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Earth’s Three Trillion Trees Are Disappearing Fast

Updated: Sep 28, 2019

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A recent study by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University has found that there are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth, 422 for every human on the planet, including 3 billion growing in the UK.

However, the research has also found that 15 billion trees are lost every year due to deforestation, forest management and changes in land use – the Earth’s population of trees is being severely threatened.

It is undeniable that humanity has had a detrimental effect on Earth’s trees. Since human civilisation began 11,700 years ago, the number of trees on the planet has dropped by 46%. As Thomas Crowther, leader of the study, has said, “we’ve nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we’ve seen the impacts on climate and human health”.

Benefits Trees Bring

As well as being beautiful, there are a multitude of factors which make trees invaluable for us, the planet, and the animals we share the planet with.