Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries are a global threat.

According to Reuters, the Pope said they 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.

Experts say Madagascar has lost about 44% of its forest over the past 60 years, abetted by illegal exports of rosewood and ebony.

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