Loss of Earth’s intact forests speeds up: Scientists

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PARIS: Earth’s intact forests shrank annually by nearly 90,000 square kilometres — an area the size of Austria — from 2014 to 2016, 20 percent faster than during the previous 13 years, according to findings presented at a conference in Oxford this week. Despite UN-led efforts to halt deforestation, nearly ten percent of undisturbed forests have been fragmented, degraded or simply chopped down since 2000, according to the analysis of satellite imagery. Average daily loss over the first 17 years of this century was more than 200 sq km (75…

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Loss of Earth’s intact forests speeds up: Scientists

Loss of Earth's intact forests speeds up: Scientists thumbnail

PARIS: Earth’s intact forests shrank annually by nearly 90,000 square kilometres — an area the size of Austria — from 2014 to 2016, 20 percent faster than during the previous 13 years, according to findings presented at a conference in Oxford this week. Despite UN-led efforts to halt deforestation, nearly ten percent of undisturbed forests have been fragmented, degraded or simply chopped down since 2000, according to the analysis of satellite imagery. Average daily loss over the first 17 years of this century was more than 200 sq km (75…

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