Planting massive amts of trees to fix climate change?

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Another rather interesting article I found about this that some might find interesting to read:


Thing here is that the Sahara desert already is a habitat for many animals and that one can not oversee the possible ramifications of such an undertaking at all. You can make estimates but what will this do to climates in the world, let alone Africa???
 

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Caveat: I first learned about this theory in college like a hundred years ago. It was theoretical then and I'm pretty sure it still is. We didn't know about climate change back then. What we did know about is mans potential to mess up.

But I think its fun to think about. Turning the Sahara into forest would just be a habitat restoration effort. Repairing one of Humanity's earliest mess ups.


Although this is just a theory there are some similar stories that are much more based on fact. and more recent.
Cannan was the land of milk and honey. Now it is mostly desert. Archeologists point out King David cut down great swaths of cedar to build his Temple. Clear-cutting forests destroys watersheds. No watersheds - no water for agriculture, Now the Israelis are reclaiming and reforesting great swaths of dessert.

Egypt may have had a similar history. The workforce to build the pyramids was huge and remained on site for centuries. Egypt must have been a rich and cultivated nation to support such an endeavor. But overproduction and soil depletion destroyed their farms. Think great big dust bowl. Now the pyramids sit in a desert.
 
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If anyone is still interested in this topic from a year ago, the BBC has published an article that takes a balanced look at the science about planting trees to fight climate change. It's easily the best article that I've seen on this topic
 
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"He points to the Welsh hills, which are severely deforested and consequently lacking in wildlife – but which are politically difficult to reforest because they are dominated by the sheep-farming industry."

Um. Hey. (Raises hand)🖐
 
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George Monbiot has done some writings about that. I think in his rewilding book or Guardian articles. One thing he said was that sheep farming in Wales, even though it takes over a huge amount of the country and, according to him, destroys all the natural ecoystems doesn't actually bring in that much revenue.

I think they should phase out farm subsidies in Wales and replace them with ecosystem protection subsidies. If 1 out of every 3 farmers took the ecosystem subsidies, and topped that up with some modest nature reserve tourism, they could perhaps have almost as much money for less effort and have some time free to make money elsewhere. If enough supply is taken out of the market this way, then the remaining sheep farmers would be able to charge more money for the lamb due to less competion, meaning they make the same money without subsidies.