April 3rd, 2021
Deforestation is one of the biggest sources of carbon dioxide, because when trees are cut down much of the carbon stored within them escapes into the air – especially if the wood is burned.
In 2020 global forest area was approx. 4.06 billion hectares. 420 million hectares has been lost since 1990. The annual rate of deforestation between 2015-2020 was estimated at 10 million hectares, which is a decline since 2010-2015 when deforestation was reaching 12 million hectares per annum.
Whilst it is good news that deforestation has been declining over the past three decades, global CO2 emissions has increased by 62% in this period (UN report 2020). In addition, the more trees planted, the healthier forests that begin to re-emerge – restoring animal habitats, purifying and preserving water sources, replenishing soil and controlling flooding and erosion which can reduce pollution in our waterways
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