Speaking in Madagascar, Pope says deforestation now a global threat

Speaking in Madagascar, Pope says deforestation now a global threat

Malaysiakini - News·2019-09-08 15:03

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.

Francis made his appeal on a visit to Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, which research institutes and aid agencies say has lost about 44 percent of its forest over the past 60 years, abetted by illegal exports of rosewood and ebony.

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