Is excessive heat in the Northeast, especially Assam, is a result of massive loss in tree cover?
Maybe yes. Northeast India witnesses 79 percent loss of tree cover in the year 2020.
This is the biggest loss of tree cover in India in 2020, according to an analysis by Down To Earth.
According to the University of Maryland’s forest change data, over 1,10,000 hectares of tree cover vanished from the Northeast last year.
The seven states of Northeast – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland individually were responsible for 5-14 per cent of the country’s loss in forest area during 2001-2020.
Nagaland was witness to the fastest loss of its forest cover since 2001, with a dip of 17 per cent.
On the other hand, Tripura’s forest cover decreased by 15 percent, the study claimed.
Assam was the highest contributor (14.1 per cent) to the national tree cover loss during 2001-2020.