There's so much CO2 in the atmosphere that planting trees can no longer save us

Humans emit roughly 30 to 40 billion tons of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere each year. If we keep it up, Earth will continue to heat up and ultimately devastate our way of life.

So what can we do about it?

Most scientists agree that we need a way to capture some of that CO2 out of the atmosphere. One idea is to plant lots of trees. Trees use CO2 in order to grow. They also release oxygen, so it’s a win-win.

But recent reports indicate that we simply can’t grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of CO2 that would help us meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

In truth, we would have to cover the entire contiguous US with trees just to capture 10% of the CO2 we emit annually.

There’s just not enough room on this planet to have the farmland it takes to feed the world plus the space to plant the necessary number of trees.

In other words, many of us would starve if we tried using trees to solve our emissions problem.

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  1. Idiots! Grasses and anything green will do the same not to mention there are more algae in the ocean doing more than trees! Plants need co2. WE ARE HELPING PLANTS! Besides co2 does not heat anything on the planet. Gasses, when heated and not constrained, will expand and cool the planet. …and why if you go up 1/2 a mile is very cold ie freezing temperatures. 99.5% of our 300-mile thick atmosphere is freezing!!! Only 1/2 of 1% is warm enough for us to exist! The stratosphere is -60. In fact, the heat that we enjoy… YES, I said ENJOY is thin. Yes, If our atmosphere was a 600-page book then the warm part we enjoy is only 1page thick. Global warming my ass! The moon has no greenhouse gasses and has a surface temperature of 270. An atmosphere on the moon would reduce both extremes of cold and hot. Yes! Greenhouse gasses do this and stabilize our temperature. The planet is warming because of many factors and co2 is so negligible it is hilarious. the scientist can prove that 20,000 years ago co2 was 3000 ppm and dropped to 300ppm and rose to 400ppm in the last 100 years… but the planet has been warming all along during the 2700ppm drop!!! Our planet is warming because of the solar maximum and cools by solar minums. Co2 has nothing to do with warming. Stop making people feel guilty that they need to DO SOMETHING. Mankind cannot control the temperature even if they tried. Yesterday in Houston it was 91 degs today a front came thru and now the temp is lowering to the 50ies… What? did everyone turn off their cars?

  2. Plants love CO2, all life does. We are all carbon based and we got all that carbon from CO2. Level of CO2 in the atmosphere are actually at a relatively low level in earth's history, we are also in a relatively cool period. There is no evidence that CO2 levels have anything to do with warming and cooling of the planet. What do you think they pump into greenhouses to get the plants to grow.

  3. CO2 Causes Climate Change is a Hoax

    World In Midst of Carbon Drought (w/ Prof. William Happer, Princeton University) –

    Carbon Dioxide is Making The World Greener (w/ Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Studies) –

    A Dearth of Carbon (w/ Dr. Patrick Moore, environmentalist) –

    Princeton's William Happer rebuts myth of carbon pollution –

  4. yea on 10 000 m the co² is 4m now 400 ppm or 0,04% please get the facts right
    and by the way co² levels follow the warming and cooling with an delay greater 100 years
    and therefore co² has nothing to do with climate with are weather data of more than 30 years

  5. Another alarmist vid. Try proper debates on the climate and PHD qualified experts such as Robert Lindzen MiT. This is what happens when science is politicised. Kick off was the same shocks and lies that didn't transpire driven by a politician (Al Gore) How the original data was changed, Quite a lot since 2008 for the group thinking to try and match data with the models. You can find papers written By Humlum on his site aslo.
    The co2 and climate namely temperature, leave out temperature, leave out clouds and leave out a great deal to make 3% I am not debunking Co2 in it's entirety as a part of climate change but investigating why 1000's of scientist disagree that it's not the single most important driving factor.

    Here is the reason for that "97% of all scientists agree " comes from. It has nothing to do with CO2 an overview of the madness

    Don't take my work for it-do your own research. Vids like this are based on Fear=Control and assumptions that are not true.

  6. Actually, on average a tree can sequester and store 1 ton of CO2 in 40 years. Since the industrial revolution humans have added 375 billion tons of CO2, in other words, you would only need to plant 10-15% of the trees that are currently cut down.

  7. This video is a load of bullshit. Photosynthesis is an open ended chemical reaction. The more Co2 you produce , the more it is processed by plants and converted into oxygen and leaves i.e cellulose.


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