The government estimates that the project, which will run until 2050, will eventually remove 18 million tons of greenhouse gases per years â€” an intriguing example of a less technical response to climate change.
The news dovetails neatly with new research, by researchers at ETH Zurich, that found that a widespread campaign of tree-planting worldwide could make a substantial dent in the worldâ€™s net greenhouse gas emissions.
Zurich researcher Thomas Crowther told The Independent that trees are â€œour most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change.â€
A billion trees is an impressive start, of course, but itâ€™s substantially less than the trillion extra trees that Crowther and his colleagues estimate the Earth could support.
â€œItâ€™s a beautiful thing because everyone can get involved,â€ Crowther told The Independent. â€œTrees literally just make people happier in urban environments, they improve air quality, water quality, food quality, ecosystem service, itâ€™s such an easy, tangible thing.â€
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