According to a global study comparing the performance of two forest restoration efforts published in the journal Science, researchers have found that native forests are more effective in climate mitigation than monoculture plantations.
Unsurprisingly, native forests consistently outperformed monoculture tree plantations in carbon storage, preventing soil erosion, water provision and biodiversity, despite their being persistently promoted as a “solution” to climate change.
“The study found that though tree plantations yielded more wood production, they provided fewer environmental benefits than restored native forests.”
The science is clear that the benefits of diverse native trees far outweigh the consequences of monoculture plantations, which threaten forests and communities and exacerbates the climate crisis rather than fixing it.
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show, this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.
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