Millions of hectares of the world’s pristine rainforests have been lost to logging, according to a new report released by the Global Forest Watch, a research initiative conducted by the World Resources Institute.
Using global satellite data, the report tracked the loss of 12 million hectares of rainforest over the 2018 year, with the worst affected areas in South America, Central Africa and Indonesia.
Clearcutting of land for the production of beef, chocolate and palm oil are amongst the largest contributors to rainforest and biodiversity loss, according to the report.
"The world's forests are now in the emergency room," said Frances Seymour, senior research fellow from the WRI.
"It's death by a thousand cuts - the health of the planet is at stake and band-aid responses are not enough."