United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change proposes to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050
July 5, 2019
Planting 1 trillion trees could be best way to fight climate change
By Shelby Lin Erdman
July 4, 2019
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — Planting 1 trillion trees could be the best way to reduce the effects of climate change, according to scientists. Adding 1 billion hectares of forests could help limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050, according to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but if current trends continue, the planet could see that temperature increase by 2030. Swiss researchers wanted to see of if there’s enough room on Earth with existing farmland and cities to support that many extra trees. They reported in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science that there’s enough space to cover 3.5 million square miles, about the size of the United States. …The researchers used satellite images of Earth to determine which areas could support more trees, leaving out agriculture and urban areas. …there’s room for possibly as many as 1.5 trillion trees. …The countries with the most room for new trees include the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Russia, China and Australia.