Everyone knows deforestation is an issue. Forests around the world are routinely cut down to make way for cities, farms, and roads. In fact, the equivalent of 48 football fields are destroyed every minute.
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How Many Trees Are There?
This question is hard to answer.
Key Facts In This Video
80% of terrestrial species live in trees, and 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihood. 01:23
A 2015 study estimated that there are 3 trillion trees on Earth, which is around 420 trees for every human. 02:19
Fewer trees could lead to less rain. 03:18
Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest
The issue has gotten somewhat less dire recently, but it's still a problem.
How To Protect The Rainforest
Here's what you can do to help.
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