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According to statistics, about half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared.
IN WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT
The forests comprise 31% of the total land mass of the Earth. They are vital in the absorption of carbon dioxide emissions to filter the air we breathe. They are also responsible for producing vital oxygen essential for the existence of wildlife and humans.
Human-driven and natural loss of trees—deforestation—affects wildlife, ecosystems, weather patterns, and even the climate.