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The authors also warn that planting trees on grasslands and savannas, as proposed by the Swiss researchers, damages the environment.

Grasslands and savannas are home to an immense diversity of species and provide services to humans such as animal feed and groundwater recharge. They further note that a short-sighted focus on planting trees could reduce human resilience to climate change, and at the same time distract from efforts to preserve intact ecosystems and reduce consumption of fossil fuels. They call for ecological restoration which includes grasslands, savannas, shrublands and peat bogs, rather than focusing solely on forests.

(Leuphana University Lüneburg/ile)

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