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What would happen to the climate if we reforested the entire tropics?

28/05/2021 05:00 PM | Click to read full article

What would happen if every single patch of farmland in the tropics, from Brazil through Congo, India and Indonesia, was abandoned overnight and left to turn back into forests? That’s the question a group of researchers explored in their new research.

Trees and forests have become increasingly important in plans to tackle the climate emergency, yet their work shows that once you factor in how the soil, oceans and other parts of the Earth system would respond, tree planting is not as potent a solution as it may first seem.