Perpetuating the myth of the return of native forests

Author(s): Van Holt, T., Putz, F. E.
In: Science Advances 17 May 2017: Vol. 3, no. 5, e1601768, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601768
Year: 2017
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Landscapes
Link to centre authors: van Holt, Tracy
Full reference: Van Holt, T., Putz, F.E. 2017. Perpetuating the myth of the return of native forests. Science Advances 17 May 2017: Vol. 3, no. 5, e1601768, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601768

Summary

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.

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