Could regreening the Earth fight climate change?

By Karen Graham
Digital Journal
October 22, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States
Forests have the greatest potential to cost-effectively reduce carbon emissions. They absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, removing it from the atmosphere. However, wildfires have devastated our forests globally and we need to take this problem seriously. …The study focused on three options for increasing the number and size of trees. Reforestation, avoiding forest loss, and better forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7.0 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually by 2030, equivalent to taking 1.5 billion gasoline-burning cars off the roads. That is an impressive amount of carbon dioxide that could be removed in just 13 years. However, in the past several years, with a warming climate, prolonged periods of drought and extreme weather events, we have ended up having a marked increase in the number and intensity of wildfires.

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