Some types of trees may make climate change worse, not better

Everything you know about climate change is wrong.

Trees — long assumed to help limit the ugly effects of climate change — may actually speed up global warming rates, according to a new study.

A team of French-led scientists claim Europe has been planting the wrong kind of trees during its reforestation efforts since 1750, and in the process has made climate change worse — not better. The theory is at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

Matt Niemi


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