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