Could Planting More Trees Help Fight Climate Change? These Swiss Scientists Think So | Here & Now

July 11, 2019
Swiss researchers are studying the effects of planting trees to capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (Fred Tanneau /AFP/Getty Images)

Some Swiss researchers have a simple idea for countering the impacts of climate change: plant more trees. They found that planting enough trees to cover 3.5 million square miles — about the size of the U.S. — would capture more than 800 billion tons of carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Thomas Crowther, co-author of the study and climate change ecologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

This segment airs on July 11, 2019. Audio will be available after the broadcast.

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