The world’s richest regions, such as North America and Europe, are not only increasing their forest area. They have more forests than they did prior to industrialization.
I knew that. The environmentalists have been misleading people for a long time.
But it isn't.
Take a walk through a majestic heritage forest. Breathtaking. Spiritual. Beautiful.
Then hack your way through underbrush, scrabble, and dead stumps in the "new" wooded field. No comparison.
Hmmm - have you seen my town? The City father's have never seen a tree that they can't cut down and replace with pavement, or a shopping center, or a high-density residential area. It's their claim to fame.
The linked article is misleading.
When environmental scientists express concern about deforestation they are looking at old growth and specific regions not “net” acreage. That forests in NAmerica are managed and cycled for the timber industry is irrelevant to the species and groundwaters of South America.
Not surprising at all. In Colorado during the mining era of the 1800s for instance, many mountains were stripped of their trees for shoring up the mines and for heating fuel.