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originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: Night Star
That sounds like my old apartment. What trees there were, were tiny and sick looking. All I could see out the window were houses and other buildings. I kept the windows covered.
In a banner announcement for shade-lovers everywhere, a new study out of Yale University finds that there are more trees in the world than previously estimated — way, way more.
The research, published this week in Nature, drew on global satellite imagery and more than 400,000 sample counts from forests around the world in order to estimate that there are currently 3.04 trillion trees on earth. This is 750 percent more than the previous best estimate, which was 400 billion.
Thanks to decades of forest growth exceeding harvesting rates the US officially has more trees now compared to 100 years ago.
The United States has the fourth largest forest estate of any nation, with 8% of the world’s forests or about 300 million hectares of forest, exceeded only by the Russian Federation, Brazil and Canada. Thanks to sustainable harvesting practices, creation of National Parks and less land being turned to agriculture the rate of forest growth has steadily climbed in the US. In fact, many forestry companies now plant trees than they harvest.
originally posted by: droid56
I know you might see me as a tree hugger, but this is how I feel in the 66th year of my life.