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Alarming Rate of Forest Loss Threatens a Crucial Climate Solution

The global loss of tree cover has continued even as more corporations and countries make commitments to preserve tropical forests.

Areas of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest have been clear-cut for soybean fields, cattle grazing and infrastructure. The 2018 report suggests deforestation may be on the rise there again. (Credit: Ricardo Beliel/Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.

The world’s forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening a resource that scientists say is a crucial “natural solution” for controlling climate change on an urgently short timescale.

Last year, the planet saw its fourth-highest level of tropical tree loss since the early 2000s—about 30 million acres, according to a new analysis published Thursday.

Those losses have continued even as more corporations and countries made commitments to preserve forests, and as scientists emphasized that maintaining forests must be a global priority—as crucial to staving off the worst risks of climate change as cutting fossil fuel use.

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