Climate Change, the American solution: genetically modified trees

In Georgia, a US state, a start-up is experimenting with a really interesting solution, useful for tackling and combating climate change . Over 5 thousand trees have been genetically modified to grow rapidly, thus storing a greater quantity of CO2 than common natural trees.

Trees are the lungs of the Earth, capable of absorbing CO2 and providing oxygen, they are also a barrier against the sun’s rays, therefore they keep the soil cooler. To fight global warming and the environmental crisis, we need to plant trees and have increasingly large green areas . The optimal solution could be the one created by an American start-up.

The solution to climate change: planting genetically modified trees

start up modifying trees against climate crisis
CO2 absorption by trees (Canva) –

Reforestation can help contain the increase in global temperature, keeping it below the 1.5 degree threshold for the next decades However, anthropic activities have a profound impact on the environment, upsetting its balance. Despite the ecological transition and the Green policies implemented by various governments around the world, the environmental crisis is not slowing down.

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Trees offer mitigation action for pollutants. Unfortunately, however, deforestation is an evil that continues unabated, followed by summer fires and the removal of land for cultivation. In short, the trees are suffering and, even if replanted, they take too many years to grow . We need to speed up the timing.

To achieve the climate objectives planned at an international level, we need to wake up and address the inaction on the climate front. An American start-up from southern Georgia , specialized in biotechnology and based in San Francisco, has managed to create genetically modified trees. These grow quickly and store more CO2 than normal.

Plants created in the laboratory carry out a very fast and complete photosynthesis process , managing to absorb pollutants and cool the planet. The process is ambitious, at the moment the data is very encouraging and the laboratory tests have achieved all the objectives set. Over 5 thousand poplar trees have been planted and are being studied.

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Even in this case, however, doubts have been raised by environmentalists. Some associations have attacked the company, but it defended itself by highlighting that the transplanted poplars will keep company with native trees , to avoid monocultures, respecting the identity of the various habitats. Furthermore, the modified poplars are all female , incapable of producing pollen.