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Tree-planting has limited affect on climate change, study finds - 30 May 2017




A study has found that the benefits of tree planting on man-made climate change are limited.

These findings dispute claims by many governments and environmental agencies who suggest that replanting trees makes woody biomass a viable renewable source, or that the widespread replanting of trees is a 'solution' to rebalancing CO2 levels.

The report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research draws attention to the fact that planting trees completely out of context with any wider ecosystems, and unaccompanied by any of the now long-gone animals and plants that once lived within these systems, will not undo the ecological destruction of the past few thousand years.

According to the new document, in order to actually counteract unmitigated carbon dioxide emissions, it would be necessary to convert essentially all of the remaining wild ecosystems of the world (which would itself result in increased carbon emissions) to sequestration plantations, and to also convert some existing agricultural land.

This is why the most environmentally friendly biomass method is to burn wood that would otherwise go to waste.

The press release from the institute further explains: “If CO2 emissions reductions are moderately reduced in line with current national pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement, biomass plantations implemented by mid-century to extract remaining excess CO2 from the air still would have to be enormous.

"In this scenario, they would replace natural ecosystems on fertile land the size of more than one third of all forests we have today on our planet. Alternatively, more than a quarter of land used for agriculture at present would have to be converted into biomass plantations — putting at risk global food security.”

 


 

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