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Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis. Planting billions of trees across the world is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.
Our dream is to plant 3 more trees for every person on the planet. 60% fruit trees to help local economies and 40% indigenous trees of the area to help enforce a healthy ecosystem and a beautiful world.New findings underline the urgency of the need to halt the advance into the world’s forested areas of permanent agriculture to supply commodity markets. But they offer hope, too. If we could stop the onslaught of agriculture into tropical woodlands, we could see not just an end to deforestation but a massive and rapid natural resurgence of tree cover — and a huge surge in the carbon that those forests contain. Halting climate change requires nothing less. Burning or cutting down trees reverses the effects of carbon sequestration and releases greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. Furthermore, deforestation changes the landscape and reflectivity of earth’s surface, i.e. decreasing Albedo. Deforestation is a primary contributor to climate change. Land use changes, especially in the form of deforestation, are the second largest anthropogenic source of atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, after fossil fuel combustion. Greenhouse gases are emitted during combustion of forest biomass and decomposition of remaining plant material and soil carbon. Global models and national greenhouse gas inventories give similar results for deforestation emissions. Although deforestation and peatland degradation are only about 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions as of 2019, growing forests are also a carbon sink with additional potential to mitigate the effects of climate change. Some of the effects of climate change, such as more wildfires, may increase deforestation.