MAP ALERT: New Map Shows Decline of Global Forests

16 Nov

Researchers at the University of Maryland have assembled an amazing/sad map showing the decline of forests globally. 

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Click over to their website to see forest cover changing through time.

Not only is this worrisome for all the creatures that call the forest home, but trees are known as “carbon-sinks,” organisms that absorb carbon dioxide.  When that tree dies, whether naturally or from man, all that stored carbon is released into the atmosphere.

So with each tree we fell, we’re not only losing the tree, but we are fundamentally changing our biosphere, increasing the carbon in our atmosphere and depleting our natural carbon sinks. 

BERND HEINRICH wrote an excellent piece in the NYTimes explaining the complexity and intrinsic value of forest ecosystems.

Is there anything we individuals can do?

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