Global Deforestation – new U.N. report

Reason on a new U.N. report “Global Deforestation Rate Has Fallen by Half”.

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But the basket-case nations like Burma (Myanmar), Paraguay, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Argentina, continued to significantly clear their forests in this period…

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There seems to be a curious lack of data on Russia. Searching the U.S. report for “Russia” finds only lots of boilerplate statements that Russia has a vast amount of the world’s forests, but no real data on what has happened to them since 2010. One would expect — given the decline in both the paper pulp market and the demographics of Russia, and the claims of creeping warming of the sub-Arctic margins — that the overall natural forest area in Russia expanded from 2010-15.

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