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In the coming two decades, the “Green Island” is to once more become as green as it once was in the past. 80 percent of the 84,421 square kilometer island in Northern Europe was formerly covered in forest. Changes in climate, but first and foremost humankind, had by 1929 decimated this forest to just one percent. No other European country has chopped down its trees as mercilessly as Ireland has. Meanwhile, the forest has grown back again in the 20th century thanks to extensive planting ideas from the government.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.