Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, and degradation due to climate change. Trees play an important role in the water cycle, grounding the water in the roots and releasing it into the atmosphere. The removal of trees has had adverse impacts on bio-sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, along with damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity.
- 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost every year. That's equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
- The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
- More than half of the world's timber and 72% of paper is consumed by 22% if the world's population. Industrialized countries consumer twelve times more wood products that non-industrialized countries.
- 70% of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation. Loss of habitat can lead to species extinction. This is not only a biodiversity tragedy but also has negative consequences for medicinal research and local populations who rely on the animals and plants in the forests for hunting and medicine.