Report series shows how consumers, businesses, and policy makers can help stop the destruction of tropical forests
In the twenty-first century, large agricultural industries such as palm oil, soybeans, beef, and timber have become the major forces driving tropical deforestation. Their products are consumed worldwide and traded internationally in increasing large amounts. The demand for them comes from consumers and businesses all over the planet.
Yet despite the rapid expansion of these drivers in the tropics, there have been notable successes in channeling their growth in ways that no longer cause deforestation. Businesses in all parts of the supply chain can move to become deforestation-free, and consumers can direct their shopping toward these businesses and away from products that lead to forest destruction.
Our Research Series: Solutions to Tropical Deforestation
In a series of reports on industries that drive deforestation, UCS explains the expansion of these drivers into tropical forests, presents the alternatives, and gives recommendations for how businesses, governments, and consumers can go deforestation-free.
For more on this story, visit: Solutions to Tropical Deforestation Report Series | Union of Concerned Scientists.
Would a Large-scale Reforestation Effort Help Counter the Global Warming Impacts of Deforestation? | Union of Concerned Scientists
Reforestation does offer a great deal of promise for confronting climate change, but more so in the long run. Perhaps the biggest difficulty with reforestation as a strategy is simply that it takes so much time to reap the benefits for global warming. If you plant a seedling today, it will take several decades to get the same carbon sequestration benefits we get from mature trees in tropical forests. So, in the short and medium term, reforestation cannot offer nearly as much benefit as limiting deforestation in the first place.