12 Feb '13, 3pm

Brazil to count every tree in its rainforests in massive census

Brazil to count every tree in its rainforests in massive census

How do you conserve something that you aren't sure is there? The answer is simple: go make sure you know what's there. That's why Brazil is starting a massive census of its rainforest trees, counting each and every one so that it knows what is there and thus how to conserve the forests. The AFP reports, "The planned tree census, set to take four years, 'will allow us to have a broad panorama of the quality and the conditions in the forest cover,' the ministry said in a statement. The head of the national forest service said that the survey will provide a detailed knowledge of the rainforest, which has been under environmental threat from logging and climate change." So how does a team even begin such a monumental task? Fast Company writes, "Teams sent across Brazil’s 3,288,000 square miles, encompassing about half of the world’s remaining tropical forest, will sample about...

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