Exclusive: Pakistan has nearly one billion trees, over 992 million to be precise, according to a research by Nature journal and published by The Washington Post in a lovely, interactive infographic.
Pakistan has 1,131 trees per square kilometer and and five trees per person.
Here’s an edited part of the The Washington Post interactive story. Full link provided below.
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By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post
Earlier this month, media outlets around the world covered a dramatic study in Nature finding that the world contains over 3 trillion trees — but that humans have nearly halved their numbers since the dawn of civilization.
The also scientists calculated comprehensive estimates of the numbers of trees in each country, and how that relates to the country’s physical size, population size and more.
This research provides nothing less than an entirely different way of looking at the world — in terms of what you might call “tree wealth” or “tree resources.”
After all, having lots of trees in a country provides a huge host of benefits — trees are both a natural resource and an asset to humans.
They filter water, combat air pollution, sequester huge amounts of carbon that would otherwise reside in the atmosphere, and even, it appears, contribute to human psychological and health benefits.
Indeed, large parts of the world population depend on forests for food.
And then, there’s just the emotional connection to nature.
What does the world look like when you examine it through this lens — taking a tree’s eye view, so to speak, of different countries?
The world’s overall tree leader is Russia, with 642 billion total trees, followed by Canada with 318 billion and Brazil with 302 billion.
The United States is fourth overall in this ranking, with 228 billion trees. Other countries with over 100 billion trees include China, with 140 billion and Congo, with 101 billion. Indonesia comes in 7th, with 81 billion, and Australia 8th, with 77 billion.
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Desert countries naturally tend to show the lowest tree densities — Saudi Arabia and Qatar have 1 tree per square kilometer apiece.
By contrast, among relatively large countries, Finland had 72,644 trees per square kilometer, and Sweden had 69,161.
Also surprisingly tree dense: Slovenia, with 71,131 trees per square kilometer.
Trees per person – Pakistan
Vast northern countries like Russia and Canada are surprisingly “tree rich,” with thousands of trees per resident.
There are a whopping 8,953 trees per person in Canada.
But tropical countries of the southern hemisphere can also hold their own. Here, Bolivia (5,465 trees per person), Gabon (8,131), and the Central African Republic (5,152) also fared quite well.
By contrast, desert countries once again were quite low – Egypt was estimated to have only about 1 tree per person.
The metric is also highly sensitive to population size, meaning that India, with a population of 1.27 billion and a tree population of only about 35 billion, had just 28 trees per person.
Very high tree-to-person numbers were clustered in the northeast of South America: Suriname had 15,279 trees per person, Guyana 14,692, and French Guiana a stunning 20,226. Of course, these countries all have populations under a million people.
Source: The Washington Post
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