Does Tree Planting Stop Global Warming?

Ethiopia set a record by planting 350 million tree saplings over 12 hours in 2019. Photo: © PM’s Office — Ethiopia

In This Article:

  • How Many Trees Are There?
  • New Study Suggests We Plant One Billion Trees
  • Satellite Imagery & Artificial Intelligence
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Need To Fall
  • Tree-Planting Is Carbon Capture Without The Technology
  • How Viable Is Tree-Planting As A Climate Strategy?
  • Tree-Planting Must Be Good
  • References

How Many Trees Are There?

New Study Suggests We Plant One Billion Trees

Satellite Imagery & Artificial Intelligence

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Need To Fall

Tree-Planting Is Carbon Capture Without The Technology

How Viable Is Tree-Planting As A Climate Strategy?

Other Reactions

Planted Forest with native trees and ferns, Algyoe, Hungary. Reforestation is highly beneficial for global climate, since it removes carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere via photosynthesis. Photo: Takkk/CC BY-SA 3.0

Tree-Planting Must Be Good

References

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  2. Five Reasons the Earth’s Climate Depends on Forests.” Climate and Land Use Alliance.
  3. “Brazil’s Amazon deforestation highest since 2008, space agency says.” BBC News. 18 November 2019.
  4. “Arctic wildfires spew soot and smoke cloud bigger than EU.” The Guardian. Jonathan Watts. Aug 12, 2019.
  5. Unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic.” World Meteorological Organization. July 12, 2019.
  6. “Huge Flow Country wildfire doubled Scotland’s emissions.” Kevin Keane. BBC Scotland. 18 November 2019.
  7. “Global count reaches 3 trillion trees.” Rachel Ehrenberg, Nature. September 2, 2015.
  8. Crowther, T. W. et al. Nature.
  9. Climate effects of global land cover change”. Geophysical Research Letters. 32: L23705. S. G. Gibbard; K. Caldeira; G. Bala; T. Phillips; M. Wickett; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Carnegie Institution of Washington (2005–10–29).
  10. The global tree restoration potential,” Jean-Francois Bastin, Yelena Finegold, Claude Garcia, Danilo Mollicone, Marcelo Rezende, Devin Routh, Constantin M. Zohner, Thomas W. Crowther. Science 05 Jul 2019: Vol. 365, Issue 6448, pp. 76–79.
  11. “Exaggerating how much CO2 can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action.” Professor Duncan McLaren. The Conversation. July 12, 2019.
  12. “Reforesting an area, the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers — are they right?” Professor Mark Maslin, Professor Simon Lewis. The Conversation. July 4, 2019.
  13. “When tree planting actually damages ecosystems. The Conversation. Professor Kate Parr, Senior Lecturer Caroline Lehmann, July 26, 2019.
  14. Comment on “The global tree restoration potential,” Science (2019). Joseph W. Veldman et al.
  15. “Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis.” The Guardian. Damian Carrington. 4 Jul 2019.
  16. IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018) Headline Statements.
  17. “Silver bullet to suck CO2 from air and halt climate change ruled out.” The Guardian. Damian Carrington. 1 Feb 2018.
  18. “Carbon capture and coal consumption: Implications of energy penalties and large-scale deployment”. Energy Strategy Reviews. 7 (4): 18–28. Thorbjornsson, A; Wachtmeister, H; Wang, J; Hook, M (2015). http://www.cup.edu.cn/peakoil/docs/20151224153459586713.pdf
  19. Examining the Viability of Planting Trees to Help Mitigate Climate Change.” Alan Buis, NASA. November 7, 2019.

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I work in marketing by day — and pen my thoughts on climate change by night.

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