Planting trees in wrong place ‘could increase greenhouse gas emissions’, government warned

The Independent | Apr 8, 2020 at 6:09 PM
  • One of the fastest and cheapest ways to counteract the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity on our planet is to plant billions of trees across the world in order to sequester the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
  • The UK’s soggy peatlands store vast quantities of carbon, but planting trees in these ecosystems dries out the soil and can ultimately mean the trees are responsible for releasing more carbon than they sequester.
  • The authors state: “Increased tree planting without careful planning is likely to lead to the loss of other habitats and land uses, including species rich grasslands, heathlands and peatlands, particularly where these are in a degraded state”.