The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest. Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification.
Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. With the help of forestry societies and forest farmers, Iceland’s trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback.
It’s only a short video, around 5 minutes. But it’s fascinating to see the effect that farming has had on Iceland’s forests.
David Attenborough is back, and he’s going to be taking us through five separate journeys. Each one featuring intense stories, where the future of a dynasty is hanging in the balance, at crucial points of their lives.
The animals we will be following will be the Chimpanzee, African wild dog, Lion, Penguin, and Tiger families.
Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with Brian Tong about his new series Cosmos: Possible Worlds and settles the world’s greatest debates! iPhone or Android? Kirk or Picard? Millennium Falcon or Enterprise? BB-8 or R2-D2?
A few things about Neil deGrasse Tyson you probably didn’t know before.
I think anybody that has seen Owen Wilson, can hear him saying “Wow” in his voice. Well, some kind developers have taken various clips of this, and created a mod for World of Warcraft, and used them to replace various sounds in the game.