The Earth has roughly 3 trillion trees left standing. That works out at around 422 trees per person. Sound a lot? Well the frightening fact is that we’ve already cut 46% of them. An international team led by Yale researchers recently conducted the biggest ever survey on trees. They mapped them globally at a square kilometre level. Their results revealed that although there are more trees on Earth than previously thought, we’ve already destroyed nearly half and that’s starting to take its toll on the planets ecosystem.
The work trees do in the environment is crucial not just in biodiversity but in terms of climate and soil stability. The carbon stored is essential for water and air quality. The photos that follow illustrate the devastating results of this deforestation in a way that words could never achieve.
This file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in the northern Brazilian state of Para. The agribusiness lobby is strong in Brazil, and more and more forests are cut down to make way for agricultural fields