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Planting trees to combat drought

Reforestation of agricultural lands in Europe increases local and downwind summer rainfall, according to a new analysis of rain-gauge measurements from across the continent. Realistic levels of tree planting could therefore mitigate future droughts expected with climate change.

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Fig. 1: Rainfall over a European forest.

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Baker, J.C.A. Planting trees to combat drought. Nat. Geosci. 14, 458–459 (2021).

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