Last year, 39 million acres of forest cover was lost from the world’s tropics.
The good news is that this figure is a little lower than the record amounts of canopy destroyed in 2016. But that’s pretty much the only silver lining here. A less generous interpretation of the data suggests there’s no sign of the trend reversing.
Data gathered by the University of Maryland as part of the US-based World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch was used in a snapshot describing the amount of tropical forest that lost significant amounts of cover in 2017.
The reduction in a forest’s cover describes the removal of 30 percent of canopy in both managed and wild wooded ecosystems, most commonly as a result of natural disasters or fires set by humans.