"I recently conducted a review of the available scientific literature to assess
how much carbon forests could feasibly absorb. If we absolutely maximised the
amount of vegetation all land on Earth could hold, we’d sequester enough carbon
to offset about ten years of greenhouse gas emissions at current rates. After
that, there could be no further increase in carbon capture.
Yet the fate of our species is inextricably linked to the survival of forests
and the biodiversity they contain. By rushing to plant millions of trees for
carbon capture, could we be inadvertently damaging the very forest properties
that make them so vital to our wellbeing? To answer this question, we need to
consider not only how plants absorb CO₂, but also how they provide the sturdy
green foundations for ecosystems on land."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics