Kenya is home to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) headquarters. Our country – apart from being known for its record-setting athletes – is the home to the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, a strong, remarkable woman. She is best remembered for her work in environmental conservation.
There has been a lot of speculation and concern about the number of trees in the world. The current number stands at 3.04 trillion according to Los Angeles Times. The estimated number of trees has been 400.25 billion units for a long time. The research was conducted by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, led by Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the institution.
“That is an astronomical figure,” said Crowther, who is also the author of the study.
“Satellite images can tell you a lot about the forest area and canopy cover,” Crowther said. “What we provide is a more detailed understanding of what is going on beneath the surface,” he added.
However, with climate change being one of the main threats to human existence, this does not give us enough reason to smile. The rate at which the planet is warming due to an increased CO2 concentration in the atmospheres is disastrous. We’ve seen ice shelves melt, islands disappear due to rising sea levels, elongated drought kill thousands of people in countries and the catastrophic wild fires.
Would the environmental conservation champion be happy at these figures? That everyone of us would have 400 trees to us according to this recently released data?
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