Be warned! Earth loses ‘a football field of rainforest every six ...

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Be warned! Earth loses ‘a football field of rainforest every six seconds’

Since 2002, Amazon has accounted for half of destruction, but is the best hope for preserving what remains

Jake Spring

Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforest cover, new data reveals, raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing.

The loss is also a major contributor of climate-warming emissions, with the dense tropical forest vegetation representing the largest living reservoir of carbon.

Logging and land conversion, mainly for agriculture, have wiped out 34% of the world’s original old-growth tropical rainforests and degraded another 30%, leaving them more vulnerable to fire and future destruction, according to an analysis by non-profit Rainforest Foundation Norway...

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