18-year-old naturally regenerating forest in Kibale National Park, Uganda. The forest already supports elephants and many species of monkey. Image: S. Lewis
Restauration of forests to meet climate goals - climate change short science news

A new study, published as a commentary in Nature, shows that international plans to restore forests to limit global warming are flawed.

The reason is that many policy makers do not promote the bringing back of natural forest, but instead aim to create plantations.

Such monocultures are much poorer at storing carbon than natural forests, so that the amount of carbon that needs to be captured to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celcius will be largely insufficient.

Read the full story: Nature