Restoring forests as a means to many ends

Earth is approaching environmental thresholds that, if crossed, will create serious disruptions to ecosystems, economies, and society. To avoid the devastating effects of climate change and biodiversity loss, humanity must protect and restore native ecosystems. International conventions and organizations support forest restoration as a method for mitigating hazardous environmental shifts, but questions remain as to where and how to focus such restoration efforts. Bastin and co-authors published this paper on Science (2019) describing a new approach that advances our understanding of global tree distribution.

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