three hundred million people live in forests, and 1.6 billion rely on them for their livelihoods. Trees are also crucial for maintaining the
On 15th March 2021, the air quality index was recorded at 42 in Tokyo, 17 in Sydney and 26 in New York. The air quality in Beijing, on the other hand, was off the scale at 999. China offers an
In December 2016, the Australian government were the first in the world to declare a climate emergency. In the same year, the Paris Climate Agreement, adopted by 196 International Parties, entered into force. Its goal is to keep global warming
While climate change can be a politically controversial topic, tree planting rarely is. Planting trees and climate change are directly correlated. Even Donald Trump, who once said climate change was “a hoax perpetrated by China”, wanted to plant one trillion
In many ways, the history of deforestation is the same as the history of agriculture. When humans began to farm from about 10,000 BC onwards, trees were cut down to make space for crops and livestock.
The majority of farmland
To combat climate change, it is important to know where deforestation is happening in 2021. Deforestation currently accounts for at least 10 per cent of all global warming emissions. Cutting down trees, and then burning them or leaving them to
Deforestation is the permanent removal of forests. Agriculture usually replaces the woodland. The practice has many negative impacts, such as the loss of biodiversity and the emission of greenhouse gases.
But, deforestation also has severe economic impacts. Removing forests can