31 Jul '12, 3pm

We Can Reforest the Earth

We Can Reforest the Earth

Protecting the 10 billion acres of remaining forests on earth and replanting many of those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health. Since 2000, the earth’s forest cover has shrunk by 13 million acres each year, with annual losses of 32 million acres far exceeding the regrowth of 19 million acres. Restoring the earth’s tree and grass cover protects soil from erosion, reduces flooding, and sequesters carbon. Global deforestation is concentrated in the developing world. Tropical deforestation in Asia is driven primarily by the fast-growing demand for timber and increasingly by the expansion of oil palm plantations for fuel. In Latin America, the fast-growing markets for soybeans and beef are together squeezing the Amazon. In Africa, the culprit is mostly fuelwood gathering and land clearing for agriculture. In recent years, the shrinkage of forests in...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/we-can-ref...

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  1. 02 Aug '12, 2am

    It's not too late for us to act..Let's reforest the earth and give back Mother Earth what she has lost many years ago..

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