Planting 1.2 trillion trees could be “planet-changer”

Feb 18, 2019, 7:17 AM EST
(Source: José Moutinho/flickr)
(Source: José Moutinho/flickr)

As the planet heats up, so does our frantic search for means to cool it down. The world is rapidly setting up renewables infrastructure, electrifying transportation, working on carbon capture technologies, switching to “Planetary Health Diets” and even considering geoengineering interventions.

No denying, these measures contribute in lowering carbon emissions but each one of them has its own drawbacks, be it in implementation, efficacy, the pace of outcome or other. The case is different with trees.

A recent analysis suggests that planting trees on grand scale is one potent method of rapid decarbonization and could cancel out a decade of CO2 emissions if the numbers are right, notes The Independent.

Earth, which currently harbors nearly three trillion trees, has enough space left to add 1.2 trillion more. A forestation bid at that scale would wipe out hundreds of gigatons of carbon emissions, making this simple technique “the most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change.”

The analysis comes at a time when NASA released images to show how China’s ambitious reforestation programs are making Earth greener, reports Global Times.