We know the world forest cover is at about 31 per cent. We know, too, that the average in India has fallen to about 21-23 per cent in the last 50 years. Felling of forests since 1860 has claimed nearly 60 per cent of what existed then.
A shocker is that Bihar is one of the states with the most scant forest cover: 17 out of the 38 districts in the state have no forest cover at all. In North Bihar, the forest cover is a mere 1.92 per cent.
(Photo source: internet)