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Tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks, study finds

Tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks, study finds

Worm's eyeview of green trees (Photo by Felix Mittermeier from Pexels)
“Our work shows that tree planting locations need to be carefully sited, taking into account soil conditions, otherwise the tree planting will not result in the desired increase in carbon storage and climate change mitigation”
Worm's eyeview of green trees (Photo by Felix Mittermeier from Pexels)

Planting huge numbers of trees to mitigate climate change is “not always the best strategy” – with some experimental sites in Scotland failing to increase carbon stocks, a new study co-authored by Hutton scientists has found. Experts analysed four locations in Scotland where birch trees were planted onto heather moorland – and found that, over decades, there was no net increase in ecosystem carbon storage.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute