Forest Decline - A rush to judgment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernardo Duran   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 17:41

Forest DeclineAccording to the World Resources Institute, the world has lost about half of its forest cover. Most of this loss – about 450 million hectares -- has taken place during the last 30 years. Almost exclusively, modern deforestation takes place in tropical areas. Every year, tropical deforestation, reaching some 15 million hectares, generates 4.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide – equivalent to 20% of global emissions from fossil fuels – results in the degradation of some 12 million hectares of fertile land and the loss of 8,000 to 28,000 species. Tropical deforestation directly threatens some 400 million people -- including 50 million forest indigenous people -- depending on them for their daily subsistence.

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