Keeping trees in the ground where they are already growing is an effective low-tech way to slow climate change

A mix of public and private forests in Oregon’s Coast Range. Beverly Law, CC BY-ND


Professor Emeritus of Global Change Biology and Terrestrial Systems Science, Oregon State University

Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Tufts University

Updated 2021 Feb 23

Protecting forests is an essential strategy in the fight against climate change that has not received the attention it deserves. Trees capture and store massive amounts of carbon. And unlike some strategies for cooling the climate, they don’t require costly and complicated technology.

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