How much rainforest is lost in an hour?   How much in a day?

An average of 10,595 hectares (26,182 acres) of primary tropical forest is destroyed globally every day. That's 441 hectares (1,090 acres) an hour.

But for most of us this happens on the far side of the world and we have trouble visualizing how much forest that is.

What if you could see how large an area that is if it was where you live?

The maps below show you how much of some major cities would be destroyed in a day (outer circle) and an hour (inner circle) if they were tropical rainforest.

Yes, it really is that much.

My app uses the three year moving average of primary forest loss (hectares) from the World Resources Institute, as this is thought to represent a more accurate picture of data trends due to uncertainty in year-to-year comparisons. 

The World Resources Institute is "a global research organization that works with governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society groups to develop practical solutions that improve people’s lives and ensure nature can thrive."



Read the story behind the idea on the Eco Action Families blog

Short promo video explaining the app

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