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Tree planting is no panacea for the climate

Wim Carton discusses why tree planting is not a panacea for the climate. According to him, too many studies and stakeholders fail to see that the method is inherently fraught and can take away focus from the need to drastically reduce emissions to meet our climate targets.

Tree plantations. Mostphotos.
Tree plantations. Mostphotos.

"Tree planting is seen as an easy method that can be scaled up. But that is not the case. There are many probems with the method, including the forest's ability to store carbon under a changing cilimate with more forest fires,  land rights  isues and impacts on biological diversity."

Read the full article on LU.se (In Swedish).

Selected media coverage:

Trädplantering - ingen universallösning för klimatet (forskning.se)

Expert: Trädplantering ingen mirakelkur för klimatet (Dagens Arena.se)

 

 

About the Researcher

Wim Carton

Wim Carton is a Human Geographer with a background in Development Studies, International Relations and History. His main academic objective is to help understand society-nature relations, and how these are changed and articulated through various sustainability challenges. His primary research focus is on the political ecology of climate change mitigation in carbon forestry and agriculture, and related discussions on negative emissions in climate policy.

To Wim Carton's personal staff page.

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