The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has become so large that planting trees can no longer save us. Trees absorb CO2 for growth but estimate reveal a bleak reality. There is not enough space on earth to plant the number of trees it would take to prevent the climate from warming by 3.6°F. A 3.6°F increase would be devastating, increasing the risk of
- Extreme Storms
What would it takes to prevent this increase in temperature?
If we planted 1.7 billion acres of trees we could remove 3 billion tons of atmospheric carbon each year. That’s about 10% of what we emit annually. Planting that many trees wouldn’t solve the problem but it would be a huge help.
That’s just one problem
1.7 billion acres is about the size of the contiguous US. That area covers half the land used for crops worldwide plus the land we will eventually farm as population grow.
In other words, many of us would starve if we tried this.