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Amazon from Space for Arbor Day – The Last Hour

There are 12 billion of them in Italy alone, about 200 for every inhabitant, from the monumental ones like the Chestnut of a hundred horses in Sicily or the 3 friars in Molise to many less well-known, but essential for our well-being and that of the planet. Today is National Tree Day and to celebrate it e-Geos – a company founded by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%) – has selected a view from Italy’s Cosmo-SkyMed satellites of the planet’s largest tree house: the Amazon rainforest.

It is believed that the first trees appeared at least 385 million years ago, long before the first dinosaurs, and that today there are at least 64,000 different species spread practically everywhere. From satellite images, it was possible to estimate that there are 12 billion trees in Italy, almost 200 for every inhabitant, which occupy almost 40% of the national area.

An important growth compared to the past decades that still has to face the dangers of ongoing climate change, an example is what happened between October 28 and 29, 2018, when the strong storm Vaia, with winds that exceeded even 200 km/h, felled over 14 million trees in just a few hours. An ecological disaster whose signs are still clearly visible in some areas of the Alps, especially in Veneto and Trentino. There are over 3 trillion of them globally, but some particularly important areas such as the Amazon forest are in constant decline due to deforestation activities and increasingly violent and frequent fires, which is favored by rising temperatures.

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