Study: Global tree cover grew in 35-year span

Aug 10, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
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Statistically, the Earth didn’t lose an inch of tree cover over a span of 35 years. Contrary to general perception that humans’ unabated activities are shrinking the global tree cover, a collaborative study by researchers at the University of Maryland and others, reveals that reforestation far offset the deforestation between 1982 and 2016.

The data gathered by high-resolution radiometers stationed on 16 weather satellites shows that reforestation efforts, especially in China and swathes of Africa, increased global tree cover by nearly 2.24 million square kilometers in the defined time-period, notes Phys.org.

The net loss of trees in tropics has been offset by net gain in temperate and boreal forests, however this re-growth of smaller trees, hardly matches the carbon sink properties of lost tropical green covers, writes Inside Science.

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