Almost 59 million hectares of forest—able to absorb more than the annual CO2 emissions of the United States—have been regrown since 2000 as a result of conservation efforts. This is especially important as regenerated forests are more efficient and better support biodiversity than newly planted forests. This exciting Small Victory is highlighted in satellite imaging data and on-the-ground surveys included in a two-year WWF study. But the news is mixed; the authors warn that deforestation continues at a pace far greater than that of regeneration. We must work both to slow deforestation and to restore what we’ve lost.
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