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There may be fewer forests in the world than we thought: (via @mongabay)

There may be fewer forests in the world than we thought: (via @mongabay)

Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN mongabay.com November 30, 2011 CHANGES IN THE UN FAO’S FORESTY DATA: "FRA 2010" is FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010, which is based on forest inventory data. "FAO 2011" is the new satellite-based assessment. Global forest cover, as well as forest loss, is lower than previously estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to a new satellite-based assessment that replaces the self-reporting system previously used by the U.N. agency. The survey found the world's total forest cover amounted to 3.69 billion hectares, or roughly 30 percent of global land area, in 2005. FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) — which was based on the old system — put total forest cover at 4.06 billion hectares. FAO says that nearly half (44 percent) the world's remaining forest cover ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1130-un_forests.html

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