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How does deforestation affect climate change?

Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area, but patches the size of Panama are lost every year due to deforestation.  If we continue at our current rate of deforestation there will be no more rainforests in 100 years. 

Forests serve many purposes; 70% of Earth’s animals and plants live in forests, trees serve a crucial role in the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere, trees keep forest soil moist by blocking the sun, and most importantly—tre