Paying the green bill

Trees are being felled at an alarming rate, even as delegates from the 190 countries attending the conference were nitpicking on the words that went into the draft of the Bali Roadmap. Deforestation, according to the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is contributing some 20% of carbon emissions – or 1.6 billion tonnes of CO2 – in the atmosphere. The world, says a Centre for International Forestry Research report released at the same Bali conference, is losing 13 million hectares of forests each year.