If anyone asks you “why bother with forests?”, then show them this

I saw this excellent piece when it came out a few months back, and then forgot to mention it on the blog, as I should have. The stats and facts here were debated at our Sustainable Landscapes conference in early November in London, of course. But it’s worth putting this here on the blog, for anyone looking for a quick overview of why forests matter for tackling climate change, and what needs to be done about it from here.

The article is entitled: By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

And of course we should all read it. A few choice excerpts, supported by the charts below:

  • If tropical tree cover loss continues at the current rate, it will be nearly impossible to keep warming below the pledged two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • If tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank third in carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, only behind China and the United States of America.
  • It’s getting worse. Average annual emissions in the last three years were 63 percent higher than in the preceding 14 years.
  • It’s not just carbon in the trees that make forests important for climate. Forests hold critical local cooling power – to the measure of more than 2 air conditioning units per tree.
  • Tropical forests are 8 percent of the problem but 23 percent of the solution.
  • Forests receive just 3 percent of available climate mitigation finance.

Read the full piece, here.

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