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Regreening the Planet Could Account for One-Third of Climate Mitigation

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Planting trees, restoring peatlands, and better land management could provide 37 percent of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed between now and 2030 to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

Planting trees, restoring peatlands, and better land management could provide 37 percent of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed between now and 2030 to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

The activities, known as natural climate solutions, could prevent up to 11.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere every year, the study reported. That would be the same as if nations stopped burning oil completely, The Nature Conservancy, which helped lead the study, said.

Read more at Yale Environment 360

Image: Peatland forest in Parupuk village, Katingan. Central Kalimantan. PHOTO BY NANANG SUJANA/CIFOR