Trees play an important role in the water cycle, grounding the water in their roots and releasing it into the atmosphere.
Here are some interesting facts about trees and the impact of deforestation around the world.
of the world's forests are already destroyed.
billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods.
of the world’s terrestrial plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation. Loss of habitat can lead to species extinction. This is not only a biodiversity tragedy but also has negative consequences for medicinal research and local populations who rely on the animals and plants in the forests for hunting and medicine.
Square miles of forest are lost every year. That's equivalent to 48 football fields every minute.
has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
of all terrestrial plant and animal species in the world live in tropical rainforests.
man destroys an area of forest the size of a football field.
If forests are destroyed through logging or burning, their carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, a climate-changing greenhouse gas.
of forests disappear from the Earth every day!
acres of forests are permanently converted to growing commodity crops, such as palm oil, each year.
natural remedies in the rainforest can be used as medicines.
species are expected to become extinct by the next 25 years due to deforestation.
of CO2 is sequestered by a mature tree every year.
Tropical forest destruction accounts for about 20 percent of current greenhouse gas emissions.
get chopped down and are processed into pulp for making paper products such as tissue paper, toothpaste, magazines and more...
of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
of paper are used by the average US citizen every year.