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As The Guardian Reports: Research has shown for a long time. Finally we are talking though. Because a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide towards this climate crisis!
From Damian Carrington, Environment editor, @dpcarrington, Thu 4 Jul 2019 14.00 EDT
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis. That’s according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted. Planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.
Because as trees grow, they absorb and store. They store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions. Yes folks, first of all that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities. Comprehend again this is a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.
The analysis found there are 1.7bn hectares of treeless land on which 1.2tn native tree saplings would naturally grow. That area is about 11% of all land and equivalent to the size of the US and China combined. Tropical areas could have 100% tree cover, while others would be more sparsely covered, meaning that on average about half the area would be under tree canopy.
The scientists specifically excluded all fields used to grow crops and urban areas from their analysis. But they did include grazing land, on which the researchers say a few trees can also benefit sheep and cattle.
Reforestation is one of our climate change solutions for this climate crisis. It’s also the biggest one. This came from said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.”
For the entire story at The Guardian
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