Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C

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Ben van Beurden says ‘another Brazil in terms of rainforest’ will help achieve UN target

The boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting project the size of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming target, as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough.

Ben van Beurden said it would be a major challenge to limit temperature rises to 1.5C (equivalent to a rise of 2.7F), which a landmark report from the UN’s climate science panel has said will be necessary to avoid dangerous warming.

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