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Perpetuating the myth of the return of native forests

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Science Advances  17 May 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 5, e1601768
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601768

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Abstract

Viña et al. imply that native forests account for China’s marked increase in tree cover and that tree plantations play a minimal role. All 71 tweets linked to the article reinforce the idea that China’s native forests are returning, whereas a review of their methodology indicates that it is not likely accurate. Referring news articles (n = 19) were dominated by terms associated with native forests, whereas tree plantations were rarely mentioned.

Keywords
  • reforestation
  • tree farms
  • plantations
  • native forest
  • forests
  • afforestation

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