7 days ago • Posted by Martin Boujol
Tropical deforestation has a massive carbon footprint
If tropical deforestation was a country, it would be the third biggest polluter in the world, producing an average of 5.3 gigaton of CO2 per year on average between the year of 2001 and 2019. David Antonioli, CEO of Verified Carbon Standard warned: "Programs to stop deforestation need to be drastically scaled up. The current decline in tropical forest cover needs to be quickly turned around if we are to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming to below 1.5°C. The emission pathways set out by the IPCC for this goal are already challenging enough: meeting the 1.5°C target requires reducing deforestation by 77%."
Source: Statista, World Resources Institute, Global Forest Watch