22.02.2018

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EcoWatch: One Million Trees Pledged to 'Trump Forest' to Offset President's Anti-Climate Agenda

"Trump Forest—a global reforestation project aiming to offset President Trump's anti-climate policies—has reached 1 million trees after thousands of pledges from around the world. Trump Forest was launched just under a year ago after POTUS announced he was pulling the U.S. from the Paris agreement."

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05.02.2018

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Yosef, Gil; et al. (2018): Large-scale semi-arid afforestation can enhance precipitation and carbon sequestration potential

Yosef, Gil; Walko, Robert; Avisar, Roni; Tatarinov, Fedor; Rotenberg, Eyal; Yakir, Dan (2018): Large-scale semi-arid afforestation can enhance precipitation and carbon sequestration potential. In Scientific reports 8 (1), p. 996. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-19265-6.

"Here, we use a Global Climate Model to provide a process-based demonstration that implementing measured characteristics of a successful semi-arid afforestation system (2000 ha, ~300 mm mean annual precipitation) over large areas (~200 million ha) of similar precipitation levels in the Sahel and North Australia leads to the weakening and shifting of regional low-level jets, enhancing moisture penetration and precipitation (+0.8 ± 0.1 mm d−1 over the Sahel and +0.4 ± 0.1 mm d−1 over North Australia), influencing areas larger than the original afforestation. "

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25.01.2018

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Sonntag, Sebastian; et al. (2018): Quantifying and comparing effects of climate engineering methods on the Earth system

Sonntag, Sebastian; González, Miriam Ferrer; Ilyina, Tatiana; Kracher, Daniela; Nabel, Julia E. M. S.; Niemeier, Ulrike et al. (2018): Quantifying and comparing effects of climate engineering methods on the Earth system. In Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000620.

"To contribute to a quantitative comparison of climate engineering (CE) methods, we assess atmosphere-, ocean-, and land-based CE measures with respect to Earth system effects consistently within one comprehensive model. We use the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM) with prognostic carbon cycle to compare solar radiation management (SRM) by stratospheric sulfur injection and two carbon dioxide removal methods: afforestation and ocean alkalinization. The CE model experiments are designed to offset the effect of fossil-fuel burning on global mean surface air temperature under the RCP8.5 scenario to follow or get closer to the RCP4.5 scenario."

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20.01.2018

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Triple Pundit: Planting Trees Has Become a Big Business

"Nevertheless, there are companies finding success in this sector. One of them is United Kingdom-based Biocarbon Engineering, which operates a fleet of drones reforesting areas that are difficult to access. The Dutch firm Land Life Company, maker of water vessels based on an ancient Mesopotamian technology, manages ongoing projects from Chile to Zambia and expects to be profitable in a few years. Land Life claims its “cocoons,” made out recycled wood pulp, offer a much higher survival rate for tree seedlings compared to traditional tree planting methods."

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27.11.2017

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Project: BioCarbon Engineering

Large scale tree plantation using drones.

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19.10.2017

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The Guardian: Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

"Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study"

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11.10.2017

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Stop GE Trees: Report: Large-scale Biosequestration Causing Negative Social and Environmental Impacts

"At the start of a major Climate Engineering Conference in Berlin, the Global Forest Coalition has launched a Working Paper that highlights the risks of different proposals for large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal. The report finds that while the most prominent CDR approach, Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) technology is still in a state of “infancy” and is unlikely to be rolled out on a global scale, biosequestration in the form of afforestation through monoculture tree plantations is already rapidly expanding and causing significant negative social and environmental impacts."

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02.10.2017

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Fern: Energy Union Governance Regulation: Europe’s opportunity to set a negative emissions target

"This must include targets to generate negative emissions by restoring Europe’s forests, the cheapest and most readily available tool we have. Discussions in the European Parliament’s Environment and Energy Committees – which are leading the drafting of the Parliament’s position on the Regulation – have been promising. Parties from across the political spectrum including the centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats party (S&D) have put forward language around a long-term target to increase the EU’s forests. "

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29.09.2017

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Quartz: Tropical forests used to absorb carbon. Now they emit as much as all US transit

"Some countries are now investing heavily in the future of geoengineering—large-scale technological solutions to suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Baccini thinks we ought to be planting trees. “We are not there yet” with even the most promising geoengineering approaches. “For the next 50 years, it would be more effective to just do it using a more natural system,” he says. “The most effective way to do it fast, and in a cheap way, is doing it with a forest.”"

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01.09.2017

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Mother Jones: China’s Crazy Plan to Keep Sand From Swallowing the World

 

"The view from the top of this windblown hill in Duolun County, in China’s Inner Mongolia region, could be described as either profoundly inspiring or deeply strange. For miles around, the earth is dun-colored and dry, stubbled with yellow grass. But the hillsides directly across from me are emblazoned with vast swaths of trees planted in geometric shapes: a square, a circle, overlapping triangles. The flatland below is striped with bands of identical young pines, standing in rigid formation like soldiers on parade."

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