‘Quick, get out your chainsaws!’ Could reforestation actually be ‘making climate change worse’?
Hey … wait a second!
Youve heard it before: Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. To put it simply, trees store carbon, preventing it from entering the atmospherewhich means there are fewer greenhouse gases screwing with Earths climate. And, broadly speaking, thats true.Planting trees is good for the planet. But its more complicated than that. Research published this week took a fine-toothed comb to the issue of forest management and reforestation. And the researchers found a major tangle: It turns out weve been planting the wrong trees, for a long time. And that choice of trees has actually been making climate change worse.