90,000

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

square kilo­me­tres, equiv­a­lent to the size of Aus­tria, is the area by which Earth's in­tact forests (ar­eas of at least 500 sq km with no de­scribed ev­i­dence in satel­lite images of large-scale hu­man use) has shrunk an­nu­ally from 2014 to 2016, ac­cord­ing to a world­wide anal­y­sis

20% faster was the shrink­ing rate of these forests when com­pared to the rate dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 13 years

10% of undis­turbed forests have been frag­mented, de­graded or sim­ply felled since 2000 de­spite decades-long ef­forts to halt de­for­esta­tion

200 sq km was the av­er­age daily loss over the first 17 years of this cen­tury

500 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide de­pend di­rectly on forests for their liveli­hood

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