I had a conversation last week about carbon offsets.
It seems that people think that planting trees is a suitable way of offsetting carbon output from various processes.
Two words: “it isn’t.”
Trees capture carbon in the short term. But in the long term, unless the carbon they took in gets stored long-term, it goes right back to the environment in a couple of centuries — tops.
As the wood decomposes, the carbon gets re-emitted to the environment.
It’s quite a terrible carbon sink.
But people don’t think more than what’s in front of their faces.