How to build forests to combat climate change

Advertisement

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

Trees can help to combat climate change, but determining what to plant and where is complex — and whether to plant them at all is a growing debate. The big picture: Protecting, planting and restoring forests can help offset global warming, but experts stress that greenhouse gas emissions still have to be dramatically cut to reach climate goals for the planet.”There is an enormous amount of science that shows trying to protect forests and stop the loss of forests is a good idea,” says Yale University’s Mark Ashton. “After that, things get very difficult to define and describe,” he says. Driving the news: The Trump administration this week established an interagency council to put more weight behind its role in the One Trillion Trees Initiative, my Axios colleague Ben Geman reports. The effort, convened by the World Economic Forum and backed by global leaders, aims to protect or plant 1 trillion trees globally to try to sequester carbon, protect watersheds and support biodiversity. What’s happening: Some experts say there is a time and place to plant trees but the approach, which is attracting attention from companies and investors, isn’t a silver bullet.How it works: The ecological considerations of large-scale tree …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE