Big loss of forests to Greenpeace after scorching heat – Science

Big loss of forests to Greenpeace after scorching heat - Science

HAMBURG (DPA) – The most recent extreme heat damage caused considerable damage to German forests, according to a study by environmental organization Greenpeace.

Between 2018 and 2020 alone there was a decrease in vitality in an area of ​​about 12,000 square kilometers, according to the study presented Tuesday in Hamburg, “Forests in Germany on the way to warm weather.” This corresponds to about seven percent of the considered forest area – or 13 times the area of ​​the federal state of Berlin. In the study, Greenpeace speaks of a “loss of tree vitality of historical proportion”, with many trees dying and large areas of associated stands cleared.

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