Dec. 1 (UPI) — Planting trees and protecting forests are two of the myriad strategies for keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
Of all the options, they’re considered the most eco-friendly, or greenest, but new research suggests planting and protecting trees does come with costs — and those costs are quite a bit larger than has been previously estimated.
According to a new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, planting trees and conserving forests could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much 6 gigatons a year between 2025 and 2055.
Researchers calculated the reductions would come with an annual price tag of $393 billion.
“There is a significant amount of carbon that can be sequestered through forests, but these costs aren’t zero,” study co-author Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics at the Ohio State University, said in a news release.
According to Sohngen and his colleagues, previous studies