There’s been a spate of papers on reforestation just lately and I was despairing of being able to keep track of them, let alone read them. But along comes Jonah Busch, Chief Economist at Earth Innovation, to make sense of all the maps in a couple of tweets:
Here are maps of reforestation's potential, feasibility and benefits, and costs pic.twitter.com/fK3jyFPjSr
— Jonah Busch (@jonahbusch) July 5, 2019
Here are the papers:
- Potential: The global tree restoration potential.
- Opportunities: Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes.
- Costs: Potential for low-cost carbon dioxide removal through tropical reforestation.
LATER: There’s a nice round-up of two of the studies in Mother Nature Network. Bottom line is in the title: Massive reforestation might be the moonshot we need to slow down climate change. That doesn’t mean forests are a silver bullet, though.