One Trillion Trees

What role do trees really play in fighting climate change? An expert explains

Silhouette of man standing in a deforested field.

Over the last 10,000 years, almost a third of the world’s forests have been lost to land cultivated for agriculture. Image: Unsplash/Dave Herring

Johnny Wood
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Statistics illustrating the ways in which humans deforested the earth.
Agricultural expansion has led to large-scale deforestation. Image: Our World in Data

An aerial view shows forested and deforested areas, near Las Lomitas, in Formosa, Argentina.
First clearance for agricultural land has destroyed almost a third of the planet’s forests. Image: Reuters/Agustin Marcarian


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