Monday, September 15, 2008

Spain 'to fight desertification' with 45m trees

The Spanish Government says it will plant 45 million trees over the next four years to counter desertification caused by global warming.

The massive tree-planting scheme aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, the cause of global warming.

The Spanish Government estimates that in the long term, the trees could absorb more than 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The trees will also help to prevent desertification, or land degradation by consolidating soils and preventing erosion.

Environmental groups say one-third of Spain is threatened by desertification that leaves soils dead and landscapes barren.

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