Comment on "The global tree restoration potential"

Joseph W. Veldman, Julie C. Aleman, Swanni T. Alvarado, T. Michael Anderson, Sally Archibald, William J. Bond, Thomas W. Boutton, Nina Buchmann, Elise Buisson, Josep G. Canadell, Michele de Sá Dechoum, Milton H. Diaz-Toribio, Giselda Durigan, John J. Ewel, G. Wilson Fernandes, Alessandra Fidelis, Forrest Fleischman, Stephen P. Good, Daniel M. Griffith, Julia Maria Hermann & 26 others William A. Hoffmann, Soizig Le Stradic, Caroline E.R. Lehmann, Gregory Mahy, Ashish N. Nerlekar, Jesse B. Nippert, Reed F. Noss, Colin P. Osborne, Gerhard E. Overbeck, Catherine L. Parr, Juli G. Pausas, R. Toby Pennington, Michael P. Perring, Francis E. Putz, Jayashree Ratnam, Mahesh Sankaran, Isabel B. Schmidt, Christine B. Schmitt, Fernando A.O. Silveira, A. Carla Staver, Nicola Stevens, Christopher J. Still, Caroline A.E. Strömberg, Vicky M. Temperton, J. Morgan Varner, Nicholas P. Zaloumis

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Bastin et al'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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScience (New York, N.Y.)
Volume366
Issue number6463
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Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2019

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Veldman, J. W., Aleman, J. C., Alvarado, S. T., Anderson, T. M., Archibald, S., Bond, W. J., ... Zaloumis, N. P. (2019). Comment on "The global tree restoration potential". Science (New York, N.Y.), 366(6463). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay7976
Veldman, Joseph W. ; Aleman, Julie C. ; Alvarado, Swanni T. ; Anderson, T. Michael ; Archibald, Sally ; Bond, William J. ; Boutton, Thomas W. ; Buchmann, Nina ; Buisson, Elise ; Canadell, Josep G. ; Dechoum, Michele de Sá ; Diaz-Toribio, Milton H. ; Durigan, Giselda ; Ewel, John J. ; Fernandes, G. Wilson ; Fidelis, Alessandra ; Fleischman, Forrest ; Good, Stephen P. ; Griffith, Daniel M. ; Hermann, Julia Maria ; Hoffmann, William A. ; Le Stradic, Soizig ; Lehmann, Caroline E.R. ; Mahy, Gregory ; Nerlekar, Ashish N. ; Nippert, Jesse B. ; Noss, Reed F. ; Osborne, Colin P. ; Overbeck, Gerhard E. ; Parr, Catherine L. ; Pausas, Juli G. ; Pennington, R. Toby ; Perring, Michael P. ; Putz, Francis E. ; Ratnam, Jayashree ; Sankaran, Mahesh ; Schmidt, Isabel B. ; Schmitt, Christine B. ; Silveira, Fernando A.O. ; Staver, A. Carla ; Stevens, Nicola ; Still, Christopher J. ; Strömberg, Caroline A.E. ; Temperton, Vicky M. ; Varner, J. Morgan ; Zaloumis, Nicholas P. / Comment on "The global tree restoration potential". In: Science (New York, N.Y.). 2019 ; Vol. 366, No. 6463.
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Comment on "The global tree restoration potential". / Veldman, Joseph W.; Aleman, Julie C.; Alvarado, Swanni T.; Anderson, T. Michael; Archibald, Sally; Bond, William J.; Boutton, Thomas W.; Buchmann, Nina; Buisson, Elise; Canadell, Josep G.; Dechoum, Michele de Sá; Diaz-Toribio, Milton H.; Durigan, Giselda; Ewel, John J.; Fernandes, G. Wilson; Fidelis, Alessandra; Fleischman, Forrest; Good, Stephen P.; Griffith, Daniel M.; Hermann, Julia Maria; Hoffmann, William A.; Le Stradic, Soizig; Lehmann, Caroline E.R.; Mahy, Gregory; Nerlekar, Ashish N.; Nippert, Jesse B.; Noss, Reed F.; Osborne, Colin P.; Overbeck, Gerhard E.; Parr, Catherine L.; Pausas, Juli G.; Pennington, R. Toby; Perring, Michael P.; Putz, Francis E.; Ratnam, Jayashree; Sankaran, Mahesh; Schmidt, Isabel B.; Schmitt, Christine B.; Silveira, Fernando A.O.; Staver, A. Carla; Stevens, Nicola; Still, Christopher J.; Strömberg, Caroline A.E.; Temperton, Vicky M.; Varner, J. Morgan; Zaloumis, Nicholas P.

In: Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 366, No. 6463, 18.10.2019.

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Veldman JW, Aleman JC, Alvarado ST, Anderson TM, Archibald S, Bond WJ et al. Comment on "The global tree restoration potential". Science (New York, N.Y.). 2019 Oct 18;366(6463). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay7976