"Despite Global Pledges, Tree Loss Is Up Sharply in Tropical Forests"

"The pace of deforestation increased 10 percent in 2022, but there are signs the trajectory may change for the better in the near future."

"More than a year after countries pledged to end deforestation by 2030, the world is continuing to lose its tropical forests at a fast pace, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

The annual survey by the World Resources Institute, a research organization, found that the world lost 10.2 million acres of primary rainforest in 2022, a 10 percent increase from the year before. It is the first assessment to cover a full year since November 2021, when 145 countries pledged at a global climate summit in Glasgow to halt forest loss by the end of this decade.

“We had hoped by now to see a signal in the data that we were turning the corner on forest loss,” Frances Seymour, a senior fellow at the institute’s forest program, said. “We don’t see that signal yet, and in fact we’re headed in the wrong direction.”"

Manuela Andreoni reports for the New York Times June 27, 2023.

Source: NYTimes, 06/28/2023