Sustainable Development

What would happen to the climate if we reforested the entire tropics?

Forest in the Philippines that could be reforested.

Abandoning agriculture in the tropics cannot be a solution to climate change. Image: Unsplash/Aaron Madulara

Simon Lewis
Professor of Global Change Science, University of Leeds and UCL
Alexander Koch
PhD candidate in Physical Geography, UCL
Chris Brierley
Associate Professor of Geography, UCL
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How the full tropical reforestation scenario adds up. Image: Simon Lewis, Alexander Koch, Chris Brierley

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