Note — Jul 28, 2019

Tree Planting ‘Has Mind-Blowing Potential’ to Tackle Climate Crisis

Not as clear cut as the title might lead us to believe. How would such a massive project be paid, by whom, how long it would take, how truly doable is it, etc. All important questions but at least it’s something we know works, the questions are more around scale and speed.

The study, published in the journal Science, determines the potential for tree planting but does not address how a global tree planting programme would be paid for and delivered. […]

The research is based on the measurement of the tree cover by hundreds of people in 80,000 high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth. Artificial intelligence computing then combined this data with 10 key soil, topography and climate factors to create a global map of where trees could grow.