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Countries by Deforestation

Name the countries of the world that have lost the most forest area since 1990, both in absolute numbers and in percentage terms.
  • According to FAOSTAT, 1990-2015
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jun 07, 2017
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sq. km
Country
531,670
275,350
102,410
101,770
98,600
81,020
80,310
77,850
76,810
59,153
%
Country
72.6
59.4
56.3
45.9
43.6
41.7
41.3
38.7
36.6
31.0
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level 76
Jun 7, 2017
Several developed countries lost their forests already centuries earlier. Also is that a percentage of the total area of the country or a percentage of forests?
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level 67
Jun 7, 2017
Percentage of forest, I'm pretty sure.
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level ∞
Jun 7, 2017
Correct.
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Jun 7, 2017
On the other end of the spectrum, the country with the most reforestation since 1990 has been China by a wide margin. Iceland takes the crown for most reforestation in percentage terms, having tripled its forest area since 1990.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2017
but Iceland has very few trees - I think in this particular quiz the percentage of the total area of the land would be more meaningful. I'm a bit skeptical of those very high percentages - I tried looking up Uganda and from this article it looks like forests went down from 75,000 to 49,000 since the late 80s (link here)
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Jun 8, 2017
It's fair to be skeptical of UN data.
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level 58
Jun 8, 2017
So, we have figures for North Korea now.
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level 53
Jun 12, 2017
I noticed the same...
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level 49
Jun 13, 2017
I think they just used satellite images...
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level 38
Sep 8, 2017
The first figures ever...
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level 59
Jun 15, 2017
What a depressing quiz.
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level 56
Sep 8, 2017
Great quiz to shed light on yet another existential threat we are facing (human self inflicted). Sad and preoccupying. Can't help focus on Nigeria: 60% of their forest gone within the past 25 years, a booooooming demography, tribal and religious intolerance/violence, rampant corruption, salvage oil extraction/pollution,.... that sounds like an explosive cocktail.
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level 49
Sep 8, 2017
A day in the life of most African countries.
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level 45
Sep 17, 2017
African countries are very diverse, and have vastly different demographics, geography, natural resources and problems. Not many African countries have oil. Many have no forests to speak of (or to cut down as Nigeria has done). Some have huge problems with HIV/AIDS while others do not, some have huge problems with malaria while others do not.
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level 70
Sep 8, 2017
No Isengard?
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level 59
Sep 8, 2017
xD
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level 29
Sep 8, 2017
missed all yet the leat populous one lol
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level 61
Sep 9, 2017
The number one cause of deforestation worldwide is livestock farming. Go vegan!
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level 68
Sep 9, 2017
You do know that most plant foods come from commercial farmed operations? From these lists it appears that most deforestation is occurring in underdeveloped countries where subsistence farming is the norm. I'd blame things like palm oil plantations (veg food) and black market timber harvesting if I was you
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level 44
Sep 11, 2017
Not really. Brazil has soy megaproduction to blame for its deforestation.
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level 51
Sep 11, 2017
Ah, palm oil. Of course, we have to have our microwaveable noodles, environment be damned.
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level 44
Sep 11, 2017
Agreed with my friend above about the Brazilian soy issue. Also, we do not have enough efforts, money and cops to make the law work everyday, and also the corruption of a huge part of congressists relationed to the "agro" business, extracting resources and owners of "giantsized" farms in those areas. Again, shame.
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