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Environment in Latin America – statistics & facts

Diverse ecosystems, significant geophysical events, and the growing effects of climate change form a complex set of challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean. The consequences of fuel emissions impact quality of life in the everyday, with high numbers of deaths attributable to air pollution exposure, and likewise contribute to natural disasters. Elevating temperatures raise sea level around the globe, affecting coastal regions and islands especially, and also spur devastating events such as wildfires, which are more and more frequent in South America.

Household pollution and poverty

High levels of household air pollution are not a stand-alone risk factor for public health, but often result from underlying and critical issues such as economic scarcity and lack of access to basic resources. Household air pollution can be directly caused by lack of ventilation, as in Mexico, where nearly 15 million people live without a chimney in households where wood and coal are used for cooking. While Mexico ranked highly for exposure to household air pollution from fossil fuels with around 13 percent of inhabitants affected in 2019, other countries in the region report even more severe rates of exposure: in Honduras and Guatemala, nearly half the population, and in Haiti, almost 90 percent.

Forest areas: the lungs of Latin America

Nearly one billion hectares of land are covered by forests in Latin America and the Caribbean. The subregion with the largest forest land area is South America, where forests occupy almost half of the territory. Even though wildfires and the expansion of the agricultural frontier continue to threaten the region's most precious source of oxygen, recent figures show that the forest loss rate has been diminishing in the past decades.

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Environment in Latin America – statistics & facts

Diverse ecosystems, significant geophysical events, and the growing effects of climate change form a complex set of challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean. The consequences of fuel emissions impact quality of life in the everyday, with high numbers of deaths attributable to air pollution exposure, and likewise contribute to natural disasters. Elevating temperatures raise sea level around the globe, affecting coastal regions and islands especially, and also spur devastating events such as wildfires, which are more and more frequent in South America.

Household pollution and poverty

High levels of household air pollution are not a stand-alone risk factor for public health, but often result from underlying and critical issues such as economic scarcity and lack of access to basic resources. Household air pollution can be directly caused by lack of ventilation, as in Mexico, where nearly 15 million people live without a chimney in households where wood and coal are used for cooking. While Mexico ranked highly for exposure to household air pollution from fossil fuels with around 13 percent of inhabitants affected in 2019, other countries in the region report even more severe rates of exposure: in Honduras and Guatemala, nearly half the population, and in Haiti, almost 90 percent.

Forest areas: the lungs of Latin America

Nearly one billion hectares of land are covered by forests in Latin America and the Caribbean. The subregion with the largest forest land area is South America, where forests occupy almost half of the territory. Even though wildfires and the expansion of the agricultural frontier continue to threaten the region's most precious source of oxygen, recent figures show that the forest loss rate has been diminishing in the past decades.

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