Published On: Thu, Oct 29th, 2020

China’s Tree Planting Policy Has ‘Significant’ Effect In Climate Change

A road lined with plane trees in China.

China has played a heavier role in offsetting its own carbon emissions than previously thought, a study showed.

A research analysis carried out by a group of international scientists and published in Nature claimed the Asian country’s tree planting policy helped mitigate the effects of its own climate impacts. According to the BBC, China is the world’s largest source of carbon dioxide, accounting for nearly one third of all global CO2 emissions.

However, the latest research, which was based on both ground and satellite observations, pointed out two forest areas where the carbon dioxide absorption taking place was “underestimated.” These areas represent just over 35% of China’s land carbon “sink,” which is a natural land that absorbs more carbon than it releases. This process helps lower the overall concentration of human-produced CO2 in the planet’s atmosphere.

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China’s Tree Planting Policy Has ‘Significant’ Effect In Climate Change