Climate change and it’s escalation indicate that deforestation remains as one of the key factors contributing to what is regarded as one of the biggest ongoing crises humanity has been facing for decades now.


The scale of awareness and environmental action has increased in recent years, both of those being phenomena which have led to a slight decrease in deforestation. However there is still way more that can be done in this direction.


Lawnstarter has compiled a list of useful facts on the current state of deforestation, main contributing factors, its various effects on the environment and much more.


Key Takeaways


◉ Forests cover 31% of the world’s land area


◉ The world has lost 33% of its forest cover in the last 10,000 years


◉ About 15 billion trees are cut down by people annually


◉ About 50,000 of species are lost due to deforestation every year


◉ Around 1.6 billion people globally are impacted by deforestation


◉ Around 90% of deforestation worldwide is caused by agriculture


◉ Trends indicate that only 10% of rainforests will be left by 2030



How Much Deforestation Occurs Each Year?



Every year, an area of forest the size of the United Kingdom is destroyed throughout the world, the majority of it consisting of tropical rainforest, with disastrous consequences for the climate emergency and species.


  1. 10M Hectares of Forest Lost Every Year
  2. 000 Acres of Forest Lost Every Day
  3. 15B The number of Trees Cut Down each Year
  4. 000 Species Disappeared Every Year


About 30% Of Global Tropical Deforestation Occurs In Brazil



  1. A) The Amazonian rainforest, often referred to as “the lungs of the planet”, has lost around 20% of its forest area due to deforestation.


  1. B) Between the summer of 2020 and the summer of 2021 data shows that 13,235 square kilometers (5,110 sq.mi) of the Amazonian rainforest was destroyed.


  1. C) If the current pace of deforestation continues in a rainforest as crucial as the Amazon, it’s estimated that by 2030 the rate of said forest loss will go up to 27%.



Countries With The Highest Deforestation Rates In The World


Deforestation is a huge problem in the world, damaging both our environment as well as jeopardizing a lot of species that call these forests home.


Large-scale forestry activities inside managed forests and tree plantations were the primary cause of tree cover loss.


Russia accounts for the largest share of tree cover loss followed by Brazil, which has seen an increase in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon as well as an increase in the number of forest fires


The U.S is listed as one of the top 5 countries with the most deforestation (1.9 million hectares lost in 2020).


In many countries across the globe, trees are being cut down much faster than they’re naturally growing back.



Deforestation in the U.S


U.S is listed as one of the top 5 countries with the most forest distribution, an estimation reveals that 7.6% of the world’s forests are in the US, in other words about 310 million hectares.


  1. 7,6% of worlds forest are in the US
  2. 7,1M acres burned by wildfires in the US
  3. 36M trees lost due to urbanisation


Why Are Our Forests Important?


Forests shelter many species and they continue to provide a living for humans as well. Not only that but they help with issues such as climate change, water conservation and much more.


  1. 15% of carbon emissions are caused by deforestation, forests contain about 210 gigatons of carbon preventing it from being released in the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.
  2. 20% of GHG emissions worldwide are caused by deforestation. Cutting down trees helps release massive amounts of the carbon dioxide.
  3. 28% of earth’s oxygen is produced by rainforests, one tree on average can produce 260 pounds of oxygen each year. A family of four can survive on oxygen provided by two mature trees alone.
  4. 25% of medicine ingredients that we use today are derived from plants native to rainforests, it’s estimated that 70% of the anti-cancer plants that have been identified and are used today come from rainforests.
  5. 27kg of air pollutants are filtered by a single tree during a full year.


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