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There is good news and bad news [regarded / regarding] the number of trees on our planet. The good news is that there are seven times [many / more] trees on Earth than we [thought / thinking] . Until a few years ago, scientists [estimated / esteemed] that the world had around 400 billion trees. However, a new [studious / study] from Yale University estimates that there are around three trillion trees. That's a three followed [as / by] 12 zeroes. That means there are more than 420 trees for every person [alive / lively] today. Lead researcher Dr Thomas Crowther told the BBC that the new estimate will not change [nothing / anything] . He said: "It's not like we've discovered a [load / loads] of new trees. It's not good news for the world or bad news that we've [producing / produced] this new number."

The bad news is that thousands of years [age / ago] , the earth had around six trillion trees. Human [activity / actively] has cut in half the number of trees on the planet. A good [example / sample] of this is the fact that Europe used to be one [giant's / giant] forest. Now much of it is farmland, fields, cities and towns. Dr Crowther said people are responsible [for / by] the loss of three trillion trees over the [passed / past] several thousand years. Humans are destroying around 15 billion more trees every year [due / because] of deforestation and the [supply / demand] for farmland. The scientists said this figure is "[considerably / considerable] higher" than just a century ago. Dr Crowther warned that: "This study highlights how much more effort is needed if we are to [restore / store] healthy forests worldwide."

 
 

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