Regreening the planet as beneficial as the end all fossil fuel

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Reforestation is according to the latest research a strong tool against climate change. Image source: Shutterstock (#628664951).

A new study by The Nature Conservancy presents a series of steps to mitigate the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The main idea is to replant forests, protect peatlands and improve the management of agricultural and grasslands.

If carried out, these measures would result in carbon level reductions equivalent to stopping the use of fossil fuels entirely. “If we are serious about climate change, then we are going to have to get serious about investing in nature,” added Mark Tercek, chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy, which led the study.

Costs would stay below $100 per ton of carbon dioxide, and in some cases be as low as $10 per ton. Carbon capture technologies today cost up to $1,000 per ton.

The study has been published in Proceedings Of The National Academy of Sciences.


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