Africa's Forests May Be Our Last Chance to Slow Climate Change
Deforestation is now the second leading cause of global climate change. Debates on this topic often centre on the Amazon, given the high-profile destruction of its forest biodiversity. However, a troubling rise in deforestation in Central Africa - home to the world's second largest tropical forest - has received surprisingly little attention.
Two-thirds of Africa's remaining forests are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These forests span 1.7 million km², which is equivalent to one-third of Brazil's Amazon. They also store 22 billion tonnes of carbon, ranking them among the world's largest remaining carbon reserves.