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Growing afrormosia trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Research showing the potential for forests to lessen climate change has spurred a wave of tree-planting efforts around the world. (Image: Axel Fassio/CIFOR, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
May 7, 2021

When an international team of scientists announced in 2019 the potential of restoring forests to slow climate change, the world grabbed shovels. Tree-planting initiatives sprang up from Ethiopia to Nepal, spurred by corporations eager to sponsor them. Combined with projects already in the works, the planters included villagers in Indonesia, drones dropping mangrove saplings in Myanmar, and dogs scattering seeds in Chile. Their efforts have coalesced under a collective goal to plant one trillion trees by 2030.

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