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- England now has more forest than at any time since the Black Death nearly 700 years ago.
- China, the EU, the US, and India have together planted forests that could cover Bangladesh.
- Globally, forests can now absorb around 200 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is more than what is emitted through deforestation.
The unexpected comeback of forests
Despite the serious images of fires and logging that often dominate the news, it turns out that the world's forests are doing better than many think. In colder climates, forests have begun to recover, which is a sign that we can reverse the damage from the oldest form of human-caused climate change. England is an example where forest coverage is now greater than at any time since the Black Death, with 1.33 million hectares covered by forest.
Global growth despite tropical logging
While the logging of tropical forests continues to be a problem, countries like China and members of the European Union have managed to significantly expand their forested areas. This shows that although tropical logging remains a challenge, there are advancements that should be celebrated. Additionally, global forests have likely begun to contribute to net carbon dioxide absorption, helping to combat climate change.
In Japan, for instance, planted forests cover more than a quarter of the country, and in Scandinavia and Central Europe, forests have expanded significantly since the mid-20th century.