Our Planet Lost 40 Football Fields of Tree Cover Every Single Minute in 2017

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.

via ScienceAlert Our Planet Lost 40 Football Fields of Tree Cover Every Single Minute in 2017