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13 photos that show how humans have changed the world's forests

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 14: 
  Illegal logging and mining in the Amazon rain forest cause
  drastic levels of 
    deforestation.
  
  Disappearing forests push endangered
  wildlife into populated areas.
  
  Deliberately burning forests to develop the land can cause
  
    heavy air pollution.
  
  
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  Every year, 
  18.7 million acres of forest disappear, according to the
  World Wildlife Fund.

  Deforestation, pollution, climate change, and old fashioned human
  carelessness are 
  wreaking havoc on the world's forests. 

  Here are 13 photos that show just how much our forests have
  changed.

Every year, 18.7 million acres of forest disappear, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Deforestation, pollution, climate change, and old fashioned human carelessness are wreaking havoc on the world's forests.

Here are 13 photos that show just how much our forests have changed.

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