Why all coal ever was made at the same time

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sato's picture

trees are easy, how about the land they're to be planted on though?

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daftcunt's picture

Planting trees to replace the ones we cut down is nice and well, however, planting MORE OF them to reduce CO2 does not really work as in the long run they only reduce the CO2 when they are alive. They will release it again during decomposition. So there actually has to be something differently done to maintain or even reduce the current CO2 levels in the atmosphere.....

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backdraft's picture
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Isn't that the whole point. Just to have more trees ALIVE in the future. The planted trees will produce more offspring and we will have more trees on average. 

A few million trees aren't going to make a difference, but I think this is just more of making people aware of the deforestation problem.  

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daftcunt's picture

Of course it is, I am not saying it shouldn't be done neither, it will just not make the whole CO2 issue disappear.

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sato's picture

it won't make the issue disappear, but not for the reason you mentioned. when the tree dies, it's only a problem if another tree doesn't grow in its place. having more ground covered with trees means more carbon as wood rather than free in the atmosphere. so it's not really about a number of trees but about how much of the earth is coevered by them.

we still won't be able to keep enough of the earth's surface forested to lock up enough CO2 though, thus why just planting doesn't make the problem disappear as you said. there are options for the dead trees though that would create a continuous reduction in carbon, such as burning them and capturing and storing the carbon instead of letting it go back into the atmosphere.

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