This is a topic I have considered writing for quite some time as it is, in my opinion, the largest contributing factor to climate change. If you really research the effect of trees or lack thereof have on our climate the whole subject becomes very scary. Sure we can blame cars and industry for climate change, I believe the lack of trees which man has removed from our biosphere aren’t there to offset the carbon emissions.
The largest rainforest in the world is the Amazon which covers over 2 million square miles. The largest boreal forest is the Taiga which stretches through the far northern reaches of Europe, Asia, and North America and accounts for 17% of the Earth’s land surface.
Tropical rainforests have more than 210 gigatons of carbon stored within its trees. When we cut them now, not only are we reducing our suppliers of oxygen, we are releasing all that carbon in our atmosphere.
To date, more than 28.5 million acres forests have been cut down or burned – to supply our ever-increasing demand for wood and land. There are machines now which can clear and process acres of trees quickly leaving bare land behind which is heartbreaking at best.
When I was a younger man I helped clear woodlands for farmland which I used for firewood to heat my home. It is said corn and soybeans which are planted in the place of trees can raise temperatures and humidity levels. Whether this is true I haven’t done the research to verify it. These days I only cut dead trees for firewood or carving and has been my philosophy if I cut down a tree I will plant a tree.
During September 2015, estimates of the number of trees on Earth show a figure of approximately 3 trillion, a subsequent determination has ascertained that 1.2 trillion trees would counteract 10 years of CO2 emission. I am sure there were no census takers to count them thus they are considered only an estimate.
The World Economic Forum during 2020, held in Davos Switzerland, announced the creation of the One Trillion Tree Initiative platform made for governments, businesses, and civil society to provide support to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2020-2030). 13,629,563,106+ trees have been planted as of the 4th of February 2020. To join or for more info, you can go here.