We all like trees don’t we? Never hear a bad word said against them. They’re just there, solid and dependable and green. Soaking up evil carbon-dioxide, spitting out copious amounts of life-giving oxygen. Even the British Tory part got in on the act in 2006 when they adopted a tree as their new party logo.
Unfortunately, even though the idea that planting trees will save the planet from global warming has firmly–erm–planted itself in the public’s imagination, the notion is not backed up by the science.
Did he just say something bad about trees? Not really. To understand why planting trees won’t solve global warming, let’s unpack some of the basic science.