06 Jun '11, 11am

Tiny Investment in Stopping Deforestation Has Huge Returns For Climate, Jobs, Biodiversity: UNEP

photo: Neil Palmer/International Center for Tropical Agriculture /Creative Commons Culminating World Environment Day itself, backing up this year's theme of Forests: Nature At Your Service, UNEP has highlighted the social, ecological and economic value of forests--as well as the massive benefits of reducing deforestation. All told investing just* $40 billion globally each year could halve deforestation by 2030, plus increase rates of of reforestation by 140% and create millions of new jobs, according to the Forests in a Green Economy synthesis report. *While $40 billion may sound like a lot of money, when viewed with a global perspective, it's just 0.034% of global GDP. It's not even a drop in the bucket, it's a fraction of the dew collecting on the bucket when it was left out over night. The benefit of halving deforestation by this point far outweighs the investment. On a...

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