Destruction of world’s green cover increased sharply in 2020, says report

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The rate at which the world’s forests are being destroyed has witnessed a sharp rise last year, with about 42,000 sq km of tree cover lost in significant tropic areas, a joint report by the University of Maryland and the online monitoring platform Global Forest Watch showed.

“The total loss in 2020 was well above the average of the last 20 years and the third-highest since 2002,” the report revealed, adding the green cover annihilation was higher in tropical regions.

The loss was especially extreme in humid tropical primary forests. The tropics, according to the report, lost nearly 12.2 million hectares.