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Over 1 Trillion Trees Need To Be Planted in the Next 10 Years

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Planting more trees — to the tune of 1.2 trillion — could be the answer to saving the Earth, with the trees capable of storing so much carbon dioxide (CO2) that they would cancel out a decades’ worth of human-made (CO2) emission
  • Currently, the Earth is home to 3 trillion trees, which is seven times more than previously believed
  • More than 13.6 billion trees have already been planted as part of the United Nations’ Trillion Tree Campaign
  • The Trillion Tree Campaign states that there is actually space for up to 600 billion mature trees on the planet, without taking space away from agricultural land; however, since some planted trees won’t survive, the target is to plant at least 1 trillion trees to reach the 600 billion mature tree goal
  • Everyone should set a target to plant 150 to 1,000 trees during their lifetime

Planting more trees — to the tune of 1.2 trillion — could be the answer to saving the Earth, with the trees capable of storing so much carbon dioxide (CO2) that they would cancel out a decades’ worth of human-made (CO2) emissions. Further, thanks to the work of ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at Swiss university ETH Zurich, it’s now known that there’s room for an additional 1.2 trillion trees on the planet.

The team global forest inventory data from the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI) combined with satellite data to gain an understanding of the global forest system. They also studied data from the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI), which revealed a first glimpse of global patterns in biomass and diversity of the global soil microbiome.


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