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Restoring nature is not a silver bullet for global warming, we must cut emissions outright

Tuesday 5 Jul 22 10:45am

 

By Kate Dooley and Zebedee Nicholls | The Conversation

Restoring degraded environments, such as by planting trees, is often touted as a solution to the climate crisis. But our new research shows this, while important, is no substitute for preventing fossil fuel emissions to limit global warming.

We calculated the maximum potential for responsible nature restoration to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. And we found that, combined with ending deforestation by 2030, this could reduce global warming 0.18°C by 2100. In comparison, current pledges from countries put us on track for 1.9-2℃ warming.

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