January 01, 2009
Deforestation and forest degradation account for roughly a sixth of global greenhouse gas emissions, a share larger than all the world's planes, trains, ships, trucks, and cars. Further, the impacts of deforestation extent well beyond climate: forests play a critical role in hydrological functions, ensuring local and regional rainfall; help control erosion and reduce the risk of flooding; are a source of renewable products that sustain tens of millions; and house unique indigenous cultures and perhaps half of global terrestrial biodiversity.
Electric cars aren't necessarily the friend of the environment. If the electricity used to power the car comes from coal plant, an electric car is hardly emissions-free. Further the materials and energy that go into the production of a new car are considerable.