Recently, we wrote an article about the biggest tree census ever conducted, and the results were pretty grim. Sure, there are some 3 trillion trees on Earth, but the bad news is that there used to be almost twice as many – before humans chipped in. Humanity has cut down 46% of the planet’s trees, and we’re continuing to do so at an alarming rate. The effects, from loss of biodiversity, to rendering species extinct, to altering the entire planetary climate, are already visible. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking from here on.
This file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in the northern Brazilian state of Para. The agribusiness lobby is strong in Brazil, and more and more forests are cut down to make way for agricultural fields. Image via AP.
Deforestation causes massive soil degradation as well, as can be seen here, in Sumatra. Image via NPR.
Gone, going, gone – forests are vital for biodiversity, and countless animals have lost their homes and perished due to deforestation. Image via GB Times.
Koala rescued from deforestation in Australia. Image via The Guardian.
Palm oil is another significant driver of deforestation. Access roads and terraced fields destroy orangutan habitat in Borneo’s lowlands. Photograph by Mattias Klum, National Geographic Creative
Rice paddies and recently cleared forest land in the Thanon Thong Chai Range, Chiang Mai Province. Image via Wikipedia.
All these lands in Congo used to be thick forests. Image via Wikipedia.
Images like this one are very common in Europe and North America. Image via Wikipedia.
Image via Nation of Change.
The last batch of sawnwood from the peat forest in Indragiri Hulu, Sumatra, Indonesia. Again, deforestation for oil palm plantation. Image via Wikipedia.
Deforestation for the use of clay in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The hill depicted is Morro da Covanca, in Jacarepaguá. Image via Wikipedia.
Satellite image of Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic (right) shows the amount of deforestation on the Haitian side. The Haitian government is incapable of ensuring the forests are protected.
Tea plantation in Sri Lanka – used to be forests. Image via Wikipedia.
Deforestation in Brazil. Image via Jacobs Photos.
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Devastating photos of the world’s deforestation4.55SEEKER Wednesday, 25 November 2015 Recently, we wrote an article about the biggest tree census ever conducted, and the results were pretty grim. Sure, there are some 3 tril...