28 Apr '15, 12am

New report: 80% of world's forest loss will happen in just 11 places over next fifteen years

Washington, DC (April 27, 2015) - Over the next 15 years, forest landscapes equaling an area more than twice the size of Texas could be lost to rampant deforestation, according to a new report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). If nothing is done, 11 of the world’s most ecologically important forest landscapes – including the forest homes of orangutans, tigers, and elephants – will account for over 80 percent of forest loss globally by 2030, the report states. Up to 420 million acres of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The hot spots are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumat...

Full article: https://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/11-of-the-wo...

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