10 interesting facts about Forests
Happy International Day Of Forests!
International Day Of Forests was established on the 21st day of March by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
Here are 10 interesting facts about forests.
- More than 300 million people live in the forest.
- The largest area of forest in the tropics remain the Amazon Basin, amounting to 81.5 million acres.
- 70% of the world’s animals depends on forests for their homes.
- Forests cover 4 billion hectares of the Earth’s surface.
- More than 25% of the medicines we use originate in rainforests plants.
- A man from India started planting trees when he was 16-years-old. He’s 47 now and lives in his own forest with rhinos, tigers and elephants.
- One of the reasons your lungs feel refreshed when walking through a pine forest is because of an anti-inflammatory compound called a-Pinene, found in conifers.
- In Japan, doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy” to treat depression and anxiety.
- 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced by Amazon Forest.
- About 80% of the Earth’s original forests have been cleared or destroyed.
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