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Growing 1 billion trees may solve global warming: study

Fri, Jul. 5, 2019
CAIRO – 5 July 2019: To help curb carbon dioxide emissions globally and limit the impacts of climate change, the universe has to cultivate one billion hectares of trees, according to a recent study published by Science on Friday.

Scientists estimated that growing 0.9 billion trees of frost can absorb 25 percent of carbon dioxide, saying “We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”

As per a report issued by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018, if the world limited the global warming, which was mainly caused the industrial revolution since the 18th century, to 1.5 °C rather than 2 °C would “ensure more sustainable and equitable society.”

According to NASA’s latest data on climate change, the carbon dioxide has currently reached 411 parts per million and the Arctic ice melts by 12.8 percent per decade.

The study researcher Tom Crowther, a climate change ecologist at Swiss university ETH Zurich, told CNN in April 2019 that his team recorded four years ago that there is possibility to plant 1.2 trillion trees around the globe to decrease warming.

In light of taking mitigation measures to face the climate change-related risks, some countries like Egypt and India have launched campaigns to plant millions of trees. Two years ago, more than 1.5 million people in India planted 66 million trees within 12 hours, according to Climate Action.

Over the past three years, Egypt’s governorates such as Alexandria, Beheira (Delta) and Giza governorates launched campaigns, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, to plant million fruitful trees in each governorate.
Additional reporting by Samar Samir

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