World approaching deforestation turning point

From BBC,

Study hopeful for world’s forests

A new technique for measuring the state of the world’s forests shows the future may not be as bad as previously feared.

An international team of researchers say its Forest Identity study suggests the world could be approaching a “turning point” from deforestation.

The study measures timber volumes, biomass and captured carbon – not just land areas covered by trees.

The findings are being published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The trend is better than previously thought,” said Pekka Kauppi, one of the paper’s co-authors.

“We see prospects for an end to deforestation; we do not make a forecast but it is possible.”

The BBC story is here, map at the end of the article, previous post on forests in the European Union, the original article by Kauppi et al., Returning forests analyzed with the forest identity, University of Helsinki Forest Identity website, press release here.

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