Infographic illustrates the sheer scale of deforestation

By Laura Brothers

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees every year. There are multiple factors contributing to this changing landscape including large and small scale architecture, logging and cattle ranching. While a lot of people know that deforestation is a problem, it can be difficult to wrap your head around the large numbers involved.

To help put this sheer scale of deforestation into context, this visualisation shows how an area the size of New York City is deforested globally every 2 days, an area the size of California is deforested every 3.25 years, and an area the size of Mexico is deforested every 15 years. 

Ending deforestation is our best chance to preserve biodiversity and defend the rights of forest communities. Not only that, it’s one of the quickest and most cost -effective ways to kerb global warming. Forests make a vital contribution to humanity, but their full potential will only be realised if we halt deforestation and help redress the balance of the trees already lost.
The Scale of Deforestation
Infographic credit: Eco2Greetings.

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