There Are Now More Trees On Earth Than Two Decades Ago, And The New Greenery Has An Unlikely Source

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According to scientists, the Earth is in the midst of one of the biggest climate crises it has ever faced. However, while deforestation remains a massive issue in certain parts of the planet, NASA has discovered something that may yet come as a surprise: in general, the world is greener now than it was 20 years ago. And as it happens, we have two unlikely countries to thank for that transformation.

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Chillingly, deforestation is thought to have the potential to put all living things on Earth in real peril. Essentially, you see, the systematic process of destroying our planet’s life-giving forests is one of the driving forces of climate change. And in turn, this may spell danger for our existence on Earth. Indeed, António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, has gone so far as to describe climate change as “the most systemic threat to humankind.”

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And denuding forests is a problem in part because trees absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases that effectively trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. Cutting trees down, then, releases that stored carbon dioxide. In fact, if deforestation was a nation, it would come third to America and China in a worldwide tally of countries’ carbon dioxide emissions.

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