Lege Artis Medicinae

[The Great Acceleration]

BRYS Zoltán1

DECEMBER 10, 2018

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2018;28(11-12)

Every year, there are about 192 000 square kilometres of forest less on Earth. As the distribution of tree density is not evenly distributed, it is important to express the loss in terms of tree trunks: an estimated 15.3 billion trees per year. Global soil erosion, climate change, human population growth and increasing per capita consumption all point to a further decline in the number of trees on Earth. The trend is not new: since the last ice age, human civilisation has eradicated roughly half of all forests. Mankind has needed trees or forested land in ever-increasing quantities, for varying purposes, as it has developed technologically. Timber was and is needed for firewood, for building slate castles, mills, ships or railways, and later for paper or other goods. And land was essential for agriculture and cities. Reforestation has been and is still hampered to a greater extent by the cultivation of fields and to a lesser extent by industrial production...

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  1. Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem, Villamosmérnöki és Informatikai Kar, Távközlési és Médiainformatikai Tanszék, Budapest

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