No let-up in global rainforest loss as coronavirus brings new danger

The Economic Times | Jun 2, 2020 at 12:01 PM
  • Tropical rainforests disappeared at a rate of one football pitch every six seconds last year, researchers said on Tuesday, urging countries to include forest protection in post-pandemic plans.
  • The loss in 2019 of 3.8 million hectares (9.3 million acres) of tropical primary forest – which means intact areas of old-growth trees – was the third biggest decline since the turn of the century.
  • In total, the tropics lost 11.9 million hectares of tree cover – which includes all natural forests and tree plantations – in 2019.
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  • No let-up in global rainforest loss as coronavirus brings new danger (Reuters: 2020-06-02 04:01:00+00:00)