A new global map of deforestation reveals that 888,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers) of forest have vanished since 2000.
The rest of the loss and gain occur in tandem all over the globe. For example, Brazil’s efforts to slow deforestation have paid off, with about 500 square miles (1,300 square km) less loss each year. But the rest of the tropics more than made up for Brazil’s improvements with rapidly increasing losses.
Indonesia saw the fastest increases in deforestation. Before 2003, the country lost less than 4,000 square miles (10,000 square km) per year. By 2011, more than 7,700 square miles (20,000 square km) of Indonesian forests vanished each year
– Source and Courtesy – Excerpts from Discovery News