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by Rina Marie Doctor
On Thursday, Nov. 5, chinese local authorities said that a Taxus chinensis tree assumed to be around 1,300 years old was found in Hunan Province in central China. The discovery was made during a census activity involving ancient trees.
China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it is also engaged in a massive tree-planting program that has helped to offset tropical deforestation, and suck some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Forestry authorities in China have stopped commercial logging in the nation's largest forest area, marking an end to more than a half-century of intensive deforestation that removed an estimated 600 million cubic meters (21 billion cubic feet) of timber. The logging shutdown was enacted in large part to protect soil and water quality of greater China, which are significantly affected by forest loss in the mountainous region.