Monday, August 01, 2005

To Tree, Or Not To Tree

Here is an interesting conundrum for environmentalists: Is it better to plant trees, or cut them down?

According to the NewScientist.com news service, the UK Department for International Development's Forestry Research Programme has released a report indicating that forest planting may increase deserts.
Planting trees can create deserts, lower water tables and drain rivers, rather than filling them, claims a new report supported by the UK government.
On the other hand, data indicate that forests lock up carbon through sequestration, lessening the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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