Rainforests might survive after all, says new study

A new study shows that while rainforests continue to face threats, certain areas are seeing a decline in deforestation, offering a glimmer of hope for their future.

Benji Jones reports for Vox.


In short:

  • Tropical forests lost more than 9 million acres last year, equivalent to 10 soccer fields per minute, with deforestation primarily driven by agriculture.
  • Recent declines in forest loss in Colombia, Brazil, and Indonesia highlight the impact of effective laws and governance in protecting these critical ecosystems.
  • The World Resources Institute's analysis points to a stubborn consistency in the rate of primary forest loss, stressing the need for continued vigilance.

Key quote:

"We have the opportunity again of being a champion on climate, and Lula has promised to do that."

— Ana Paula Vargas, Brazil Program Director at Amazon Watch

Why this matters:

Rainforests, often dubbed the lungs of the Earth, are under significant threat from deforestation, a process that not only affects biodiversity but also has profound implications for local communities. These ecosystems are biodiversity hotspots, hosting over half of the world's plant and animal species in their dense, green canopies. When trees are cut down, it doesn't just result in habitat loss; it also disrupts intricate ecological networks, pushing numerous species towards extinction.

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