By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
The sixth and latest IPCC assessment report on climate change is out; and prominent in its most optimistic scenario is Carbon Removal (CR), which is planned or fantasized to happen predominantly on an industrial scale with BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage), and to a lesser extent with “natural” solutions like reforestation and tree planting. The title of the post describes my views on the “natural” solutions; I will cover those in detail first, and then briefly look once more at BECCS (which strikes me as just as loony a scheme as it was when I first wrote about it, unfortunately for us all).
Tree planting — erasing a lot of distinctions I am about to make — is a timely topic. From The Applied Ecologist:
Tree planting will receive unprecedented financial, political and societal support in the next few years during the