18.01.2021

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American Bar Association: Seeing the Forest for the Trees?: The Role of Afforestation and Reforestation in Combating Climate Change

"In recent years, there has been increasing discussion of the potential role of afforestation and reforestation in addressing climate change by effectuating the removal of large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."

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21.12.2020

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IndyStar: Op-ed: A trillion trees to fight climate change sounds nice. Here's what it misses

"Indiana's two Republican senators, Todd Young and Mike Braun, recently joined colleagues Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, and Angus King, a Maine Independent, to introduce the Trillion Trees and Natural Carbon Storage Act."

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10.12.2020

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Bloomberg Green: These Trees Are Not What They Seem

"How the Nature Conservancy, the world’s biggest environmental group, became a dealer of meaningless carbon offsets."

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27.10.2020

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Euractiv: Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon market

"The first step to bring forestry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme is to ensure that every tonne of carbon dioxide in the forest is counted so that a certification system for carbon removals can be put in place, Artur Runge-Metzger told EURACTIV."

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27.10.2020

# Political Papers

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American Action Forum: The One Trillion Trees Initiative

"President Trump last week issued an executive order that creates a council to implement the One Trillion Trees Initiative. The initiative calls for forest restoration and conservation to protect local ecosystems and to provide the carbon capture necessary to mitigate climate change. While the president’s commitment and executive order are a promising first step in necessary policymaking, it is difficult to determine what they mean in practice."

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15.10.2020

# New Publications

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Strassburg, Bernardo B. N.; et al. (2020): Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration

Strassburg, Bernardo B. N.; Iribarrem, Alvaro; Beyer, Hawthorne L.; Cordeiro, Carlos Leandro; Crouzeilles, Renato; Jakovac, Catarina C. et al. (2020): Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration. In Nature. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2784-9.

"Here we develop and apply a multicriteria optimization approach that identifies priority areas for restoration across all terrestrial biomes, and estimates their benefits and costs. We find that restoring 15% of converted lands in priority areas could avoid 60% of expected extinctions while sequestering 299 gigatonnes of CO2—30% of the total CO2 increase in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution."

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02.10.2020

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The Hill: Is Trump really planting a billion trees?

"Following President Trump’s comment surrounding the “billion tree project,” many wonder if the U.S. has undertaken the project."

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22.09.2020

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The Economist: Investing in Carbon Removal: Demystifying Existing Approaches

"We face a stark reality. We urgently need to slash greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but this alone will not be enough to keep global temperatures in line with the Paris Agreement goals."

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14.09.2020

# New Publications

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Brienen, R. J. W.; et al. (2020): Forest carbon sink neutralized by pervasive growth-lifespan trade-offs

Brienen, R. J. W.; Caldwell, L.; Duchesne, L.; Voelker, S.; Barichivich, J.; Baliva, M. et al. (2020): Forest carbon sink neutralized by pervasive growth-lifespan trade-offs. In Nat Comms 11 (1), p. 4241. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17966-z.

"Here we show that growth-lifespan trade-offs are indeed near universal, occurring across almost all species and climates. This trade-off is directly linked to faster growth reducing tree lifespan, and not due to covariance with climate or environment. Thus, current tree growth stimulation will, inevitably, result in a lagged increase in canopy tree mortality, as is indeed widely observed, and eventually neutralise carbon gains due to growth stimulation."

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28.08.2020

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Forbes: BrewDog Is Officially The First Carbon Negative Beer Business

"The Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain announced yesterday it became carbon negative, which makes it the world’s first international beer business to reach this status."

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