How Much Can Trees Fight Climate Change? Massively, but Not Alone, Study Finds.

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Date of Publication: November 13

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: Catrin Einhorn

Publisher: The New York Times

Author(s): Catrin Einhorn

The research, which comes with important caveats, was partly an effort to address the scientific uproar surrounding an earlier paper.

Restoring global forests where they occur naturally could potentially capture an additional 226 gigatons of planet-warming carbon, equivalent to about a third of the amount that humans have released since the beginning of the Industrial Era, according to a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature.

The research, with input from more than 200 authors, leveraged vast troves of data collected by satellites and on the ground and was partly an effort to address the controversy surrounding an earlier paper. That study, in 2019, helped to spur the Trillion Trees movement but also caused a scientific uproar.

The new conclusions were similar to those in a separate study published last year. Mainly, the extra storage capacity would come from allowing existing forests to recover to maturity.

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