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Reforestation

The widespread introduction of new technologies and paperless media have allowed the planet to go green again. The terrible, barren patches in the Amazon tropical forests, the Russian Taiga forests, and even the virtually wiped-out Borneo forests have been completely restored. This was realised by scientists, environmental organisations, and, most importantly, thanks to the rejection of printed paper books: children don’t require textbooks, fathers don’t need novels, and grandfathers no longer want printed newspapers. New technologies have brought back the beauty of our planet and the joy of clean air.

I agree
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I don't agree
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Cent-Vingt Hirondelles i agree with the goal, but i am not ok when you say we won't need paper anymore and i am not sure a full digital solution to replace paper will be that "green"... 06 Feb 2019
Tory Nickerson While I hope that we are able to preserve the rainforest we still currently have in South America; it will have nothing to do with non-paper media. Deforestation of the Amazon has nothing to do with our need for paper, but is related to the slash and burn tactics of subsistence farmers and the drive to create more pasture land for raising cattle. 06 Feb 2019
Tim Suetens Though that would be nice, I have very little faith in this actually happening. 06 Feb 2019
Emerson Aparecido Vieira Hasegawa The theory is beautiful! But in Brazil it is far from happening. While corruption exists in Brazil, nothing will be done for the evolution of Brazilian society. 06 Feb 2019
micah Me too 06 Feb 2019
Arijit Roy I think we need to stay positive. With the advancement of digital media, in future paper might be like papyrus to us. 06 Feb 2019
Kyra Even though the idea of reforestation is amazing and definitely something we should be working on, it is not just a matter of not using paper anymore. The question here is what we could do to make sure we don't need that much wood anymore. And the answer to this is not to stop using paper. One of the main functions of forests is to provide biomass for energy. This is especially in the boreal forests a rising issue. Biomass is the main renewable energy source after all. So, in order to not need this wood anymore, we first need to find a better renewable energy source. And that while in the meantime we are still trying to get rid of the energy produced by coal and oil. My guess is this might just take a while. Then the second issue with this prediction; it assumes forests only disappear because we need the wood. And for the boreal forests that might just be close to the truth. But when it comes to the tropical forests, it's really not accurate. Most deforestation in these areas occurs because of a growing population that needs to be fed. A lot of forest is converted into agricultural land over there. And then there's the problem of illegal logging, which causes quite some forest to disappear as well. And assuming this all will actually work, the predition is still not accurate. If you plant tropical forests, it will take a lot of years until it is recovered to it's original state. So maybe in 2070 you will have your rainforests back, if planted right now. In short, both the boreal and the tropical forests have their own reasons for disappearing, but it really is not the paper industry. 06 Feb 2019
Katka Šandlová It would be definitely awesome, if this idea would coame true. BUT: I think (as a biologist), ten years is still too short time to reforest, what is more, to persuade the government to deforest... 06 Feb 2019
marven sabado yes definitely 06 Feb 2019
Heng Mc Paper-pulp industry will become a ethanol 2.0 companies to afford energy business. 06 Feb 2019
Eduardo Sannino Marcondes The main reason of the deeflorestation isnt celulodis industry, the main reason is tha agrobusiness 06 Feb 2019
Stefano D'Adamo Fairy tales. Forest aren't destroyed beacause of paper needs, but to make space for animal husbandry (open air pastures) and monocultural plantations, all the more profiting of lawlessness and corruption. These aren't gonna be better in the near future. The planet is to be defended NOW, as it is, whithout hoping for miracles from the future to "restore" it.. 06 Feb 2019
Derek Balke I really want to believe in this future as an ardent paperless proponent myself for very much the same reasons listed above. I definitely think it is possible, though considerable hurdles will have to be surmounted for this to become real. Chief among them is the cost and disposability of paper alternatives, paper continues to flourish because there is nothing cheaper (on a per unit basis) and that can be discarded with relatively little issue. I remember reading somewhere that research and prototypes have been made to make disposable low cost digital or e-ink displays that can function in many of the ways paper can. The other major hurdle is something that I have read called "the caveman principle" the notion that most humans prefer tangible, tactile, and visceral interaction with what they use and that radical