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Global Deforestation Cut Enough Trees Last Year to Cover Belgium

April 25, 2019, 12:45 PM

The world’s old-growth rainforests are shrinking at an alarming rate, with enough trees lost last year to cover all of Belgium or two Connecticuts, a new report shows.

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
Photographer: Antonio Scorza/AFP via Getty Images

Tropical rainforests are found mainly in Equatorial countries, but they store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, so keeping them intact is crucial to fighting global climate change. In addition, they are home to a broad range of species, including orangutans, mountain gorillas and tigers.

Once cut down, such forests may never return to their original state, according to a study published Thursday by Global Forest Watch.

Using data from the ...

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