50% of tropical forests are lost

Indonesia has replaced Brazil as the country with the highest rates of deforestation. More than 50% of the world’s tropical forests have been lost over the last half-century. In the last decade, around two thirds of global deforestation has been driven by the production of agricultural commodities: palm oil, timber and paper products, soya, beef and leather, and biofuels.

When deforestation occurs, trees and other woody organic material is often burned, releasing particulates, ozone, carbon compounds, and other pollutants into the atmosphere.