3.04 trillion trees exist on the planet today
Rainforest used to cover 14% of the earth now they cover 6%. Out of the 6 million square miles (15 million square kilometers) of tropical rainforest that once existed worldwide, only 2.4 million square miles (6 million square km) remain, and only 50 percent, or 75 million square acres (30 million hectares), of temperate rainforests still exists.
The countries with the largest amount of rainforest – Indonesia, Brazil, Africa
17 Biggest and Popular Rainforests in the World
1. Amazon Rainforest, which comprises over half of the Earth’s remaining rainforests, is home to about 390 billion trees, or 13 percent of the world’s trees, divided into 16,000 species.
2. Congo rainforest is also widely recognized for its high levels of biodiversity, characterized by more than 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species.
3. Valdivia, in Southern Chile and named after the city’s founder Pedro de Valdivia. The forest is famous for the endemic plants and 150-foot tall trees in addition to rare species of animals. Some of the old tree species are Alerce and Olivillo.
4. The Daintree tropical rainforest is found on the northeast coast of Queensland in Australia named after Richard Daintree. It covers around 2,600 km².
5. Southeast Asian Rainforest (Asia) The forest is found in Asia, covering Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and the Malay Peninsula
6. The Tongass national forest is the biggest national forest in the United States. It extends to an area of 17 million acres.
7. Kinabalu National Park (Malaysia)
Also known as Tama Kinabalu, it is found on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
Kinabalu National Park is home to more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 100 different species of mammals.
8. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Costa Rica)
This forest is in the Costa Rican reserve found along Cordillera de Tilaran in Alajuela and Puntarenas provinces. It consists of about 26,000 acres of the cloud forest.
9. Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka) covers a total area of 8,864 square kilometers.
10. Pacific Temperate Rainforest (North America)
11. Sundarbans Reserve Forest (India & Bangladesh)
The Sundarbans Reserve Forest is within the Bangladesh area and also covers 40 percent of India. The entire land area covered by the forest is 10,000 km².
12. Monteverde Forest (Costa Rica)
Located in Costa Rica, the forest is named after Monteverde and covers an area of more than 10,500 hectares.
13. Papua Rainforest (Papua New Guinea)
Papua rainforest is among those with the most diverse and unique animal and plant species on Earth because of its dense mangrove trees. It is shared between two countries – Indonesia provinces of West Irian Jaya and Papua to the west and Papua New Guinea on the eastern side.
14. Sapo National Park Rainforest (Africa)
Sapo National Park Rainforest is located in southwest Liberia, Sinoe County. It is the largest protected area and also the only national park in the country. In terms of the area it covered, that is 1,804 km², it is the second-largest in West Africa.
15. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve (Nicaragua)
The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in northern Nicaragua stretches over an area of 2 million hectares comprising around 15% of the total land area of Nicaragua, making it the second-largest rainforest in the western hemisphere after Brazil’s Amazon.
16. Hoh Rainforest (North America)
The Hoh Rainforest is considered as one of the largest temperate rainforests located in the Western Washington State, USA.
17. Perućica, Sutjeska National Park (Europe)
Located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, close to the border with Montenegro, Perućica is also part of the Sutjeska National Park.
Which Countries Are Planting the Most Trees
Back in 1994, the United States produced over 1.5 billion nursery tree seedlings.
In August 2017, way ahead of schedule, Pakistan hit its target of planting a billion trees to combat the effects of climate change.
Last year, more than 2.3 billion seedlings were planted in the United States by the forestry community.
Today, annual tree harvest vs. production on a world-wide scale shows that humans cut down approximately 15 billion trees a year and re-plant about 5 billion.
That’s a net loss of 10 billion trees every year, and a rate that would mean the loss of all trees within the next 300 years.
Summary: To cover this year's CO2 emissions alone, we would have to cover 2.7% of the Earth's surface with newly planted trees, just under 40 billion of them or about 5.4 trees for every human on Earth. We would run out of Earth to plant trees on in under 20 years.
To bring us back to pre-Industrial Revolution levels of 250 ppm, we would have to plant about 353 billion trees covering 24% of the Earth's surface and stop burning all fossil fuels right now. In both cases, it would take 40 years before the trees absorbed the CO2.
Plant to help generate oxygen
- Gerbera daisy
- Snake plant
- English ivy
- Chinese evergreen (toxins)
- Hear leaf phodendron (voc)
- Peace lily (voc)