Dartmouth Study Says Cutting Down (Certain) Trees Can Save the Environment

Mount Washington in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Photograph by Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Growing forests is supposed to slow global warming because trees soak up carbon dioxide in photosynthesis. But a new study by Dartmouth College says that sometimes the better play to save the planet is cutting down trees. That would be in high latitudes where there’s a lot of snow. Treeless meadows covered with snow reflect a lot of the sun’s light and heat, reducing global warming.

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