The Devastating Effects of Deforestation

Currently, 31% of our planet is covered by forest, but over the years, deforestation has been one of the biggest problems worldwide. It has caused the loss of important wildlife, habitats and, of course, trees.

Deforestation can happen in the blink of an eye, such as when a fire sweeps through the landscape, or when a forest is cut to make way for palm oil plantations. Deforestation is becoming less of a problem in some countries, but it remains extremely high in other countries, such as Brazil and Indonesia. It remains a significant problem because of the plentiful forests in both countries.

Around the world, millions of acres are destroyed or degraded due to fires. The number of trees that are lost to fires is similar in the number of trees lost due to logging.

Over the next 15 years, the world’s forests are expected to see loss the size of Texas due to rampant deforestation. According to the World Wildlife Fund, up to 420 million acres of forest could be lost by 2030.