Facts on deforestation

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Hectares of forests cut down or burned

Globally, this year

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Earth’s forests are being cut down....
And they are being cut down fast. This causes desertification, loss of species, and contribute to global warming. Get the facts on deforestation here.

Top 5 facts about facts on deforestation

1

A lot of football fields

130,000 square kilometers of forests are cut down or burned every year - equivalent to 3 times the area of Denmark, a football field every 1.4 seconds, or 100 large harvesters working non-stop.


2

The reason: everyday products

The main reasons for the loss of forests is production of timber, and making room for growing cattle, soy, and palm oil. Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is a growing problem. Palm oil is used to produce bio-fuels and cosmetics.


3

Main climate factor

The clearing of forests is a big contributor to global climate change. About 20 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions comes from the clearing of tropical forests.


4

We could be approaching a tipping point

In the Amazon, the loss of a critical mass of rain forest could tricker further dieback moving the forest into a vicious circle of self re-inforcing destruction.


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What to do?

It is possible to buy forest-friendly products, but it's not always easy tell them apart from those that are not. The Forest Disclosure and the Forest Stewardship Council are working to make it easier. Look for products with their labels!



Facts on Deforestation

Deforestation is the clearance of forests by logging and/or burning (popularly known as slash and burn). Deforestation occurs for many reasons: trees or derived charcoal are used as, or sold, for fuel or as a commodity, while cleared land is used as pasture for livestock, plantations of commodities, and settlements. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. It has adverse impacts on biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Deforested regions typically incur significant adverse soil erosion and frequently degrade into wasteland.


A lot of football fields

The reason: everyday products

Main climate factor

We could be approaching a tipping point

What to do?

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