Green Cost of Sleet: $8b of Forest Wealth

Yes, lost a lot of tons of vegetables and crops in the wake of mega snowstorms. Also gone are slowly recovered forests, says China Daily:

About 18.6 million hectares of forests were destroyed or damaged – it is equal to one-tenth of the country’s green cover, or the area afforestated between 2004 and 2006. The direct loss to the sector totaled 57.3 billion ($8 billion), SFA said.

“The damage to forest will have a negative impact on China’s ecology,” Zhu Lieke, SFA deputy director, told a press in Tuesday.

The disaster will make it difficult for China to meet its green plan of raising its total forest cover to 20 percent of its area by .

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