"Australia remains one of the world’s hotspots for deforestation
according to a new report by WWF, which finds an area six times the size
of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004.
The analysis identifies 24 “deforestation fronts” worldwide where a
total of 43 million hectares of forest was destroyed in the period from
2004 until 2017.
Australia is the only country in the developed world to appear on the
list, with eastern Australia named alongside Colombia, Peru, Laos and
Mozambique as locations with “medium” rates of deforestation.
The countries with high rates of deforestation include Brazil, Bolivia,
Madagascar and Borneo.
The report warns that nearly half of the standing forests in the 24
deforestation fronts have suffered some type of fragmentation and trends
suggest clearing will persist unless countries act to protect them."
Via Muse, who wrote "The statistics on Australian deforestation do not
count the losses from forest fires. Think about how much we must then be
losing to chipping and the like."
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