Same holds in the U.S., and especially New England, which was deforested 4 times since colonization.

Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

"More than 100 years ago, timber was used for almost everything: as fuel wood, for metal production, furniture, house construction. Hence, at around 1900 there was hardly any forest areas left in Europe. Especially after World War II, many countries started massive afforestation programs which are still running today," Fuchs told The Washington Post.

As a result, Europe’s forests grew by a third over the last 100 years. At the same time, cropland decreased due to technological innovations such as motorization, better drainage and irrigation systems: Relatively fewer area was needed to produce the same amount of food. Furthermore, many people migrated from rural to urban areas, or overseas.

Fuchs’ fascinating conclusion: Forests and settlements grew at the same time and Europe is a much greener continent today than it was 100 years ago. A closer look at different regions and countries reveals Europe’s recovery from the deforestation of past centuries.

More of these maps at WaPo

Hoi An offers afforestation tourism in Cam Thanh
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Hoi An’s Cam Thanh village in central Quang Nam province started offering tours of nipa palm forests and opportunities to participate in afforestation efforts.

The tour, organised by Hoi An Eco-tour Company and the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), was created as part of Mangroves for the Future’s Sustainable Use of Cam Thanh village Nipa Palm Wetlands project.

Tourists who join the tour will learn about the wetland’s ecological system, walk through it and plant trees themselves.

For the past 100 years, villagers have been planting nipa palms to protect the village from the Thu Bon River’s floods.

Part of the world-recognised Cham Island bio-reserve, the forest is a favourite eco-tour destination. The city plans to plant 140ha of nipa palms in Cam Thanh village.-VNA

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Nama, ESO sign RO45,900 pact for society office, afforestation drive

Muscat Daily News The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) and the Nama Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up an office for the society in Dhofar governorate and to fund a project to boost afforestation efforts in the governorate.

Energy Quote of the Day: On 'No Regret' Negative Emissions Technologies

Energy Quote of the Day: On ‘No Regret’ Negative Emissions Technologies

By Ed Dodge A new report from Oxford University says that the most promising “Negative Emissions Technologies” (NETs) for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the near term are also among the simplest: afforestation, soil carbon improvements and biochar.

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