Earth has 3 trillion trees – eight times as many trees as previously thought!

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Earth has 3 trillion trees – eight times as many trees as previously thought!

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New estimates suggest that planet Earth is home to eight times as many trees as previously thought.

When faced with deforestation statistics that seem daunting, the fact that there are 422 trees per person on Earth sounds a bit more reassuring. But is it?

On Wednesday, researchers published the most comprehensive assessment of global tree populations ever conducted, revealing findings that blew previous estimates out of the water. Prior to the Yale-led study, Earth was believed to be home to 400 billion trees, but the new estimate is nearly eight times higher – 3.04 trillion. Researchers arrived at this estimate based on data collected from satellite imagery and ground-based tree density estimates from more than 400,000 locations worldwide.

But while this magnitude of newfound trees sounds promising, the reality is actually not as bright. “The number of trees has fallen by about 46 percent since the start of human civilization,” said Yale University ecologist Thomas Crowther, lead author of the study, in an interview with Reuters. “Each year there is a gross loss of 15 billion trees and a net loss of 10 billion.”

In fact, today’s 3.04 trillion tree estimate is the lowest number of trees since the start of human civilization according to Dr. Crowther. Trees fulfill many necessary functions in the ecosystem including stabilization of soil and absorption of carbon dioxide, but humans often take these prominent organisms for granted.

“While the negative impact of human activity on natural ecosystems is clearly visible in small areas, the study provides a new measure of the scale of anthropogenic effects, highlighting how historical land use decisions have shaped natural ecosystems on a global scale,” according to a Yale University statement.

Historically, land conversion for agriculture has contributed the most to deforestation, but this has shifted as more and more forests are impacted by industrial and urban development.

These are issues humans can theoretically fix, but “as the global human population grows, the net loss of trees worldwide also may increase,” Yale researcher Henry Glick told Reuters. The study confirms that tree densities typically nosedive as human population increases, understandably so since more people means the need for more cleared land.

“We’ve nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we’ve seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result,” Crowther said in the Yale statement. “This study highlights how much more effort is needed if we are to restore healthy forests worldwide.”

Beyond tree research, insights from this study can extend to large-scale system modeling, from climate change models to carbon cycling.

The researchers’ findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

This report includes material from Reuters.

This article was written by Annika Fredrikson from Christian Science Monitor and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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The New “Big Three” leads Detroit’s revitalization – Mayor Mike Duggan – Olympia Development of Michigan – Dan Gilbert

The Return of Excellence in Detroit – The New “Big Three” leads Detroit’s revitalization

Mayor Mike Duggan leads the way to Detroit’s Return of Excellence but in a new way, a way other than the Automotive industry. Mayor Mike Duggan is doing it with Technology, Creativity, the help of some of Detroit’s Giant’s, and a very different way of thinking.

The Future of Detroit is NOW…

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 26: New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Duggan, the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years, addressed the issue of urban blight and announced an additional $20 million would be used to demolish fire-damaged abandoned buildings in the city. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Ilitch Family

Olympia Development of Michigan

Ilitches bet big on land near MotorCity Casino Hotel

Since the late 1980s, the Ilitches have invested more than $1 billion downtown

“The Ilitch activity certainly has sparked lots of interest,” “There’s a lot of potential for retail, housing and they have already demolished one building they purchased,”

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Dan Gilbert

Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC 

Dan Gilbert, Home Depot to rehab 65 Detroit homes

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Detroit initiatives

Quicken Loans moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its team members to downtown Detroit in August 2010, where Gilbert and the company are helping lead a revitalization of Detroit’s urban core. Today, Gilbert-owned businesses employ 11,500 people in the city.

In 2011, Gilbert’s Rock Ventures group purchased several buildings in downtown Detroit, including the historic Madison Theatre Building, Chase Tower and Two Detroit Center (parking garage),  Dime Building (renamed Chrysler House), First National Building and three smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue. In 2012, Rock Ventures (the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance and integration of Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate) purchased the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch BuildingWoodward Avenue, 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), and five smaller buildings on Woodward Avenue and Broadway Street, totaling 630,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Detroit. In 2013, Rock Ventures purchased the 1001 Woodward office tower, several smaller buildings in the downtown area and announced, along with The Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Economic Growth Group, a placemaking plan for revitalizing Detroit’s urban core.

Rock Ventures’ downtown Detroit real estate investments include more than 60 properties (buildings and/or store fronts) totaling 9 million square feet. Four million square feet is commercial space; another 3.6 million square feet is parking (10,096 parking spaces).

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