Why should we be so concerned about protecting the world’s remaining forests?
Forests have a vital role to play in the fight against climate change. They are the largest terrestrial store of carbon, and they provide ecosystem services such as protecting water quality and preventing soil erosion. They are also home to much of the world’s biodiversity. Logging and conversion to agriculture destroy natural habitat for wildlife and release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, deforestation and degradation are continuing at an alarming rate. We lose more than 32 million acres of tropical forest each year — the equivalent of 36 football fields a minute.
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An excellent background story of Haiti, the situation there and the role of reforestation in the rebuilding of lives and some efforts for the recovery of Haiti .