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alpendave
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 5:58 am 
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A lot has been said about sequestering carbon by planting trees, but what about water? The molecular formula for cellulose being C6H10O5, that means every molecule contains 5 water molecules. How much could the sea level rise be mitigated by simply planting trees?

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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 6:48 am 
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You need to figure out the suitable habitat for trees.  They won't grow everywhere.   In the PNW we now have housing developments where there once was prime forest land. 

Trees need specific conditions for each species, and even elevation needs to be taken into consideration.  It isn't as simple as some want it to be. 

Unless we tear down houses and rip up farmland for replanting in forest, I don't think it is practical.

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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 11:11 am 
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Figuring out how to reduce the current rapid rate of deforestation would be a good first step. 

There is so much potential for the law of unintened consequences here -- rememember how excited people got about Biodiesel a few years ago?    Then in tropical countries landowners started clearing old growth tropical rainforest to plant palm trees to supply palm oil.

https://www.transportenvironment.org/what-we-do/biofuels/why-palm-oil-biodiesel-bad
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