If the current rate of deforestation continues around 27% of the Amazon biome will be lost by 2030.  Scientists have warned that if deforestation reaches 20% big portions of the Amazon would convert to tropical savannah. The loss of forest will lead to staggering losses of biodiversity, carbon, and, in turn, human well-being.

  • In the time it has taken you to read this roughly 50 thousand trees would have been cut down in the Amazon.
  • If the current rate of deforestation continues unabated, the Amazon Rainforest will shrink by 27% within 10 years.
  • This is not just a environmental crisis, it is both an economic and health disaster in the making.
  • The tipping point: Scientists have warned that if deforestation reached 20% big portions of the Amazon would convert to tropical savannah.

Sources: World Wildlife Fund Lovejoy, T. and C. Amazon tipping point: Last chance for action. Science Advances 20 Dec 2019: Vol. 5, no. 12.