Can Planting A Trillion Trees Stop Climate Change? Scientists Say It’s A Lot More Complicated

In the United States, the trillion trees idea has taken the form of the Trillion Trees Act, a proposed bill that calls on the United States to take a leadership role in planting a trillion trees globally as a “pragmatic step toward addressing global carbon emissions.” Compared with cutting fossil fuels, tree planting would play only a small role in combating the climate crisis. Forest scientists warn that massive tree planting programs could have unexpected consequences, and that cutting fossil fuel emissions is far more important in fighting global warming. A more useful focus, they say, is to preserve and bolster the forests we already have. 

By Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News. May 27, 2020.

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