It is estimated that 14% of Earth’s land was once covered by rainforest. Currently less than 6% remains. Although a minute percentage has occurred naturally, human influences are undoubtedly the main cause of this decline. If nothing is done, estimates further predict that this last 6% may be used up in close to 40 years!
There was a time when rainforests covered 14% of the Earth’s surface. Today, only 6% of the Earth’s surface is covered in rainforest.
As late as 10,000 years ago, there was an estimated 6 billion acres of rainforest. Since the last half of the 19th century, rainforest depletion has become exponentially more devastating. In 1950 there were nearly 2.8 billion acres of rainforest, and today there is less than 1.6 billion acres of tropical rainforests left in the world.
Today an estimated 40 to 50 million acres of rainforest are cut down each year. At this rate the Earth’s rainforest could be completely lost by 2050.
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