32 million acres of world forests destroyed each year

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates around 32 million acres of the world’s forests – an area the size of Greece – are destroyed each year. Destruction of forests accounts for more than 20% of carbon dioxide emissions, more than all carbon dioxide emissions released by the world’s cars, boats, planes, and trains combined! An aerial survey of Cambodia’s forests, for example, has found that the country lost nearly 30% of its natural forests between 2000 and 2005.

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