A trillion trees would still be woefully inadequate to address the global warming crisis, according to Democrats and climate scientists who said Republican backers of a tree-planting plan are using it to distract attention from the need to phase out fossil fuel use. The tree-planting bill—which calls for the U.S. to support a global effort to plant 1 trillion trees—got a hearing at the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. At the Wednesday hearing, Carla Staver, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale, said planting new trees alone isn’t a viable solution and would only remove a small amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
by Elvina Nawaguna. PhysOrg. February 27, 2020.