Destruction of world’s pristine rainforests soared in 2022 despite COP26 pledge

Deforestation for agriculture, particularly cocoa cultivation, near the Ghana-Togo border.

An area the size of Switzerland was cleared of Earth’s most pristine rainforests in 2022, despite pledges by world leaders to halt their destruction, new data shows. From the Bolivian Amazon to Ghana, the equivalent of 11 football fields of primary rainforest were destroyed every minute last year as the planet’s most carbon-rich and biodiverse … Read more