The solar forest

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What would be the most effective use of a certain plot of land in terms of the climate crisis: planting a forest, which is a natural means of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, or erecting fields of solar panels, which reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? This dilemma has long been debated by decision-makers around the world. Now, for the first time — based on findings from arid areas and on comprehensive measurements of the energy flow exchanged between the ground and the atmosphere — we may have an answer to this question.