Is there more land covered by trees than not by trees?



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    Not anymore. I wasn’t around to see it, but apparently scientists have been able to determine (I’m not exactly sure how, but there are historical accounts as well)… that the earth used to be covered by approximated 70 percent trees. (not including the oceans of course, just the dry land…) but after 5,000 years of agriculture and human population expansion and urban development, the number is well below half at this somewhat advanced (or screwed) stage of our history — 26 percent.  That means that we’ve cut down about 2/3rds of all the trees on the planet without replacing them. Sustainable farming practices must be employed so the numbers of trees do not continue to dwindle. Here’s a solid quote which offers some hope, but is nevertheless still alarming:

    “Net deforestation rates, according to the FAO, slowed to 7.3 million hectares per year from 2000-05, an area the size of Sierra Leone or Panama, from 8.9 million in 1990-2000.” 

    And I found out that India, the nation, is doing everything they can to go green and solve the problems of over forestation and the depletion of this natural resource: See 2nd link

    Alan Weissman’s book, “The World Without Us,” has a magnificent account of what we have done to the old growth forests throughout most of Eurasia (depleted them beyond repair in most of the spaces)… will we ever to be able to live at peace with the earth? Without harming it and destroying natural spaces?

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