22.01.2020

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The Guardian: Trump blasts 'prophets of doom' in attack on climate activism

"Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace’s executive director, said: “The 1tn trees initiative didn’t make up for the lack of a wider attack on the climate emergency, and Trump had failed to appreciate the scale of the crisis."

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22.01.2020

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Fagan, Matthew E.; et al. (2020): How feasible are global forest restoration commitments?

Fagan, Matthew E.; Reid, J. Leighton; Holland, Margaret B.; Drew, Justin G.; Zahawi, Rakan A. (2020): How feasible are global forest restoration commitments? In CONSERVATION LETTERS 348 (80), 638 LP–640. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12700.

"Numerous countries have made voluntary commitments to conduct forest landscape restoration over millions of hectares of degraded land in the coming decade. We consider the relative likelihood these countries will achieve their restoration commitments."

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29.11.2019

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BBC: General election 2019: How many trees can you plant?

"The political parties have been promising huge increases in tree planting in their election manifestos."

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21.11.2019

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Independent: Planting trees to tackle climate change might feel nice, but it could be doing more harm than good

"In the race to capture carbon, we are mass planting trees at the expense of conservation and protecting biodiversity."

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06.11.2019

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Mail & Guardian: The trouble with indiscriminate tree-planting in Africa

"The idea that the world needs to plant more trees is not controversial. Trees suck carbon out of the atmosphere, storing it in the earth instead. So if we plant enough new forests — these would need to cover as much as one-third of all the land in the world, some estimates suggest — we should be able to prevent the planet from becoming any hotter."

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28.10.2019

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Mongabay: $85 million initiative to scale up agroforestry in Africa announced

"A coalition of NGOs recently announced “the biggest land restoration project ever seen,” starting with an $85 million project to scale up agroforestry in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia."

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23.10.2019

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Smith, Pete; et al. (2019): Land-Management Options for Greenhouse Gas Removal and Their Impacts on Ecosystem Services and the Sustainable Development Goals

Smith, Pete; Adams, Justin; Beerling, David J.; Beringer, Tim; Calvin, Katherine V.; Fuss, Sabine et al. (2019): Land-Management Options for Greenhouse Gas Removal and Their Impacts on Ecosystem Services and the Sustainable Development Goals. In Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 44 (1), pp. 255–286. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033129.

"Land-management options for greenhouse gas removal (GGR) include afforestation or reforestation (AR), wetland restoration, soil carbon sequestration (SCS), biochar, terrestrial enhanced weathering (TEW), and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). We assess the opportunities and risks associated with these options through the lens of their potential impacts on ecosystem services (Nature's Contributions to People; NCPs) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

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21.10.2019

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Grainger, A., et al. (2019). Comment on “The global tree restoration potential.”

Grainger, A., Iverson, L. R., Marland, G. H., & Prasad, A. (2019). Comment on “The global tree restoration potential.” Science, 366(6463). doi: 10.1126/science.aay8334

"Bastin et al. (Reports, 5 July 2019, p. 76) neglect considerable research into forest-based climate change mitigation during the 1980s and 1990s. This research supports some of their findings on the area of land technically suitable for expanding tree cover, and can be used to extend their analysis to include the area of actually available land and operational feasibility."

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16.10.2019

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CBC: Forestry sector scrambles to recruit tree planters to sow millions — perhaps billions — more seedlings

"B.C. silviculture companies are struggling to find up to 1,000 more tree planters."

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02.09.2019

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The Guardian: The wrong kind of trees: Ireland's afforestation meets resistance

"Residents and campaigners say fast-growing Sitka spruces are spoiling the landscape."

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