Growing Answer - Tree Planting Movement Gains Support
Mar 30, 2009 10:09PM
Against this backdrop and in the face of ongoing tropical deforestation in Asia, Africa and Latin America, a Swedish energy firm, Vattenfall, has examined the large-scale potential for foresting manmade wastelands as part of global climate stabilization. Researchers estimate that reclaiming half the world’s degraded land, some 2.3 billion acres, has the potential to absorb 21.6 billion tons of CO2 each year. Foresting even 18 percent would sequester 3.5 billion tons a year.
Meanwhile, another initiative, a United Nations Environment program that has planted 2 billion trees in 150 countries in less than two years, has set a new goal of 7 billion trees by 2009. That’s more than one tree for every person on the planet.
Primary source: Grist.com.