Images from NASA allow us to appreciate the scope of the devastating NSW fires:
This satellite image was taken on October 17 (last Thursday), now regarded as one NSW’s worst fire days.
Not so much an image, but a table showing the decline in world forests:
Some interesting trends: Europe has seen a steady reforestation, while in South America and Africa has seen the largest declines.
The trends are many: drought, wildfires, forestry management practices, new plantations etc.
There is of course the question of biodiversity.
Sure, more trees are good – but maintaining unique and fragile ecosystems is also worth fighting for.
They provide vital ecosystem services.
Quite a stunning image from National Geographic;