Deforestation Causes, Trends and Impact

Forests, also known as the Earth’s lungs, are facing a global crisis due to deforestation – the destruction of these crucial ecosystems for agriculture, urbanisation, etc. Forests are vital to our planet, accounting for 38% of liveable land and 26% of total land area. Russia has the most forest, with 815 million hectares, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

  • Annually, 15 billion trees are felled, resulting in a 46% decrease in world tree population since civilisation began. 
  • 4.7 million hectares of forest have been destroyed yearly during the last decade (UN FAO). 
  • Data from the past show that one-third of the world’s forests have gone, covering an area twice the size of the United States. 
  • Surprisingly, although having only 603 million people on the planet, the 1700s marked the midpoint in worldwide forest loss. 
  • Urban areas occupy only 1% of habitable land, while the UN predicts a population of 10.8 billion by 2100. 
  • High-income countries: Product consumption is responsible for 12% of the problem. 
  • Agriculture is responsible for 60-80% of tropical deforestation due to local demand. 
Environmental Impact
  • Tropical forests, home to more than half of all species on Earth, are in severe danger. 
  • Tropical deforestation emits 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2 yearly, accounting for 6.5% of global emissions. 

Finally, deforestation is a global disaster with serious effects ranging from biodiversity loss to climate change. Addressing this issue necessitates local and global actions to conserve our forests and ensure our planet’s well-being. 

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