More than a quarter of the world’s rainforets are in danger of being completely lost as global warming leads to a rise in extreme weather events and extreme drought, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme.
Climate change, a rise of sea levels, rising temperatures and extreme weather have all been contributing to more severe droughts and floods, the report said.
Climate experts warn that climate change will also make more rainforest species vulnerable, including trees and plants.
The report also said that climate changes could threaten forest ecosystems in many countries, such as Brazil, the Philippines and Indonesia.
“There are a number of regions that are in a very strong state of drought.
That means there is not enough rain to replenish soil and plants, which are the lifeblood of forest ecosystems,” said Erika C. Ojeda, the head of the UNEP forest and natural resources division.
It is estimated that the loss of rainforestal forests is about 1 billion hectares (3.8 billion acres) in the United States alone, while the global losses are estimated to be as high as 15 billion hectares.
The UNEP report said the most severe drought in the U.S. occurred in 2008, when the U,S.
experienced its worst drought in history.
It was followed by severe drought and flooding in 2009, 2010 and 2011, followed by drought and floods in 2014 and 2015.