Planting 2.2 billion acres of trees is “the top climate change solution in terms of carbon storage potential,” according to a new study published in Science. The research suggests that a huge global initiative to plant 1.2 trillion trees — an area roughly the size of the United States — could remove 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide in the next century. That’s about two-thirds of the carbon humans have generated since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Is there room for all those trees? Researchers propose restoring former forests, and have released a planning tool showing the most viable locations.
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