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Trees: Saviours of the planet

Can the world’s wide open spaces deliver a solution to climate armageddon?

Trees: Saviours of the planet

First published
Thursday 22 October 2020

Last updated
Sunday 17 January 2021

Why this story?

The climate crisis is real. But so too are the means of tackling it. To coincide with the launch of Tortoise’s Responsibility100 Index, we wanted to take a detailed, constructive look at what we can do to address the climate emergency. And there’s something we can do now: plant trees. A lot of them. We asked Giles Whittell to consider which ones, where, and how to make that happen. And to examine the doubts and questions: how useful are trees really? Does carbon off-setting just excuse more emissions? Might planting new forests be used to justify the destruction of old woodlands and wild places? The planet is not a lost cause. Meet the saviours. James Harding, editor