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Keeping Trees in the Ground Where They Are Already Growing Is an Effective Low-Tech Way To Slow Climate Change

In a co-published piece for The Conversation, Professor Emeritus Bill Moomaw writes about his research on the impact of protecting forests.

Protecting forests is an essential strategy in the fight against climate change that has not received the attention it deserves. Trees capture and store massive amounts of carbon. And unlike some strategies for cooling the climate, they don’t require costly and complicated technology. 

Yet although tree-planting initiatives are popular, protecting and restoring existing forests rarely attracts the same level of support. As an example, forest protection was notably missing from the US$447 million Energy Act of 2020, which the U.S. Congress passed in December 2020 to jump-start technological carbon capture and storage.

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