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Countries with Highest Deforestation Rates

Based on forest loss 2001-2012. You are given two countries that hardly had any forest to begin with.
source http://data.mongabay.com/deforestation-percent-forest_loss.htm
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First submittedFebruary 4, 2017
Last updatedFebruary 4, 2017
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Country
43.8
Africa
Mauritania
14.8
Asia
Malaysia
14.8
Europe
Portugal
12.7
South America
Uruguay
12.1
South America
Paraguay
10.9
Asia
Cambodia
10.4
Europe
Latvia
10.2
Asia
Saudi Arabia
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Country
9.7
Central America
Guatemala
9.2
South America
Argentina
9.0
Asia
Indonesia
8.9
Central America
Nicaragua
8.4
Europe
Sweden
8.2
Europe
Finland
7.9
North America
United States
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Feb 4, 2017
Malaysia is the king due to the world's desire for unhealthy foods. Tropical forests are being replaced by palm oil plantations. Unfortunate are the orangutans in the way of "progress".
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Feb 5, 2017
I wonder what caused the decline in the US? I was under the impression that forest cover in the US. has generally been increasing since the early 1900s. Maybe forest fires in the west are responsible?

On a side note, if you donate to the Arbor Day foundation, they can reforest an acre of land for less than $2,000, which could offset a significant portion of your personal carbon use.