The newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,” describes the actions that people will need to take if we are to maintain a safe and stable global climate.
An article at The Center for Global Development describes the challenge we all face, and outlines a possible solution:
[pl_blockquote cite=”Jonah Busch, The Center for Global Development”]This IPCC report makes clear that avoiding dangerous climate change by limiting global temperature increase to 2°C (3.8 °F), as agreed by nations in Copenhagen in 2009, will depend critically on taking carbon dioxide out of the air. There are two ways to do this. One way is to strip carbon dioxide out of emissions from power plants before it enters the atmosphere, and store it underground. This technology is called Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and is still in early development stages. Another way to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is by planting trees. Trees have been sequestering carbon perfectly well for millions of years using photosynthesis.[/pl_blockquote]
As CCS technology doesn’t really exist, we have the capacity now to plant millions of trees to create a massive carbon sink to remove carbon dioxide from the air. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is working with ancient old growth trees like the Giant sequoia and coast redwoods, two of the fastest growing and most effective trees that sequester carbon naturally and permanently. These trees, many more than 2,000 years old, have genetics that makes them the best of the best – we call them Champion Trees – and have the ability to stack more carbon than any other trees.
Read the entire article, along with all sorts of nifty charts, graphs and information from The Center for Global Development.