The world has a serious deforestation problem: These 7 images prove it
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The world has a serious deforestation problem: These 7 images prove it

In January 2021, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report about the state of the world’s deforestation problem and 24 “deforestation fronts,” or places where large areas of forest are under threat. The study concluded that 106 million acres (43 million hectares) of forest around the world have been stripped away over the last 13 years. 

“Nature is in freefall and our climate is changing dangerously — protecting precious forests like the Amazon is a vital part of the solution to this global crisis,” Tanya Steele, chief executive officer at WWF, said in a statement. Earth’s forests are our planet’s lungs, inhaling atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and expelling breathable oxygen. This ability to absorb CO2 means that forests act as carbon sinks and store CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing the negative impact the greenhouse gas can have on global warming. Since the 1960s, Earth’s CO2 sinks have absorbed around 25% of the CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, according to the BBC. For example, the Amazon rainforest stores around 1.1 to 1.3 tons (1 to 1.2 billion metric tonnes) each year, according to the BBC. of CO2, according to WWF