Trees are viewed as a valuable economic asset but only after they are cut down for their lumber. Our economic system in fact values trees that are dead as being assets, not live ones. In its way, the plight of the world’s woods and the efforts to handle and preserve them is indicative of the whole reappraisal of the “meta economics” that is required by the need to fight climate change and recover a safe climate.
Trees cover about 30% of the Earth’s total land area, with just 10 countries owning two thirds of the total, whilst 64 countries have less than 10% of their land area but the forests are unevenly dispersed around the world. Many other causes can also include like Forest Woods Showflat are also going to high rate in terms of selling. Just over a third of the world’s forests are truly wild places with no clearly visible signs of human activity. Only 4% are forest plantations, growing trees to purchase mostly for the paper industry. Some of them mange to do this sustain-ably, but an awful lot don’t.
Generally speaking, the richest biodiversity, measured in terms of the variety of plants, birds and other species in any specified place, is to be found in the wild forests that are distant from humans.
Broadly speaking, the forests of the world grow in two great lateral bands, one incorporating the forests of Russia, Scandinavia and North America and stretching across northern latitudes. This group is of the kind of woods called’ temperate and boreal’. These feature the kind of trees that are most familiar to folks in Britain, with a combination of broadleaf trees including ash, oak, sycamore and chestnut along with needle and evergreen leaf varieties such as spruce, pine and larch. Another major group comprises the woods of Central Africa, South America and Asia and runs across latitudes in the southern hemisphere. These are tropical woods and are not all rainforests, as some of them are at higher altitudes or by the coast where they form mangrove woods. Mangroves are especially important.
The probability of sea level rises and extreme weather events caused by climate change raises the significance of mangroves as a buffer protecting coastlines in subtropics and the tropics. Regardless of this, mangroves worldwide have now been subjected to an appalling rate of destruction resulting from over-harvesting for fuel and timber wood, clearing for shrimp farms, tourism, coastal development and agriculture. Mangroves happen to be destroyed substantially faster than any other forest type.
Woods exploitation, just like fossil fuel exploitation, occurs with the exact same economic system that pays no cost for the expense of environmental destruction in line. Truly, destroying forests for lumber is big business, with the global value of wood imports worth $160 billion in 2006 and the rate of cutting them down outstrips the speed of replanting by about 7m hectares a year (which is the space inhabited by around 85 billion trees).