Deforestation Is Getting Worse, 5 Years After Countries and Companies Vowed to Stop It

InsideClimate News | Sep 13, 2019 at 2:51 PM
  • Five years after joining in a historic commitment to stop cutting the world’s forests, governments and companies are not only failing to slow deforestation, they are rapidly driving the disappearance of more trees.
  • As fires consume Amazonian forests, stoking global concern about the loss of a vital ecosystem and climate regulator, a new report published Thursday finds that forests continue to be cleared at an alarming rate, driven mostly by agricultural expansion and demand for beef, palm oil and soy.
  • A growing body of research has determined that strong land rights for indigenous populations are critical for keeping forests intact.