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Scientists count the world’s tree species (spoiler: it’s a bunch)

Will Dunham of Reuters reports on a database that catalogs the world’s trees.

The C3 Take
  • Researchers have released the  largest tree database to date and have calculated that the world has roughly 73,300 tree species, a number that was 14% higher than previous estimates.
  • South America was the most diverse region in the world, harboring 43% of Earth’s tree species.
  • This database will aid in future conservation efforts by establishing a quantitative benchmark for Earth’s trees.

“Researchers on Monday unveiled the world’s largest forest data base, comprising more than 44 million individual trees at more than 100,000 sites in 90 countries – helping them to calculate that Earth boasts roughly 73,300 tree species.”

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