Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest!
- In the fight to stop climate change, forests are a vital weapon — The Guardian
Leading up to the climate change summit in Paris next month, many countries are announcing their commitments to reducing greenhouse gasses, and forests are playing a vital role. If deforestation ended, our damaged forests were restored and we protected our remaining forests, our forests could remove enough carbon to equal one-third of all current global emissions.
- What is a forest? NASA/USGS mission helps answer the question — Phys.org
A team from NASA, as well as other institutions, analyzed eight satellite-derived maps of the earth’s forest cover and discovered differing depictions by as much as 6 percent, or a land area the size of China. This prompted a new study that was published earlier this week in Nature Climate Change.
- The absence of trees could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease — ScienceAlert.com
Another report has been released discussing the benefits of living near trees, including reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, making you feel several years younger as well as providing the same health benefits resulting from a substantial salary increase.
- E. O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain — Washington Post
In this interview E. O. Wilson, renowned Harvard biologist and conservationist, discusses human’s desire to be in natural environments and science’s solid basis for proving nature’s benefits for mankind.