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Midwest forests lost 8,000 years of stored carbon in just 150 years – new animated maps track the changes, revealing lessons for climate projects today

By Jason McLachlan, Associate Professor of Paleoecology, University of Notre Dame
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“Plant a tree” seems to be the go-to answer to climate change concerns these days. Booking a rental car online recently, I was asked to check a box to plant a tree to offset my car’s anticipated carbon dioxide emissions. In 2020, the governor of my state, Indiana, launched an initiative to plant a million of them within five years, and the state is a quarter of the way there.

The primary reason for this arboreal zeal is to capitalize on the…The Conversation

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