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Trees could help save the climate

By 7th July 2019 July 14th, 2019 No Comments

Researchers in Switzerland, France and Italy say that Earth could support enough additional trees to cut carbon levels in the atmosphere by nearly 25% – levels not seen for nearly a century. Forest restoration could be the best climate change solution available today according to the new work, which is the first to quantify how many trees the Earth can support, where and how much carbon they could store.

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Figure shows the total land available that can support trees across the globe (total of current forested areas and forest cover potential available for restoration). Credit: ETH Zurich / Crowther Lab

The French members of the team are from CIRAD.

Read the research paper: The global tree restoration potential. J.-F. Bastin; C. Garcia; D. Routh; C.M. Zohner; T.W. Crowther. Science10.1126/science.aax0848

Read the news release from ETH Zurich.