Good News! We Have Lots More Forest Than We Thought

Posted: May 13, 2017 by oldbrew in Analysis, trees

Time to update those climate models.

American Elephants

A new survey using high-definition satellite images has found 378 million additional hectares of forest around the globe—it’s as if all of Earth’s forests just grew by 9%.

(The hectare is an SI accepted metric system unit of area equal to 100 ares (10,000 m²) and primarily used in the measurement of land. An acre is about 0.4047 hectare and one hectare contains about 2.47 acres. I don’t do metric, and assume that some of you don’t either. You can also think of it as an area of forest equal to sixty percent of the size of Australia, if that helps)
“The forests have been identified in drylands in the Sahara desert, around the Mediterranean, southern Africa, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, north-east Brazil, northern Columbia and Venezuela and northern parts of Canada and Russia.”
*The image is of coastal Australia.

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  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘The University of Adelaide’s Plant Conservation Biology Chair Andrew Lowe says the finding is “very, very significant” and could provide new ways to ease climate change.’


    Oh dear, here they come 😦

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    old brew:
    Are you referring to the “environmentalists” who will now claim that we should chop down all these extra trees for biofuel? Or those who think that burning down a forest, then planting oil palms and burning the harvest will REDUCE CO2?

  3. oldbrew says:

    Graeme – take your pick, they’re all way off the mark with their CO2-phobia.