Planet ‘winning the battle against deforestation’ (The Scotsman, 11/14/06)
FEARS of a “skinhead” Earth devoid of any trees appear to be unfounded, according to new research which shows forests making a comeback in China and India.
An international team of scientists, including Aberdeen University academic Professor Alexander Mather, found that 22 out of the world’s 50 most forested countries were now increasing the amount of woodland and predicted that a “great restoration of the landscape” could begin by 2050.
While global forests are still in decline, China, Vietnam and Spain have seen significant net increases from 1990 to 2005 and India’s forests are now stable.
Here in New England, which was 90% clearcut early in the 20th Century, one of our big businesses is the tourism during leaf-peeper season.