Total land available that can support trees across the globe (total of current forested areas and forest cover potential available for restoration). Image: ETH Zurich / Crowther Lab
Planting trees to save the climate - climate change short science news

Researchers have calculated that 0.9 billion hectares of land worldwide could be used for reforestation to capture two thirds of human-made carbone missions. This would make reforestation the most effecive method in the battle against climate change.

Most of the land suitable for reforestation are found in Russia, the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil and China.

Reforestation should commence as soon as possible according to the researchers, as it takes decades for the forests to mature and capture enough carbon dioxide.

Read the full story: ETH Zürich
Scientific publication: Science