24 Oct '17, 10pm

The world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand last year

The world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand last year

A new analysis of satellite data found 29.7 million hectares of tree cover was lost in 2016. The number represents a 51 percent jump over 2015. The analysts say fire is the big culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs as well as wetter areas of the tropics where fire is a rare phenomenon. El Nino coupled with human-caused land disturbance like slash-and-burn clearing is thought to have been a big contributor to increase in fire activity around the world. Preliminary data indicate 2017 may also be a big fire year. The analysts recommend improved forest management to lower the risks of fire and tree cover loss. Last year the world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand, according to satellite data. That’s around 29.7 million hectares (29,700 square kilometers) – and was a 51 percent jum...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/the-world-lost-an-area-...

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