The world lost a football pitch-sized area of tropical forest every six seconds in 2019
The world lost 3.8 million hectares of tropical primary forest in 2019 -- equivalent to a football pitch every six seconds -- according to a new report published Tuesday. The report, which uses data gathered by the University of Maryland, shows primary forest loss was 2.8% higher in 2019 than the previous year. Primary forest loss was lower last year than its peak in 2016 and 2017, but the total loss in hectares is the third-highest since 2000. The worst-hit countriesBrazil accounted for the largest loss of primary forest, with more than 1.3 million hectares lost in 2019. Both Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire reduced primary forest loss by more than 50% in 2019 compared to the previous year.