Much of the world used to be covered with trees. But most of the world's ancient forests have been cut down.
Whether through clearing of land for agriculture, legal or illegal logging, or expansion of human living spaces - deforestation has had a broad impact on our planet. Many human populations and animal species depend on forests, while the trees themselves have even become threatened or endangered.
New satellite data shows the world's forests are in severe decline. Global Forest Watch conducted an analysis of one million satellite images, revealing emerging global trends in deforestation. DW talks to Mikaela Weisse, a research analyst at Global Forest Watch, to find out more.
Beef is the main driving force behind tropical deforestation - and soy, which is in most animal feed, is the second biggest factor. More than half of Brazil's cerrado has already disappeared due to large-scale soy farming. What can be done to stop the devastation?
Zambia has one of the world's highest deforestation rates, and many households rely heavily on charcoal to cook. The government is threatening to ban the polluting fuel. But many people have no access to electricity, meaning this crackdown puts their livelihoods under threat.