From heatwaves to rising seas: How trees defend us

It is common knowledge that planting trees tackles the causes of climate change by absorbing carbon emissions. Less known is the fact that forests also treat the symptoms of climate change, whether they are heatwaves, drought or crumbling coastal towns.

Here's how. The outsize potential of trees to halt the climate crisis has generated a lot of media buzz recently, and rightly so - trees have an enormous capacity to absorb carbon emissions. Yet something crucial is missing from these stories. Forests don't just absorb carbon; they also defend us from its most devastating impacts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2019, with the headline 'From heatwaves to rising seas: How trees defend us'. Print Edition | Subscribe