Tropical deforestation rate up by 62% says study contradicting UN estimates of slowdown

27 February 2015

Tropical deforestation increased by 62% over the last two decades and did not decrease as assessed by the UN, says a new study spanning the entire tropics.

A region equivalent to Sri Lanka is being lost to deforestation annually in the tropics. Tropical forests not only act as vital carbon sinks (or lungs) that take in carbon dioxide but also regulate interactions between the earth and the atmosphere.

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