Thursday, May 18, 2017

Earth greener than Chicken Littles predicted, thought, believed

CO2, warmer temperatures “blamed” for increased forestation.

Michael Bastasch

“Scientists looking at forest cover in some of the world’s driest places found something astounding — ‘lost’ forests covering an area nearly seven times the size of Texas.

“’We found new dryland forest on all inhabited continents, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, around the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,’ biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow wrote of their study, which had 28 other co-authors.

“’In Africa, our study has doubled the amount of known dryland forest,’ Lowe and Sparrow wrote in a recent oped for The Conversation detailing how they ‘found’ millions of acres of ‘lost’ forests not accounted for in previous research.”

(These forests were not “lost,” but not seen in previous studies. Or maybe not counted because the increase would counter “Man is killing the Earth” argument?)

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