global deforestation decreased 50% since 1990

Rate of global deforestation dropped 50% since 1990

Source: Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Global Forest Ressources Assessment 2015. Infographic

This is something that really surprised me. I’m generally an optimistic person but I even I thought that deforestation is getting worse instead of better. While there is still a significant net loss of forests of roughly 40,000 Km² a year (which is still a staggering amount), 20 years ago that number was around 80,000 Km² (or almost equal to the surface area of Austria)!

We have come a long way and when you look at the infographic above you can also see that besides the total net loss of forests arounf the globe, there were 60(!) countries where forest area increased! This gives me hope that in the not to distant future we will be able to completely reverse this trend thanks to – among other factors – vertical farming and lab-grown meat.

Featured image courtesy of “reinout_dujardin” via Pixabay

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