- A study bared that restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies to combat climate change
- Researchers found out that planting more than 500 billion trees can potentially solve climate change
- They also identified areas in the world where potential reforestation is located
It is quite obvious that one of the most effective way to combat climate change is through reforestation.
In fact, it has been backed by a study which states that planting more than 500 billion trees could reduce the existing carbon from the atmosphere by around 25 percent.
The report entitled: The global tree restoration potential stated that “the restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.” It was bared that “4.4 billion hectares of canopy cover could exist under the current climate.
“Excluding existing trees and agricultural and urban areas, we found that there is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests,” the researchers said.
“This highlights global tree restoration as one of the most effective carbon drawdown solutions to date,” it added.
However, the researchers emphasized that it would take 50 to 100 years before the new trees are able to soak up the 200 gigatonnes of carbon.
“Climate change will alter this potential tree coverage. We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action,” the researchers pointed out.
The researchers also found out through satellite photographs and Google Earth engine mapping software that more than half of the world’s reforestation potential is located in six countries namely: China, United States of America, Russia, Australia, Canada, and Brazil.
“It will take decades for new forests to mature and achieve this potential,” said Professor Tom Crowther, the senior author on the study said in a report.
“It is vitally important that we protect the forests that exist today, pursue other climate solutions, and continue to phase out fossil fuels from our economies,” Crowther added.
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