change is hard if not impossible to adjust to for some people. However, I think that as time goes on, paperless technologies will become increasingly effective and efficient in supplanting paper and that the environmental concerns in paper production and disposal will become too stark and consequential to ignore. At such a time I believe we will see the shift mentioned by this prediction, it remains to be seen how soon that will happen and to what extent. On the clean air aspect of the prediction, it will take a lot more than reforestation to restore clean air even from paper production as various chemicals and resins are used that release vapors that trees do not absorb naturally, perhaps genetically engineered trees or atmospheric purification systems (maybe graphene mesh filters or something similar) can accomplish this. This of course is all moot if the use of fossil fuels continues as we merely trade one form of environmental degradation for another, and that will not help air quality one bit. As such, I believe that the increased adoption of electric and digital technologies must be supplemented with environmentally benign power generation to have the desired impact of making the world more sustainable and the air cleaner. 06 Feb 2019
Devin McLaughlin Actually, electronic devices create twice as much pollution as paper media. Especially in poorer countries, where devices are sent there by the tens of thousands to be scrapped. 06 Feb 2019
Felipe Irarrázaval Ovalle Forests are also used as a source of energy, therefore it will require new technology to provide cheap energy before going full green 06 Feb 2019
Jose P. Guerrero The time frame for reforestation and Latin governments to make it real is to ambitious. 06 Feb 2019
Bryan Cornejo yes 06 Feb 2019
Arya Fajar Putra borneo not even restored. its still damaging by ppl. take a look for a second, you'll die just for saw a forests switch to one kind of species. our place has been destroyed just for money. 06 Feb 2019
Heitor The thing is, the main cause of deforestation, taking the amazon rainforest as an example, is definitely not the paper industry. It is the expansion of agriculture and the use of wood for the making of coal and other things such as furniture. The paper industry usually uses reforested wood. I do believe that the same happens in other places so I don't see how not reading paper books helps in a larger scale. 06 Feb 2019
justin Paper companys are greedy and will probaly not allow this to happend. But it is a nice thought. 06 Feb 2019
David Goodwin It would be nice to have a move back to nature. Unfortunately with the rising human population and energy needs I can't imagine that happening. 06 Feb 2019
Saulo Padilha I'd say the same as Marco Antonio. The Amazon deforestation is not to make PAPER lol. It's to grow soy or cattle. 06 Feb 2019
Andrew Buckwell Paper books is not the main driver of deforestation. Clearing land for food agriculture is. And besides, many ecosystems do not revert back to original state once external pressures are reduced. Rainforest create their own rain, remove them, the system is changed permanently. 06 Feb 2019
Marco Antonio Accardo The main reason for the deforestation of the Amazon forest is not for celulosis. The forest goes down to accomodate the expanding agrobusiness - large soy and cattle farms. Wood for construction and furniture is also sought and extracted with very little control. The obsolence of paper media won't have much impact in the Amazon. 06 Feb 2019
Iago Felipe Claro que não. O primeiro carro elétrico foi desenvolvido em 1899. E hoje, 118 anos depois, com o advento da tecnologia e a popularização da eletricidade, eles são os mais vistos entre nossos automóveis? Não. Sabe por que? Porque ele é inviável economicamente. O mesmo acontece com o papel. Uma folha de papel A4 custa, quando vendido no atacado, custa R$0.03 centavos, e sem falar que tem muitas utilizações em nosso cotidiano. Somando a proliferação do uso do papel, com a fabricação de mobílias para a casa e escritórios, com a construção de casas de madeira, com a utilização de madeira para sustentar o telhado de várias casas em vários países de mundo, esta realidade infelizmente está muito longe de acontecer. 06 Feb 2019
Camilo Modo Scl ñe 06 Feb 2019
Akhona Bhokani I like this idea. Audio books and digital books help in this regard. But these run on electricity. Which isn't really a limitation as it's one of the easiest and abundant resources out there--at least in many parts of the world. Solar/PV/Hydro/Wind/etc. We ought to keep in mind that green energy options (to me at least) are virtually limitless. Of course it will take time to get there. But I know it will happen. We are at the leading edge of thought, as it were. Think of the guy in New Zealand that could boil water in seconds with out use of traditional electricity producing sources. Sadly he died with that knowledge all to himself. But we'll replicate it soon enough. 06 Feb 2019
Dave Van De Kerk I agree with digital publishing and haven't bought a paper book in years. It's not going to stop deforestation. We need to stop expansion into forests to further animal husbandry. 06 Feb 2019