Planting trees in the wrong places could be contributing to global warming, study reveals

1 minute read / March 28, 2024

Tree-planting is often hailed as a way to fight climate change. But a new study reveals that it might actually be warming up the planet.

Trees are known for their ability to soak up planet-heating carbon dioxide. That means planting saplings to boost forest cover is seen as an important tool in the fight against global warming.

However, a new study published in the Nature Communications journal has found that these tactics could be causing damage alongside their positive effects.

Researchers have discovered that, in a number of cases, too many trees in one area means that less sunlight is reflected back from the earth’s surface and, in turn, more heat is absorbed by the planet.

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