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Forest Area by Country

Everyone knows what a forest is, but a formal definition by The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization is, "Land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 meters and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. It does not include land that is predominantly under agricultural or urban use."

Regardless of definition forests provide an incredible place for biodiversity and can capture CO2 from the atmosphere. That is why I made this post, because it is important to protect the forests.

Since 1990 the area percentage of forest has decreased by 1 percent, this doesn’t seem much, but this is equivalent to 5 million square kilometers, or almost 1 billion football fields.

Some interesting observations from making this video were that in some countries the area percentage actually increases, for example China and the EU both increased their percentage of the last 30 years.

Tools: python, pandas, tkinter, sjvisualizer (

Data source: World Bank

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