The best trees for absorbing carbon

One of the best tree species for absorbing carbon is oaks, thanks to their large canopies, dense wood and long lifespans. Other top carbon-absorbing trees include the common horse-chestnut, black Walnut, London plane, and American sweetgum. However, variety is best.

What happened to the trees in England?

Nowadays, about 13% of Britain’s land surface is wooded. The country’s supply of timber was severely depleted during the First and Second World Wars, when imports were difficult, and the forested area bottomed out at under 5% of Britain’s land surface in 1919.

What is the best tree to plant for climate change?

Broadleaved species – such as oak, beech and maple – are best because they have a larger surface area of leaves which generates more photosynthesis, whereas conifers absorb more heat.

Which country has the most afforestation?

The map shows how, from 1990-2015, China planted the largest amount of new forest out of any country. By 2015, the amount of planted forest in China covered 79m hectares – an area more than three times the size of the UK. (9 Oct 2018)

What country cuts down the most trees in the world?

According to the FAO, Nigeria has the world’s highest deforestation rate of primary forests. It has lost more than half of its primary forest in the last five years. The causes cited are logging, subsistence agriculture, and the collection of fuelwood. Almost 90% of West Africa’s rainforest has been destroyed.

Afforestation site visit with ClimatePartner UK

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