That’s more than the annual emissions of the world’s entire transportation sector.
Where does that number come from?
As part of our regular best practices and to prepare for the fast-evolving climate discussions happening in Copenhagen and around the world, CI recently re-investigated the sources, context and timeliness of our climate data to ensure that we are working with the most accurate and up-to-date figures available. This is the result of our recent analysis of anthropogenic (human-linked) greenhouse gas emissions:
1. About 16% of annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from deforestation and logging.
2. Annual GHG emissions from deforestation and logging are:
• More than the total annual GHG emissions of the United States or China
• More than the annual emissions of all the cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships in the world.
• More than the annual emissions of the world’s entire transportation sector.
Read our deforestation, logging, and GHG emissions factsheet (PDF –2.7 KB) for full data and data sources.
Reports have indicated a recent drop in the percentage of emissions from deforestation and logging. Deforestation rates have not slowed. Deforestation has continued apace over the last decade and the smaller relative percentage is mostly due to a faster relative increase in emissions from energy use.
The world cannot achieve the emissions reductions necessary to safely stabilize climate without addressing emissions resulting from deforestation. Reducing emissions from deforestation is among the most immediate and cost effective climate change solutions available. These strategies can be implemented now, without waiting for more costly technologies to be developed, tested, and to become more cost effective.
Elizabeth Baer manages Conservation Tools for Business at Conservation International.