TitleComment on "The global tree restoration potential".
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsVeldman JW, Aleman JC, Alvarado ST, T Anderson M, Archibald S, Bond WJ, Boutton TW, Buchmann N, Buisson E, Canadell JG, Dechoum Mde Sá, Diaz-Toribio MH, Durigan G, Ewel JJ, G Fernandes W, Fidelis A, Fleischman F, Good SP, Griffith DM, Hermann J-M, Hoffmann WA, Le Stradic S, Lehmann CER, Mahy G, Nerlekar AN, Nippert JB, Noss RF, Osborne CP, Overbeck GE, Parr CL, Pausas JG, R Pennington T, Perring MP, Putz FE, Ratnam J, Sankaran M, Schmidt IB, Schmitt CB, Silveira FAO, A Staver C, Stevens N, Still CJ, Strömberg CAE, Temperton VM, J Varner M, Zaloumis NP
Date Published2019 10 18
KeywordsCarbon, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Soil, Trees

Bastin 's estimate (Reports, 5 July 2019, p. 76) that tree planting for climate change mitigation could sequester 205 gigatonnes of carbon is approximately five times too large. Their analysis inflated soil organic carbon gains, failed to safeguard against warming from trees at high latitudes and elevations, and considered afforestation of savannas, grasslands, and shrublands to be restoration.

Alternate JournalScience
PubMed ID31624182