10% of all deforestation has occurred within the last 20 years

February 15th, 2010

An estimated 10 percent of the planet’s forest loss (a surface slightly smaller than Greenland) occurred during the last two decades of the 20th century alone. This destruction resulted not only in species extinction and loss of biodiversity and natural beauty, but in certain cases even brought an end to entire ways of life for local forest communities. Yet this tragedy – and its horrible consequences – prompted little action, either on the local or international level.

Source: Greenpeace, Campaigns, Protect Ancient Forests

Date: 2009

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