Half Of Earth's Trees Are Gone And Humans Are To Blame
Good news: There are way more trees on our planet than we thought. Bad news: Humans have eradicated half of Earth's trees.By Mikah Sargent | September 2, 2015
In a first-of-its-kind tree census, researchers have quantified the global tree population. There's good news and bad news. (Video via Pacheco / CC BY ND 2.0)
And that's good news, because as it turns out, we had vastly underestimated the number of trees on our planet. Using satellite data, scientists previously estimated there were only about 400 billion trees on the planet.