Huge tropical forest cover may soon disappear
Huge Tropical Forest Cover May Soon Disappear. The tropical forests covering an area nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed in the next 35 years, a faster rate of deforestation..
Washington: The tropical forests covering an area nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed in the next 35 years, a faster rate of deforestation than previously thought, a study warned on Wednesday. The Washington-based Center for Global Development, using satellite imagery and data from 100 countries, predicted 289m hectares of tropical forests would be felled by 2050, with dangerous implications for accelerating climate change, The Guardian quoted .
If current trends continued tropical deforestation would add 169bn tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2050, the equivalent of running 44,000 coal-fired power plants for a year, the study’s lead author told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Reducing tropical deforestation is a cheap way to fight climate change,” said environmental economist Jonah Busch. He recommended taxing carbon emissions to push countries to protect their forests.
UN climate change experts have estimated the world can burn no more than 1tn tonnes of carbon in order to keep global temperature rises below two degrees – the maximum possible increase to avert the catastrophic climate change.
If trends continued the amount of carbon burned as a result of clearing tropical forests was equal to roughly one-sixth of the entire global carbon dioxide allotment, Busch said. The rate of deforestation would climb through 2020 and 2030 and accelerate around 2040 if changes were not made. There were some success stories where countries reduced tropical deforestation without compromising economic growth or food production.