Nature | Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon

Nature | Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon


Reforesting of burnt areas in Kalimantan province, Indonesia.Credit: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/eyevine

The IPCC suggests that boosting the total area of the world’s forests, woodlands and woody savannahs could store around one-quarter of the atmospheric carbon necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. In the near term, this means adding up to 24 million hectares (Mha) of forest every year from now until 2030.

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