May 18, 2017
Scientists looking at forest cover in some of the world’s driest places found something astounding — “lost” forests covering an area nearly seven times the size of Texas.
“We found new dryland forest on all inhabited continents, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, around the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,” biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow wrote of their study, which had 28 other co-authors.
“In Africa, our study has doubled the amount of known dryland forest,” Lowe and Sparrow wrote in a recent oped for The Conversation detailing how they “found” millions of acres of “lost” forests not accounted for in previous research.
Lowe and Sparrow’s study found that 1.3 billion hectares of drylands with more than 10 percent tree cover in 2015, which is a 40 to 47 percent increase from previous estimates. Finding 1.2 billion acres of “missing” forests is equivalent to nearly seven Texases.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:39 am