Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Earth's Returning Forests

Amidst the frequent backdrop of gloomy environmental news, the American National Academy of Sciences is reporting that deforestation has ceased or reversed in a host of key nations throughout the globe including the United States, Russia, Vietnam, Chile, most of Europe - and most surprisingly - within the rapidly developing economies of China and India.

The report covers the world's 50 most forested countries, excluding Canada who stopped conducting national inventories in 1990 because of internal disputes regarding how to conduct the surveys.

Though widespread deforestation notably continues in countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines, the report projects that the tendency towards reforestation will continue, with most countries restoring their forests within 20 to 30 years.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing about this. It's nice to read a positive example of countries actually succeeding in some way in reversing global warming. Hopefully it's not too little, too late.

You might be interested in the most recent post on my blog. I interviewed author Peter Barnes, an entrepreneur and environmentalist about his new book - Capitalism 3.0: A Guide To Reclaiming the Commons.

Anonymous said...

We used to be doing so well too. We were at the top, and in only a year since the election we've fallen to the bottom of the pack. Those nasty Conservatives.