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Forests fight back all over the world

June 8, 2011

From The Independent

By Andrew Marszal

Forest density is increasing across much of the world after decades of   decline, according to a new study by scientists from the United States and   Europe. The change, which is being dubbed the Great Reversal by the authors,   has important, has positive implications for carbon capture and climate   change.

The research, carried out by teams from the University of Helsinki and New   York’s Rockefeller University, shows that forests are thickening in 45 of 68   countries, which together account for 72 per cent of global forests.   Traditionally, environmentalists have focused their concern solely on the   dwindling extent of forested areas, but the authors believe new evidence of   more dense forest – made up of more and larger trees – could be crucial in   reducing atmospheric carbon, which is linked to climate change.

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