Here are the facts: every year, up to 58 million square miles of forest are wiped from the Earth. Around half of the world's tropical forests are gone, causing real issues for the animals that call them home. This isn't all to make room for new development—according to the WWF, half of the trees cut down illegally are used as fuel. Other times, trees are harvested for their wood, oil, and other prized elements.
How Fast Are Humans Destroying The World's Forests?
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.
from It's Okay To Be Smart
Key Facts In This Video
80% of terrestrial species live in trees, and 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihood. (1:23)
A 2015 study estimated that there are 3 trillion trees on Earth, which is around 420 trees for every human. (2:19)
Fewer trees could lead to less rain. (3:18)
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Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest
The issue has gotten somewhat less dire recently, but it's still a problem.
from National Science Foundation
How To Protect The Rainforest
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