Tree in Nakonce village, Niger: when planting trees, the characteristics of the local ecosystem must be taken into consideration.
Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato

29.11.2019

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According to an international team of scientists, the potential of planting trees for mitigating climate change has been dramatically overestimated. They warn that planting trees in the wrong place can actually destroy ecosystems, increase the intensity of forest fires and exacerbate global warming.

As trees sequester carbon through photosynthesis, several scientists and environmental groups see planting millions of trees as a solution for climate change. A group of 46 scientists from all over the world is calling for caution in an article in the October 2019 issue of the journal Science.

These scientists state that latest research shows how the potential of planting trees for mitigating climate change has been dramatically overestimated. While they agree that planting trees in logged areas can have positive effects, doing so in natural grasslands destroys ecosystems for plants and animals, and would not in any event sequester enough carbon to offset emissions from fossil fuels.

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